Tips For Publishing Chapbooks by Susan Rich

Trish Hopkinson

This excellent article by Susan Rich provides insights and tips on how to best present your chapbook to presses and contests. The article includes ten well-described tips from her personal editing experience, including:

  1. Persistence. Persistence. Persistence.
  2. Follow the Rules
  3. Create a Theme that Provides Coherence
  4. Ordering your Manuscript is an Art
  5. Know the Press Before You Press Send
  6. Think about a Book Doctor or Outside Editor
  7. Keep Track of Your Expenses; Start a Poetry Account
  8. Research, Research, Research
  9. Think About Publishing Creatively
  10. Don’t Get Discouraged!

Tips For Publishing Chapbooks and Applying to Residencies – What I’ve Learned As A Judge


Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy and The Alchemist’s Kitchen, which was a Finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her other books include Cures Include Travel (2006) and The Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World

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