In 2017, I wrote a blog post on the difficult decision to walk away from a chance at self-publishing a book. The manuscript, a little horror poetry collection with a few pieces of flash fiction sprinkled in, wasn't going anywhere. I had zero leads and tucked it away.
Poetry is a hard sell for presses because the readership just isn't there. Most publishers who are devoted to poetry won't risk further splitting their audience with "genre" work. (Plus, there's the perceived inferiority of any poetry not 100% "literary" in subject and tone.)
About a year ago, I came across a small press called The Poet's Haven. It has an Author Series and accepts poetry like a regular online 'zine. Looking through what they publish, I realized they seemed open to the possibility of horror. I took a chance.
Sunday, I received an acceptance letter! Blighted Feast is forthcoming in the summer of 2020. This will be the second chapbook I'll have coming out in two years! I'm thrilled (and nervous).
I'm not great at self-promotion. I guess I better learn fast!