A guide to self publishing
We’ve put together this handy guide to help you publish your book successfully.
Guidance on ISBN, legal deposit and copyright
Unless your book is for private or restricted circulation – a family history, for instance – every title published should have an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) in order to facilitate order processing, distribution and referencing. ISBNs are issued to the publishing company or self publisher by the UK ISBN Agency. For further information about obtaining an ISBN.
Publishing companies and self-publishers are legally required to send to the Legal Deposit Office one copy of each title, within one month of first publication. The Legal Deposit Office is situated at The British Library office in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. For further information, visit LEGAL DEPOSIT OFFICE
Authors of books do not need to apply for copyright in their work. It is an automatic right that exists as soon as the work is fixed, for example by words printed on paper. In order to signal that your work is copyright protected it is sensible to mark it with a copyright symbol (©) followed by your name and the year the work was created. For further information, visit COPYRIGHT.
How to prepare your materials
In order to obtain the most professional-looking results, we always prefer to work with materials prepared in PDF format (Portable Document Format). If you are preparing your own PDFs, please refer to our guidelines on best-practice preparation of your files by visiting SELF PUBLISHING GUIDE
If you are unable to provide us with PDFs, we offer a professional typesetting service at a reasonable cost and are happy to discuss options with you. We can also put you in touch with a number of different designers if you require help with lay-outs or cover design.
It’s easy to work out what it will cost to produce your book
Depending on the number of books you require, we offer two manufacturing options – short-run digital printing at CPI Antony Rowe Eastbourne, and medium-run litho printing at CPI Antony Rowe Chippenham.
Short-run digital production
If you wish to produce fewer than 100-200 copies of your book, digital printing is the most economical option.
Medium-run litho production
If you wish to produce more than 200 copies of your book, litho printing is usually the most economical option.
Helping you to market and sell your book
We are as keen as you are to ensure that your book is marketed effectively and that the sales potential is fully realised. To help achieve this goal we offer a number of support services and online retail.