RoperPenberthy

RoperPenberthy Publishing Ltd

Author Guide

PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK YOURSELF

With the advent of digital technology and the move away from High Street to on-line purchasing and down-loading self-publishing has become the method of first choice for many authors, especially if they are writing for a specialist or niche market.  For a relatively small investment authors can publish high quality books that can, with effective marketing and distribution, produce a good level of return.  A realistic assessment of likely sales is the key to profitable self-publishing, so whether you are likely to sell 50 or 50,000 copies our professional advice and services can make your book project a success.

If you have a manuscript and are able to finance the design and production of the finished books, we can helpyou to publish the book yourself.  Whether you are an individual or an organisation;, commercial, professional or not-for-profit, self-publishing via a professional publishing services company is a route that you should consider.

Publishing Services

We offer a menu of services: copy-editing, proof-reading, typesetting, cover design, printing, warehousing and distribution from which the author can choose.  If you are unsure we are happy to give advice and guide you through the process

Supplying Your Text

Please supply your text as a Microsoft Word file by email or on  CD with a printout of the text, double-spaced.  If you are supplying pictures please supply them as CMYK files with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Text Review

Some authors are unsure as to whether what they have written is suitable for publication, so the first service that we offer is a review service, where an experienced professional will read your manuscript, make suggestions for its improvement (if needed!) and discuss where the potential market of your book may be.

Copy-Editing

Some authors have important things to say but writing is hard work and not always easy to do well.  Copy-editing is the process which can help an author to structure and shape a book properly, as well as making sure that all the grammar, spelling and punctuation is correct.  It can be a time-consuming business but it can also make the difference between a good or a bad book.  The author always has the final say on the text and only when he or she is satisfied will the book go forward for typesetting.

Typesetting

This is the stage when the finalized text is laid out in the format in which it will be printed with the chosen typeface and size, the correct line measure and number of lines per page, headings and sub-headings.  It is only after this stage that the exact number of pages is known for certain.  After the typesetting it is always useful to have a proof-read, to ensure that everything has been done properly and no errors have crept in.

Proof-Reading

After typesetting the text will be returned to you, laid out in the pages as it will appear in the finished book, for one final check.  This stage is not for re-writing but to make sure that no errors have crept in and that the typesetting has been properly performed.  Only after you have checked the proofs and signed off any last corrections will the text be ready and passed for printing.

Cover Design

A good cover design can make all the difference to a book.  Without a good cover it is unlikely that the book will stand out sufficiently for it to be picked up and purchased.  Our designers work closely with the author to ensure that your creative ideas are executed properly and you have a cover that shows off the contents to their best.

Printing And Binding

The format of the book, the paper on which it is printed and the method of printing, are all important choices that need to be made.  They can make all the difference as to whether a book is successful or not and, if done incorrectly, can prove to be a costly mistake.  With over 20 years experience in print buying around the world we are confident that we provide quality, cost-effective print buying for our clients.

E-book Publishing

After the book has been typeset and the cover designed it is a relatively straightforward process to convert the electronic files into those suitable for e-publishing (epub or mobi files).  Currently in the UK e-books form a relatively small part of overall sales (less than 5% at time of writing) but the trend is that year-on-year the proportion of e-book sales to print sales will increase.  All titles that we produce as e-books are uploaded onto Kindle for sale.

Marketing And Distribution

When publishing it is necessary to have a clear idea of how to promote and sell your book.  The last thing any publisher wants is a large stock of unsold books. A part of our service is to work alongside the author to help publicise their new title and, via our warehousing and distribution centre, our accounts with various wholesalers, retailers and websites, and our links into the publishing industry, to help that sales and marketing process.  We are also able to offer authors websites linked to our own site if they so wish and don’t already have their own site.

Cost And Payment

The cost of publishing varies hugely from job to job, so we cost each project individually.  The size of the book, the number of pages, the quality of materials, whether there is colour or it is black text only, the quantity to be produced – all these factors impact on the price.  However, all jobs are fully costed and specified before work commences and should there be any variations from the written quote they are notified in advance of any work being undertaken.  Normal payment terms for first orders are 50% with the order and 50% on delivery of the job.  If you decide to place sales and marketing through us royalties are calculated and paid twice a year.
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