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Lin Treadgold:
For new writers who may be perplexed by all the information about self publishing, who on earth can you trust with your book?

There are many way to self publish and I am sure that our members here will add to this post.  However, I can strongly recommend that if you want to have a fully comprehensive support for your first novel and wish to self fund, then I suggest you try Silverwood Books.  They are very good and most helpful.  Their editors are excellent and their support is too.  You can choose from various packages, but you can also have a paperback copy of your novel, and their covers are wonderful! 

Here is the link and their contact is Helen Hart.  http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/

Good luck.

Lin



Dawn:

--- Quote from: Lin Treadgold on January 23, 2018, 03:35:46 PM ---For new writers who may be perplexed by all the information about self publishing, who on earth can you trust with your book?

There are many way to self publish and I am sure that our members here will add to this post.  However, I can strongly recommend that if you want to have a fully comprehensive support for your first novel and wish to self fund, then I suggest you try Silverwood Books.  They are very good and most helpful.  Their editors are excellent and their support is too.  You can choose from various packages, but you can also have a paperback copy of your novel, and their covers are wonderful! 

Here is the link and their contact is Helen Hart.  http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/

Good luck.

Lin

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Thanks for the link, Lin. Would this not be classed as vanity publishing? I always thought we should stay away from companies like this, though I could be mistaken.

hillwalker3000:
I tend to agree with Dawn.

Here's another one http://www.troubador.co.uk/matador.asp
It's not self-publishing, is it?

Self-publishing is where the author does everything - write the book, proof read, edit, format, design the cover, write the blurb, press the 'publish' button, and market.

Amazon's Createspace is free and fairly user friendly. I know someone who recently paid £1500 to what used to be called a vanity publisher, and although it has the appearance of a professionally published book, the content is rather dreadful. I would suggest that the editing process they advertise was non-existent. Buyer beware. No one should ever have to pay to have their work published in my opinion.

H3K

Wen:

--- Quote from: hillwalker3000 on January 24, 2018, 11:41:00 AM ---I would suggest that the editing process they advertise was non-existent. Buyer beware. No one should ever have to pay to have their work published in my opinion.

H3K

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What a coincidence in timing. A friend in internet radio recently plugged a publishing company on the station’s Facebook page. Curious, I discovered a pricing structure for services on the publisher’s site.

What stood out was how one could order their “backs” at cost. There was a lot of white space on the page, so there weren’t many places for an error to hide. Yet they had clients.

Lin Treadgold:
I have to say that Silverwood is my own publisher and they are excellent.  They have fantastic reviews and are well known to the Romantic Novelists' Association.  Many of our authors are with them.

When my first publisher went down the pan, Silverwood Books were recommended to me and they have done an excellent job of keeping my book out there. I receive royalty payments. No, this is not vanity publishing by any means, but a way of ensuring that the book you send out via Amazon is well edited and professionally presented. You never see your own errors.  The book covers are great and if you are in any doubt, please send Helen Hart an email via the web site.  I self publish because I choose to do it.  My third book will be traditionally published, because that's what I choose to do.  The stigma of vanity publishing has been given bad vibes.  This is quite rightly so, but now you can self publish with a reputable company and have something that works at the end of it. 

There are many reasons for self publishing. My second book was also accepted by a traditional publisher but I didn't like their business practices, so it works both ways. I fell ill and moved house at the same time. (not recommended)  At the moment I choose not to hang around and wait for a publisher to make up their mind about my novel.  It could take another year, I want to get on with my third and fourth book.  I have a few novels on the computer, so I chose to self-publish this one.  It will help me to catch up whilst at the same time keeping my author status alive.   

I think it's worth it to pay someone to help make your novel the best it can be.  As I said, you dont see your own mistakes., hard as you try. Each author has different abilities.   

Lin


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