' I have for years maintained a propagandist press, with no advertisers, directors or shareholders to please. It is correct to say that I maintain the press; it does not maintain me. Unless a propagandist enterprise had a party organisation behind it, it never pays. Sometimes not even then'. (James Leatham 1865-1945, printer/publisher)
Full Collaborative Publishing
We will typeset, edit and proof read your book. We will design a cover and affix an ISBN number and idf you wish, set it up for distribution through Ingrams. We will also make it available through the online unco store (if appropriate) www.unco.scot
You retain the copyright at all stages and we have non-exclusive publishing rights.
Preparation for publication
You supply your text as a Word Document (for preference Word 2003-2007) and we will typeset it, edit it and proof it and return it to you for approval and/or with queries, or suggestions for changes.
We will produce a cover design. We will also format as an ebook.
We aim to make the process as smooth as possible and to have your book ready for publication within a 3 month period from acceptance.
Getting the book out there
We will attribute ISBN and Barcode upload to Ingrams POD system as well as the unco store.
We cannot guarantee that bookshops will stock (most likely they won't because they require the kind of discounts that make it impossible to sell to them) We will include your title in all our marketing strategies but you have an equal responsibility to sell your book by telling them, and directing them to the places they can buy it from.
The costs of production are borne by us. This includes the cost of preparing the book for publication, the purchase and registration of ISBN and Barcode. This is carried out at our own risk.
The printing costs depend on the size of your book but you can expect that a book of around 200 pages to cost no more than £5 in printing costs. 330+ pages may come in closer to £6. Additional postage charges may come on top of that.
You are paid net of the printing costs.So that if the book sells at £9,99 and costs £5 to print plus another £2 to post, you get 50% of the 'net' profit- equating to £1,50 per book sold. We will supply you with a sales total and pay you with every 100 books sold, or annually if your sales are below this.
You'll note that none of us will get rich under this strategy, but our main aim is fulfilling creative aims and increasing reader choice, not making money.
Co-operative Publishing for 'indies'
Preparing for Print - the stages
If you are submitting as an independent author we will assume that you are happy with your text. If you require editing services (copy or structural) we are happy to discuss this but the charge will be £10 per 1000 words. As an 'indie' we believe the editing is your job - this way you get the content you want.
You supply a Word document and we format it for publication at a cost of £5 per 1000 words. We will supply you with print ready files suitable for use with CreateSpace, other POD printers or short run printing services.
We proof read to pick up typos and errors/omissions for a cost of £5 per 1000 words.
You can ask us just to typeset your text and proof yourself, though it's always best to have an outside eye (or two) proofing. If we simply typeset your work we will correct any obvious typos, but once the text is back with you, if your proofing process undermines the typesetting, that becomes your responsibility. So it's probably best to get us to typeset and proof.
If you choose to have us Typeset and Proof the charge is £7.50 per 1000 words.
Rough prices for our services are:
Short paperback of 40,000 words costs around £300
Average paperback of 60,000 words costs around £450
Long novel 80,000 words costs around £600
We are costing primarily by time taken and work on a rate of approx £10 per hour for typesetting and proofing and £20 per hour for editing.
If you take any of these services we will also supply you with a formatted ebook (mobi, epub and pdf formats) for an addtional £25
We can design a book cover to the specifications of your book-size that can be uploaded direct to CreateSpace and is suitable for other POD or mainstream printers. We supply this as an industry standard PDF file for £50. It is your responsibility to supply the 'back blurb' and if you have cover pictures we will try to include them if appropriate. All images must be either copyright free or your copyright.
We will format your text to ebook industry standards (mobi, epub and PDF files) including a cover and table of contents as appropriate. We are happy to include hyperlinks. The charge for this is £50. You need to submit a 'clean' file in Word format and if we find your file too complicated we will return it to you without charge. We do not work on ebook files that take longer than 3 hours to format/design.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WORK WITH TEXT NOT WITH IMAGES IN BOOKS. The only images we will include in paperback or ebook content are cover images and publisher logos.