|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #19|
Does this mean that the Nanopress approach is unworkable? Hardly. Indeed, it is a brilliant idea that, in my humble opinion, calls for far more ambitious use. Let's view such a project as a commercial poet would. To begin with, the key issue isn't the marketing aspect; that can be easily tweaked. Rather, the focal question is:
"Aside from the length and level of the authority's commitment, how is this different from the normal blurbing model?"
How does one come up with "a good manuscript" and "a credible editor"? Actually, that's the relatively easy part for the experienced poet. Go to Eratosphere, Gazebo or Poetry Free-For-All and participate for a few years. You might even write down some of the positive things critics will say, quoting them later either in the book or in promoting it. During this process you will meet many prospective editors. Send out private messages until you snag one.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #35|
¹ - We cannot change this problem until we acknowledge it.
² - Alas, there are no Ezra Pounds today. Those with the chops rarely have much pull. That is, of the dozen or so experts I could recommend as editors only one would have much influence with publishers, high profile reviewers or awards committee panels. That, alone, speaks volumes on the state of the art.
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