Self-Publishing Services for Your Children's & YA Books
While we are a traditional publishing house, we also know that not everyone is looking to be published in this way. That's why our self-publishing services are aimed at just these authors.
We've structured our self-publishing services so that you're guided by our experts every step of the way, but always make the final decision yourself. In a way, we're helping to set you up as an indie publisher. Below is a summary of our professional self-publishing services, which are usually customised for each author.
Simplified Self-Publishing: Book Editing, Design, Production, and Marketing
- Manuscript Editing
- Book Design and Illustration
- Book Production and eBook Conversion
- Book Marketing
- Book Distribution
- Selling on Our Bookstore
Authors may take advantage of all of these services in one package, or simply choose which are best suited to their needs. Prices may also vary, especially according to each author's budget.
We almost always recommend our editing service for self-publishing authors, if your manuscript hasn't already gone through a proofing and editing process.
Our book editing services are as follows:
- Novel-length manuscript proof-reading and detailed edit: R6,000
- Novel-length manuscript proof-reading: R2,000 (suggested character and story arc edits made, but no focused grammar or syntax suggestions)
- Picture book proof-reading and detailed edit: R2,500
If you're interested in our editing service, we usually require the following from you before we start editing:
- The title of the book
- The manuscript word count
- A short synopsis of approximately 150 words
- The first two chapters of your manuscript
While people might say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover... most people do. It's natural, and the first thing that can sell your book without anyone even opening it. But, we don't stop just at the cover. We can help to illustrate your entire book.
- Book cover: R2,000
- Book cover + jacket: R3,500
- Picture book illustration: R15,000 (Covers + endpapers + 32 illustrated pages)
- Picture book type-setting and DTP: R2,500
- For novel-length books' design, illustration, type-setting and DTP, please contact us for a custom quote.
By signing up with our self-publishing solution services, you get access to our wonderful litho/digital printer and eBook conversion services.
Print and production prices will vary, depending on the book that you're wanting to create. Production quotes are also always subject to change after 30 days, because of the changing currency, paper prices, and other unforeseeable factors. In order for us to supply an accurate quote, we suggest first chatting to us about what it is that you're looking for.
This service is always a personal experience with every author. We will market your wonderfully produced book to the South African masses... while always keeping your budget in mind.
It might include planning and organising a book launch, book tour, art gallery, poster design and placement, press releases, official reviews, and more! Please get in touch with us to speak more about our book marketing services.
At a fee of R3,000*, we will organise and handle the distribution of your book to all major cities, centres, retailers, and independent bookstores.
* Our sales agents will take a commission off of the book sales, which usually comes out to about 25% of the book's retail price.
Our online bookstore isn't exclusive to our published authors. We're opening it up to all authors who are interested in another platform to sell their books from. That's why we're giving our self-published authors this same chance.
The listing on our website is free, but we’ll retain a 20% commission fee from actual sales. Our online system adds an administrative fee, as well as an optional postage and packaging fee on top of your submitted book retail price, which will be discussed with you... but this does mean that we can take the stress of fulfilment out of your hands when signing up for our online bookstore.
We do like to keep the books on our website to a high-quality standard, and so this is the only section of our self-publishing services that requires a thorough quality assessment process before we accept.
For more information, please contact us to get in touch with one of our experts.