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Self poems

Publishing your own book might feel rewarding – just check your expectations


Dear Agony Editor,

My mother is 83 and believes she’s a brilliant poet. She is not. She has self-published three books of poetry and, while she’s tight-lipped, I’m guessing her printing bill to date is about $10,000. Meanwhile, the books are piling up, unsold, around her apartment. I want to be supportive, but I also don’t want her to keep spending money foolishly. What can I do?

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