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  • SilverWood Books - Professional publishing for the self-funding author
    Your Manuscript Explore our pre press services from an informative Reader s Report through to professional copy editing and proofreading Services for Writers Publish Your Book Work with our knowledgeable and supportive team to produce a highly polished book that meets the expectations of today s sophisticated book buyer Publish Your Book Promote Your book Identify your target readers plan a marketing strategy and promote your book with our cost effective book promotion tools Marketing Toolbox Latest News Building an Audience for Talks and Events Giving a talk is a great way to raise your profile and hopefully sell books Once you ve secured that all important booking though how do you find an audience Read More Historical Novel Society Indie Award Successes No words could explain the boost of confidence this gives to a relatively new writer SilverWood historical novelists share their reactions to HNS Indie Award successes Read More Boost Your Book with a Biblet Improve your discoverability and see who s looking at your book online with Nielsen Book2Look Read More Coming Soon An Odd Sock Story by Rose Hart and Elvira Grassia What really happens to those socks that get lost in the wash Illustrated by Jan Hart Duplicity by Harvey Black The first book in Harvey Black s new Cold War Redux series Beulah Bewley My Life as a Woman and Doctor by Beulah Bewley An inspiring account of the life and work of Dame Beulah Bewley Heng Mountain by Mike Robinson A young man sets out to save his family and friends but soon finds the fate of all of China in his hands Heng Mountain Hardback Edition by Mike Robinson A young man sets out to save his family and friends but soon finds the fate of all of China in his hands Journey to Colonus by Franklin Debrot A Novel of Race Espionage and Redemption MADLAND by Mike Stephenson This book gives an insight into what it s like to work in TV advertising Controlling Charlotte by Charlotte Hains The eagerly anticipated follow up to Introducing Charlotte Forever Shine by John Sibbald A touching and poignant collection of poems that captures the highs and lows of a life well lived Bristol Sadhu by Vincent Rymer Poetry and artwork from a Bristol creative INSURRECTIO by Alison Morton Book 5 of the Roma Nova series the alternate history thrillers by Alison Morton Dancing With Shadows Hardback Edition by Adrian Churchward Book 2 of the Puppet Meisters Trilogy The Song Sayer s Lament by David Ebsworth Sixth Century Britain Ambros Skyhound and his blind Song Sayer must battle enemies who would destroy their combined faith The Kilted Puffling by Richard Huband Find out all about this extra special puffing and his friends in an illustrated adventure set on the magical Isle of Ornith Miss Woo Country by David Peak Care facility resident Peter looks back on his life and the people who ve shaped it in this tale of magical realism Dancing With Shadows by

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  • SilverWood Books - About Us
    includes image development typography communication design and page layout As co director of SilverWood s sister company Redwing Adrian has created brands for major financial institutions educational establishments galleries and events organisers Since 2000 he has been developing cross media brands for a variety of clients including publishers and booksellers with particular emphasis on internet branding and website design With the Redwing team Adrian oversees all areas of design from book covers to author promotional materials Co director Richard Hallman MEng is also Technical Director at e commerce specialists Redwing Interactive Richard s experience in website development stretches back to the mid 1990s and he was involved in some of the earliest eCommerce websites in the UK Richard builds and maintains the SilverWood website and online bookshop Publishing Assistant Sarah Newman BAHons Graphic Design MA Illustration Animation has more than fifteen years experience of liaising with customers and clients A long standing member of the SilverWood team one of her key strengths is organising and interpreting text and images which makes her ideally suited to working with books Sarah manages a portfolio of publishing projects and is responsible for author support publishing administration and the collation of book sales information Publishing Assistant Emily Heming BAHons English and English Language graduated in 2013 with First Class honours One of her key strengths is providing in depth appraisal of narratives She has many years experience liaising with customers and clients in a retail setting and has proved herself a valuable member of the SilverWood team Emily manages a portfolio of publishing projects She supports the Publishing Director and ensures that high standards are maintained across the team and throughout the book production process Publishing Assistant Bronwen Wotton BAHons English Literature graduated in 2014 from the University of the West of England She has gained superb analytical skills from her degree and is able to readily apply these when reading new and exciting narratives for SilverWood As well as managing a portfolio of authors Bron is responsible for the induction and training of new team members and is now embarking on an extended marketing role Publishing Assistant Rowena Ball completed a BA Hons degree in French and Italian at University of Bristol in 2015 At university she studied a variety of French and Italian language literature focusing especially on modern European crime fiction She has also been involved in writing and editing for various student publications Rowena is SilverWood s author ambassador and is usually the first point of contact for new authors She is undertaking training in copy editing and proofreading and keeps the SilverWood Twitter account busy and interesting Trainee Publishing Assistant Annie Broomfield graduated from King s College London with a BA Hons degree in English Language and Literature Annie is currently studying a Master of Arts in Contemporary Literature at Bristol University Throughout her undergraduate degree she studied modern and postmodern American literature She also has 4 years experience in customer service in both retail and financial settings People

