POETRY BOOKS I'VE EDITED
"Thank you so much for your kind words and your vote of confidence in my work." Poet
"My book has been published on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the Archway site. I want to send you a copy as I would not have been able to publish it without you. I paid attention to your last edits and made a significant number of changes." Maureen Sayer, Poet
"Thank you for this webinar, Polly! The work is beautiful, and the ideas for organizing and submitting were really helpful! Very inspirational." Marla Dial, Poe
"I used to read other authors’ works,/ Now my work can be read by other authors
because your belief in me proved more than tangible." T.L. Sanders, Poet
"Thank you for sending these notes...and thanks for the workshop also! I find that it has helped me settle down in my head in a way that makes the chapbook project feel manageable. I can approach it now without feeling overwhelmed." Kim Sosin, Poet
Welcome. Thanks for your interest in editing and publishing your poetry or art chapbook. I've been editing poetry since 2018 and some of these books have won awards. More importantly, they give a voice to the artist, insight, and new directions, and many things have come out of these projects: Readings, book launches, plays, films, classes, collaborations, mentorships, art, celebrations, personal journeys, and more.
Because I often take up to a half hour to read, study and write editorial notes for a single poem, I charge $150 for developmental editing of up to 40 poems and $2 for each additional page.
Prices for Book Design and Publishing start at $400 for up to 40-page chapbook and $2 for each additional page. I'd be happy to look at your project and give you a bid. Email me 10 sample poems to get started or book a consultation with me. Let me know how I can help by filling out the survey below.
The form of each poem is independent with stanzas, and line breaks. We explore concrete shapes, white space, rhythm, end-line words.
The voice of the poem must be clear and tell the reader who they are. Who and where is this voice of the poem. What is the point of view, and pronouns? How does that voice use imagery through the playground of poetic tools with energetic verbs and limited grey words.
The aperture in the poem is scale or scope. Does the poem open up, the reader's awareness, imagination, or compassion? What imagery, metaphor or narrative are included. Does it open a door to push us beyond prose.
The poetic tools really are what makes a poem a poem: Wordplay includes, but is not limited to, alliteration, homonyms, texture, assonance, personification, association, allusion, hyperbole, repetition, metaphor, similes, and zeugma.