Independent digital publishing and book design innovation
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Do you charge me to publish my book?
No we don't -
What books do you publish?
We only publish books that fit our genre interest of women’s fiction or occasional
cultural and scientific non-
What is special about an independent publisher?
Unless you have a proven track record of high sales already, then the chances of
getting noticed and accepted by the large traditional publishers and their integrated
network of literary agents is on a par with winning the lottery. Most don’t want
nor can afford the risk or aggravation of authors who don't sell much. The old traditional
publishing route and model for writers in the fast-
If you don’t charge then do you take a commission from sales?
Yes – all small indie publishing has to work on a shared commitment model, so we
share the royalties with you the author. Your writing investment must provide us
with an oven-
What retail channels do you use for eBooks and printing?
We are a digital publisher, which means your ready manuscript and cover is professionally
formatted, priced up and file submitted to the leading eBook retailers for the US,
UK and Europe which are Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Books and Apple. We do the same
for printed books using either Lightning Source or CreateSpace, the best world-
So what do you charge for?
Publishing services to assist writers and authors who want to directly and independently
How do these self-
On a very reasonable fixed price basis for each listed service, or as a discounted package for the whole lot. Click or tap on the Costs tab for more details and how to pay then go to the Shop for deals and to buy.
Can you provide me with a fuller list of the range of services you offer?
Can you be a bit more specific about marketing and selling the book – isn’t that what publishers are for?
To an extent, yes. If potential readers are not made aware of a book’s existence
then it isn’t going to sell, no matter how good it is, so the time and investment
which both author and publisher make get an unsatisfactory return. Continuous marketing
is absolutely vital. All publishers now, whether indie or traditional, require their
authors to work on promoting their own books. In fact this has been shown many times
to be the most effective way to sell the book you have lovingly created and put so
much time and effort into writing. This has traditionally taken various physical
So is that all you do on marketing?
As digital publishers we engage and experiment with new forms of promotion and marketing,
appropriate to a digitally connected and global readership base, using targeted social
media channels. Importantly, we are a niche publisher of women’s fiction, so our
marketing efforts are directed solely to readers for this genre and all its sub-
Do you collaborate with other publishers?
Yes. As a small and niche indie publisher, with a core publishing mission and interest
for quality women’s fiction, we have designed what we believe is a cost effective
publishing process and promotional book model. We are committed advocates of continuous
improvement, innovation and learning and because we are small and agile we can adjust
rapidly to market and technological changes. In publishing everyone agrees there
is a huge amount of change going on globally which will undoubtedly continue. One
of the key benefits we provide is taking away some or all of the hassle of the publishing
processes, even if you are already an experienced self-
Ok, so what about royalties – how do I get paid?
Agreements are individually negotiated once we agree to publish your book. There are no set percentages but we operate to independent publishing norms across the world. We will explain in more detail, as we work on final publication, how royalty payments operate. But we work on the sensible and fair business principle that as we get paid, you get paid so you will receive your portion of the royalties regularly along with emailed royalty report documentation. We make payments by PayPal. We do not pay advances.
And how do we pay you for self-
Our charges for services are very competitive, we understand fully that many new writers struggle for funds when they need help. We use the PayPal secure payment channel, great for different currencies globally and so easy to pay by. So you can pay conveniently by your own PayPal account or Visa and Mastercard. Service costs are quoted in GBP currency but we do have an online currency convertor visible on the shop site so that US dollar and euro payers can see immediately what the cost is in their own currency, allowing for small PayPal currency conversion charges.
So you are happy then to publish or provide services for an international author like me?
Yes – absolutely. We may be small, independent and niche but we are a global business which reflects the dynamism and open trading opportunities for eBooks and worldwide print on demand distribution. Because we can receive and distribute all payments using PayPal, then it is easy for us to publish your book or support you with book creation wherever you are, as long as you can access a PayPal facility.
Can you explain what sort of publishing agreement you provide?
Our publishing contract is straightforward and non-
You mentioned copyright – so do I retain it then and who registers that copyright?
Yes, you will always retain the copyright of your book when you publish with us, we will never ask for it to be reassigned. The signed agreement simply means you are assigning worldwide English language only rights to us for publishing your book in print or eBook formats. This will be clearly shown on the copyright page of any book, in whatever format, showing copyright with you and published by us. There is no mechanism for registering copyright in the UK. By creating the work you have automatically acquired the intellectual property right or copyright. There is an international sharing of copyright principles by many countries, including the US, which means copyright is retained up to seventy years after the author’s death. But countries such as the US do have different approaches to optional copyright registration and we can advise you on these options depending on the markets your book will be attracting.
Will I need an ISBN number and how do I get one?
Yes – any book in print will need a unique ISBN number, alongside its title and author, in order to be scanned and tracked worldwide through the computerised systems used by booksellers, online retailers and wholesalers. As publisher of your book we supply and assign your ISBN print number. For eBooks, such a book is deemed to be a new format and should technically have its own ISBN number. Our policy is to assign an ISBN number only to every printed format. Books published in eBook formats normally do not require ISBNs but if you are self publishing we can advise you on how to acquire your own ISBN numbers if appropriate.
And what about hardbacks?
We don’t normally publish in hardback format, but can now do so if an author specifically wanted that at extra cost. We would do it after discussions, and it would require its own ISBN number too. Presently we are experimenting with hardbacks as special editions.
I understand you are also writers as well as publishers – doesn’t this conflict?
We are writers of women’s fiction, and no there is no conflict, quite the reverse
– we both publish and self-
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