How much money have you spent so far submitting your chapbook, larger collection and/or individual poems to contests and competitions? Who is sitting in judgment of your poetry? How long will you wait for the gatekeepers of university publishing to invite you into the fold? And meanwhile, let me guess, you've been printing out little bundles of poems for your family and friends — your own personal fan club who would love to have your collection, whether you win any prizes or not.
Yes, I have been there. I finally decided to publish my poetry collection myself, and make it the template for the Worldwind Books Poetry Series. This is a service for poets with collections of 80 manuscript pages minumum who are willing to pay for book design and production services.
Your book will be professionally designed and published as part of the Worldwind Books Poetry Series, under contract to Amador Publishers, LLC. Your package will incude ISBN and Library of Congress numbers, copyright to the author, national availability through Amazon.com, Ingram's distribution and at AmadorBooks.com, with generous royalties on wholesale and retail sales, and a low author's price for you regardless of how many books you order, any time.
There is no fee to be considered for a Worldwind Books Poetry Series contract. Only send work that you feel is sufficiently polished for publication. I may suggest/require material to be added or removed from the book for the sake of the page count (96 to 140 pages total), and recommend changes to do with sequence and formatting, but I do not intend to edit your poems. More about poetry book preparation...
Step 1 - Query: Send by e-mail or snail mail 10-20 pages of poetry with a short cover note and your completed Questionnaire/Query form.
Snail-Mail Queries: Mail to Amador Publishers, LLC, 611 Delamar NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Include an SASE for my reply. Do not send your only copy, submissions will not be returned.
Send to Zelda Gatuskin with "Poetry by " and your full name in the subject line (Example: Poetry by Zelda Gatuskin). Your documents should be in .DOC format and named Your_Name_Form and Your_Name_Poetry. (Example: Zelda_Gatuskin_Form.doc) Note: I recognize that your technical ability has nothing to do with your talent as a poet, but if your attachments crash my computer I can't promise not to hold it against you. If in doubt, please use snail mail.
Step 2: If we think that your poetry is suitable for the series and this method of publishing will fill your needs, I will provide you with additional details of the publishing contracts available and instructions for sending the entire manuscript. You are under no obligation to proceed, and Amador Publishers, LLC is under no obligation to offer a publishing contract after seeing the full ms.
Step 3: You will either be offered a publishing plan and author agreement or provided with a short, constructive critique to support you in your writing. Our goal is to encourage and empower all writers. We're a small operation and must be highly selective, but in spirit we embrace all sincere creative efforts.
What will my poetry book look like?
Worldwind Books Poetry Series specifications: 6"x9" trade paperback, perfect binding, black ink interior with up to 12 pages b/w art, two paper choices, full color cover. The cover will be designed from a standard format, but colors, artwork and font styles are flexible so that each book has a unique look. The minimum number of total pages must be 96, to allow room for printing on the spine.
How much will my book cost?
Titles in the Worldwind Books Poetry Series retail for $14.95 and up, based on the page count. The price is printed on the back of the book with the barcode.
How much will I have to pay for publishing services?
The base price for a publishing package for a poetry book of approximately 100 pages is $1,400.00. The author's initial book order will be added to this. An initial book order of 30 (100-page) books will be $120.00; an initial book order of 120 books will be $420.00. Thereafter, authors will pay $5.00/book plus shipping for any quantity. [New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax will be added to all purchases for NM residents. Authors are not paid royalties on their own purchases. Books with more pages will cost more.]
What makes a collection suitable for the Worldwind Books Poetry Series?
Worldwind Books seeks to publish a diversity of voices and a variety of poetic styles. We look for poetry collections that are slim and cohesive with some thematic or aesthetic unity (please do not send your "Complete Works"). Authors should be selective when choosing poems for their collections. We apply our expertise to formatting the pages to allow enough white space so that the reader may fully experience the poems. We place art here and there throughout each collection. Poets may also want to include a brief bio and/or author statement, but remember that the poetry should speak for itself. We have determined that 96 to 140 total pages is the optimum size for the books in this series. More about page count...
Who decides if my work "is suitable" for Worldwind Books?
Right now it is me, Zelda Gatuskin, your humble, overworked owner/editor of Amador Publishers, LLC and Worldwind Books. I want the poetry series to represent a diversity of styles, subjects and voices. As the series grows I will be reaching out to the poets who are accepted for publication to assist in evaluating submissions. In this way, I hope to build a strong identity for Worldwind Books Poetry and maintain consistently high standards, so that every poet will be proud to be affiliated with the series.
Will my poetry be edited?
Your poetry will not be edited. This means that we will not change your wording or punctuation and will not interfere with the meaning or cadence of your poetry. However, your poetry will be proofed. If there is anything that looks unusual in a poem, we will bring it to your attention so that you may provide clarification and/or make any necessary changes. Additionally, in order to ensure that your collection stays within the optimum page count (96 to 140 pages total), we may suggest adding or removing material. It may also be necessary to make changes to line breaks and the sequence of the poems so that the pages look their best when printed. It is our intention to provide you with a book that is aesthetically pleasing, free of formatting/structure errors, and of overall top quality. We will always contact you and discuss our suggestions prior to making any changes. Before your book is sent to press, you will be provided with a proof copy to review. Our goal is your satisfaction. Note: We strive to get the best and most consistent results possible from the digital print process. Some variation in production is to be expected, and we design with this in mind in order to achieve uniformly high quality in our printed books.
Why do you have a specific page range for poetry books?
We have determined that 96 to 140 total pages is the optimum size for our series with respect to production costs, marketing strategies, audience appeal and price point. From a strictly visual/physical perspective, we want the book to be thick enough to have printing on the spine, yet thin enough that the reader might carry it with them, and formatted to invite the reader into the poet's meditative space. We do not want to produce is a volume that is so densely formatted that it looks daunting or unapproachable, or in which blocks of text compete with each other. We pay a lot of attention to format and appearance so that the reader can pay attention to your poetry.
Is it going to be obvious that I paid to publish my book?
First of all, your book will not be self-published. You will have a professionally published book, a formal Author Agreement with Amador Publishers, LLC, and national distribution. All of our books, including imprint titles, are marketed on the top level Amador Publishers web site, www.amadorbooks.com. This Worldwind Books site exists to help authors; the general reading public will not be directed here for book sales.
How should I prepare my poetry document?
Poems should be single-spaced in 12 pt. standard font style (don't get fancy), minimum 1.5" margins, page numbers upper right; author name upper left. Accepted file formats: .doc, .wpd, .txt, .pdf. When preparing complete manuscript, include a title page, table of contents, any previous publication credits, short author bio, and optional dedication, intro, preface, afterword as desired. Include separately hard copies of any artwork you have in mind for interior or cover, with credits and status of permissions or copyrights.
Can I include photos and art in my poetry book?
Yes! Graphics can complement your poetry nicely. We like to include some graphic elements throughout your collection (where appropriate) to create an appealing layout and flow. We are happy to recommend suitable graphics if you do not have anything specific in mind. However, your collection will be judged only on the poetry. Do not send us any art with your submission. If your work is accepted, we will discuss artwork at a later time. Note: When you complete the Questionnaire/Query form you will have an opportunity to share your ideas about artwork.
How long should I wait for you to reply to my query or submission?
If you provide an e-mail address or stamped return postcard, I will notify you of receipt of your material within a couple of days. Allow 6-8 weeks for a complete response. Return to this web page periodically for updates on response times.
Will it take up to 2 years to publish my poetry?
The 2 year timeframe applies only to Amador Publishers prose projects. Publishing your poetry with Worldwind Books means that your book can be published in 6 to 8 months.