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Where do I start?

Self publishing has never been any easier, as long as you go into the process prepared.

Unfortunately it’s a virtual minefield out there, which you need to successfully navigate.

Your primary mission is to properly analyse your personal situation and set your goals accordingly.

Having worked with self publishers on book publishing projects for over 15 years, I found that most potential book publishers ask the same set of core questions. I hope to address them all on this page.

We encourage you to get your manuscript out of your bottom drawer, dust it off and spruce it up then give us a call!

Why self publish?

You retain copyright of your book.

You keep all the profits.

You decide when your book is ready to be produced.

No long approval or review process.

You could have your new self published book ready within a few weeks.

Our print on demand service means you can print only the books you need. Choose the world-wide distribution option.

You control the marketing of your book.

Who are Publishing for Beginners ?

Please read ‘About us‘ to learn more about Self Publishing & Printing Services. 

How does a publisher create my book?

A publisher can take care of all aspects of the book publishing and printing process.  A publisher works with freelance proofreaders, editors, illustrators and page layout artists.  In fact every service that is required to self publish your new book professionally. 

A publisher can also take care of your cover design with your personal expertise. A publisher can register your own ISBN & barcode,  Legal CiP.  We can arrange the printing and binding as well as the delivery your new books.

Our publishing service will provide you with a personal publishing consultant. A written report on your book contents can be provided. A publisher can provide all information relevant to you in order to make your publishing experience as enjoyable as possible.

Who retains the copyright of my published book?

You do! You retain the full copyright of your book.

What is the difference between an individual self publisher and a traditional publisher?

When you print and publish with an individual publisher, you are the publisher.

For the most part, you determine how successful your book becomes by deciding how much effort and money you want to invest into your book.  In other words, you have full control of your own success.  You keep ALL the profits minus your costs.

The fact is, with traditional publishers, 99% of manuscripts are rejected. What’s worse is that out of the 1% or so that is actually accepted, most of the books are not given a whole lot of attention to market them (in fact, publishers lose money on most books).  So chances are your efforts will not be rewarded, considering you will only get a small royalty.  Even if you get a bestseller, the publisher will keep most of the profits.

What is the difference between an individual publisher and a Book Printer?

An individual publisher offers a whole range of publishing and printing services that will make the whole process of bringing your new book to reality and a pleasurable experience.

There is more to self publishing than just book printing.  A book file must also be set up correctly before it goes to the printer.

Chose an individual publisher with an experienced and knowledgeable team of page layout experts and cover designers to ensure your book files are set up correctly.  With services that give your published book the best chance of becoming a success.

What format can my book be printed in with an individual publisher?

When you publish with an individual publisher your book can be available in softcover, hardcover and as an e-book.  An individual publisher utilizes the best in state of the art digital and print-on-demand technology to help your book stay on top of industry trends so it is available to a wide audience.

Who dictates the price of my book?

You do!  You decide how much money you wish to make on each book and price it accordingly.

Do you think a self publishing author can do a comparable job to a publisher?

I feel that a self publisher can do at least as good a job, if not better than a publisher in virtually all aspects – if they’re willing to work hard. Because they have the luxury of being able to focus on their one book, which a publisher can’t. They can definitely do a better job in the marketing and promotion arenas (and a focused effort is critical to a title’s success).

Remember: No one will ever care about your book as much as you will. Self publish with pride.

Where can I sell my book?

An individual publisher offering comprehensive marketing packages can give you all you need to successfully promote your book.

What is your individual publisher difference?

Our individual publisher is different, that’s true!  That’s because the publisher has used feedback from people just like you to help create a more friendly and easy self publishing experience.  Straightforward with services and gives you the complete picture right from the start.  No nasty hidden extras, a very unique service!

How long does an individual publisher take to self-publish a book?

Once your book proof is approved by you, your new quality books will be completed in a matter of weeks.  As a general guide a manuscript will take approx. 4-6 weeks to complete the proofreading and editing stage.  Timing is dependent on the amount of words and condition of the writing. It can then take a week up to a month to complete the other services required.

Once the files are print ready your books can be printed in a matter of weeks.Hard cover books and large orders will take longer in some cases.

What types of books can an individual publisher print?

