William Maxheimer wrote:
I have a manuscript of poems that I want to publish, maintaining all my own formatting from Word.
Is there a way to get Kindle Direct Publishing to accept my manuscript as submitted--make no formatting changes? Poetry is built on line breaks and stanzas, etc.
Digital books are free-flowing. They do not 'act' like a paperback book. However, if it can be done, one of the experts here needs to reply.
Paperbacks are another thing and uploading a PDF should do it. Do so at CreateSpace (is also Amazon).
You can format your poetry ebook using Kindle Create(KC). KC is a free download from Amazon.com. Just load a Word doc into KC and format it how you like. In the KC pre-app notes it also specifies that a loaded Word doc can be used for the following:
Novels, Essays, Poetry, Narrative, Non-Fiction
Formatting your Word doc in KC should also give you more precise control over spacing, indents etc(needed for poetry) than uploading to KDP as a Word doc.
Also, please bear in mind that you cannot do all formatting in the Kindle Create app. So be sure that you do the following tasks first in Word before you load your Word doc into KC:
*Create a TOC in Word
*Add all ebook images in Word
*Add all internet links and internal links in Word
*Add all necessary bookmarks for cover, toc and begin read in Word(used for the Go To menu on Kindle devices).
After you have done the above formatting tasks in Word, then you can load the Word doc into KC to properly format your pages of poetry.
Is there a way to get Kindle Direct Publishing to accept my manuscript as submitted--make no formatting changes?
If Kindle Create doesn't do the job for you, you can always upload a PDF using Kindle Textbook Creator. "Fixed format" books do have limitations, however, in what devices can display them. Do due diligence.
Or heck, eschew digital and use print. I don't think poetry and electronics go together very well.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)