On Making the Poetry Manuscript — New and Improved, Part I

September 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

If you found editor Jeffrey Levine’s article from 2011 “On Making the Poetry Manuscript” helpful, then here is his new and improved version. Today is tip #1 Ordering the Manuscript. Check every Wednesday on his blog for a more detailed discussion of his 27 points. I’m in the middle of this process with my first full-length collection, and all insights are appreciated.

Jeffrey Levine

sharpenerThis and every Wednesday for the next little while I will be expanding on many of the 27 points covered in my earlier post about making the poetry manuscript. If you’ve not read that original post, it’s called “On Making The Poetry Manuscript” (October 12, 2011) and is available here.

But first . . . many poets have asked me recently about the Tupelo Press Writing Conferences: what sets them apart from other manuscript workshops and writing retreats? What can I expect to come away with?

It’s important to me (and might be to you) to distinguish what Tupelo Press Writing Conferences are about, because great writing is at the heart of any successful publishing career, and because (as you’ll see further on) if you’re to make your manuscript a more successful swimmer in a sea of manuscripts, there are things you need to know.

So, here are a…

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