I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just purchased a new car and had decided this time I wanted a personalized license plate. I can still see myself writing down variations of the word poet: Poet4Him, HisPoet, HisPen, Poetess, Poetress. Then I wrote my name next to the word poet and there it was: POETRICIA. How perfect. But not perfect enough for the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles. Why? One too many characters. So, I put away the scraps of paper and life went on. That was April of 2006.
A few years later (2009) I was finally ready to publish my first book of poetry (A Time to Write). Prior to that decision, I’d done a lot of research on publishing. I remembered reading that one step in self-publishing was choosing a business name for your publishing company. Almost immediately POETRICIA came to mind and Poetricia Publishing was born.
Initially I thought Poetricia Publishing would be the vehicle through which I would publish all the manuscripts I had been sitting on for the past 20 years, and after that, all my future books. In my excitement I didn’t realize that this goal was all about me. As time went on I expanded my vision and “products and services for the Christian minded poet” became my mantra. The mission for Poetricia Publishing is even clearer: “to provide manuscript development, layout design, editing, and proofreading assistance; naming services for your book, brand, or business; poetry on demand; and writing and publishing workshops".
My journey reminds me of Joseph and his prophetic dreams (Genesis 37:5-11). In his first dream he and his brothers were out in the field tying up bundles of wheat when his bundle stood up and his brother’s bundles gathered around and bowed down to it. In his second dream the sun, moon and stars bowed down to him. Based on his father’s words we know that symbolically the bundles of wheat and the stars represented his brothers and the sun and moon represented his mother and father. Joseph’s dreams of greatness seemed to be all about him.
Fast forward a couple of decades - after Joseph was betrayed, falsely accused, imprisoned, set free, and reunited with his brothers - the dreams came to pass. Joseph was promoted to second in command over all of Egypt (Genesis 41:39-46) and later proclaimed “you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph realized it was not all about him.
And I did too.