GCB: You were director of FutureCycle Press at that time.
Robert: FutureCycle Press began in 2007. However, I have also been editor or co-editor of several other presses, dating back to the mid-1970s.
GCB; How many books have been published by FutureCycle Press?
Robert: So far, 50 titles (books, chapbooks, anthologies), with 10 more in production
GCB: When did you begin publishing your poetry? Tell me again, how many of your own books have been published?
Robert: The first poem I published was in 1974, unless you count a short one printed in the church bulletin when I could barely write my name.
I have published six collections of poetry (three chapbooks and three full-length titles), with another full-length manuscript ready to seek a publisher.
Online Submissions Systems and Market Lists for Writers
GCB: On April 20, you will teach a workshop on the Nuts and Bolts Guide to Online Submission Systems and Market Lists for Writers
Why is it important for writers to learn how to submit online and what will they learn in your class that they can't pick up on the Internet?
Robert: Online submission is now the standard, no longer an exception to the rule. More and more publications are not only allowing electronic submissions but also requiring it.
Snail-mail submissions will be obsolete before too many years pass.
My class will not teach you anything that you couldn't learn on your own, but it will prevent you from having to go through the School of Hard Knocks, wasting your time.
It takes quite awhile to discover all the resources for submissions and no small amount of time learning how to use them. My class will jump-start your proficiency at selecting suitable publishers and sending according to their guidelines.
GCB: Is this class for experienced writers and poets or for beginners?
Robert: It's for any level of writer. Even many advanced writers don't know the resources available. However, beginning to intermediate writers will benefit most.
GCB: People know you as a poet. Is the class at Moss Memorial Library for poets only or for any writer?
Robert: The class is geared toward literary genres, including poetry, fiction, and essays. However, the resources discussed are comprehensive and suitable for any kind of writing, except perhaps cookbooks.
GCB: Thank you, Robert. You are always generous about giving of your time to help other writers. We all appreciate you.
To register for Robert's class contact Glenda Beall at email@example.com
Glenda Council Beall (GCB) is an administrator of this blog, a poet and writer. See other interviews with Nancy Simpson, Scott Owens.
Visit Robert King's website to learn more about him and his poetry.