From the Red Room: Reality Check? by Jules Jacob

For anyone looking to self-publish your poetry (or any other writing for that matter), you may want to read the following post by Jules Jacob: Reality Check?

Ms. Jacob’s essay is a response to an article posted in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers magazine by poet and critic Reagan Upshaw.  She contends that the “advice” offered by Upshaw is more like “put-downs” and then offers her own suggestions for publishing one’s poetry.  It’s an interesting read.

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  1. Will read today, thanks for the tip!

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  2. Marie Ann,
    The sign in system wasn’t working on Jules site. When I went to sign into Red Room I found it more than ironic that they only have traditionally published authors as members. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but that is what I understand.
    Not that I am even self published yet…I’m just sayin’…
    So, you get my comment of Jules’ piece. Hilarious and practical. Still laughing over this: “Oh, for Shakespeare’s sake, what’s a poet (standing on a ledge) to do?”
    Glad to start my day with a belly laugh.
    Thank you,
    Patti

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    • Hey, Patti, Red Room is kind of quirky, but I’m glad you got to read the post and have a good laugh. I enjoyed it too ;)

      I haven’t looked far into their membership for authors (simply because I too am not even self-published). There’s an annual fee to pay if you want to be featured as an author. I think you can be self-published; it’s more a case of “do you have a book to peddle?” The annual fee is probably off-putting for most self-published authors (maybe even traditionally published authors who don’t have $250 bucks to throw around). I like Red Room, but it’s not integrated with any blogging platforms like WordPress or Blogger, which is disappointing. I have to copy and paste my blog posts, yet another thing for my old brain to remember :)

      Best,
      Marie

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  3. Hello, Marie and Patti,

    Marie, thank you for sharing “Reality Check.” I apologize for the sign-in system not working on my website and will let my webmaster have it, I mean know about the problem.

    I liked the Shakespeare line as well, Patti. If someone besides myself laughed, and I rarely hear them, I consider the blog successful.

    FYI, Red Room is free for members. You can be an author and a member, a self-published author and a member, an aspiring author and a member, an editor or agent and a member or a reader and a member. The only time it costs to belong to Red Room is if you choose to apply for and are approved for Author Status. If your approved, you receive additional benefits for the yearly fee.

    Take care,

    Jules

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    • Jules, thank you for your comment! I see now that I didn’t make it clear that Red Room was free for members. Hopefully, Patti will check it out again. Thanks again!

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