irst things first – we are not book publishers. We are a graphic design and print production management company with the expertise and experience to guide and assist you to self-publish your book. We can assist you through all the stages of book self-publication other than writing your book and selling it; plus we can give you access to a couple of free marketing tools, namely, MyLiveBook and Free Author’s Page.
What can we do for you?
We can design and lay out the text, design and create the cover artwork, help you decide the type of book – paperback, hardback or coil / wiro bound, the type of paper for text and the cover material.
We can help you obtain your ISBN number by giving advice and pointing you in the right direction if you wish, and can create the barcode for you if required. For more details please see the next page in this Chapter & Verse section.
In short, you write and you publish – we create the book professionally for you. Let us help you with your first steps!
From your text and where applicable, from your digital photographs, after discussion with you on what impression you wish to create with the book and any ideas you feel strongly need to be incorporated into the design, we will produce the design / artwork for your book and will send you an electronic (PDF) proof by email for checking.
You needn’t worry if you have to make amendments, we will gladly continue to send you amended proofs until you are happy to proceed to print with your new book.
If we are also handling the printing for you, once the PDF proof is approved, you will receive an actual printed proof as a final check before going to print.
What should I do first?
Once you have written your book, you want to know roughly how many pages it will make in the printed version so that you can obtain costings for printing it.
You will also need to decide how your book is to be bound – paperback or hardback with dust jacket.
The type of paper you want it printed on is another consideration.
You need to decide how many books you will need. While we can print only one, it can work out to be quite expensive – 50 or better still 100 copies works out at a much better price per copy.
If your book is going to be sold in bookshops you will also need an International Standard Book Number.