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Learn how to self publish with the Love of Books easy step by step process!

Take your niche to the next level!

The Love of Books complete step by step publishing process offers a series of steps designed with care and support to assist new authors with how to self publish and how to get published easily and successfully – Brisbane and Australia-wide!

”Helping Authors Brisbane and Australia-wide self-publish with ease”

Books and publishing – Discover our easy steps offered to help you understand how to self publish your new book easily, professionally and affordably.

Self Publish with total success – no surprises, all terms explained, caring and professional services!

If you have a great idea for a story, then you must write it and self publish into a fabulous book for others to read !

To support you through the self publishing maze we have developed a simple 10 step process to get your book published.

Please read through all the steps to gain an overview of the process and to determine your specific needs. Then give us a call or email a request for an obligation free quote. The quote request form is designed to help you get started. We are more than happy to discuss your questions and your needs when you are ready to embark on your journey to self publish with Love of Books.

How to self publish the easy way – What we will do for you:

All files SENT to us for book printing services only are checked professionally, saved as PDF files and then sent to you for inspection – free of charge before placing to print as part of our service.

We will send you a written summary including suggestions for improvement if your files are not print ready.

We will also provide a quote for the adjustments needed if you cannot complete the adjustments yourself.

You are entitled to 2, yes 2 FREE book proofs of your completed manuscript for added peace of mind.  So, if the first paper proof copy shows up that you have unfortunately overlooked a typing or formatting error, simply amend your file and return to us so that we can resubmit it to print a new proof.

A book proof is normally sent to you within approx. 4-10 working days after you approve the final files.  Once you approve your book proof your printed books can be available for delivery within weeks.  For deadlines see notes as below.

If we are completing any of the design services: We will work with your personal requests incorporating our design experience.  Please allow for adjustments to your quoted price which will show on your final invoice if your page count changes to less, extra formatting time is required or more pages required during the formatting process.


The Preliminary Information

Read through all the steps and be sure to look around our website.  The Love of Books website is full of important information for you to make an informed decision about your self publishing needs.

We are very happy to discuss and provide you with the support and information to make your dream to self publish come true.  Our packages are flexible, and can be adjusted to include extra services such as website or poster design at any time. We provide discounts and specials so be sure to check these out!

Just a few questions required to determine your book specifications and the services you require etc.

Complete the contact form online, attend in person by interview or telephone us for this initial no obligation requirement.

You will then receive a preliminary quote based on your selections. Terms of Agreement


1. Accepting your personalised quote

Check that your new quote meets your needs.  Complete any details for delivery arrangements etc.  This is a preliminary quote so naturally common changes along the way such as page and design variations are taken into account.

To place your order, please fax me a signed copy of the quote and organize to pay your minimum deposit.

I will contact you, as soon as I receive it.  I will also send your updated invoice along with your welcome package.

Payments can be made to Love of Books by bank, cheque, PayPal, credit card or cash. For PayPal payments a fee of 30 dollars per thousand dollars order value is required. Pay Pal is only available for the final payment of your order in most circumstances.

For continued use of our services, a deposit is required.  This deposit is an acceptance of your quote.

Then send us your files.  Submit PDF’s, Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint or Microsoft Word files.  (Program not here? Ask us!)  You can use our ‘Send This File’ web services (our secure server), to submit large files too large for your mailbox to handle or send a USB or CD.  We can give you an ftp login and password.

This is your Step 1 Completed.


DEADLINES: If you have a deadline for your books to be available to you discuss this with your consultant.

Under normal circumstances all preparation processes can be completed within weeks.  Hardcover, sewn binding and large quantity orders do take a longer time to print.

Note: If you change your mind after a deposit is paid you will be required to pay an administration fee of $300.00 along with any other costs for services already provided.


Payment options are:
1. Full payment upfront.

This entitles you to 5% discount off your total purchase price. (This option is being trialed for all new customers).

Note: All accepted quotes using this option must be paid for within 7 days of the date noted on the top of your original quote form.  Unfortunately there are no exceptions.

If your Manuscript is not complete or ready to send yet, you can secure and lock in your discounted package while completing your preparations.  We will work with you when you are ready.

2. 50% deposit once you have accepted your quote.

A deposit of less than amount can be accepted for special circumstances.

