|Posted on March 12, 2018 at 5:45 PM|
Poetry, it’s sweet simplicity and originality is a writing form that people have been writing in for centuries. Poetry however is a genre that many either love or hate, some just love reading about the rhyme, the powerful words while others find it dreadful and just utterly boring. Back in the day poetry had a strong following and we still read or at least know of certain poems or quotes that have stood the test of time. Poetry today is not as popular, take it from someone who knows. As someone who writes poetry frequently and has 3 books of poems I can tell you that the market and need for poetry is certainly not in demand. Sure, like many things and genres poetry has a market it’s just not as mainstream as a poet would like which means poetry is hard to sell, perhaps a lot more hard to sell than I’m willing to admit. You work and you write but you find that at the end of the day that it’s far easier to write poetry than it is to sell it. Shakespeare, Poe, Emerson, Frost and Lord Byron may not have had to worry about selling their work but for a modern poet the times are tough and it’s not hard to see that poetry is hard to sell.
So why is poetry hard to sell aside from the main fact that it’s not as popular? Well there are a few reasons but let’s start with the second main one, other genres. With horror at an all time high, young adult romance trending and even erotica being written poetry seems to take a back seat or rides the caboose when it comes to being a popular bought genre. Science Fiction is a genre people have been reading a lot of as well. There’s just so many genres out there and so many new ones that in a world where people have short attention spans you’d think that’d enjoy something short and sweet but in reality that short attention span comes with wanting new things and many feel poetry has already been here or been here done that. Sure it can also be viewed as a you don’t know until you try but again as someone who writes poetry I can tell you right now I’d rather appeal to poetry lovers than try to convince someone to like it. Your books and your writing are not going to appeal to everyone and while you could try to convince someone every once in a while you should always appeal to your audience especially with poetry because it’s the only fan base you have.
Poetry has become more of something people do in their down time. They want to express themselves, they write a poem; it’s just something they do every once in a while but how many people today strive off making a career out of poetry? Yes, there’s poets out there I’m aware but my point is that you really have to be creative and really stand out from the crowd in order to sell it. One poet who has no trouble selling her poetry is Rupi Kaur. She’s an Indian poet who sells roughly around 300-500 copies a month. Her poetry looks to be more on the inspirational and current events side so it’s no wonder why her work resonates so well and grabs the attention of readers. So if a poet wants to know how to sell their poetry they should see what Rupi Kaur is doing and try it out and apply it to their marketing and see how they fair. A writer can try selling their poetry just like others do in selling their genres but they should also be ready for disappointment as some things just may not translate to poetry like they do for other genres. I will say this, while I am someone who has yet to find gold in selling my poetry I am continuing to look for poetry lovers, a poetry audience, that small niche group of people whom my work will appeal to. So keep looking and reach your audience by sticking to readers of poetry, perhaps maybe then poetry will pick up and sell.