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  • SilverWood Books - Quick Start Guide
    and browse our optional Services for Writers which can help to give your work that final professional polish Decide which of our Publishing Packages is right for your needs Our Learning Zone also offers extra information about publishing which you might find helpful Contact Us with an outline of your project telling us which services and publishing packages you feel best suit your aims for your book It s helpful at this stage if you can send your manuscript as a Word document attached to an email according to our Submission Guidelines We ll review your manuscript give you brief feedback free of charge plus an estimate of publishing costs if the manuscript is ready for publication with SilverWood We ll also ask you a little more about your plans for marketing and selling your book Please be aware that we re selective about the work we take on and are keen to work with pro active authors who d like to benefit from our professional expertise and support You should allow up to 10 working days for feedback and an estimate If you decide you d like to work with SilverWood we ll draft your publishing agreement and let

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  • SilverWood Books - Author Testimonials
    The Red Effect If you think you haven t got the confidence to self publish by yourself then SilverWood is for you I chose their bespoke package and have a truly fabulous and professional debut novel which any represented author would be proud of The SilverWood team were always there at the end of the phone or email to answer any questions and reassure me throughout the process They have continued to be there for me giving me valuable advice as I market Girl Cop the life and loves of an officer on the beat Sandy Osborne Girl Cop I really am thrilled with the quality of the production of the book Stephanie Morgan A Passing Guest The staff at SilverWood Books are friendly and efficient always responding to correspondence thoughtfully and in a timely fashion Their willingness to stay in touch and answer questions gave me great confidence and helped make my campaign a success Self publishing a book should be enjoyable and exciting and can only be so if one has the feeling one is working with a great team I have had that feeling throughout the publishing process with SilverWood and I highly recommend their services Steven Colborne The Philosophy of a Mad Man I cannot praise Helen and her team highly enough I was constantly kept informed of developments with regular e mails Suggestions and any small alterations were always sensitively and tactfully made and Helen was unfailingly encouraging positive and enthusiastic I felt genuinely looked after and supported in my first publishing venture to the extent in fact that I often felt that I was SilverWood s only author Richard Leigh Harris Days of Our Vanity My first book The Right Way is way beyond what I ever expected I ve had many comments from the younger set about the design of the front cover which really seems to appeal The advice given by all involved at SilverWood has been sound constructive honest and true I may have written the page but SilverWood brought The Right Way to life Robert O Russell The Right Way It s a been a very pleasant and efficient process The result is outstanding you have achieved total wow factor All credit to you and your team I think we got Rolls Royce service Harriet Smart The Butchered Man I would definitely recommend SilverWood to anyone looking to publish their book A high quality company with a friendly team and excellent service I was updated regularly on how my book was doing Thank you to everyone at SilverWood Samantha Rendle House of Vampires I have received what I regard as an extremely high level of service that I have not experienced with other publishers After agreeing to publish your work you don t usually hear from most publishers Not so with Helen Hart She or her assistant were frequently in touch with me They also suggested making changes to parts of the text which made it flow more easily for

