Poetry FAQ

I get asked a lot about how/what/when/why I decided to publish and indeed self-publish poems.

  • 01

    How is your poetry for adults only?

    Adult sensibilities. Swearing. Sex. Not fluffy romance poetry. Definitely not for children.

  • 02

    Why do you swear (so much) in your poems?

    I use whatever combination of words are necessary to convey thoughts and emotions. Sometimes it means lots of swear words, sometimes none at all. Shouldn't you be asking yourself why am I sensitive to reading swear words in poetry?

  • 03

    Is that poem about me?

    The general answer: if you have the humility and self-awareness to ask that question, then you are not the subject of a poem by me.

  • 04

    Is your poetry available outside UK?

    As an e-book, most definitely. As a paperback - not yet. I am working on getting it available in the rest of the world. This is tricky at the moment because a lot of the options that would be open to me if I lived in the USA are strangely closed here in Europe. I suspect this issue will be resolved one day.

  • 05

    Why the price difference between paperback and e-book?

    The paperback costs more because of the printing and distributing costs. Simple as that. The price of the e-book was calculated to yield roughly the same profit as I would recieve for the sale of a paperback. In other words, I make the same small amount of money whether you buy my books as a paperback or as an e-book. This is a deliberate stand I am taking to promote honest trading and to make a point against greedy authors who are seriously over-charging for e-books.

  • 06

    Why did you self-publish?

    I self-publish to maintain absolute artistic control over the entire process. Apart from cutting out publishing agents and all the hassle therein, self-publishing meant that I have kept - and still keep - full control from cover to cover. My content, my style, my way. I own full copyright and full publishing rights.

    I chose true self-publishing (not print on demand or vanity publishers that screw over the naive). To clarify, I did not submit my work to a publisher, I went straight into self-publishing.

  • 07

    As a self-publisher, what exactly did you do?

    Write it. Edit it. Type it. Edit it. Compose it. Edit it. Photograph the cover. Design the cover. Edit it. Get the ISBN. Upload all the detail to the book database. Edit it. Get the web address. Design all that. Edit it. Arrange printing and delivery. Convert to e-book format. Publicity. Marketing. Panic. Worry. Lose sleep.

    What I did not do is the printing, obviously, and the final proof read before printing. I hired a professional proof reader to catch mistakes.

  • 08

    Isn't there a stigma about self-publishing?

    From the general public, not at all. They are open minded and respectful for artists that go against the flow. All comments, good and bad, are well recieved and the focus is on the content of the book not the manner in which the book came into being.

    From publishers - they are positively snobbish. Their attitude is all the more shocking when you consider that their industry is responsible for a sticky flood of celebrity crapola, boring hack work from so-called respected and talented authors, and worst of all The DaVinci Code. How on earth did that ass gravy of piss poor sentences ever get into print? The industry maintains this respectable facade by staging competitons that exclude self-published books - they judge by appearances in other words. Why would any self-respecting artist want to be associated with people like that?