There are a raft of essays and interviews going around regarding paying the writers and more specifically writers being prepared to subscribe to the magazines in which they hope to appear - a call to invest.
My subscriptions to Australian Journals and Poetry Communities will have to wait till Christmas but I can afford to drop some cash on poetry collections.
So for the past two weeks on a Friday or a Saturday I have tweeted out to my followers, a call for fellow Australian poets to tweet me links to their work on Kobo (my preferred eBook retailer).
I have had one reply from an on-the-ball publisher and that was the first week, nothing from this morning’s tweet. I can assure you if I tweeted a call out for self published novelists to send me their work, I would have had been inundated until the end of time.
Frankly I was disappointed. I expected more to be honest, even a “ Well I’m not on Kobo but you can get my work here” response. Now I don’t have 50,000 followers but I have a reasonably diverse group of about 2700, and the tweet was imaginatively hashtaged #poetry.
One response after tweeting morning and afternoon.
I checked to see if the Zombie Apocalypse had started without me. It hadn’t.
What can I assume from this?
- My network of tweeters doesn’t contain enough Australian Poets with collections on Kobo?
- Not enough Australian poets use social media?
- Everyone was off writing poetry?
- Australian poets are shy and retiring?
I’ll keep putting the call out. Keep combing through best of the year lists and picking out the poets that I like but really, some self promotion would be welcome.
Oh and if your wondering about the book I bought it was Subliminal Dust by Pooja Mittal. Feel free to suggest Australian poets in the comments who have a collection in any digital form.