poetry book sales – please take this quick 3-question survey!

Am returning to questions raised in this post on poetry print runs, and still thinking about poetry publication generally. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of information out there on poetry book sale numbers and I thought a survey (anonymous, of course – no need for names of poets or publishers) might be helpful. It will literally take you 10 seconds, and as soon as you are done, you get to see the survey results as they are at the time you take the survey. Click here to take the survey (it’s at SurveyMonkey), and thanks in advance!

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

3 thoughts on “poetry book sales – please take this quick 3-question survey!”

  1. Hi, Nic,

    I filled out your survey, as requested. A point of interest regarding the questions; my publisher (my book isn’t self-published) uses a print-on-demand, so we’re still continually printing and selling books as needed. At this point I don’t remember how many copies were part of the first run, or exactly how many have sold to date, for that reason. While it hasn’t appeared in another format for purchase, it is indeed available as a PDF for reviews, etc.

    I don’t know if this impacts your survey, but I just thought I’d share! All the best!


  2. Hi Joanie – many thanks for filling out the survey and for stopping by to comment. There are so many different aspects to this whole business it’s difficult to keep a balanced slate of considerations before one, but yes, absolutely, the fact that many publishers are using POD does make the ‘initial print run’ question obsolete for some poets. I think the ‘number of copies sold’ question stands equally for both groups, though. Thanks for helping clarify thinking! Best and thanks, Nic

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