Our individual publisher can print books in all the following genres:

  • Children’s Books
  • Self-help Books
  • Fiction Books and Novels
  • Autobiographies and Biographies
  • Training Manuals
  • Graphic Novels
  • Business Books
  • Family History Books
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Books
  • Personal Memoirs
  • Hardcover Books
  • Cookbooks
  • Travel Books
  • Wiro Bound Books
  • Paperback Books of all kinds
  • Saddle-stitched Booklets
  • Historical Books
  • General Non-Fiction Books
  • Centenary Celebration Books
  • Sports Club Books
  • Educational Resource Books
  • Comic Books

Furthermore, your Publishing Consultant is a wealth of knowledge as to what type of book printing is best for your genre.  Ask Us!

How can I obtain a price for a personally designed publishing and book printing package suited to my needs?

Simply request a quote or give us a call (for the cost of a local call Australia-wide). If you call us, we will have a better understanding of your needs.  We will be able to put your quote together in a timely manner with all the required information.

What we need to know establish which services you require:

1. Your book book size

2. Total number of pages

3. How many books you would like printed

4. Do you require formatting or cover design services

5. Would you like a tailored book publishing and printing package that includes book marketing

What are my rights & responsibilities?

Please read our Rights & Responsibilities page.

If you are still unsure of any matter concerning your new book just talk to your book publishing consultant.

What are the advantages & disadvantages of self-publishing?

Read more: Self Publishing Advantages and Disadvantages

What guarantee do I have on the quality of my printed books?

All manufacturing is governed by strict quality control.  If in the event that you are not satisfied with the quality of your delivered printed books we will gladly replace them.  That is how certain we are of our quality.

What is a book cover design file?

A book cover design file is put together especially measured out for the size of your book.  The file includes the back cover, the front cover and the spine.
If you have an idea on what you would like on your cover simply talk to your self publishing consultant who will be more than happy to help you achieve a fantastic final cover design.

What payment methods are available?

You can choose to pay by credit card, cash, bank transfer or PayPal.  There are also 30% or 50% deposit payment choices. You can also pay upfront for a 5% discount!

Do you offer a sales service or do you redirect sales to the author?

We find that redirecting to the author has the best possible impact.  However,  assistance through marketing and distribution advice is provided.

Is assistance with creating the book cover blurb for the back cover provided?

Yes! Just ask us.

Is there a fee charged for a consultation?

A free consultation that will take one hour to complete over the telephone or in home is provided.  The purpose of a consultation is to determine the services you require along with the costs.
If you do decide to accept any offer of services your interview will last longer than one hour. You will be assisted with directions, guidance and support. Along with an overview of the total process.

I know very little about self publishing. Can I do this?

Yes you can! With  guidance and support every step of the way.

What programs can I use to assemble my file in?

We find that redirecting to the author has the best possible impact. However, assistance is provided.

For further questions contact us and begin your self publishing journey.

Can I setup a website myself?

Yes you can. If you are familiar with the processes involved.

If you choose a web developer to take care of the initial setup process and design, you can make changes as you want to over time.  You will be given instructions on how to do this.

If you are familiar with blogging and do some hands on web blogging yourself then you may want to try working with a website process.

For a complete list of what is included in our website packages visit the Marketing and Promotion page.

Or if you want to have a go at creating your own website, use a web hosting company that is user-friendly.

With the ‘Just Host’ hosting services there are numerous design templates to choose from. Or you can simply install the word press theme from the panel. There are instructions and videos for many of the steps involved and even an online help chat option for further assistance.

Once a website is created, all the images and text are in place it is then time for some Serious Website Optimisation.  You can search for information on SEO and Website Optimisation in Google or ask us to complete the Website Optimisation stage for you.

What are print-on-demand books?

Print-on-demand means that you no longer have to mortgage your house, print thousands of books and hope that they will sell. You can print as little as one book at a time in depending on when a customer or bookstore orders your book.  Or, should you choose to have 50, 100 or 200 books printed for a seminar or book launch, Print-on-Demand allows you can do so at a discounted price. Please allow up to 14 days for delivery of bulk orders of books.

The beauty of print-on-demand for new book titles is that you get to ‘test’ how well your book will sell, and if it sells well you can always order larger runs of thousands of books.  This will enable you to enjoy a lower cost of production per book.

Another great thing about POD books is that when they are combined with our distribution channels, you are able to sell and ship any quantity of your books to buyers around the world.

Who owns the copyright to my book after I self publish?

You do.  Your intellectual property is protected by our publishing agreement.

