Frequently asked questions

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition and format.

It is the standard ID number used to identify books by booksellers, libraries, book wholesalers and distributors. If you plan to sell your book in bookstores, to libraries, or through online retailers like Amazon.com, you will need an ISBN. If your book has an ISBN it will automatically be listed on Amazon and other retailers.

No. When we have published your book, provided a marketing plan, the tools to go with your plan and set you up in the various networks to promote your book our work is done. This does not mean we are not on hand beyond publication to help you grow your readership.

We would love you to take all of our services, that way we can work together as a team and really maximise our joint efforts in making you successful. You are of course though free to 'pick' the elements of our services, to suit your budget and needs.

The CMYK colour model (process colour, four colour) is a subtractive colour model used in  colour printing and is also used to describe the printing process itself. CMYK refers to the four inks used in some colour printing: cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black).

Print-on-demand is a printing technology and business process in which book copies (or other documents) are not printed until the company receives an order, allowing prints of singular or small quantities. POD keeps your book 'in-print' and avoids you having to tie up your money in large print runs.

Yes, we do. We are fully committed to Green Printing. Recognise the importance of good environmental practice and operating in a sustainable manner. And committed to reducing our environmental impact with eco-friendly printing and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods. Click here to read our policy in more detail.

It's a harsh reality, but probably not. If you have a great idea, a solid product and a marketing plan that you aggressively pursue, a minimum you could expect is to cover your costs. If you hit the sweet spot then anything is possible.

With so many variables with book production, it would be difficult to give an accurate figure. 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)
  • Printing

Taking these three elements into account, you should look to budget a minimum of £2500 giving you a print run of around 250.

Above all we will sit down with you and understand what your expectations are, then develop a marketing plan to help you meet those expectations. Once everything is in place to really market your book. We can help with letters you can send to retailers, access to dedicated sales staff if needed. But there is so much more you can and should do before this. Talk up your book at every opportunity. Get on Facebook, Tweet all about it, create some noise and excitement. But be careful we don't want to turn people off with inane and dull messages. We need a communication plan, what to say and when to say it. And we will make your book available online. Yes, you need the online presence, but rest assured this should not be your prime focus, at this stage, this is a tick in the box.

The Legal Deposit Libraries Act of 2003 allows the British Library to request a copy of every book published in the UK. In addition, the deposit regulations of the Copyrights Acts 1911 and 1963 allows the five copyright libraries of the UK to request copies. These requests usually come via the Legal Deposit Agency in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Your first print run you should allow for an additional six copies which we will send to the Legal Deposit libraries on your behalf. Copies go to the British Library, Oxford Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Scotland, Trinity College Dublin, and the National Library of Wales.

Publications deposited with the British Library are made available to users in its various Reading Rooms. They are preserved for the benefit of future generations and become part of the nation's heritage.

At The Self Publishing Studio we work hard to give the very best service we can at all times. Don't forget each one of us has been involved with publishing either our own books or in publishing at one time or another, so we know how important this is to you. We are also mature and experienced professionals and know the importance of good communication at each step along the way. Therefore at each stage of the publishing process you will have the opportunity to tell us if you are not happy, this gives us the opportunity to put things right.

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