YouCaxton Publications provides expert help to local writers.
We publish in all genres but specialise in niche-non-fiction, memoir and art books. Over the last year we’ve published fifty titles on a wide range of subjects, among them several biographies and local histories, books on aspects of medicine, and a history of Asia’s financial industry, as well as a number of novels and poetry anthologies. We’re always looking for new books.
If you have a book which is ready, or nearly ready, for publication, please contact us; we’ll be happy to discuss your project and suggest what publishing route to follow – there’s no charge.
Our service is uniquely friendly to writers:
We can do the whole job for you or you can pick and mix from our services when you need help.
There are no contracts to tie you or your book to YouCaxton.
All of the costs are explained in advance so there are no surprises.
Our Print-On-Demand service means that you can order as many copies as you choose whenever you choose.
You retain copyright and all profits from sales.
We can help you to get your book onto Amazon and other online distributors as well as Kindle eBooks.
We supply ISBNs and barcodes free of charge and we can arrange for distribution through wholesalers.
Our services include:
Those Were the Days, David Corbett’s meticulous history of BBC Radio’s old-time dance output from 1943 to 1991, is receiving glowing reviews. We’re planning a ‘launch ball’ for early 2015.
‘A real work of broadcasting scholarship as well as being a useful piece of social history.’ GILLIAN REYNOLDS, Radio Critic, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.
‘Those Were the Days’ is wonderful…..it will give me great pleasure.’ PAUL DONOVAN, Radio critic, Sunday Times
‘I arrived home the other day to find a large wrapped paving slab leaning against my door. When I opened the package I couldn’t believe the size and detailed contents there were within. What a magnificent undertaking, and I can’t tell you how much I’ve already enjoyed reading about my early days at the BBC, and so many wonderful names from the past. I shall display the book with pride on my book shelves.’ BILL BEBB, Producer of, ‘Those Were the Days’ 1964.
For an excellent pictorial overview of the history of Brirmingham’s watery heritage there is no better resource than Ray Shill’s Birmingham’s Canals, published 1999 by Sutton Publishing Ltd., but still valuable. Valuable, but perhaps not quite a valuable as advertised on Amazon at the time of writing: one new £4,477.55. Fortunately, there is a more comfortable alternative: ten used from £1.85.
Not every town has a battle to its name. Malcom Atkin’s Worcester sets out in a graphic and easily understood way the movements of the opposing armies of Cromwell and Charles II as they approached Worcester for the climactic defeat of young Charles II on 3 September 1651, the final decisive engagement of the English Civil Wars. Malcolm Atkin gives a detailed and gripping account of the deadly combat that followed and describes the fate of the approximately10,000 Scottish prisoners. He retraces the route of Charles II as he made his dramatic escape.
Bob Fowke talked on the history of publishing and of self-publishing ‘from the Ten Commandments to Kindle E-Books’ in Shrewsbury Library on Wednesday 9 July. He covered many centuries and several countries and ranged through subjects as diverse as the invention of printers’ ink and the dismemberment of John Milton’s body, all to a rapt audience.
For some time we’ve been advising writers to publish their e-books via Amazon Kindle Select. Our argument has been that Kindle dominate the e-book market both in the UK and the USA, possibly accounting for up to 80% of it. By signing on to Kindle Select, writers give exclusive e-book distribution rights to Kindle for periods of ninety days, renewable. In return writers receive a royalty of 70% of the retail price of their e-books provided the price is set to a minimum of $2.99 or equivalent. This compares very favourably with a more standard level of royalty of 30%.
There are serious dangers in the semi-monopolistic position that Amazon has acquired and we recognise this, but writers, especially self-published writers, have to look after themselves and we feel that is our duty to point out the advantages of a 70% royalty and the advantage of receiving one sales report – which much easier to manage than collating sales reports from multiple e-book platforms. The Independent Author blog has a good balanced piece about the does and don’ts of Kindle Select.
Books in the News
With all the talk of Trojan Horse plots in Birmingham schools, we thought it might be useful to look back at the original. This edition was published by Penguin Classics in 1998 with Robert Fagles (Translator) and Bernard Knox (Introduction).