We can sort the publishing paperwork for you.
Back when Fi printed her first Once-Upon-A-Slime book it was the publishing bit that initially confused her. Obviously she wanted to be able to sell her book in bookshops and she needed an official ISBN code to be able to do that... so how was she meant to get one without joining a publishing company?
Never to be defeated by rubbish red-tape, Fi decided to officially set up her own small publishing company in 2010 which allowed her to do the paperwork and generate the all-important ISBN number. This is the publishing company we can use to publish your book!
We can generate your ISBN number, take care of the small-print and upload your book onto the Neilson Database to make it all REAL! We will NEVER act like a traditional publisher or take any royalties from your book sales so it all stays totally in your control... FOREVER!
Ah yes that befuddling ISBN number... we often get asked this question!
Without an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chains cannot order, list or track your book for stock control - it's a very important thing!
We can create the ISBN number for your book using our own little publishing company - easy peasy!
The process... perfectly designed for self-publishing!
Brief the Illustrator.
Once you've sorted the wording for your story it's time for a very exciting part to begin... the illustration process!
We use a simple process and our 'Illustrator Briefing Form' to communicate between yourself and the Illustrator, making sure that the drawings are print ready and look good AS A BOOK.
We will send you the illustrations by email for approval. It's a step by step, and fun process!
Approve your proofs.
Combining your wording, your illustrations and your all-important ISBN number, we will create your artwork - yay!
You will be sent every single page via email to review, make any changes and provide final approval. Time to check everything over with a fine-tooth comb!
Receive your 10 book copies.
Your books will be delivered to your house... This is the first time you will hold YOUR book in your hands (don't forget to tag us in a photo!).
It's your story.
Your book baby.
Congratulations you are officially a self-published author!
Pick your book testers & read!
Make sure that you read your 10 copies (out loud!) to as many people as possible.
If you've created a picture book, then it's also super important that you read it to children! Their reactions can be insightful, delightful and unexpected - they are an important part of your audience!
Parents are pretty important too (aka who actually buys the book...) so make sure you give copies to parents to 'test read'.
Place the first big print-run.
It's time... you're ready to order and take delivery of YOUR FIRST EVER BATCH OF PUBLISHED BOOKS!
The only way to make a profit on your book is to print in bulk. 1000 copies is how you make your money.
We work in partnership with a UK based printing company who are experts in printing high quality, perfectly bound books that are professional and look gorgeous.
It's time to sell your books!
This is such an exciting moment, your book is REAL, you are an author and now you can start selling your very own story!
You can sell your book to bookshops or on a website... but school author visits are a brilliant way to sell books in volume and promote your book. We know just the right people!
"I am just about to publish my first children's book all thanks to Fi and Books! What an amazing experience this has been. Fi and Books are awesome! They are so friendly, enthusiastic, creative and responsive. My book went from being a dream in a notebook to a lovely shiny REAL LIFE book in under 4 months! I can't recommend them highly enough - such a positive experience!"
Den Keanie - Author of The Resilient Ratties Series