My first published book was Macmillan’s ‘Mastering Desktop Publishing’ in 1999. I couldn’t believe my luck when they published my book way back then. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the contract to see they took 92% of the royalties. Fortunately I also got the contract to layout the book, which paid me more than writing it ! This got me curious about the self-publishing option. Since then I have founded simonthescribe.co.uk in North Cornwall, UK, with the intent of self-publishing well-designed and effective print and electronic media at affordable prices – and where I get to keep more of my royalties for my own publications.
And now I am happy to do the same for you. This is called assisted self-publishing. In effect I take your written and proofed text and turn it into a book for you, ordering the introductory matter, making a linked contents list, perfecting the layout, processing the files for print and making you a beautiful cover. The process of producing your book uses available print-on-demand services such as lulu.com, createspace or KDP, chosen according to the type of book you want and your perceived audience.
I can also make you a download page or website on the internet where your customers can order your book – and where you can buy them at production price cost. I ask you for no royalties at all – simply the cost of producing your book for you. So I am am here to assist you in being the publisher of your own book. As a single operative with relatively few overheads, who works from home, I can create books, ebooks and websites for you in a range of media at very competitive prices, much lower than you would normally pay.
I make, produce and fulfil orders for paperback or hardback books and can even help you with a marketing strategy for them. The books can be novels, recipe books, autobiographical, instruction manuals or Kindle books. I design beautiful covers with original artwork. I am able to format your book into a range of options – print, ebooks, in PDF or for the Kindle or IPad, for websites or audiobooks. I am certainly a digital scribe for the 21st Century.
Once a basic design is agreed between us for your project you will receive a detailed written estimate for its publication. To find out more about publishing with simonthescribe visit the ‘how to publish‘ page. To contact me for an initial estimate, please use the contact form on the right of this page.