The First Steps
Once you have a fairly clear idea of how you want your book to look and what you want from it, you should be able to let us have the information we need to give you a good estimate of the costs of producing it for you. We’ve put together a really straightforward form – no jargon, we promise! – which includes some nuggets of helpful guidance to make filling it in easy. The process of filling it in can be a good way to make decisions about what you want, so even if you’re not quite sure exactly what you want it’s worth having a look. Also have a peek at our jargon buster, which does exactly what it says on the tin!
If you feel you need advice from us before you make your choices, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, by email or phone. We are always honest and non-technical, and can discuss all the options with you.
Our initial advice and evaluation, as well as any estimate we supply, are all completely free of charge, of course. Once you have a price you are happy with and have decided that you want to work with Scotforth Books, we will produce a standard self-publishing contract for your book and send a copy to you for you to read carefully – we also encourage all our authors to show it to their legal representative or anyone else for their comments, just so that you are happy with everything. At any point, you are very welcome to come to our offices to see how we work and meet the people who will be making your book a reality.
One very important thing: we DO NOT ask for money upfront, and would warn you to be wary of companies who do. We feel that is extremely unfair to ask you to pay anything before we have provided any service, so you will only be asked to make any payment once you have page proofs, designed and laid out, with pictures (if included) in place.