What our clients authors Australia and New Zealand wide are saying about us
We asked some of our customers to provide feedback on their experience in dealing with Love of Books Australia. Here is what they had to say…
Monday October 26th 2015
‘It is my pleasure to have discovered the self – publishing business Love of Books. My grateful thanks goes out to Julie McGregor and the team @ www.loveofbooks.com.au. For over a period of time of development through to publishing of my book I can sing but where is my voice? I have had the most wonderful experience of attention to detail AND getting the job done right. Being a new author I was on shakey ground – should not have worried as there was the team for support and getting the job done. I cannot thank Love of Books enough and can highly recommend to other searching authors. Feel the first time fear and do it anyway.You will reap the benefits. A true professional business with a publishing team that not only really knows their stuff, but have a real care factor.
THANK YOU LOVE OF BOOKS’
Canon Jim Glennon
‘I was very pleased to find Love of Books when I was looking for a way to self publish my book Healing is a Way of Life. Love of Books, having the advantage of being based in Australia, made self-publishing a real option for me. As I went through the process, Julie McGregor, the Director, was extremely helpful – patiently answering my questions, either by email or phone. She made the whole book publishing process an interesting and rewarding experience. I feel that I have gained a friend, not just a business contact, and can thoroughly recommend Love of Books, especially for Australian authors. Zillah Williams For purchasing enquiries: zillahw[at]tpg.com.au Writer http://users.tpg.com.au/zillah46/index.html’
John R. Small
‘I recently had my book – ‘My Budget Mate’ – published through Love of Books.
Although my daughter did the formatting and other computer work for the book, she did so under Julie McGregor’s guidance. Also, we had our own artist who provided many ‘cartoony’ drawings for the book and again, with Julie McGregor’s assistance, these were provided to her in the quality necessary for printing.
Julie McGregor was always accommodating of our requests and nothing was a bother or inconvenience to her. We are very pleased with the outstanding service provided by McGregor and her team.
As far as the physical production of ‘My Budget Mate’ was concerned, it came with some challenges to Julie’s team. The book is a ‘hands on’ workbook, showing not only how to create a budget but also, more importantly, how to operate a budget. Being a workbook of 368 pages where entries can be made in the book, it was imperative that the book opened out flat no matter what page was being worked on. Julie went to great lengths to find a printer who could do this at an affordable price. The end result is fantastic – thank you Julie McGregor.
If you are looking to self-publish your work, you will find it difficult to go past Love of Books for the professionalism and affordability offered by Julie McGregor and her team. I highly recommend Love of Books.
John R Small
‘The team at Love of Books has been very supportive, courteous and professional. They have helped me publish my very first book called Unexpected Magic. If I had any concerns or queries along the way, they addressed them immediately. I like the fact they are happy to work with me not just during the process of editing, typesetting, formatting & marketing, but also after the book is print ready and is set up on the various selling channels. I told Julie – the owner of Love of Books – that she’s a super woman. She’s always working, even late into the night at times to make sure clients are well taken care of as I discovered when sending out emails a few times early evening. Thanks Love of Books for helping me getting my book published!
All the best,
‘After many decades in the Racing Game. I decided to collate all my notes and publish a book…..well, two and half years on, I came to the conclusion that publishers and their agents were just a bunch of miscreants…….then I found Love of Books……a brilliant, very professional business service that knows the publishing game backwards, and treats customers as being vital to the success of this business…. …..Authors, spoil yourselves, deal only with Love of Books…..and you will avoid the heartbreak, despair and financial loss that comes with searching for an agent/publisher.’ Tony Hogben. ‘Winners, Losers and Lowlifes’
‘Love of Books staff worked with me to publish a large and complex theological book of 718 Pages in Crown Quarto size. During this time I was most unwell, battling terminal cancer and palliative cancer treatments. I needed someone I could lean on and trust and who would see this project through, if necessary posthumously. Although there were difficult periods where I wondered whether I would live to see it completed, the project is now in its final stages and I am grateful for Melanie supporting me with all the final details in the crucial stages on completion to ensure everything is completely to my satisfaction’.’ Ken Butcher ‘The Church; What On Earth Is It?’
I want to thank Love of Books, and all the staff, for a wonderful experience in producing my book, the “Australian Bus and Coach Drivers’ Guide”. From initial contact to completion of dispatch, I have been impressed with Love of Books constant level of professionalism, care and support all round. They were sensitive to the personal loss in my family (at the time I first expressed interest in their business). They were able to offer me a fantastic range of services, and advise me on doing “little things” under my own volition (to increase the satisfaction of personally achieving various aspects of production). Julie was amazing in production of the product, and advice for marketing and future development of the book. The Dispatch department was brilliant, contacting me personally regarding distribution and related requirements. I found their attention to detail extremely beneficial, and their advice based on years of experience invaluable. After seeking a range of suppliers, they are the most economic for quality publishers I encountered. I cannot adequately express how impressed I was with the final product. They assisted my plans with self publishing into a reality, and I am grateful. I look forward to Love of Books continued support and services in the future, and recommend them to anyone seeking to self-publishing. Australian Bus and Coach Drivers’s Guide by John Duffy: http://johnduffy.net.au/book/ABCD_Guide.html
I have found working with Love of Books has been a great journey. Getting a book published through Love of Books was made easy and uncomplicated. All the fears I had were dissipated as I was walked through a step by step process along the way. Being unfamiliar with Formatting, files and programmes the team was very helpful in my accomplishment in having my book published. No Question was too dumb or hard. Thank you Love of Books.
