With the advent of digital printing, it has become economically feasible for people to produce their own 'self published' books with print runs ranging anywhere from a few to a few thousand. These can include family histories, personal memoirs, novels, non-fiction books... and many more. They can range anywhere from 40 page black and white stapled booklets to hundreds of pages of colour with perfect binding or even hard back case binding.
The authors of manuscripts are often left floundering when they've finished the writing. They want to get it printed, but have no way of turning a Microsoft Word document into a professionally designed, printed and bound publication.
Here are some examples of our small-run self-published publications.
William Little - Some Writings
One of two books on one of Ballarat's civic leaders, William Little (1839-1916). Includes two poems, a history of Ballarat (written in 1887) and his 1890 Mayoral Annual Report.
Small press publications, these were produced by William Little's great grandson.
History of the Baden Powell Scout Lodge
The Baden Powell Scout Lodge History - 75th anniversary edition.
A self published book of poetry. The content required a simple but elegant design and layout.
Growing up in Paradise
Self published memoir of life growing up in a small town in Australia (Mornington) during the Second World War, of boarding school life and the years of adolescence. The book was digitally printed and case-bound with gold lettering.
Present us with your manuscript and we can help with:
If you have your writing finished, but are not sure whether it is structured correctly, what glossary contents to include, or you can't work out how to cut the word count down by 10,000 words, we can edit your manuscript. We will not re-write it or change the tone of your writing voice. Any changes will be approved by you and editorial changes will only be suggestions for bringing out the best in your manuscript.
A quality publication will seem unprofessional if it is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. Even if only 10 people are going to read it, why spoil the effect? A spellchecker doesn't check that the correct word is used, pick up punctuation issues or consistency amongst heading styles. It is always difficult to proof-read material you have written yourself, even if your language skills are exceptional, so let us do it for you!
Design and typesetting
We will work with you to decide how best to present your manuscript. Our professional services include: determining the best size for your publication; the use of colour; the content of the cover; page layout; choosing the correct style and size of font; placement of photos and diagrams; and then assembling the publication and dispatching a print-ready file to the printers.
How many should be printed? What's the best we can do within your budget? Should it be printed on 100gsm or 80gsm? Should the cover have a machine varnish or celloglazing? Gloss or matt? Should it be saddle stitched, thermal bound or perfect bound? How much extra is colour printing? How much extra is a hard cover?
If any of these questions leave you cold, we can recommend the right answer for your specific publication. You will not need to have any contact with the printers, we will deal with all of those issues and present you with the finished product.
We will even present you with a proof printed on the chosen paper stock and trimmed to size so that you can see what final product will look like before going ahead with your print run.
We can also assist with requirements such as applying for an ISBN number and federal and state library registration.
Examples of self publishing
Here are some types of self published books which are commonly printed:
Increasingly popular are books on a specific family's history, complete with family trees, old photos and personal stories.
A personal memoir is a beautiful way to share your life with your family and friends.
Wedding anniversary/birthday gift
A professionally produced book is a great way to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion. Gather together stories, photos, biographies and detail of a person or couple and present them with a long-lasting gift to be treasured by them as well as passed down to future generations.
The next great novel/non-fiction
Bypass rejection letters from publishers who only want to deal with 'known' authors or who edit your work beyond recognition then eat up all your profits. We will present you with a quality finished product which is ready for you to sell.
An additional benefit of self publishing is that you only need to print what you need - start with a small print run and print more when you need them. You may even find that after a small print run with a professional product and successful sales, a large publisher will pick you up and you will have much more clout having already been published.