Tuesday 21 May 2024

Seen Through a Glass of Red

 



How we came to publish this one

This is one of our “ fast track” books. All of the stories in this we have pre-published either on CafeLit or in one of our annual or themed anthologies.

 

The title

So, that’s what life looks like when you see it under the influence of red wine? Is red wine part of the Mediterranean diet?    

 

Some notes about the process

The way this version of fast-track works: the writer puts together the stories in the order they wish them to be published. We do acknowledge where they were first published. We do no more editing at this stage. However we offer a camera ready proof to the author and after we’ve applied their alterations we give it a final proof-read.

 

The cover

The cover illustration concept was supplied by the writer. We used and manipulated stock images to get this one.

 

Some notes about style

The stories veer a little towards the literary. They all also have a firm story structure.      

 

Who we think the reader is

As so many of the stories here come from CafeLit, this book is ideally suitable for  reading whilst you sip your favourite brew when you’re on a break. They are at once thought-provoking, relaxing and entertaining.

 

 

What else

Author Liz is also one of our editors. That’s often makes the editing and design processes easier.  

 

Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link to be taken to our bookshop. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF. 


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Friday 10 May 2024

Amazon KDP or Lightning Source for your paperback?

 



Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and Lightning Source are two prominent platforms used by authors to print paperbacks, each offering unique features and benefits

 

Amazon KDP

Advantages

Disadvantages

It makes distribution in other countries that have Amazon stores easier. Stock control is better and no customs to worry about. 

You can’t get books into book shops without paying a much higher fee. 

It’s cheaper- no set up fees, no annual fees.

Less choice in formats than with Lightning source.

Amazon gets these titles out quicker than it does Lightning Source’s.

Other retailers can’t buy the books.  

 

Once we take the book out of print we can’t still offer author copies. 

 

 

Lightning Source

Advantages

Disadvantages

It’s easier to get book into book shops. The ISBN tells the retailer how to order it. 

You can incur import charges and high transport charges.         

More choice of formats and better quality.

We have to pay set up costs, fees for alterations and an annual distribution fee. 

Once we take the book out of print we can still offer author copies. 

 

 

There are a few things to consider here:

Even though Amazon KDP can distribute to a country where there is an Amazon, we have to open an account with that country. This isn’t always straightforward.

We can in fact work directly with bookshops though it is more work for us.  

We pay an annual fee per book of £8.50 for distribution via Lightning Source. Yet retailers sometimes can’t source the books. Ingram’s shrugs its shoulders. I have managed to penetrate this and it comes down to a middle man not understanding how print-on –demand really works. I’ve had some success with The Hive and Waterstones. Amazon is rather Kafkaesque.

We may now start involving authors in deciding which method to use. Some will be uncertain. And if they are happy to take our advice we’re happy to give it.

The crucial point may be about what happens after the book goes out of print. Note though, we have to take a book out of distribution once the term is finished and if the book isn’t covering its distribution fee.  We can leave it in short run which means we can still obtain author copies and even sell to bookshops. But at that point the book wouldn’t be visible to the public except in our own online bookshop.  

Fast Track

 


Fast track 1

Gather together all of your pre-edited-by-us stories. They may have appeared on CafeLit, in one of our annual anthologies or one of our special books. You gather the edited version into one word document.  You are looking at between 30,000 and 70,000 words, the sweet spot being 46,000. You may like to include an introduction and you should also include a bio, 250 – 500 words, and links to up to three of your other publications  See Seen Through a Glass of Red by Liz Cox and Old Man Jasperson and other stories by Jim Bates. All of the editing is completed on this so we only need to design the books, proof read twice and market. In both cases we actually published a couple of months ahead of schedule.  Use https://duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/form.aspx?id=O5TCxfX-6CXux-a0E6ElR-g7gG4x4c7

Fast track 2

If you have used one of our editors and they agree that the book is good to go we can leave out one or more of the editorial processes.  See our list here: http://www.gilljameswriter.com/p/my-dream-team.html   Use   https://apublishersperspective.blogspot.com/2023/03/submissions.html but mention in your cover letter that you have used one of our editors and outline which sort of edit(s) they’ve completed.                                                                                                                                

Fast track 3

Do you have a collection of stories to which you have the rights back? Put them together in one Word document, acknowledging where each was first published. Again, you are looking at between 30,000 and 70,000 words, the sweet spot being 46,000. You will have just the two proof reads. Also include an introduction if you would like one, and supply a bio, a blurb and link to up to three of your previous publications. Submit as usual via: https://apublishersperspective.blogspot.com/2023/03/submissions.html

Fast track 4

This will have to stay in the queue, I’m afraid BUT if we approve of it we can miss out the editorial stages. This is where we can bring your out of print book back to life. We may even take it on if we think it needs editorial input. Submit in the normal way. https://apublishersperspective.blogspot.com/2023/03/submissions.html 

Crowd Funded project

If you are willing to work with us on crowd-funding your project, please indicate that in your submission. We will run a crowd-funding project for two months and use whatever funds we raise to, in this order,:

·         Shorten your publishing schedule

·         Give you a more dynamic launch

·         Get you on to higher royalties faster

Thursday 25 April 2024

Playing Together

 



How we came to publish this one

We have already published Linda Flynn multiple times; we are familiar with her  work and we also know that she works well with us during the editorial process. This  is hardly surprising; she also edits for us.

 

The title

It is such an apt title; the book shows lots of examples of how children can play together rather than being glued to a screen 24/7.

