19.541 a cautionary tale

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 10:31:28 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 541.
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         Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 06:26:26 +0000
         From: Norman Hinton <hinton_at_springnet1.com>
         Subject: Re: 19.538 a cautionary tale?

One might mention that a good reason for poets to publish books is
that many of the writers are Artists in Residence, looking for
tenure, and needing "real" publications. And many of the poems have
been published separately before in journals, and often the poets
have been paid for them. And one of the best sources of income for
poets, outside of their University salaries, is giving readings at
Universities, and having books to show (and to sell in conjunction
with the readings) is a large part of the process of attracting offers to read.

Also, a lot of publications by contemporary poets are not expensive
books, but are published in the "broadside" tradition, by presses
that want to publish them in paper covers with Perfect bindings, to
sell them cheaply, and those presses seem to survive on the proceeds.

I think this is a lot of getting worked up over nothing, just to
propose an Internet solution for a problem that may not exist.
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