Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PR for Poets - By Jeannine Hall Gailey - A review by Toni

My Review:

What a completely wonderful resource book.  It is everything you need to know but might be afraid to ask about publishing and promoting your own lovely writing.  I found the book useful to prioritize projects, and to gain an over all process in putting out your work.   

I am so thoroughly thrilled to read this book and have this information.   Now I know all the useful tips for putting forth a poetic piece for publication.     I  had a geek day of reading,  enjoying the process, putting in notes.  So many of my questions are answered. 

The book provides comprehensive tips for when the decision is made to start sharing art with the world.    This is very good food for the introverts soul, the ones that are afraid to ask, self promote, and share.  As well as the people that procrastinate out of not knowing or being able to come up with lists based on not knowing what to expect. (

The book talks about the unique nature of poets, as a group of artists that sometimes for personal, stigma or peer pressure have trouble with self promotion, social media and the ways that are out there to share their art into the published world. 

Until I read this book,  I have been overwhelmed on some of the very basic beginning steps and avoiding personal deadlines, and not doing a great job of moving forward. While I am sure I will still stumble, there is little unanswered in this book.    

I got a giggle here or there on some of the sensible talk such as "what to avoid for your Author Photo."  :) . The writing was really down to earth and it felt like I was sitting down with a professional writing /publication mentor, basically giving all scoop.   I love great information in a resource book combined with a great personality. 

I am thankful that all the experience and wealth of  information and experience that has been chronicled in a book  will help Poets all over the world.  (And I love that cover too!!! )

Thank you Serena for inviting me along the Tour. Serena's Blog

About the book:
"PR For Poets gives you the tools you need to connect your poetry book with its audience. With tips from top experts in the field, this book helps you navigate the ins and outs of the publishing and book marketing worlds, including:

 PR kits and sell sheets
 Pitch letters
 Author photos
 Social media
 Book prizes
 Swag

 Book reviews
 Readings
 Launch parties
 Book tours
 Book clubs
 Interviews
 And more…

About the author:
Jeannine Hall Gailey served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and she has been a featured contributor in Poet’s Market for many years. Gailey is the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and Field Guide to the End of the World, winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize and the SFPA’s Elgin Award. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She spent four years teaching in the MFA program for National University, worked fifteen years as a corporate writing manager, and worked in publishing as an Acquisition Editor for Microsoft Press.

Jeannine’s twitter handle is @webbish6.
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