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Some notes about the process

This text was submitted as an author and illustration collaboration. So the book was in effect designed as well. Certainly we proof read the text and then some more time was spent in design making sure the pictures and text work well, that the pictures bleed where they need to and that pages work correctly.

The cover

The cover illustration was of course provided by the illustrator. It is the same as one of the illustrations inside but perhaps because it is bigger and printed on glossy card it is lighter and brighter.  

Some notes about style

As ever with picture books the illustrations tell far more of the story. The text is minimal in any case. Pictures are sometimes several to a page. Sometimes a picture takes up a whole page. There are a few examples of pictures bleeding across two pages but there are no complete double page spreads.      

Who we think the reader is

This book is good for the preschool child who will “read” the text with the aid of a caring adult. Certainly the pictures offer opportunities for conversations be shared between child and adult. The author and illustrator have taken the book into schools where it has been well received and in some circumstances it may be suitable for Key Stage 1. .  

What else

A percentage of the royalties goes to Medical Detection Dogs. This charity trains dogs to detect the odour from disease in the fight against cancer, Parkinsons disease and bacterial infections, as well as training Medical Alert Assistance Dogs.    

 

Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link to be taken to our bookshop. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF. 

Find your copy here  

 



Saturday 20 April 2024

Lancashire Writers of Today 2023

 


How we came to publish this one

The LAA took the decision to publish its competition entries in an annual anthology.  2022 was successful so we followed the same pattern again.     


The title

The committee thought of a few and then we voted on it. The replaces the former The Record.   

Some notes about the process

Once the stories were formatted in a Word document, we did a quick proof read. Then we prepared the camera ready PDF which we passed to the authors to proof read.  Once any alterations were made according to the authors’ suggestions, we produced a second camera ready PDF which one of our editors proof-read.  

The cover

This was from our photographic competition. One of the instructions was to have a focal point on the right with plenty of space on the left for the blurb. We said that it would be fine to have the focal point on the left and we could flip the picture round. If you look carefully at the cover you will see that the picture is flipped; you can’t get that view of the Blackpool Tower. No one has commented yet!. Just a few days before the book was due out I attended a book event of one of our members. His cover had almost the same view of the Blackpool Tower. Ah well. There is no copyright on subjects for book covers.     

Some notes about style

This quote form Nick Oldam’s Foreword probably says enough: “And this year’s anthology is a stunning reflection of those talents, in which you will find a plethora of work which by its very nature showcases both the aims of the LAA and the individual creativity of writers who are members of an association which gives voice and opportunity to so many.”

Who we think the reader is

No doubt the friends, family, fans and followers of the authors in the collection will be interested in this and all those other people who care about Lancashire and what it  can produce.  

What else

For the 2024 collection we are going to include author bios.

Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link to be taken to our bookshop. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF or Kindle file.      

 Find your copy 

Cover image competition 2024

Find out more about the LAA 

  

 


Monday 8 April 2024

Old Man Jasperson by Jim Bates

 



How we came to publish this one

Jim submits to us often and is a frequently published by us. This is one of our ‘fast track’ books; all of the stories in the collection have bene pre-edited, either by us or by another publisher.

The title

This is the title of one of the stories in the collection. This is a common way of finding a title for a collection of short stories. Often it will be the same as the title of the first story as is the case here. Sometimes it might be a story from elsewhere in the book, perhaps the strongest story or the most representative one.    

Some notes about the process

As the stories were pre-edited we only needed to do a proof read. Well, actually four. The author does one and an editor does another after the author has completed theirs. We also run a couple of technical edits before the author and editor check.  

The cover

Jim’s brother supplied the art work for the cover. It is rather an effective impression of Old Man Jasperson.

Some notes about style

There is quite a mixture of stories here though all of them are told in Jim’s distinctive voice.   

Who we think the reader is

Jim has many fans and followers. Those readers who like a literary voice may also be tempted by these.

What else

This is one of the first of our ‘fast track’ books. We’ve used Amazon KDP for the paperback. We nearly always do this for fast track though there are a few exceptions. In addition, it’s easier to sell overseas via Amazon KDP so it’s a good option here.  

Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link to be taken to our bookshop. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF or Kindle file.         

Find your copy here 


Thursday 4 April 2024

Author Kit


 

We tend not to write this into contracts as we keep tweaking the methodology but if you are planning a series of events – for example, perhaps you’re arranging a series of school visits -   and book signings, we can work with an author’s kit for you. This means we can let you have a set of books upfront and you pay us after you have sold them.

We normally suggest supplying twenty and we top them up for you between visits. This could bring you into the 50+ bracket that means you buy the books at 65% of RRP.  

It’s important to remember that we use print-on-demand and so you should allow at least ten days for this initial order and between orders; two whole weeks may be better.   

You pay us the 65% / 75% of RRP once you have it.

If you don’t manage to sell all of the books and you can’t afford the 65% / 75% of RRP, no worries.  We just allow it against royalties until it has cleared. And only on that book; you still get your royalties on the other titles you have with us.

We can also work directly with a bookshop or other retail outlet at 65% of RRP. This is on a sale or return basis but we ask that you pick up the returns. Otherwise the shop may just bin them! I’m afraid we can’t afford that.   

It may be that even if you supply the books yourself, the retailer likes them to go through their till. You might invoice them for the books then pay us or we can invoice them directly. Unfortunately this often means we have to chase.  

You can also get people to order directly from us at:  https://www.thebridgetowncafebooksshop.co.uk/

Again we need a ten day lead. 

All worth considering?