Self Publish Australia

Showcase - Iqbal Smith by Don Stallman


PRINT RUN: 3,000
BOOK FORMAT: 135mm x 200mm
PAGES: 448 B&W throughout
TEXT STOCK: 60gsm Book Cream
COVER: Full colour, gloss laminated
ARTWORK: Text layout & cover designed by Fontaine.
BOUND PROOF COPY: Supplied to author
DELIVERY: 200 boxes to author's door

Noosa local identity, bon vivante and author, Donald Stallman, launches his much anticipated first book of the Iqbal Smith Adventure trilogy: 'Iqbal Smith - Saving Mankind'

One hundred and fifty seven thousand words later!
Four years after the first of his 157,767 words manuscript was tapped into Word on his laptop, Don was finally in the position to publish his first book - bravo to you Don! The 'business-head' and better half, Wendy, hunted around for quotes and we at Self Publish Australia, a subsidiary of Fontaine Publishing Group, were happy to hear she had decided our services & pricing was the best fit for their requirements.

The Book Publishing Process
Don sent thru his edited manuscript and cover concept to our design team. We layed out his text into appropriate book format and fired back a soft proof (PDF file) for review. Book cover design was commenced, 3 versions submitted to Don for consideration.
Once all OK'd, a digitally printed fully bound book was produced and posted to Don for further review. Meanwhile we allocated an ISBN, generated a barcode for the back cover, and submitted the book to various book trade directories and catalogues for inclusion.

Press the Flesh
Living in Perth has it's advantages, however it's an unfortunate fact we rarely get to meet most of our authors 'in the flesh' whom are located mainly on the east coast. Technology has made distance obsolete, so most authors are comforable to order their publishing services and books from the comfort of their home PC. Don & partner Wendy felt, however, it was worth the trek to sunny Fremantle, Western Australia to meet Jason Swiney, Publishing Manager, and the team, to finalise last minute changes and make sure everything was ship-shape before hitting the presses. They loved 'Freo' and have sworn they will be back!

Book Printing & Despatch
Once Don was completely happy, and payment finalised, we commenced the book printing process. Don left the technical decisions on the most appropriate format & stock up to us. Our recommendations included a standard B+ size perfect bound novel format, full colour cover with gloss lamination, 60gsm Book Cream bulky paperback text stock which is perfect for Iqbal's large page count (448pp) to reduce book weight saving on postage costs, but still give it the mass produced book store quality feel. Three short weeks later, once printed, bound & boxed, Iqbal Smith was trucking it's way across Australia up the East coast to a Noosa garage, for what will hopefully be just a temporary home until they are in the hands and homes of the next Iqbal Smith fans from all over the world!

Promoting & Selling Books
Our job wasn't over yet. We set up an e-commerce web page to facilitate easy online credit card purchase of the book. Don, Wendy and their fledgling promo team just needing to attach the website address widely as possible to media releases, advertising, interviews, flyers etc, even the occasional scribble on the back of a beer coaster at the Local. Anyone can then simply log on anywhere in the world, and purchase the book instantly. Wendy directly receives purchaser shipping details via email and has just to simply pop the book in the post. ALL PROCEEDS (that's $19.95 in Don's case) of book sales (minus 2.5% credit card commission) are the Author's to keep.

That's the advantage of self publishing, if done correctly, risk can be minimised / profit maximised by producing a well designed 'book-store' quality book of appropriate design, format and print run.

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  Four Years in the Writing
the Book Publishing Process
Press the Flesh
Book Printing & Despatch
Promoting & Selling the Books
Purchase as Sample Book

R.R.P: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0980-362305
Format: trade paperback
Pages: 448
Weight: 460 grams


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