Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Time to ENTER the Self-Publishing Arena

My collection ENTER was due to have it's official release on April 1, but the first copies won't be shipping until Thursday morning (and from Austin, TX). I suppose a week late is not the end of the world, though it would've been nice to have copies in readers' hands already.

My first ever chapbook, ENTER.

On April 1, I read a few poems from the collection during the reception for the Blue Ridge Writers Conference. As a National Featured Poet, I'll be reading some more from the collection at the Austin International Poetry Festival, which is where I'll be driving all day tomorrow.

Reese said he likes the cover the best, but I hope most people enjoy the poems more. I think the collection offers a good mix of poems--most of which have found publication in print and online publications.

The collection itself is offered as a limited first edition printing of 101 copies of which a little more than 60 are already claimed. The cost is $10 and includes shipping. Plus, I'm signing all copies I send out. If you're interested in purchasing a copy yourself, send me an e-mail at robertleebrewer@gmail.com with the subject line: Interested in Your Chapbook

Copies of ENTER that are ready to send.

To tell you the truth, this whole chapbook experience feels a little like my writing and publishing is coming full circle. When I was first interested in writing in high school, I self-published a little literary fanzine called Faulty Mindbomb that consisted of poems (by myself and other students), music reviews (from the all ages shows in Dayton and Cincinnati), comics, and other weird stuff. There's something that's just inherently fun about making little booklets to share with others. Hopefully, my readers will agree.


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S.E.Ingraham said...

Bravo, hurrah and all that other good stuff - for those of us who have a reserved copy - how do you want to handle this - did we send you $$ already? I vaguely remember talking to you about sending a Canadian cheque but will darned if I can remember the outcome - whatever you would like, please say and it will be done - I can't wait to get my copy. It's exciting, isn't it? Especially such a limited run. Well done Robert - you must be over the moon.

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Yes, you already paid me, Sharon. Thanks! And, yes, I am a bit over the moon. :)

A. N. Loebick said...

BookLogix, a self-publishing company out of Alpharetta, GA has free webinars almost every Saturday that deal with some aspect of self-publishing.

I enjoyed your presentations at the Blue Ridge Writers' Conference. I wish I could have been there to hear you and everyone else read on Friday night!

Best of luck with your new publication!

Sheila said...

I see my copy up there! :)

You are an inspiration, Robert and I really mean it. Because of your chapbook publication, I gathered the courage to release my first (self published) chapbook on May 1st and I, too, am over the moon (with almost one fourth of the copies already reserved!)

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Sheila Moore

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm so looking forward to receiving my copy. Full circle, indeed.

~Amanda Hoving

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thanks for the tip, A.N., and for the kind words about my presentations!

Sheila - That rocks!

Amanda, I hope you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

I already agree! Fun indeed, and I can't wait to get 'Enter' entered into my mailbox! ;D

kjmckendry said...

I've been thinking about self-publishing for a while now but I haven't taken the plunge. Maybe I will now. Thx.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Congratulations to you! It's a really big deal!

... Paige said...

congratulations and I must say I too like the cover, simple yet provoking

RJ Clarken said...

Just got it today - and I cannot wait to read it! ☼

Robert Lee Brewer said...

I hope you enjoy, R.J.

I'm glad I did, kmckendry, because it helped bring closure to a certain period of my poeming. Now I'm ready to move forward with my newer work.

Thanks, Paige and Jennifer!

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

Hi there RLB