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  • SilverWood Books - Frequent Questions
    to us and it definitely isn t vanity publishing either It s more akin to what you can expect from a mainstream publisher a small professional team will take you through the publishing process from submission to book delivery and beyond with open and transparent pricing structures and aftercare that includes sales fulfilment stock storage and maintenance invoicing accounting and regular payments to the author Empowered Publishing offers you the freedom to get on with what you enjoy your writing We charge a fair price for professional publishing services and we only tell you that your writing is wonderful if it really is If it isn t we ll let you know as sensitively and constructively as we can and encourage you to join a writing group find an editorial mentor or work with us to improve your manuscript This is because our business model works by selling books there s no mileage for us in producing books that aren t any good because they re unlikely to find a market We aim to produce high quality books that writers can be proud of and readers can enjoy beautiful books to give to read to treasure and we re building a reputation for doing just that Many of our authors come back to us time and again to publish other books which is the sort of endorsement that makes us excited and proud 7 How much does it cost to publish with SilverWood Books We firmly believe that there s no such thing as a standard book or a one price fits all Every project is unique and brings its own challenges Book production can be divided into three stages manuscript preparation editing and proofreading pre press including typesetting and cover design and printing Printing is fairly predictable and we can offer prices for all text b w interior with a colour cover Pre press by contrast is a moveable feast a book containing 60 pages of text will involved significantly less work than a longer book containing text alongside many photographs captions charts footnotes appendices boxed material or bullet point lists and a range of heading hierarchies all of which take time and skill to format prepare for print and position within the overall artwork As a general guide a self funding author wishing to publish a retail quality book should budget a minimum of 2000 Anything less is probably a false economy because corners are being cut somewhere 8 How much is copy editing and proofreading Fees would vary according to the complexity of the text and the condition of the manuscript or whether English is the writer s first language Text with academic legal or medical content that needs a high level of fact checking and understanding of terminology will be charged at a higher rate than fiction We prefer to see your manuscript so we can assess the extent of the work involved and give you an accurate estimate and sometimes we ll copy edit a page or two to demonstrate the attention to detail required for professional publication As a general guide copy editing starts at around 8 per 1000 words 9 Does SilverWood Books give value for money We certainly think so Our research shows that a conservative estimate of costs to professionally edit proofread design typeset and project manage an average 70 000 word novel up to the point of printing is around 7500 After that a budget will need to be set for printing binding warehousing and distributing the books followed by launch costs advertising and marketing Our range of pre press packages cost effectively bundles many of these services together and offers you the opportunity to have your book professionally prepared for print usually for a lot less than 7500 We don t use templates or off the peg jacket designs even with our most basic publishing packages every page is individually formatted and your book cover artwork is created especially for your work Our optional Writers Services Menu allows you to select additional or enhanced services if you d like them Editing and proofreading are popular add ons because it s vital to make sure your book is the very best it can be before it goes to print 10 Why does SilverWood retain a percentage on books it sells We manage our authors book sales through a wide range of trading accounts across the world If you decide to go ahead and work with us you ll be using SilverWood Books to produce publish and distribute your book and you won t need to set up these trading accounts yourself or register for withholding tax in US territories You own all the books and you set the retail price of your book A trade discount is set for general retail and wholesale trade usually 25 30 As your distributor we also take a trade discount on all book sales that are fulfilled through our relationships within the book supply chain You keep 100 of the proceeds from books you take delivery of and which you sell yourself at talks seminars and other events 11 I m publishing my book to make a profit is that a good idea Possibly not but publishing can be profitable if you have a clear business plan and you ve written a book that is likely to be in demand non fiction usually does well as do local or niche interest books Of course there are some amazing success stories just put the names John Locke Amanda Hocking and EL James into any search engine Closer to home some SilverWood authors are cutting a dash with their achievements prestigious awards sales in the thousands per month high royalty payments and national media coverage However the reality is that most writers who publish their own work sell modestly And selling is usually accompanied by a lot of hard work a good promotional strategy and a healthy dose of luck and good timing right book right

