About Self-Publishing

Introduction

Most main-stream publishers require a large potential market before they commit themselves to a book, and some subjects are too specialist for them. This is a built-in limitation for little-known fiction authors and authors of local histories, personal or family biographies and other specialist subjects. As a consequence, a great many books of this type, which deserve to be published, never see the light of day or are published in an amateur manner. We are dedicated to getting these books into print to a professional standard and/or published as E-books. This is surprisingly inexpensive using modern technology.

As a publisher with YouCaxton, you control the process and the design, but we guide you through the process personally, and we don’t expect you to steer your way through multiple screens or to have any technical knowledge. When your book is ready, you order as many copies as you choose as often as you choose and it will also become available through Amazon and other major distributors. We can also, in some cases, help you to publicise it. You may discover a market that mainstream publishers have failed to discover for themselves.

There are various stages to self-publication of a book or pamphlet:

 

Writing and editorial

1 Writing and research to first draft
2 Picture research
3 Copy editing
4 Permissions for use of pictures and quotations
5 Bibliographies, end-notes and footnotes
6 Final manuscript

 Production

7 Transfer of text to a publishing format
8 Cover design
9 Design of the interior - formatting and typography
10 Registration of an ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
11 Production of a pre-print proof copy and creation of index if appropriate
12 Proofreading
13 Uploading of the final digital file to a printer and/or conversion to an eBook
14 Production of a final proof copy
15 Printing and binding

Distribution and marketing

16 Distribution of copyright copies
17 Distribution of review copies
18 Marketing

We can help with all except 1, 2 & 5 of the above and we give advice on 18 and offer a basic marketing service.