The question for every new writer is whether to self publish or try your luck through a traditional publishing house. If you believe in your dream and want to get your book published, Julie, Clare, Paul and the team at Love of Books will help your dream be realised. To hold your cherished life’s work as a professionally published book in your hands, confident to show friends and customers the culmination of all your hard work, is unsurpassed. Julie and Clare has endless patience as you work together, on a personal level, on all aspects of business to get the job done. If you’re wondering what to do with that “finished” manuscript hiding in your top draw, then I recommend that you give Love of Books a call. Publishing a book is a truly rewarding experience. Regards, Peter. www.peterboey.com.
“I am delighted with the quality of my completed book and the response to my cover has been amazing. My book has gone on to receive many rave reviews and several internationally recognised literary awards. Julie and her team have the utmost integrity and they helped me realize my dream of self publishing my own book. I was unwilling to hand over the rights to a publisher, yet I needed professional assistance in cover design, formatting and printing. Julie’s willingness to help is genuine; when you work with her you keep your rights, you get peace of mind and you sign off on the finished product. Love of Books self publishing success provides a much needed and trustworthy service for authors.” www.janetpoole.com
I recently used Love of Books for the first time and the standard of service and quality was fantastic. Considering my situation were I needed a quick turnaround in time for a charity function after a similar company let me down. The team at Love of Books were quick to help me pick the pieces and get the job complete. I highly recommended them and look forward to working with them in the future.
Life is amazing. That is one thing I know for a fact. In 2001 I wrote a manuscript that changed my life – quite literally. It took me three months and once I was finished, I put it aside and continued to live my life. Eight years later, I picked my manuscript knowing that it was time to really bring it to life and self publish it. With the help of a very good friend, we read it over and edited it many times over until it was almost perfect. Then I got in contact with a printing and publishing company named ‘Love of Books’ in Brisbane. When I phoned, I was greeted by a cheerful woman, Julie, who was more helpful than anyone I had ever met in my life. I sent her my manuscript and with her help we turned it into my very first self published book. Julie helped me with all the requirements need to self publish my book. My formatting, my front cover design, my paper size and type, and everything else from behind the scenes that goes into getting a book created for retail sale. Her husband, John, also had a hand in organising the printing of my books and the delivery. After that she organised my web page, my press releases and then helped me with absolutely everything else that I asked her about. Three years later and Love of Books have helped me self publish print and another two books, which make up my Saga and the help I had received in the beginning turned in to much more… support and that it something that any up and coming author holds dear to their heart. http://www.thelinkedsaga.com/
Thank-you Love of Books for guiding me through the unfamiliar territory to get me self published. The book publishing process was extremely smooth and I’m really pleased with how my new books have turned out and at such a good rate. I am very appreciative to the amount of time taken to field my many questions, the level of communication leaves other self publishers I have approached for dead. I found my emails would be replied to within minutes and felt a genuine care and dedication towards the book which I had poured my heart into over the last 12+ months. People’s initial comments when they see the finished book is “It’s just like a real book.” And it is. It sits confidently alongside any book produced by a massive publisher. The colour reproduction of the cover was spot on – there is no variation in the 100 copies I had printed. The matt finish on the cover is perfect and great quality. The Love of Books process was just too easy. Thank-you team at Love of Books- for helping me get the best possible result. You made it a pleasure to dive into the world of self-publishing and cut out the middle man once and for all. Order Johnny Foolish at www.johnnyfoolish.com for just $15 plus postage – All profits got to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) 270 page Paperback for kids aged 7-11.
My wife, the bridal designer Rhonda Hemmingway, had written a book called Secrets and Confessions of a Wedding Dress Designer. After checking all the competition we found Love of Books to be easily the most competitive. As the book was a deluxe hardcover A4 sized coffee table style, with 365 pages and more than 250 photographs with a sealed section and silver foiled highlights on the cover, it was very complex to design and print. Not once did Julie or her team falter to deliver exactly what we wanted with great formatting design ideas, but it was achieved promptly and with good humour. The resulting publication is so impressive that we just received a good order from the biggest retailer of books in Australasia, Dymocks (145+ shops). The book will go into profit next month, recovering all our print and marketing costs. We are thrilled. We will definitely use Love of Books for the reprints (as well as a children’s book we are also working on). I cannot praise Love of Books too much as they really are very good and highly skilled, which is all the more impressive when you consider their quote was the best we obtained from the 8 publisher’s we approached. http://www.rhondahemmingway.com.au