3. Lay-by on your own terms- which requires a 30 % deposit once you have accepted your quote.

We will work with your manuscript on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Your new books will be delivered to your door shortly after your final payment.

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Refunds:

Your designs are yours to keep, not ours.  We spend the time making them for you along with your instructions.  We will keep up the process within a reasonable time limit only until they look how you want them to look within the design limitations.

The time taken to complete the design process is not refundable in any instance because we can’t simply use the files for anyone else.  They are yours only.  If you find faults with your printed books then naturally we will replace them for you free of charge.  Replacements are given within the shortest possible time by following our guidelines.  Any faulty copies of your book needs to be sent back to us within two weeks from the delivery date to be eligible for the reprint.  (ALL FREIGHT IS PAID BY US)


2. Welcome Pack and Handy Hints

Next you will receive a welcome pack that includes information on how to self publish using our easy step by step process.

Included in this package are a few simple forms such as ISBN and CiP registrations.

These forms enable us to work with your requests incorporating our design experience personally and professionally.

Read more: Terms of Agreement

3. Your Manuscript

We may offer you suggestions for writing your manuscript.

If you are worried about your manuscript check out our appraisal services page.

A service that can provide you with professional feedback; highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the story and/or character development, as well as style and content.

Self-publish with a professional edge!

4. Proofreading and Editing

This is an essential step for all manuscripts.

It is always advisable to get someone else to look over your work.  Choose a professional editing and proofreading service rather than attempting to complete this task yourself.

A finely polished manuscript has a greater chance of success.

Read more: Book editing and proofreading services

5. Book size and binding options.

Firstly do some research to determine your book size and binding options.  Have a look in your favorite bookstore or on your book shelf for ideas. We are happy to advise of the most cost-effective and durable options.

Next you will need to know the number of books you require to be printed and decide on some marketing options perhaps.

We can advise you of the most cost-effective process for your specific needs.

Use the adjustment option. Changes can be made to your quote during the early process.

6. Cover Design & Formatting

Despite the old saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, it is important to note that a good cover design is essential in ensuring a professional looking book.  A good cover increases your ability to market your book and achieve higher sales.

Inside your book, correct formatting can be quite tricky. Margins, chapter headings, page numbers, justifications, drop caps, spacing, fonts and indenting are all aspects we work with.

If you choose our book cover design services we will work with you to complete a stunning book cover design.

7. ISBN and/or CiP services

You complete a simple form with your details and we do the rest!

What we include:

  • We obtain your ISBN numbers for your new book and or eBook.
  • We  supply your BARCODE and place it on the your book’s back cover.
  • We provide the extra copies required for the legal deposits for your title.
  • We  register your title with Trove (formerly called BowkerLink).

8. Proof Copy

After approving the files, your book proof copy will be delivered to you.

The next step is for you to check this proof copy and if necessary, make any required changes.  A second proof copy can be sent to ensure you are 100% happy.

9. Book Printing

Once you have approved your book proof, you will receive your new books delivered to your door.

All books printed are guaranteed for binding quality.  Book printing times can vary depending on season and type of bind or order.

10. Marketing

When embarking on your vision to self publish, you can’t ignore the essential need to market your work. 

Our marketing modules can assist with successful book promotion.

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Our experienced staff are here to provide support and information to ensure your book has every opportunity of finding its way to many new homes.

Also as a thank you for using our services, you can list your new book for free on the Love of Books Club website. (Terms and conditions apply) This website is a recent addition to our services and has been designed specifically for our customers to increase book sales.

Please note that for any new book to be listed for sale on the Love of Books Club website the book produced must follow our strict guidelines.

Upload Your Book and Cover Files Below

File Formats: Talk to your consultant first.

Resolution: 300 dpi (For Graphics)

Colours: CMYK

POD Book printing is done from these files.

To use this file send service simply insert your email address in the email box, then search for your file on your computer, then click upload.

You can send up to 5 files at a time.  If you are sending images or more than 5 files please place them in a zip folder first. You can always call your consultant if you are still not sure.

Acceptable File Formats for Printing

File Formats: PDF (check with us for other types)

Resolution: 300 dpi (For Graphics)

Colours: CMYK

POD Book printing is done from these files.

If you need assistance with your files to understand more about the results you can achieve from them within their limitations talk to your consultant.
There are several choices with file sending:

  • You can use our secure file send service below
  • Mail us your USB or CD
  • Use our ftp service