By Derek Haines on Just Publishing Advice:
Formatting poetry for ebooks is simple with the right tools
Self-publishing fiction is as easy as having a Word document and then uploading.
Most publishing platforms automatically remove unwanted space and create flowing text, which is perfect for fiction.
For poetry, however, space is a tool, and it can be very frustrating when all your formatting in Word is stripped away when you upload for publishing.
It has been a while since I had to work on a poetry manuscript, and I’ll admit that I was becoming a little frustrated after my first couple of attempts at uploading to both Kindle and Draft2Digital (D2D).
While Kindle preserved at least some of the Word formatting, Draft2 Digital stripped almost all of it away.
I found this in D2d help, but it proved to be a hit and miss affair. Some formatting stuck on some poems, but not others.
There had to be a better way.
I decided to do some digging around for articles and suggestions about formatting for poetry but most of the advice I found involved editing .html and .css.
For those new to self-publishing, these are skills that are usually very difficult to master quickly.
In the end, I found that the easiest, quickest and most flexible means of formatting a manuscript for poetry was to use two free software tools. One for Kindle and one for Draft2Digital.