My second poetry collection Where I Ache will be published June 10th!!!!!
This collection is broken up into six chapters ranging from themes such as jealousy, depression, grief, and strength. These are delicate subjects to talk about and most people avoid them because of the uncomfortable vulnerability. I’ve always written and shared my poetry with the hope that readers would relate, feel less alone, and more normal.
Sensitive subjects such as depression can really alienate people, make them feel like they’re different or a freak in some way, and like they have to suffer alone. I hope this collection will help those realize that others are going through this too and they don’t have to endure this burden on their own. In similar vein, I hope the topics of insecurity and grief will offer a lifeline to such isolating feelings and thoughts.
I am also very excited to progress as a poet and share a collection that does not solely focus on romantic love. Love collections aren’t highly respected by parts of the writing community so I look forward to sharing this new material and show my depth as a writer. I also believe the topics I’m writing about could use more spotlight in today’s society. Of course, a cornerstone of my poetry is love, so relationships will make their appearance in this collection as well.
Timeline of this collection:
Organizing Poems: September
-deciding which poems go together in a theme. seeing what other themes go together to create different chapters for a collection, working through chapter title names.
Writing new material: September – December
-finding the gaps where more poems are needed to fill a chapter and what chapters are lacking exclusive poems.
Editing: December – January
-arranging poems in an order that will display nicely on book pages, cutting out poems that no longer fit the book’s theme, formatting drawings on a page
Reviewing: January – February
-sending out ARCs to beta readers for review, reviewing potential edits, ordering proofs
Promoting: March – June 10th!!!!
-sending out ARCs to book bloggers and setting blog tour, social media posts, blog articles, book photography, preorders and info links
From organizing my collection, I figured out where the holes in my collection were and what I needed to work on adding. I knew I wanted to build from my first collection so I made sure to add double the amount of exclusive poems from Cracked Open and overall, produce a longer collection.
When publishing my first collection, I realized some errors and included beta readers as part of my process for this collection. Marketing is extremely difficult as an indie author and I will definitely have to dedicate a lot of time and effort on marketing this new collection.
There will be a cover reveal on the 13th so make sure you don’t miss it!
I truly want to thank all of my supporters on here, without you Cracked Open would have never been born and Where I Ache would never have crossed my mine.