When you contact us, we will normally arrange to have a conversation with you to determine if you need our help:
We make self-publishing an enjoyable experience with a friendly adviser on hand to help whenever you need it.
We can do the whole job for you or you can pick and mix from our services.
All of the costs are explained and agreed in advance so there are no surprises.
We explain all of the steps required to bring your book to publication and create a Project-Sheet for you on the YouCaxton website so that you can monitor progress and ensure that all stages are properly completed.
If you would like to see an example of a Project-Sheet, go to AUTHOR-Login
Password : welcome
Following the initial free editorial review, we offer four levels of editing as well as proof-reading.
You choose which, if any, are appropriate in your case:
1. Edit of sample pages and short report (£30)
We edit a few pages to highlight editorial issues to the author who can then look for similar problems throughout the text.
This will reduce the amount of further copy-editing if that is also required.
2. Broad structural editing and criticism (£5 per thousand words)
This is particularly relevant for works of fiction. An experienced author will look at the plot, themes, characterisation, voice and dialogue.
3. Copy editing (£10 per thousand words)
Copy-editors get the raw material into shape for publication: they edit copy.
When they have finished, the work is ready for the designers to typeset the book.
This involves a close look at every line of your text with suggestions for rewriting, grammar, and punctuation.
4. Proof Reading (£7 per thousand words)
Proofreaders do the quality check and final tidy-up: they read proofs.
This should be done as a final stage - a line-by-line check that the book is ready for publication.
If you have undertaken to complete this stage of the process yourself, we send a detailed check-list to help you.
5. Consistency Scan (£20)
If you don't want a full proof reading, we offer an electronic scan to search for common errors and inconsistencies.
6 Late amendments (50p per amendment)
Once the designer has been authorized to start laying out the book, it becomes increasingly complicated to make any changes. We ask our authors to ensure that the book is completely ready before starting the layout after which we have to charge 50p for each late amendment.
When your final manuscript is ready, we provide you with an ISBN and barcode and discuss your design-brief
. This specifies the dimensions of the book and whether it is printed in black and white or colour, paperback or hardback. It also specifies the details of the interior layout and book design as well as the type of paper. You have the final say in this process and our designers will follow your brief as well as offering suggestions
1. Cover design (£220)
This includes the front and back cover with ISBN and barcode. The price is for work of average complexity and with images provided by the author.
2. Interior design and typesetting (£220)
We layout the interior to include preliminaries, index if required and contents. The cost can vary depending on the complexity of the layout and the number of pages
When the design is finished we send you a digital proof (as a file in PDF format). This includes the interior and a choice of cover designs based on your specification. You then use the Late Amendments
facility to notify the designer of any further changes to the text and any developments to the design. Further digital proofs follow until you are satisfied with the book and authorise going to the printed proof stage.
4. Printing and a bound proof
Once you have given approval of the PDF proof, we upload the files to the printer and you will receive a bound proof copy, identical in every respect to the finished book, within approximately ten working days. We use a selection of printers, including Print-on-Demand Worldwide, CPI, Lightning Source and CreateSpace, depending on which is the most appropriate for your book. For longer print runs, we obtain best prices from a wide range of traditional printers.
5. Registering the finished book
When you have signed off the proof copy, we register the ISBN and catalogue details with the databases of book-trade and retail outlets in the UK and USA (if required). Your book then becomes available on the main bookseller websites including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Waterstones.
YouCaxton provides a print-management service. We work with a number of different printers depending on the type of book and we manage the process on behalf of the author.
Printing - What can possibly go wrong?
Printing is still a very physical process even though the printing is digital and might appear to be streamlined. There are so many things that can go wrong for example the type of paper, colour mismatching, incorrect trimming, wrong spine widths and faulty binding. YouCaxton acts as an intermediary between the author and the printer to ensure that the author is protected as much as possible from printer problems. Although we normally ask for payment in advance for printing, we don't pay the printer until we are satisfied that the printing is of an acceptable quality. We also arrange for any faulty or damaged books to be replaced free of charge.
Delivery Schedules - Hope for the best - plan for the worst?
When a book is close to completion, the author is often anxious to get the book delivered for a book launch. It is important to allow enough time for things to go wrong and build this into any schedule. For example, printer time estimates can slip; equipment can break down; printers can become overworked - particularly close to Christmas; shipments can go missing and don't forget that the purpose of a proof copy is to ensure that there are no problems with the printed books - so you should allow time for a second proof. YouCaxton will help you to manage these schedules and we will act on behalf on the author to resolve any problems that do occasionally occur.