If you are new to self-publishing and want to know where to start
it's usually best to decide on a few important things early on
What audience is my book for?
Is it for adults or children? What age group does it suit?
Is it fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction: e.g. historical fiction, fairy tale, fantasy, folklore, fable etc.
Non-fiction: e.g. history, biographies, memoirs, diaries, travel guides, academic texts, self-help and instruction, guides and how-to manuals etc.
What type/category of book is it?
Is it a picture book, coffee table book, a novel, short story, poetry book etc?
What about the physical book itself - what size and shape will it be?
Tall (portrait shape), wide (landscape shape), square?
Should it be hardback (case bound) or have a soft cover? Will it have flaps?
How many pages will it have?
Will it have any images such as photos or illustrations?
How many copies should you get printed?
Swirld can help advise you on all these considerations.
Before you approach any publishing professional, visit your local book shop and see the latest books on the topic or category you are planning on for your own book. Ask the bookseller where your book would fit in, and ask about pricing. The book sellers are often very knowledgable and helpful to new writers and self-publishers.
You may already be partway down the track and have had your text edited. Or you may just want some advice on design and layout.
Swirld Books can assist with either part or full publishing services to get you ready for print.
Check out our editing /design package or cherry pick the service you require for your book project.
The best place to start however, is with the words - select the button below for further information.