Friday 20 January 2023

The Sound of Patriarchy and other stories by L .F Roth


How we came to publish this one

We have published several of L F Roth’s stories in our anthologies and we know he works well with our editorial team. His stories in fact need little editing.  

The title

This is another example of where the title of the book comes from the title of one of the stories. This particular story perhaps epitomises the style of the whole collection.  

Some notes about the process

As ever, this collection went through our three stages of editing and three proof reads. One of our freelance editors worked on this.   

The cover

The five balloons are crucial to the story. Then we worked on getting the colours to blend well. Always a little tricky but every satisfying when it comes right.   

Some notes about style

L F Roth has a very distinctive style – one that we like. It tends towards the literary..   

Who we think the reader is

The reader of this book like to be invited to think. On might read each story in isolation. The stories are a little understated and to some extent leave the reader to make up their one mind about what has actually happened.       

What else

We are pleased to have this within our collection.

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 Amazon. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF or mobi-file.       

Find your copy here.

Wednesday 4 January 2023

Print-on-demand does not necessarily mean self-published


Printer, Technology, 3D Printer

And what’s wrong with self-published anyway?


“We don’t stock self-published books”.

I was chatting to one of our authors at our celebration event in December and she told me of some difficulty she was having getting libraries interested in her book, a highly illustrated book suitable for very early readers / infant school children.


The librarians reaction had been “We don’t stock self-published books”.


Why we’re not self-publishers

We are a small press and we put our books through:

  • Three stages of editing
  • Two proof reads by humans
  • One IA proof read  
  • Professional book design
  • Professional cover design
  • World-wide distribution
  • Registration with the legal deposit libraries
  • A basic marketing plan

And we do all of the above rather well – even the machine proof-read.


Why we should cheer print-on-demand

The basic premise with POD is that you only print the books that are wanted – usually already sold. This offers several advantages:

·         Financial security for the publisher – you don’t pay for printing until the sot is recouped or paid in advance and you lose very little money if a title bombs.   

·         Care for the environment

·         Customers get pristine new copies

·         You can make slight alterations to the text without having to wait for the end of a print run = e.g. if a typos has got through the net despite the rigour described above.

·         Amazon KDP offer the further advantage of getting books available on every Amazon store without us having to worry about exports.

·         Ingrams waive shipping for their distributed titles and will print locally when they can.   

There are precedents

Academic and educational boos have always been printed on demand even before the technology for doing so was advanced. These types of book were not printed until they were sold.


Many small presses are now using this technology. It’s extremely useful and cost effective for niche titles.


More enlightened libraries

I’m pleased to say that my on local library hosts indie authors as well as those published by the small press.


And some libraries have stocked books similar to the one that was rejected above.


I reiterate: our books are NOT self-published. Not even those of my own that are published by one of the imprints that we manage. They still go through all of the stages mentioned above and I’m usually only involved in one of the proof-reads.