Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor



February 2015



Wanted: Your Poetic Opinions

Written by , Posted in poetry, writing

I’ve had a book of poetry in the works for a few years. I keep adding to it (2 new poems just today– inspiration like whoa!), and I’ll admit: I’m pretty psyched on it.

But when it comes to putting it out, I always get hung up:

Typically, publishers aren’t super into hawking verse-y lines of personal feels, so I’m pretty much on my own. Do I just do a cheap e-book? Do I slave over handmade chapbooks? I don’t know what the poetry aficionados want from me!

So basically, I do what I always do in such moments of indecision: Not a damn thing.

But I’ve been feeling the necessity of really writing and releasing lately, from the big book I have in my heart to this little labor of poetic love. So I thought I’d ask what you think, since you’re the ones who I would be asking to invest a few dollars and some spare moments in reading it.

I know poetry isn’t for everyone, but for those of you who are into it (there are plenty samples of my poetry here if you aren’t sure)– what format would you enjoy reading it in? E-book, hard-copy print, limited edition handwritten copy that you can treasure forever because I totally have cramped fingers now?

Share your thoughts in the comments! Thanks, guys!

  • George Lunardo

    I’m of two minds about it also. My first inclination is to say that laziness is the mother of invention, and if an e-book is easiest, then do that. On the other hand, as a fan, I’d love to have something I can hold in my hands, and show off to guests. (I’m a big help, aren’t I?) I guess what I’m saying is do both. Why not?



    • TamaraOutLoud

      Yeah, I’m considering both. E-books for cheaper and in unlimited quantity; chapbooks for a little more and in limited quantity. I’ll be interested to see what the interest level is for non-family members. Ha! <3

  • Barbara Luehring

    HI Tamara, your poetry like your writing is brilliant and beautiful and needs to be shared–and doing something now does not preclude doing something else later–e-book is not only easiest and cheapest–it allows your stuff to be shared easily on line–and at the end–or the beginning of the ebook you can ask if people want a “real” book –and see what happens–the thing to do is open up and share–finger cramping one at a time–is not where I see you.

    • TamaraOutLoud

      Great point about it not having to be the only answer, thanks! And thanks, too, for your kind words!

  • klablanc

    e-books are very cost efficient but I really love print books. I like the tactile experience better. I can’t wait!!

    • TamaraOutLoud

      I feel the same way– as a reader, I definitely want a book in my hands. I’m excited you’re excited! 🙂

  • Julie

    First of all, I love that klablanc, Barb and UG are so encouraging. Secondly, I agree with them…I too would rather have a hard copy, but getting your stuff out there as an e-book might be the best way to start. So glad that you ar following your heart, and are using your God given gifts.

    • TamaraOutLoud

      Thanks, Mum!

  • https://sites.google.com/site/holyhugs/ Jim Fisher

    For poetry, I would actually prefer an audio. Listening to Mary Oliver deliver her own imagery with her timing and cadence is priceless and something I can “read” anywhere while doing anything. Check into eMusic audiobooks.

    • TamaraOutLoud

      I LOVE this idea, Jim! Thanks!

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