Poetica Publishing Company


                                           Poetica  Publishing  Company
                   Mizmor Poetry Anthology


Self-publishing is an affordable, rewarding process. 


Thank you for considering Poetica Publishing!




Our editorial staff is friendly, experienced and professional. Together, editors and authors design the manuscript and cover. We offer many publishing options: paper quality, 100% recycled paper, off-white or all white paper, three book sizes, hard copy manuscript conversion to digital files, copy editing and proofreading, perfect binding, full color cover, FREE publicity, author's website for purchases and publicity, manuscript registration (ISBN# and Bar Code), and one FREE copy to review and approve before print. Additional services are available based on personal preference and level of energy to self-promote. As with self-publishing, authors keep all rights and royalties. 

If self-publishing is your choice, contact the publisher to discuss options: poeticapublishing@aol.com

Our Authors

Most of our authors publish books to share with family and friends, usually in time for special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries. Editors work closely with the authors, making the process inspiring and meaningful, so much that many return to publish additional books with Poetica, such as Mordecai Rosenfeld, four essay collections; Jane Ellen Edwards, five poetry chapbooks; Alan Toltiz, two poetry collections; Shari Cohen, two inspirational books set to music; Norman Chansky, four poetry collections; Hank Fisher, two poetry collections; and many others. Before starting the design work, editors and authors discuss design options, promotional options, and overall budget. Visit our authors HERE.

Promote Then Publish

Before thinking to publish a book, we encourage writers to share information about their intent to publish a book: on social media; with local writing groups; at open mic events; during literary workshops; participate in discussions about the process; on personal BLOG and website; and with family, friends and co-workers. We encourage writers to create an email list of local writers, artists, teachers, libraries, book stores, family, and friends. Successful promotion is based on the author's energy to self promote and realistic expectations. Establishing presence online is vital - start building your network early. 

Know Your Audience

If the book is centered on a specific experience, start thinking about the organizations and groups that might be interested in having you as a guest speaker. For example, if the book is centered on mental health, plan to release the book during May Mental Health Awareness Month... There are many month-long observances on the calendar. Match your book to the appropriate month and contact the organization for a solo reading. Here is the complete list of Month Long Observances.

Acknowledgment Page - Validate Individual Works

Poetica encourages writers to submit individual works to literary magazines for possible publication, and / or, to literary awards. This step is very important for self-published books. The acknowledgment page is included right after the copyright page in the collection - readers review the list of magazines and awards... a first strong impression about the author's writing style and commitment to the craft. For a list of magazines and awards, visit www.NewPages.com. There are many groups on Facebook sharing no-fee open call for submissions, search under "Call for Submissions" in the groups section. 
Authors' Websit

New authors are more interested in offering their paperback books and ebooks through their own websites, where additional information is included: reviews, introductions, lists of awards and publications, additional images, sample works from collections, full biographical information, other books they’ve published, visual art by the author, links to published works…. this is well worth the investment. 

Editing / Proofreading - Know the Difference 

To create an enjoyable process, always submit to the publisher a well-edited and ready for print manuscript. We offer proofreading: "proofreading is usually the correction of grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation errors in a text. Our of courtesy, proofreaders may sometimes also point out problems of structure, vocabulary, and consistency usage whose correction belongs to copyediting." Book editors help the author rewrite their work, improve pacing, characters, plot, sentence structure, make sure the writing is clear and effective." *****Create a faster process by submitting to the editors a well edited manuscript... Thank you!*****


Copyright Page / ISBN#

Poetica Publishing is noted in the copyright page as the publisher, also noted on the back cover and in all promotional material. ISBN# is included and noted in the copyright page and on the back cover with the bar code. Writers interested in registering their books with the Library of Congress should visit the guidelines and register their books before submitting the full manuscript to Poetica. 

Book Size / Orders


Poetica offers two book sizes (but not limited to...) 5.5" x 8.5 and 6" x 9". Books over thirty-six pages will be printed in perfect bind style with spine wording while, collections under thirty-six pages will be printed in saddle-stapled type. Minimum orders 50 / Average orders: 100 - 125 copies. Books size suggestion: Poetry 5.5" x 8.5" / Essays and Prose 6" x 9" . We are flexible - contact the editors to discuss options. 

Reprinting Options

(1) Reorders are available to all Poetica authors, any time. The fee for reorders is ($) per copy based on the original agreement + shipping cost. (2) After the first edition is released, authors can add new works to the collection and release second, and even third editions. In this case, there is a minimal fee for the reformatting and a new ISBN# is assigned ($). Minimum order for new editions is thirty copies. (3) Books published in the writer's earlier days can be reprinted under the same title; same cover if image available; new cover design is optional; new and revised text is optional. Authors must own all the rights to the title and works included in the book.  

Converting Handwritten Material to Digital

It is common nowadays for writers to handwrite in a journal, on napkins, on sticky notes, on note pads, and even use a typewriter... but when thinking about publishing a book, all the handwritten material must be converted to digital files. In addition, a few senior authors have sent us photo copies of published literary works, dated back to the '80s and '90s, material which is also needs to be converted to digital files. Our lovely Natalie Rose is our typesetting editor and she has worked closely with the authors to convert the files accurately: language, punctuation, and format. It's a slow process with rewarding results, Your Book Published Your Way!

Type of Paper

Our books are printed on a all-white paper, 30% recycled, at no additional fee. Off-white paper has an additional fee and is also 30% recycled. Additional options are available for recycled paper. Contact the editors to inquire about paper options. Before print, authors receive one bound copy to review the cover design, text, format, and quality of paper. 

Publishing Agreement

Writers receive a book quote to review and consider, including a publishing agreement. Poetica's Publishing Agreement protects the rights of the authors and the publisher. Authors and editors work together to create an attractive collection, communicate via email and phone. Authors keep all royalties and rights. Payments are made as the editors and authors progress with the design, can be made by check or via PayPal. Payment reminders are sent via email and the balance is to be paid in full before shipping. Editors work with the authors' own pace: for some a slow pace is what they need, while others are pressed on time to publish, on time for a family or literary event.