your book with ideas4writers
From 1 August 2006 we're changing into a publishing company.
Quite a lot of you have asked whether we could help you to self-publish
your own books as well as publishing our own. Well, we weren't
intending to do this, but due to the large number of requests
coming in I think we'd be mad not to. We certainly have the capability,
and having heard some of your experiences in dealing with other
self-publishing companies I think we can offer a much better service.
So the answer is (a provisional) yes!
We've given this a little thought and here's what we've come
(Please note that these are just thoughts about what we could
offer. Nothing has been confirmed yet, and if we do go ahead we
won't be launching any publishing services before August 2006.)
If we did this, it would be a proper hand-crafted high quality
service, not the "drop a Word document into a template and
click print" sort of thing that certain other self-publishing
companies offer. We would work with the author at every stage
and make sure they're happy about every detail - and that we're
We wouldn't publish just any old thing. It would have to pass
our quality test. If it's going to have our brand name on it then
we will only publish good stuff. We would also insist on editing/proof-reading
it ourselves - even if it had already been done elsewhere. (We're
control freaks with very high standards!)
The brand name (imprint) would not be ideas4writers. We're keeping
that for our own books about writing. Dave has a couple of novels
he wants to publish, so we'll be setting up a new imprint for
those. That imprint could be used for self-publishing too. What
would it be called? We don't know yet - any suggestions would
We can do all the design, artwork, computer graphics, layout,
typesetting, cover design, etc and arrange for the books to be
printed by a commercial digital printing company. We can do photography,
including cover photos and author photos. We can do ISBN numbers,
barcodes, bookdata registration, legal deposits, etc. You would
get a sample copy to approve before we went ahead with printing.
The commercial printers we would use offer both traditional litho
printing for longer runs as well as POD (print on demand) for
short runs or single copies.
Marketing the books would be mostly up to you. However, we could
send out press releases to relevant magazines and newspapers,
place adverts where required, feature the books on our website,
offer them for sale online (and handle online payments), and mention
them in our newsletter. We can get them listed on Amazon.co.uk
(including cover image) and made available for bookshops to order
through Gardners (the main UK wholesalers). We could send an information
sheet to every bookshop in the UK (for an extra fee - this isn't
We can also do posters, postcards and bookmarks - all useful
book-marketing tools. We could do T-shirts, mugs, pens, mouse
mats and that sort of thing too if anyone wanted them.
We could also offer an order processing and shipping service
where orders direct come to us and we despatch them from here.
You could also refer buyers to our website and they could buy
them from there. You could obviously have boxes of books sent
to you and sell them yourself if you wanted to.
What would the books look like - size, paper quality, printing,
etc? Non-fiction would be like "The
fastest way to write your book". Fiction would be like
Geoff Nelder's "Escaping
How much would all this cost? Much the same as it would cost
How we differ from other self-publishing companies: You'd be
getting hand-crafted professional quality, quality checking at
every stage, author input at every stage, as much hand-holding
and jargon-free explanation as you want, and guaranteed satisfaction.
You won't have to deal with our American office as we don't have
one. You can visit us in person if you want to (but give us a
fair warning so we can tidy up a bit). Or we can come to you.
We won't take money without your authority - we would never do
that, it's just plain wrong. In the unlikely case that you had
a problem we'd sort it out immediately, give you a full apology,
and feel terribly guilty at having got it wrong in the first place.
Unlike other self-publishing companies, this will not be our
core business. We can only accept a limited number of books, otherwise
we won't have time to work on our own projects. You can rest assured
that the books we do accept will receive our fullest attention.
If you have any comments or suggestions we'd be pleased to hear
Dave and Kate