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DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative

July 07, 2005

DIY Publishing Syllabus

Click here to download the syllabus as a PDF.

DIY Publishing: Chapbooks & Zines, Webzines & Blogs
Bowery Arts & Sciences Program in Applied Poetics
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
Workshop Space (downstairs)
July 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Class reading: Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m.

OVERVIEW

Why DIY?
* DIY as an extension of one’s art
* DIY as direct contact with one’s audience
* DIY as a business

What is a micropress?
* In print
* Online
* Self-sufficiency

What is a chapbook?
* Cheap book origins
* Chapbooks as book art
* Chapbooks as a unit of composition
* Chapbooks as a sampler or selection of larger project

What is a zine?
* Magazines vs. zines
* Single-author zines
* Multiple-author zines
* Themed zines

What is a webzine (online journal)?
* Print magazines vs. web-based magazines
* Editorial schedule: issue format…or not
* Viewpoint & aesthetics
* Single- or cross-genre
* Single- or multiple-contributor

What is a blog?
* Viewpoint & aesthetics
* Uses of the blog
......Personal expression
......Joining the conversation
......Publication of creative work
* Considering your audience

Distribution options
* Consignment
* Event-based
* Direct mail
* Online

Publicity
* Building an email list
* Establishing an online presence
* Trading links
* Postcards & fliers
* Booking events
* Event-based publicity

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