Publish on your terms
The differentiating characteristic of going down the self-publishing road, is that the author has decided to take on the responsibility of publishing their work totally independent of a traditional publishing company. You should not be confused between self-publishing and vanity publishing. A great explanation of Vanity Publishing can be found here. Not so long ago, independently publishing authors and writers would have needed to spend a large sum of money on prepublication, printing books and storing them securely. Thankfully with the technology in today’s market brought to you by the huge print-on-demand organizations and with the choice of digital and printed books, mean self-publishing authors have the availability to have their book distributed worldwide within days.
The current digital revolution is completely changing the world of publishing, more authors are self-publishing every year with great results. Self publishing offers the author complete control of every aspect of publishing their book, from copy editing, proofreading, design, advertising and marketing, the list goes on. With all this control the author can be sure that the final product is just how they imagined it.
2008 was the first year in history which saw more books self-published than those published by traditional publishing houses. In 2009 76% of all books produced were by self-publishing authors. While mainstream publishing houses slashed the number of books they produced the self-publishing industry was – and still is – growing.
Self-publishing is not always easy, if it is your first time then it can be a steep learning curve.
Thankfully we are here to give you a helping hand. All of our services are designed to give you the control you need but using our expertise. Any service can be matched to exactly what you require and what your book will benefit from.
If you don’t see anything that matches exactly to your needs then please contact us to get a free no obligation quote.
When an author enters into a traditional publishing contract they will normally lose all control over the cover design, pricing, book launch, marketing strategies, the list goes on.
As a self-published author, you can decide when and where to have a promotion to boost interest in the book. You can change (at any time) the book’s synopsis if the old is not working, you can create a new cover or remove a chapter or scene your reviewers have taken a dislike to or correct typo mistakes as you see them – the list goes on.
You’re probably not going to see any money come off print sales directly, but you really shouldn’t worry about that. Normal publishing deals will pay an author around 18% of the list price if you’re lucky. A self-publishing author with The Self Publishing Site will receive 100% of the profits from their book. Plus you will have the chance to buy your books from us at cost price. This can and will save you a lot of money as some self-publishing companies offer to sell you your own book to you at 50% of the cover price.
We are able to print paperback books from £0.69 per copy.
Most traditional publishers would not be interested in books about a local or regional topic and due to the limited sales potential, although they can sell for a much higher rate. We have published many books about local events and local history and most of our authors have come back to have re-prints of their book.