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 U.S. poets with collections of 80 manuscript pages minumum whose work merits publication for worldwide distribution.
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.
How to be considered for a Worldwind Books Poetry Series contract:
Snail-Mail Queries: Mail 10-20 pages of poetry 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. Include a cover letter with as much of the following information as you can muster:
E-Mail Queries: Do Not Send Attachments the first time you write to me.
What is the working title (and subtitle, if any) of your collection?
How would you describe your style of poetry?
What is the unifying theme of this collection?
Do you give readings, participate in poetry slams, or otherwise actively promote your poetry?
Have you previously published individual poems, chapbooks or collections? (If yes, you may briefly list or describe - for example, "assorted poetry journals" - you do not have to list them all.)
Do you hold the rights to publish all of the poems in your collection?
List of sample poems included.
Send your e-mail to Zelda Gatuskin
with "Poetry by " and your full name in the subject line (Example: Poetry by Zelda Gatuskin). In your message, please provide your complete contact info, including physical address. Describe your poetry and your collection (see questions above). You may paste sample poems or excerpts of poems into your email. Please be prepared to send your entire proposed collection in a single file (not a whole bunch of individual files).
Then what? If I'm interested, I will want to see all of the poems you have in mind for the book. 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...
Once we have taken a look, 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. By sending your poetry for consideration, you are under no obligation to purchase publishing services, and Amador Publishers, LLC is under no obligation to offer a publishing contract.
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 sell for?
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. The book will be available through on-line vendors, who may discount the price.
How much will I make in royalties?
Amador authors earn royalties of 10% up to 25% on the total proceeds collected by the publisher on all book sales (wholesale and retail). Royalties are paid quarterly.
How much will I have to pay for publishing services?
The publishing package for a poetry book of 96 to140 pages is negotiable, and in some cases the author is only asked to pay for an initial book order.
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 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 if 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 worldwide distribution. All imprint titles are marketed alongside the full Amador list.
How should I prepare my poetry document?
Poems should be single-spaced in 12 pt. standard font style (don't get fancy), generous margins, page number and author name on every page. 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.
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.
How long will it take to publish my poetry?
Your book can be published in 8 to 12 months.