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  • SilverWood Books - Our Publishing Packages
    aren t one size fits all but include everything we consider to be essential for a high quality retail ready book You can be confident that your book will look and feel as good as anything published by a traditional publishing house From 4 January 2016 we are phasing out our Streamline Tailored and Children s Publishing Packages However there are three new SilverWood publishing packages to choose from Silver equivalent to our former Tailored package covering all the essentials for a black white print on demand book with a colour cover up to 80 000 words Gold for more complex layouts and for authors who would like added support and marketing tools and Platinum our premium package for authors with the potential for high profile We can also create a bespoke package for a colour interior and for books that contain more than 80 000 words The chart below can help you choose the publishing package which best suits your needs Silver Gold Platinum Printing options POD Print On Demand POD or Digital Lithographic POD or Digital Lithographic Cover Design Text Layout up to 80 000 Words Straightforward Complex Complex Proofread of Cover Text Inclusion of B W Images up to 10 up to 20 up to 50 Ebook Edition SilverWood ISBN PDF Proofs POD Set up Trade Distribution and Management SilverWood Online Bookshop and Author Page Amazon Look Inside Marketing Tips Quick Start Ebook Advance Information AI Sheet Cataloguing in Public Data CIP registration UK Legal Deposit Compliance Publishing Assistant Support Publishing Director Input overview fortnightly weekly Copy edit and Polish Cover Text Copy edit and Polish Author Bio Promotional Postcards 100 250 Promotional Bookmarks 100 250 Ebook Edition Sell Your Books Handbook Paperback Copy Sell Your Books Handbook Marketing Strategy Call 45 minutes 90 minutes London Book

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  • SilverWood Books - Submission Guidelines
    in 12pt type left aligned with the first line of each new paragraph indented with a page break formatted at the end of each chapter or after each poem please don t use repeated returns but instead select Toolbar Insert Page Break All pages should be numbered using auto numbering poetry manuscripts should be formatted in a similar way but with single spacing instead of double if you ve used footnotes or endnotes please ensure they re correctly formatted using the footnotes endnotes tool in Microsoft Word or Apple s Pages include a title page and author name dedication acknowledgements and or table of contents where appropriate page numbers can be left out as these may change once the book has been professionally designed and laid out labelled with the title of your work and the word text eg booktitle text doc as an email attachment or via a free file sharing service such as Dropbox Please supply your images separately and not embedded within the text document as this can degrade the resolution of the image as print ready JPGs scanned at a minimum of 300dpi A5 size or larger CMYK if the images are to be used in colour or greyscale if B W labelled with a file name that helps us to identify the order and position in which they will appear in the book eg 001AuntyMary jpg This way it s clear to us that Aunty Mary will be the first picture in the book The second picture in the book will be labelled 002 the third 003 etc as email attachments if the files aren t too large or via a free file sharing service such as Dropbox if you prefer we can scan your original images from photos or negatives for a small additional

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  • SilverWood Books - Services for Writers
    list of suggestions and recommendations Fee 52 vat Full Manuscript Appraisal A full read through and detailed appraisal of your complete manuscript assessing structure characterisation plot development and commercial potential You ll receive a full written report to help you make positive changes to your work with recommendations suggestions and advice about any areas of your manuscript which may benefit from further work As with the Initial Assessment service our editors aim to be as thoughtful and sensitive as possible in making suggestions Advice is intended to be positive and constructive with the aim of helping you to improve your work Fee priced per 1000 words according to genre complexity and level of feedback required Poetry Appraisal Our two poetry editors one a Royal Fellow are published academics who are able to offer knowledgeable and expert feedback on your poetry An appraisal includes some overall feedback in the form of a written report plus some line by line feedback on individual poems guidance for making improvements and a reading list to help you develop your skills Fee priced per poem One to One Editorial Support Many of our writers approach Editorial Support as a longterm project forming a supportive one to one mentoring relationship with an editor over a period of time This arrangement allows you to concentrate on issues that are relevant to you and your work within a structured and supportive framework Each Editorial Support arrangement is different being uniquely tailored to an individual writer and their work but typically a writer and an editor would work together on a monthly basis over a period of time with goals clearly defined at the outset Each month your editor will engage in a full read through of an individual chapter or chapters of your manuscript He or she will assess structure characterisation plot development dialogue and other elements of the writer s craft within the context of your previous writing and your aims You ll receive your manuscript in Microsoft Word marked up using the Comments function with suggestions which should help you to make positive improvements to your writing Recommendations and aims will be established for the next month so that you have a clear idea of where your work is going Fee priced per 1000 words according to genre complexity and level of feedback required Literary Agent Submission Package Service This service is ideal if you re planning to submit your work to literary agents or mainstream publishers before committing to self publishing Most literary agents receive between 50 and 100 submissions a week yet only sign up 1 or 2 authors a year Those are long odds if you re seeking representation for your manuscript Maximise the chances of your submission getting past the first round of the selection process with excellent presentation professionalism and outstanding content These are things you can achieve yourself with hard work research and persistence but sometimes professional assistance can make all the difference between a request to see the whole

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