Wednesday Writing – First Line and a Contract

I’ve been working hard on my poetry collection for the book of Matthew.  This week I wrote a whole line.  Here, I’ll share it with you:  “It has been said.”

Impactful, I know.  Now to work on the second line – I plan twelve lines in the poem and hope to finish it by April, which puts me on track for a 2023 release date for the collection!

Yesterday I had a nice phone call with a local company that will help me self-publish my poetry collection, There was a time.  This is my collection of poems about having prostate cancer and supporting my mother as she died from pancreatic cancer.  I could do the work directly with Amazon, but honestly, I just don’t have the time.  This company will handle most of the details and do a tiny bit of marketing for a fee – a price that is reasonable.  So I’ll review the contract and decide this week.  I know other people who’ve used this company so I am somewhat confident that I’ll get what I pay for.  More on this in a few weeks.

That’s the progress this week.  Next week I hope to report that I’ve submitted an application or two for a summer poetry workshop/master class.

If you need me – I’m at my desk,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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29 Responses to Wednesday Writing – First Line and a Contract

  1. CJ Hartwell says:

    Four words, being how they’re good words, ain’t nothing to sneeze at.
    And congrats for at least looking at a contract, that’s way more than I’ve ever done. 🙂

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  2. That’s cool, Andrew. Way to keep moving forward. And that line–it moved me. 🙂

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  3. Dave Foyle says:

    If you’re looking to do a shorter, 2-line poem, you can always do:

    “It has been said,
    ….So I don’t need to say it again”.

    Helpful, huh? 🙂 Actually, it seems that many things need repeating…on a daily basis, I think.

    But seriously…keep at it. I’ve just run across some of my recorded music. It’s GREAT running across captured moments of creativity! Take care!

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  4. Hooray! Look at you go! 🙂 Congratulations!

    Just a few words of advice: Read your contract carefully to ensure that all rights in allmedia remain with you (not just “copyright”, which is yours regardless). Some contracts include “standard” clauses that prevent you from ever republishing your work with a different company; and may even prevent you from ever republishing your own work even on your own webiste. Check the Writer Beware site for more info:

    Also, get them to spell out exactly what they intend to do in terms of marketing for the fee that you’re paying. Many companies say something vague like “we will promote your work on a hundred (or more) of the foremost publishing websites” or words to that effect. What that really means is that they’ll send out one email blast to a whole bunch of sites, regardless of whether your work is a good fit or not. Don’t be afraid to ask for a detailed marketing plan before you sign on the bottom line.

    Hope this helps!

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    • Wow, that comment was rife with typos – obviously my brain is on temporary vacation. It should have been “all media”, not “allmedia”, and “website”, not “webiste”.

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    • I’ve been reading the contract closely. One of the reasons I picked the company I did is that they’re more of just a service company – file prep, administration, Amazon account setup, etc. I retain all rights and marketing is mostly on me (they have a catalog and webpage the put it on, but are honest about what they’ll do for how much). Since I plan on mostly marketing ‘word of mouth’ and here on my blog, I’m not paying them for marketing. Mostly I just using them to take care of the details of getting the book read to print, and listed on Amazon and such.

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  5. George says:

    Congratulations, Andrew. I hope it all goes well and you’re happy with the end result.

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  6. Wow! You kind of went from 0 to 60mph! Seems like you were sort of “stuck” for a while, but not any more. You are man with a plan! So glad to hear your poems will be published soon! Can’t wait to order my copy…

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  7. Debra says:

    I’m glad to learn of the progress you’ve made! I look forward to the final publication!

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  8. Congratulations, Andrew.

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  9. And of course, you will share with all of us how your experience works out with the publisher. I’m excited for you, Andrew!

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  10. Hey, you’re making progress!

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  11. Mukhamani says:

    All the best. Regards

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  12. All the very best…love and light may there be in your way

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