I have published one hardback, one paperback and seven
The pages on this site will describe the processes I have been through
to publish books which may help new authors decide on their approach.
My first book, The Colony (1): Endings, was published by what the
publishing house called 'joint publishing' or 'partnership publishing'
author pays the cost of publishing the first edition, first printing. I
think this is more commonly called 'vanity' publishing.
I wanted my first book to be a good quality hardback and
chose Book Guild Publishing. They are very expensive. A paperback book
can be published for much less by a variety of online publishers such
However, these will not provide the support services of a more
'traditional' publishing house.
Cheapest is Lulu
or Amazon's Create
where you can self-publish for free. There is no upfront
payment, you get royalties as a proportion of the retail price.
My second book, The Colony (2): Strife, was a complete do it yourself
(DIY) job. I wrote it, copy edited it, formatted it, got the ISBN
made an ISBN barcode, constructed the image for the cover, found a
printer who printed it. Now I just need to sell it!
All my books have now been published as eBooks including the more
recent ones 'Samuria', The Colony (3): Return and The Colony (4):