Grab your popcorns guys here comes another humongous avalanche of rants.
So, since I was working on my poetry book and was getting all serious about publishing I have been researching on it.
When you plan to self-publish your book it’s advisable that you reach out to your potential customers.
Now I am not a social media addict in fact right now wordpress and instagram (which I just made few days back) are my only social media presence.
I have tried Reditt and stumbleupon in past to check if I could increase my following but that only swallows time and do almost nothing for your wordpress blog.
So I came across the term ‘insta-poetry’ and thought I should give a shot.
I am posting my artwork and poetry (pasted on photos taken by me). And I got more likes and follows on art than poetry.
One reason could be the length of my poems. They are usually long.
Maybe they lose prominence when I stick them on an image. Maybe..i dont know..
On the other hand when I look at typical insta-poetry. They look like quotes by a 10 year old mostly about things they won’t experience untill 20 more years or so.
Here is my attempt on typical insta poem:-
Trust me there are way worse than this. And it’s annoying.
It’s like ..
I was craving an apple
But she gave me orange instead
Then comes the book milk and honey. No offence to anybody. Please don’t hate me guys but I am entitled to my opinion in my space right??
I actually bought this book as it was everywhere. Behind every freaking brick of each and every bookstore on planet. There was like an explosion of this book so i bought it. As it claimed to have poetry and illustrations…and fame..
Well. I didn’t open it untill one day I was talking to a friends about poetry book editing, who happens to have decent writing and artistic skill. And I said, “wait let me tell you about this book it has drawings and poems you can do something like that” and I reached for milk and honey.
There was a long silence on my end after that…very long mysterious silence.
Then I said, “umm ok how’s the weather today?”
So yea.. it’s hard to process what do you need to sell a book.
I am a huge Khalil Gibran fan..I mean for me he is greatest poet.
On the end of my short trip I got urdu poetry book by Mirza Ghalib and Allama Igbal, with English translations. Will write about that soon.
Maybe I look for something else.
Recently i felt like deleting all the poems from the under construction manuscript and write new ones all over again.
It’s a struggle.
Writing venting and posting is different.
Creating something worth selling followed by a hundred other steps untill a book reaches the reader is nothing short of a mission.
Kudos to people who have published anything at all even if it’s one page. It takes courage and patience.
And then I see poetry that makes me cringe so hard i pray nobody is watching me.
Rant over guys!
Thanks for reading..
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