Why do I need an ISBN and bar-code when self publishing?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. Your ISBN acts as a unique identifier of your book whilst also identifying your publisher.  Your ISBN contains vital information as to the pricing of the book and the number of pages in the book.  It allows bookstores all around the world to know that your book can be ordered through us.

What format should I send my files in?

You will have the ability able to send several formats for written or visual documents.  The best format for your work is as a Word document or a PDF file. PDF files allow high quality images to be compressed for the design team to work with. While Word documents are the best format for our editors and proof-readers to access and improve your written documents.

Can I have eBooks produced?

Yes! eBooks are a critical element in the book world and are fast becoming one of the easiest and best options for making your work reach your audience.  Producing an eBook version of your book allows readers to access and purchase your book from anywhere in the world at the click of a button.

What happens with the shipping of my book?

A courier will deliver your printed books at your door. This cost is included in your quote (excluding Western Australia and Tasmania).  Shipping services for overseas locations can also be arranged.  Please ask for a quote on international shipping costs.

How long will it take to print my book?

Once your proof copy has been approved it can take from two to eight weeks to print your new books, depending on quantity selected.  This also depends on the type of book along with the orders in the print queue at different times of the year.

Is there a minimum requirement of books I have to print?

No, thanks to Print On Demand packages. This allows you to print just one book if you wish.

What happens to my files once my book is printed?

Your files will remain on our backup server in case of reprints, but the files will remain yours.

What is your individual publisher difference?

CARE is our main point of difference. There will always be someone available to physically talk to about your book project.

Who will market my book?

Is an individual publisher a vanity publisher?

Absolutely not! Vanity publishers charge thousands of dollars to print box loads of books. –  Their services most often stop there.   Our individual Publishing Service wants to help you realise the dream of publishing your book. – We are able to support you from writing to marketing your printed book.  Vanity publishers only provide a one-time service.

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What areas can publishing services be provided to?

Publishing services available – Brisbane, Australia, our complete book publishing services are represented in all states within Australia and New Zealand!

New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Western Australia (WA), Northern Territory (NT).

Major areas covered include:
Adelaide, Albany, Alice Springs, Armidale, Balladonia, Brisbane, Carnarvon, Broome, Bundaberg, Byron Bay, Cairns, Canberra, Carnarvon, Coffs Harbour, Cooktown, Darwin, Derby, Geraldton, Georgetown, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Broken Hill, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Karumba, Katherine, Larrimah, Launceston, Lismore, Mackay, Melbourne, Minilya, Moree, Newcastle, Noosa, Northam, Perth, Port Hedland, Portland, Port Lincoln, Port Macquarie, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Southern Cross, Sydney, Townsville, Wollongong, Tweed Heads – Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Horsham, Moe, Bairnsdale, Orbost, Traralgon, Healsville, Swan Hill, Warrnambool, Portland, Mount Gambier, Echuca, Morwell, Shepparton, Wodonga, Mildura, Wagga Wagga, Bega, Narooma, Moruya, Nowra, Junee, Cootamundra, Batlow, Dubbo, Byron Bay, Tamworth, Moree, Glen Innes, Grafton, Toowoomba, Logan, Hervey Bay, Mount Isa, Julia Creek, Longreach, Cape York, Hamilton Island, Alice Springs, Renmark, Port Augusta, Woomera, Coober Pedy, Ceduna, Murray Bridge, Kangaroo Island, Devonport, Flinders Island, Stradbroke, Maroochydore, Gympie, Broken Hill, Simpson Desert, Tennant Creek, Groote Eylandt, Mt Isa, Ayers Rock, Kakadu, Rabbit Flat, Gove Peninsula, Mount Barker, Bunbury, Rockingham, Margaret River, Mandura, Pilbara, Frankston, Parramatta, Kings Cross, Karratha, Port Hedland, Surfers Paradise, Magnetic Island, Derby, Newman, Meekathrra, Leonora, Esperance, Wilcannia, Bourke, Walgett, Tamworth, Central Coast, Gosford, Roma, Caboolture, Ipswich, Casino, Charleville, Charters Towers, Mission Beach, Cardwell, Atherton, Victor Harbor North South East West.

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All Book Publishing Services including Book Marketing and Distribution Services, Book Self Publishing, Children’s Books, Book Editing and Proofreading Services, Family History Books, Yearbook Printing, Hardcover Book Printing, Coffee Table Book Printing, Book Formatting and Layouts, Cover Designs and Personal Consultations.


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