Those who have undertaken the task of writing a Poetry book will often say that computer software posed a significant challenge to them. This is why at the outset, we recommend using software that is user friendly and designed to work with the larger files that are common with many Poetry book projects. Below, we have provided a list of the most common software used for creating a Poetry book. The list is complete with comments and a rating system of 1 - 5 stars.
Do not use 2 or more varieties of software to produce your manuscript. Choose one type of software and stick with it. If the software you have originally chosen is causing problems, we would suggest copying the files to a Microsoft Word document. While Microsoft Word is not a perfect software, we have found it to be among the most stable.
Use a single computer. Using 2 or more computers or a variety of software can cause a number of problems with your file, the most serious being text-re-flow. Text Re-flow is the repositioning of text on the page. For example, if the word “afternoon” appears as the first word on a page on your computer, that same word may end up on the last line of the previous page when we print the proof of your How-To book. This problem is not insurmountable but in most cases is avoidable. Using a single software on a single computer will minimize the risk of developing problems like this later on.
We have listed a variety of the most common software used to create your Poetry book. We have rated each type of software according to its performance.
Most common program for writing manuscripts. Microsoft Word accounts for approximately 90% of our submissions.
4 out of 5
Microsoft Works is similar to Microsoft Word in many aspects, but is less stable when dealing with larger files.
2 out of 5
Very serious text flow issues; so much so, that many printers will not accept Microsoft Publisher files.
1 out of 5
Adobe PageMaker has a large learning curve, and proves difficult when transferring larger files.
2 out of 5
The ideal software to use is Adobe InDesign, due to its incredible flexibility and professional status. Unfortunately, the software has a steep learning curve and is quite costly.
5 out of 5
Corel WordPerfect is very user friendly, but completely incompatible with modern printing presses.
1 out of 5
Google Docs is a very flexible application that handles word processing very well. Because Docs is exclusively online, it autosaves all of your work so you never lose any important files.
Docs is completely free, and you can access it here.
4 out of 5
Unfortunately for users of Corel WordPerfect, font restrictions built into the software make it very difficult to print the file on our large commercial presses. We would strongly recommend copying the file into Microsoft Word before proceeding.
If you are interested in purchasing software to write your Poetry book, we would suggest you search online at Amazon.
Editing Your Manuscript
Editing is a term which simply means "to prepare (written material) for publication, as by correcting, revising, or adapting". We would strongly advise having your file edited before you submit your manuscript to be produced. This is to avoid delays in printing due to last minute corrections and the added cost of printing several proofs. First, as a cost saving measure, we would suggest a friend or family member who is qualified do the editing. Another option is to hire a student from a local community college or University to do the editing. A third option is to hire a professional editor. Although we do not provide an editing service, we would be pleased to recommend a qualified editor.
As the author, you should never do the final edit. If there are mistakes you probably won’t catch your own mistakes, no matter how many times you read through the manuscript.
Choose a Page Size / Binding Style
The most common page size for a Poetry book is the 8 ½” x 11” format. This is the easiest format for placing a combination of text and photographs on a page. It also allows a choice of a single or double column page layout. The second most popular page size is the 5 ½” x 8 ½” format. This format is usually used when there is a minimal number of photographs and the two column layout is not required.
The two most common binding styles for a Poetry book are hardcover and paperback binding with paperback binding being the most popular. The two main considerations when choosing a binding style for your Poetry book are:
While our paperback books are the highest quality available, our hardcover books are specifically designed to out-last all other types of binding and to be passed down from generation to generation.
A clear advantage in choosing our hardcover binding for your Poetry book is our 50 book minimum order. If re-orders are necessary, you may order as few as a single copy of your hardcover book at the original price per book. This allows you to order only what you require and eliminates the risk of paying for unnecessary copies. The minimum order for paperback books remains at 200 copies with a 200 copy minimum re-order.