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That's about 40 poems, a good even number for a poetry collection, without overload to the reader.
And no offense to anyone, but I feel after long thought that a more streamlined edition is what is called for at this point, wait until I die for all the fancy epitaphs and critical studies (perhaps a companion book for all that?), likewise all the extra art, just my picture on the cover will be fine.
Likewise, let's drop all the extra cleverness on the cover and just call it
And, let's put it in the traditional Beat "Pocket Poets" format, almost mini comic chapbook in size, a size I have always favored, this will also end the need for "filler", just lay the poem one page at a time.
May 28 by Will Dockery
I hope you and G.D. can reach a good legal agreement.....
The recent problems with Rochester trying to steal your poem puts thinghs in the mindset of all proper legalities need be observed......
Oh, no, Zod; I'd call that letting the terrorists win.
That's no exaggeration. Frauds and cheats do exactly the same thing as terrorists: They destroy the bonds of trust that hold society together. The fact is, most people are honorable and honest - they keep their word, say and do what they really believe, and trust others to do the same - and that's necessary for there to be any social cooperation at all.
Post by André Hugo
Not saying G.D. would get like Rochester but "handshake deals" are to be avoided in all matters of art and commerce......
We definitely have to spell everything out in writing; not just the book text and design, but where it's to be published, how many, how much Will gets paid (both up front and from royalties), or even how. It's important that we be clear on what we agreed to.
But once we're clear on all that, I think a handshake should be enough.
You're good with the basic size and cover design I have in mind, right?
I like the first title better, more unique as ACT OF WILL
Just my opinion...……………...
Act of Will is the book title (on the inside of course; the outside will just say "Selected Poems". The book will be in two parts, called "Archetypes of My Life" and "My Wayward Muse".
J.C.G: Make sure if self-publishing get copyrights and URL registered with Library of Congress. Recommend reconsider a clever title. The term "Collected Poems" best represents authors with prior publications of note. Unique titles and creative logo featuring featuring simplistic artistic and/or photographic illustrations enhance broader readership following. Never fall prey to e-book publication in early phases of authorship. If possible find sponsors for website precision.
Book as many readings as possible, branch out with a tour plan beyond previous venues.
J.C.G: Bottom line, prolific writing extends far beyond the corner in which one stands. Procrastination is the author's worst enemy.
J.C.G: Add merch as a form of free advertising and extra revenue. Jerry Garcia mastered that concept and flourished both musically and artistically while keeping things flexible and simple. Otherwise a potentially great literary work might be limited to a friends and family audience which often falls into the dust collection shelves with limited book reviews.
"Act of Will" works for this, more or less, if I decide to follow John's advice... which I probably should...
OK. I have to agree with him that the title on the cover should be what will get the most interest in the book, and if his experience is that a 'catchy' title would work better than a generic 'Selected Poems', then I'll defer to that.
That leads to one complication, and it's your area as the cover is all yours, really. Your original idea was to have the title and your name pre-printed on the cover - I think that's a good idea in case we change printers, as it will ensure we keep a standard design. I remember that you made one, but it says /Selected Poems/ so that'll have to be redone.
True, but such a change would only take several minutes once the title is decided on, and I haven't completely decided against just using "Selected Poems".
"Act of Will" I decided against for more than one reason, which I will go into at another time
One option is to follow Ginsberg's lead with his "Howl" and name the book after the first or strongest poem and add "...and other poems".
"When The Mill Shut Down and other poems"... may be too wordy, but so was Ferlinghetti's "Pictures of a Gone World". By the way, Lawerence Ferlighetti just turned 100 last week, so we should celebrate that here a bit, he's perhaps the last living original Beat poet.
Post by George J. Dance
In addition, I would like you to do take care of the LOC, copyright, et al.
I'm familiar with that, and in fact several of the poems in the collection are already registered, from the "Shadowville Speedway" collection:
Copyright Catalog (1978 to present)
Search Request: Left Anchored Name = Dockery, Will
Search Results: Displaying 1 of 4 entries
Type of Work: Music
Registration Number / Date: PAu003501816 / 2008-09-23
Application Title: Shadowville speedway.
Title: Shadowville speedway.
Description: Compact disc + Print material.
Copyright Claimant: Will Dockery, 1958- . Address: P O BOX 7394, Columbus, GA, 31908.
Date of Creation: 2008
Authorship on Application: Will Dockery, 1958- ; Citizenship: United States. Authorship: collaboration of words and music.
Henry Conley, 1960- ; Citizenship: United States. Authorship: collaboration of words and music.
Pre-existing Material: Words and music for Last Dream Today.
Basis of Claim: All other words and music.
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.
Names: Dockery, Will, 1958-
Conley, Henry, 1960- — in Columbus, Georgia.
Post by George J. Dance
Because of the earlier difficulty with sending you money across the border, my plan was to send you an advance in books (I was thinking of 100, but that's only a figure I came up with), which you'd be free to sell, use as promos, and in addition take care of LOC, your local libraries, stuff like that.
We haven't talked about any of that, and this looks like a good point to start doing so.
All sounds good, basically...
My main priority, at the moment, is thinking of and deciding on the right title for the book, while still leaning to "Selected Poems".