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Information on self-publishing

‘Everyone has a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.’ It’s perhaps most familiar to readers as one of Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) witticism, who was a journalist known for his quick mind and sardonic put-downs.

If you, like me, want to ignore him at your own peril and have unsuccessfully tried to secure an agency contract, you may wish to choose the self-publishing route. I have researched this at great length, spoken to published authors and come to the conclusion that for me the ‘half-way house’ was the most appropriate, least complicated and produced a professionally looking book. What I mean by ‘half-way house’ is this: I have used a small, independent publishing house to do the type setting, design, register the ISBN, organise the on-demand printing and upload as eBook. Depending on the length of your book and whether you deliver ideas or pics for the design you would be looking at a cost somewhere between £600-800. Also, and most importantly, involve a professional proofreader/editor. My advice: do compare the different publishing options:


Good luck!