Before an author or organisation decides whether or not to go ahead and invest in the publication of their book, we believe it is vitally important for them to be clear about what they are hoping to achieve by publishing their book. The costs will of course vary hugely, depending on what sort of book you want, and unless your budget is limitless you will need to consider what you have in mind and who the book is for.
We always advise that before you consider spending your own money you explore the possibility of finding a publisher for your book who will fund its production, then market and sell it for you. This can be a soul destroying exercise and you may well conclude that self-publishing is the best option, but do try.
There is no doubt that a book is a very special thing to create, and to give (or possibly sell) to family and friends. Modern techniques allow us to print even a very few copies, in paperback or hardback.
If you have access to a good market for your book, such as your local community, churchgoers, society members, a business etc., you will probably have an idea of how many potential buyers there might be for your book, and will be able to make the book available to them directly. If, however, you want to sell the book more widely via the book trade, you need to be very realistic about the difficulties of making a profit from such sales. In some cases a combination of luck and good management can result in a measure of success – very proactive authors can help a great deal – but you will need to bear in mind the high discounts you will need to give and the problems booksellers are facing nowadays which make them cautious about what they stock.
We will give you an honest assessment of the likely appeal of your book and offer advice accordingly on the quantity and specifications, so that you can make an informed decision.
These days, many publishers won’t even reply to authors’ submissions unless they come via an agent, which in turn are hard to interest. In a significant number of cases the response from either publishers or agents will be positive in terms of the book itself but not in respect of the market for it. In the main, only ‘safe bets’ are being taken on, where there is a large and relatively certain market. Often, publishers will require substantial changes to the book, which the author does not want.
Whatever the reason for not following the commercial publisher route, self-publishing is an obvious alternative and one that, though it cannot be guaranteed to be profitable, does give you exactly the book you want.
Over the years we have produced books for a very broad range of organisations, including Lancaster University, Stevenage Borough Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Thwaites Brewery, Sussex University, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Walker Art Gallery, and many history societies, hospitals and schools. Often these are prestigious publications, heavily illustrated and designed for use as promotional tools as well as for sale. Like all the books we produce, each is unique and designed individually, tailored to the content and to the image of the organisation.
Anything is possible, though, from a small leaflet right up to a limited edition boxed hardback, and we know that our costs are very competitive.
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We’ve created a handy guide to explain each major stage in the publishing process, focusing on what you, as a self-publishing author, need to know, and avoiding the technical stuff you don’t need to worry about.
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If you need to discuss any aspect of your project, at any stage, there will be someone here who can help. We have a small team and all of us enjoy the contact we have with authors and others involved in the book production process.