8 Self-publishing Platforms

"You listen to me book... you're supposed to self publishing!  Get out there!"

“You listen to me book… you’re supposed to self publish! Get out there!”

Self-publishing is a crash course in how to smash your face against the internet without knowing if you’ll make it out alive.  I prefer the D.I.Y. route when it comes to publishing, or at least being involved with the press publishing my book.

I’m not saying if City Lights Book Store came knocking, I’d send them away.…

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Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry

Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry

"THERE'S A POEM IN THE MIRROR! I SEE IT!"

“THERE’S A POEM IN THE MIRROR! I SEE IT!”

Poems that know that they’re poems, or critique poetry, seem to have harnessed a bad reputation, a ball-gag that tastes like filth.

I dig them though.  Poems that are passionate and provoke emotion are good poems, at least in my little corner of subjectivity.  I dig writing that employs strong images, and leaves a taste of itself (whether sour, sweet,…

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The Road sees more sunlight than apartments of dark walls and carpet. Campfires have encouraged friendship more than school guidance counselors.
Get up. Go outside.
Books & Shovels, your local travelling bookstore
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Hi! I'm a travelling poet and publisher who makes a living street performing and selling books & zines through Books & Shovels, a traveling bookstore : books

I’m doing an AMA at r/Books on hitchhiking, poetry, and the 21st century.

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Bombs for digging

Jeremiah Walton:

Meet Meco, the baby raccoon we rescued from starvation along the side of the road, On The Road. We lived with Meco for a couple days prior to finding him a new home suitable for him to grow up and succeed without dependency on human beings long term.

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Meet Meko

We’ve rescued a baby raccoon, wandered the streets of Albany, N.Y., prevented…

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Bombs for digging

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Meet Meko

We’ve rescued a baby raccoon, wandered the streets of Albany, N.Y., prevented drunken buffoons from wandering into the highway, spent all nighters screaming at the Internet and smashing our skulls against social media, writing and re-writing, interviewing, throwing ourselves around physically, financially, and mentally.

We have no option but to do so.  There is no room for surrender, as…

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Traveling Bookstore is planning a tour around the country in what will presumably be a relatively beat up station wagon and/or van. Inside that will be books, chapbooks, CDs, etc. really anything that can touch the soul. With the money raised by the campaign the merry band of Traveling Bookstore fanatics can distribute the new words to whoever is interested. Particularly nice is the complete inclusion of all art. Beyond Alt Lit, beyond Beat, this will try to include whatever items can be included. Music, literature it will all be there.
Beach Sloth on Books & Shovels: Traveling Bookstore
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We spent the night making out with star fish (consent was given)

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Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

Jeremiah Walton:

Books & Shovels needs your strength

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To ensure Books & Shovels has a successful journey, we have sunk 1000s of dollars into the vehicle, which potentially just fried its motor pulling into the shop.  This may have rendered the vehicle useless, and we are waiting on word from the mechanic.

This is a time when we need your assistance more than…

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Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

To ensure Books & Shovels has a successful journey, we have sunk 1000s of dollars into the vehicle, which potentially just fried its motor pulling into the shop.  This may have rendered the vehicle useless, and we are waiting on word from the mechanic.

This is a time when we need your assistance more than ever to push our IndieGoGo campaign forward, and with encouraging others to pledge to secure…

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Weaseling into the public peripherals

Weaseling into the public peripherals

weasel press

“Poetry has immense power in the community, however it is generally thought of as a dead art. One of the goals of Weasel Press is to help push poetry into a larger light. We have never needed poetry more than we do today…

Weasel Press is not the only one bringing poetry to the masses. I have stumbled upon an intriguing project set out to travel across the United States as a Traveling Bookstore.…

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Another asshole peddling personal beliefs

Another asshole peddling personal beliefs

Humanity is really fucking up.

And I don’t know what to do about it.  Do you?

The Apathy of our Species

published in Screaming With Brevity

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We’re prepping for the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival coming up on July 26th and 27th. We’ll be departing for NYC on July 22nd, and staying through August 1st, before heading out to This Is Poetry, performing with Punk Hostage Press, Citizens for Decent Literature, Red Fez Publications, Zygote in my Coffee, & Blotterature Literary Magazine.

Nostrovia! Poetry, UndergroundBooks, and their child, Books & Shovels are stoked to arrive.  Here we are preparing for all this wonderful jazz below!

If you support our cause of encouraging others to make sacrifices for their dreams, please pledge to help securely launch this traveling bookstore into its eternal campaign.

Preparing to hit the NYC Poetry Festival We’re prepping for the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival coming up on July 26th and 27th. We’ll be departing for NYC on July 22nd, and staying through August 1st, before heading out to…
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Poets, come out of your closets

“Books & Shovels was not initially a station wagon. It was a frame pack on the back of founder Jeremiah Walton, a 19 year old poet from New Hampshire, U.S.A.. Hitchhiking at the time, Jeremiah operated a small distribution operation, street performing and hitting shows to spread the publications he released through his indie press, Nostrovia! Poetry, and for UndergroundBooks, a New York City publishing house. Books & Shovels had not even been named yet at this point. It was simply a new adventure for the recent high school graduate.”

Writer’s Edit, an Australian publication, covers the history of Books & Shovels, where it’s going, and how we are taking 21st Century Poetry by the throat.

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Passion Wars

Q: When you first approached me with your project, you mentioned Passionate Living over Making a Living. I love this concept. Can you tell me about your own journey to passionate living?

A: To be honest, it happened before I had the words for it. It’s simply how my brain is wired. Poetry clicked. Since it’s clicked, I’ve thrown myself recklessly against it. It’s what I’ve decided to do with my…

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