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YOU HAVE A BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED BUT HOW?


You have written and completed your book. 
Now you want people to be able to buy and read it.
But traditional publishers becoming evermore risk-averse have declined it.
There is an alternative route.
By self-publishing we can assist you to realize your goal!

Announcing the launch of Sundial House Publishing 

From:  
Simply printing your book, in either paperback (perfect bound) or hardback (case bound) using your own files and we can help with cover design or page layout should you wish. We will print any number from ten copies upwards.
And/Or creating an ebook edition available on multiple platforms.

To:
Our premium service which includes:
Page layout
Editing
Typesetting
Proofing
Bespoke cover design
Allocation of an ISBN number  
Legal deposit copies
Marketing
Even an author web page should you wish
 
Our new website is currently under construction
Our pricing structure will be listed soon
 
Sundial House Publishing will be launched in August 2013

Click here for further information or to discuss your project

We provide a quick and straightforward self-publishing service to prepare, create & get your book into print for sale.


Book publishing is our passion but ...

 
In the world of book publishing in the UK the commercial and competitive pressures on all parties are immense and everyone is convinced that those pressures are of someone else’s making. Publishers will complain about the unfair leverage applied by agents when negotiating new contracts for best-selling authors; or seek to explain to an author why the disappointing sales of that promising debut novel is the result of the book trade’s failure to support them. Agents will wring their hands over what they perceive as the publishers’ marketing-driven conservatism in rejecting the work of dazzling new authors and by extension the bookshops’ reductive view of what constitutes commercial potential. Booksellers will upbraid the publishers for flooding the market with far too many books and accuse them of failing to give the appropriate level of marketing support. Authors will minutely inspect the shelves of every bookshop they pass and discover appalling gaps in availability – some will tuck their disappointment away quietly, while others will fume and roar at their publisher or their agent.
 
The fact is that publishing is an imperfect business. But it is nevertheless a business, and if you are serious about getting into that business you ought to know what horrors, along with joys, you can expect to encounter. Like any business, it operates its own language, its own custom and practice, its own system of priorities; and like any business it is therefore a completely alien beast to anyone on the outside.
 
Book publishing in the UK is constantly evolving and adapting, in response to what is perceived as a perpetual crisis. The number of books published increases every year, but the number of debut novels is declining. Profitability too is falling – at least for publishers, authors and bookshops, all of whom share the burden of the inflated discounts demanded by Amazon and won by the major book chains in return for access to in-store promotions and by the supermarkets simply for stocking the books in the first place. The majority of books published never make a profit at all. It’s a grim place to try to make a living from writing.
 
Publishing is dominated by large corporate publishing houses, many of them owned by even larger foreign corporations. Within those houses a diversity of imprints divides up the huge range of books into classifiable sub-sections: for example, Random House (RH) publishes mass market fiction under the Century imprint, or possibly Hutchinson – or if it’s more genre-based or humorous and going straight into paperback it might be Arrow. If it’s literary fiction it may come under Chatto & Windus or Heinemann or Vintage and if it’s foreign literary fiction it will probably bear the name of Harvill Press, an independent acquired by RH in 2001. RH also owns Transworld, which operates autonomously and has its own imprint structure. Recently, Randon House merged with Penguin. (To be continued.)

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