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Georgia Ann Banks-Martin is a poet who got her book published through a small press. Please give her a warm welcome and feel free to ask questions or comment.
1. Tell us about your book(s).
My book, Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered, is a collection of ekphrastic(art inspired)poems. The inspiration art represents work created by African-Americans, Americans, Europeans, and Asians. Most of the poems are of a collage nature, blending historical facts, and memoir. It is currently ready for ordering from my publisher's(Plain View Press) webpage:http://www.plainviewpress.net/gallery2/pages/Rhapsody-For-Lessons-Learned-Or-Remembered.html
2. How did you go about getting your book published?
The first draft of my collection was completed as my M.F.A. thesis. While I was working toward graduation I started compiling a list of possible publishers based on ads and listings that appear on websites such as Poets and Writers, publishers I encounter at book festivals, writers conferences, books that were being published which were similar to my collection, and recommendations from friends.
When I was ready to send out my final manuscript I narrowed the list to five and followed the submission guidelines provided by the publisher.
3. Tell us about your marketing strategies.
My marketing strategies include:
- Maintaining my author's webpage:http://georgiabanksmartin.com
- The creation of a Facebook Fan Page: http://artist.to/georgiaannbanks-martin
- Holding public poetry readings at poetry festivals, bookstore, libraries, colleges and universities
- Reading and signing books at the The Association of Writers & Writing Programs(AWP) Conference in Washington D.C. next month
- Appearing on blogs and blog talk radio shows
4. What's the best advice you could give to new writers who want to get published?
- Make sure your work is well edited
- Make sure you follow all agent/publisher submission requirements
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