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Are You A Poet? If So, Have You Considered Publishing A Chapbook?


If you're a poet and want to publish your work, consider publishing your poems in a chapbook format.

Chapbooks are not new, yet they are becoming more popular among poets who want to publish their work but do not have enough poems to create a full book.

Chapbooks are also an affordable way for poets to get their works published without having to spend a large amount of money to publish multiple full-length books.  

What are Chapbooks?

Chapbooks are similar to booklets (small books) and sometimes compared to pamphlets. The books are relatively inexpensive to produce which means that you can make as many copies of your work as you would like. 

Generally, chapbooks are arranged based on a theme. For instance, if you have a collection of poems on several topics, such as love, life, parenting or friendship, you can produce a chapbook on each topic. 

Cover Designs and Paper Weight

Poetry chapbooks can range anywhere from 20 to 40 pages and are usually stapled on the fold, also known as "saddle stitch." Depending on the length of pages, some chapbooks are perfect bound, which means the pages and covers are glued together at the spine.

If you aren't sure about the book size and paper weight to use, ask your publisher or printer. 
You may also need to discuss the best cover design for your chapbook. Many poets use card stock or plain paper for the cover. You can decide how to price your book based on your production costs. 

Reach New Audiences

While there are new genres emerging each year, poetry still remains popular among readers. If you are a poet, a chapbook offers you an opportunity to introduce your poetry to people who may not normally read lengthy works. 

If you are interested in publishing a chapbook but have questions about the process, MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) can help. Contact MANA at 734-975-0028 or email us at marketingnewauth@aol.com. 

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