From the excellent Poetry Shed by Abegail Morley.
An interview with Graham Clifford
AM: How did you reach the publication stage?
GC: I’d been sending out work to lots of good quality magazines and competitions and sometimes being lucky, often not! Michael Laskey invited me to attend a master class at Aldeburgh, where my poem was absolutely ripped apart by a visiting American professor! I attended the “Poetry Trust/Jerwood Towards a First Collection” seminar, reading again at Aldeburgh (with Philip Rush and Katrina Naomi). I kept writing and sending my work out. In 2010 I was published by Seren after winning the Poetry Wales pamphlet competition; Amy Wack, at Seren then invited me to send a full length manuscript.
AM: What is the best way to get a book published?
GC: Develop an online a presence. Facebook is an excellent way of friending writers and organisations, which can lead to sharing work, online workshops and other opportunities.
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