New and Old Tools to Reach Millions of Readers [interview]

Tweetspeak Poetry started through Twitter when a group of online friends began writing poetry with each other in 140 characters or less. It quickly evolved into a popular online magazine and a publishing company, TS Poetry Press

In this interview, we talk about how writers can use Twitter, Print On Demand, and even reach out to traditional media with publicists, to rapidly build their audience online and off.

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About the Interview

L.L. Barkat is a poet, author, and most recently, a publisher. She is the author of Rumors Of Water, an award winning book about writing and creativity, and The Novelist, a novella about a woman writing a novel.

She is also the founder of TS Poetry Press, a small publisher based in New York City. One of their titles, The Whipping Club, was recently featured in Oprah MagazineYou can follow her on Twitter (@LLBarkat).

In this interview, Laura and I talk about:

  • Why Print On Demand tools like CreateSpace or Lightning Source made TS Poetry small press possible
  • How to build an audience from scratch on Twitter
  • How to hire a good publicist and get into Oprah Magazine
  • How to deal with negative reviews on your book