The once daunting, expensive task of publishing your
book is now history. Self Publish Australia has simplified
the process - it can't get any easier, or more economical
than what we offer with today's technology and our modern
in-house trade processes.
Many well known and popular
authors have launched their successful careers self publishing
at least one novel. It has to be the best way to getting
your name out there as a published author. Your manuscript
professionally designed and edited, printed and bound in book
format automatically assumes an air of respectability & authenticity
alongside mainstream published books.
The following information is presented to you to understand
the most economical way to produce your books without compromising
Our authors generally provide us their manuscript in 1
of 2 ways. The majority send us their WORD™ document -
read our guidelines in order to send us a properly optimised
document ready for interior design layout.
If you trust your typography,
layout & design skills,
and would like to supply
us with a PRINT-READY file which we will print exactly
as you have laid out, you will need to supply us with a
PDF file. Read our instructions here to achieve this
Black & White Images - Optimisation
If your novel contains images, and you plan to print
over 500 books, please ensure the darkest areas of your images
are not higher than 90% black. Call us if you need us to
explain this further. As we run this volume of books on a
high speed printing press, this is very important to ensure
the best result for you images.
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The cover of your book is incredibly important to attract
interest - yes, most people DO judge a book by it's cover,
so it is imperative to be able to encapsulate the feel
of the book attractively using appropriate graphics and
typography. Take a look at websites selling self-published
books. Take a good look at their covers. Is there an overriding
impression that you get? Perhaps you can't put your finger
on it, but they appear different than the ones in the bookstores
- yes, THEY LOOK SELF PUBLISHED! The best self published
books are ones that look like they belong in the bookshop,
in other words NOT self published. Unless you know well
an accomplished graphic designer or artist, we recommend
sending us a visual mock-up of what you have in mind for
your book cover, along with any appropriate images, and
our suitably qualified designers will 'mould' your cover
into one that any mainstream publishing house would be
proud to call their own. Cost for professional cover design starts from $165.
If you choose to design a print-ready cover yourself, you will have to take
into consideration the spine width and add this to your document width. Click
here to work out your Spine width.
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NOVEL BOOK FINISHED SIZES
Depending on the intended market/use of the book, sizes
||105mm x 148mm
|| Cute novelty size
||181mm x 111mm
|| Small travel paperback similar to Penguin Novels
||198mm x 128mm
||210mm x 135mm
||210mm x 148mm
||Don't use this size if you can help it!
||152mm x 229mm
||Great format - economical and impressive
||245mm x 180mm
||210mm x 297mm
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NOVEL BOOK PRINTING
Most Novels are printed with full colour covers, and mono
(black) text throughout. However there is no limitation
as to how many black & white photos/images you can
insert throughout the book (when supplying a print-ready
PDF. If we are layout your interior pages, there is a $5/image charge.
While it is possible to also insert pages containing full colour, the cost
to print a single colour page is approximately 10 TIMES that of a mono page,
so use sparingly if required. Don't add coloured headings for this reason.
Having said that, wise use of vivid colour imagery or artwork can have a big
impact upon the reader.
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RECOMMENDED BOOK BINDING / FINISHING FOR NOVELS
Most common book binding method for novels by far is
Perfect Binding, which is the same finish as what you will
see is used for most books in bookstores.
The perfect bind method involves collating
the sections of the book and their backs ground off leaving
a rough surface upon which the adhesive is applied. The
cover is glued into place after it has been scored to allow
the adhesive to slightly overlap the front and back of
the book block. The final step includes a three-sided trim
to clean up the finished book.
We strongly suggest cover lamination to protect the cover
from scuffing and damage. Gloss lamination shows up marking
less than matt lamination on dark colours, so is perfect
for child & younger adult publications. Matt is
now the modern choice of classy books.
Hardcover Casebound Novel
For a premium presented product, you can’t beat hardcover. Our hardcover
books are all professionally made using proven century-old traditional methods
by our qualified bookbinders. We include as standard head and tail ends, end
papers (choice of colours), covered one of a wide choice of Novalite leather-style
finish materials (see hardcover options)
Factors, however, to bear in mind is binding & shipping costs will be significantly
greater than paperbacks.
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I WANT TO PROCEED!
Go to our Book Printing Quote section and send us all the details of your book for us to quote and assess the most relevant options available to you.
Once books are printed, we will despatch via Australia
Post courier service, or our freight company for bulk orders.
Generally, you will receive your books within 5 working
days, although this may vary. Overnight, and other express
services are available if required.