Writing is a difficult business, if you are trying to make a living of any sort with it. As many writers tend to be working on their own, if you can’t find writing opportunities then you need to try to make your own. Poetry is also a difficult business if you want to have any sort of success with it at all. You have to create your own opportunities with it as well. That’s what Whitman did with his poetry – he created his own success. His poems and his methods with publishing his poetry are the inspiration for the lead essay and this book. The lead essay involves how to read Walt Whitman, a must read for would be poets and poetry lovers to read and digest. His very approach and success to poetry can teach would be poets and current poets a lot about how to succeed in this art, this field even today. My essays in this book, offer different insights into writing, publishing, editing and surviving as a writer and/or as a poet.