Not very much, this is actually first time experience trying to work with a publisher
Mostly, while I respect some publishers, poetry is a brutal field, and I have to say the publishers reflect that.
I've had emails from foreign publishers but haven't given it any serious thought as it is a very arduous process.But I publish my poems in the papers quite regularly.I've even covered events on behalf of the papers and contributed in the papers as a freelance writer.
I have just signed to go with a self-publisher program. Nothing yet except on-line places.
haven't had to deal with them yet... dont' really want to.
Not a very good one. My first publisher was a joke to be honest with you and I will never work with them again.
Now when I self-published my second book, Xulon Press was very nice.
This is such a hard business to get into and waiting on that "big break" is very nerve wrecking.
I have had publishers close down before I could sign a contract and one time a publisher offered me a contract and backed out.
I have been treated very well, there has been no editing in my writing and when I publish my work in papers I never get comments like I should make the text shorter or things like that, that has happened but very seldom.
I'd say the usual..first time authors have a tough time breaking in. I think the best thrust of time is to find an agent one can work with. They know the industry better than most...and other writer's have told me they really are happy to have a good agent in there fighting for them.
That's what I'm doing right now..looking for an agent.
Difficult at best.
I have only dealt with newspapers and magazines. Mostly good, but I seldom submit articles anymore, since I started my own blog.
It's a love-hate relationship, believe me.
Negative-I've received rejections, and in some cases never heard from. And positive even with the rejections I've had positive feedback ie they loved my work and thought I had talent but they couldn't use the storyline. And I've received contracts.
plenty good, more bad, some lost, some delinquent, others horrible, some mean, megalomaniacs and non-writers, eaters and thin ones, some intolerable, others just out of reach--
So far so good. I've been published; and I've been given some good feedback.
300 plus turndowns by agencies and publishing houses. Which is normal in this industry. I do not have a famous name with a following nor is what I've written about politically or culturally correct. So in the mean time, I continue to write.