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Helping authors who want to self-publish their stories.
If you've always dreamed of being an author, we can help you get that story out of your head and into a book.
Imagine making money from your own book and visiting schools to inspire kids with your stories!
Meet Fi. Self-published book author who has officially been there and done that (with picture books).
Self-publishing, it's a tricky business. I learned the hard way - by trial and error. Many moons ago (approx nine years) I had this clear vision: to write and publish a children's picture book I could take into schools and inspire kids to love reading. I also planned to make a bob or two by selling my books wherever I could... if possible.
I wrote the story and illustrated the pictures (luckily I'm a graphic designer so I could do that bit myself!), got my first book printed and obtained the essential ISBN code I needed for my book to officially exist and be sold in bookshops.
I (bravely!?) decided that I didn't want to commit to a publisher because I didn't want to sacrifice the majority of my earnings to the commission fees. Back then I didn't realise that self-publishing would be such a good decision! I've gone on to sell 10,000+ copies of my books mainly via author visits. I now have four books in my Once-Upon-A-Slime series and I still sell thousands every year - all without having a publisher!
If any of this sounds familiar... I promise you can do it too! I created Fi & Books to make self-publishing easier and help other aspiring authors bring their book ideas to life. Our Become-An-Author Package includes everything you need: editing, bespoke illustrations, publishing paperwork and your first print run (yay!)... so you can press GO on your self-publishing journey!
"Since winning the Fi & Books Mad March new author competition, Fi & Books have been amazing at helping me take my book and make it a reality. From the start they have been so helpful, knowledgable and have really guided me along the tricky path of self-publishing. No question is too much and they always focus on the book being MY book and MY choices but at the same time they provide excellent guidance using their vast experience.
The illustrator they selected for me was just perfect and they created something truly beautiful. The support doesn’t end once the book is published they are now advising and assisting on ways to market and sell it."
Matt Flukes - Author of Olly And Lilly Series
Self-publishing your picture book... at a glance:
Okay so you have a story stuck in your head. You need to write it down.
Then you need to re-read it, tweak it and give to some people you trust (friends, family, work colleagues, your neighbour's kids) to get their feedback and input.
Happy with your story? Righteo, now it's time to get it properly edited.
From page layout to punctuation and story structure - our professional editor (Becs) can help polish your manuscript to perfection!
Once your story is perfect it's time to illustrate your story.
This is SUCH an exciting part! Illustrate the pictures yourself... or use one of our amazing illustrators to bring your book to life!
To become 'published' you need to generate an offical ISBN for your book... and have it uploaded onto the Neilson database.
Sounds confusing? Don't worry we can help with this bit!
Words done, illustrations done, ISBN number generated... it's time to print your story.
It needs printed professionally, people will only buy your book if it looks like the real deal!
Hooray it's time to go! There are so many ways to sell your book... from bookshops to Amazon or your own website.
School author visits are a brilliant way to make money and promote your book.
The books we've brought to life... buy them online!
Author school visits... how do they work?
Making publishing easy for aspiring authors!
Self-publishing is an exciting journey with lots of twists and turns. Whether you feel brave and raring to go, or you're a little bit daunted by some of the logistics, we can help as much (or as little) as you need.
You might have a talented auntie who is amazing at picture book illustration... or a step-mum who is an editing guru - use them! We're here to help you in the areas where you need a hand.
We love love (LOVE) working with aspiring authors so we've put together a low priced Become-An-Author Package to you kick-off your book dreams. It includes everything you need to turn your story into a book: editing, bespoke illustrations, publishing paperwork and your first print run (yay!). We understand that this is YOUR project and YOUR baby - we want to help your story come to life!
How does Fi & Books work?
Fi & Books is run by Fi Woodhead, a self-published author, tea-drinker and generally nice person. When you contact us you will be directly in touch with Fi who will ask about your book and find out what point you've reached on the self-publishing journey.
Our trusty freelance team will then work with you on your project to get it exactly where you want it to be - whether that's illustrated, edited or simply printed. Fi will stay in touch the whole time so you can ask her questions and find out what happens next.
We all work remotely so you'll mainly be in touch with us via email, Skype and FaceTime, plus we have small people at school so we often need to fit in around school hours!
How much will it cost me?
We love helping authors who are just starting off or who need a little extra oomph to get their books looking slick and professional. So, we have tried to keep our pricing as simple as possible.
We frown when we hear about sneaky businesses who rip off aspiring authors (grrr). Our Become-An-Author Package starts from just £1,100 and includes all of your picture illustrations, manuscript editing, publishing management and printing. You can choose to start with 10 or 1000 books depending on how brave you feel!
If already have your book artwork ready to go, you can always choose our Book Only Package which starts from only £460 - easy peasy