Not everyone wants to get published by the mainstream press. But most writers want a copy of their work to hold in their own hands.
Technology makes that desire very do-able and simultaneously rather complex. Regardless of what you choose, uploads have to be designed using a specific programme in specified formats, which vary depending on the printer and distribution chosen.
You control how the world reads your book, or in the case of audio, hear your book. We have the expertise to ensure your book is professionally designed, skillfully formatted and beautifully presented.
Proofreading today is not what it was before digitialization. Between spell check and beta readers, most writers seem to think that proofreading went the way of the dodo. Sadly not. Instead, the job has changed to meet the demands of the digital era.
Here's what the proofreader does:
corrects spelling, punctuation and grammar
ensures stylistic consistency (e.g. British/US English, forms of abbreviation, hyphenation, etc.)
checks page layout and ensuring consistency of presentation (e.g. page numbering, page depth, headings, spacing, justification, paragraph styles, etc.)
checks for bad word breaks, widows and orphans (books only)
cross-checks the contents section with the rest of the book to ensure accuracy; completes the information of the contents page if it hasn't already been done (i.e. page numbers)
ensures that bibliographical references are consistent in terms of style/presentation and listed in correct order; cross-checks in-text citations against their entries in the reference list or bibliography
reads for sense
where necessary, compiles a list of outstanding queries for the author to address (e.g. inconsistent information, information or text that seems to be missing, etc.)
How it works: Email us the designed and typeset work and the contact details of your designer. Once payment has been received we send your work out to an experienced proofreader. It should come back to you within a few weeks. You have final say over any changes that are made. If the work is still in the word doc stage, then that's fine too. We can make tracked changes and return it to you.
What it costs: Approximately, we charge £0.012 per word. Exact pricing varies depending on the project and we tailor the proofreading to your work. A quote is available upon request.
All our proofreaders are Professional Members of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders, which certifies that they have appropriate qualifications and training.
"Clapham Publishing Services has a stellar dissertation editor. Not only does [the editor] have excellent command of complex grammar and syntax, she also delved into the material which enabled her to make helpful structural and wording changes to my text. Her finished product was polished and professionally presented, with the work having completed in a manner responsive to my timelines." - Sheila Jennings, whose dissertation won the Mary McEwan Memorial Award 2019
Some works are appropriate to being published only in e-book form. In these instances, getting a work printed and bound is an unnecessary expense and you might well prefer to invest solely in an ebook, also known as a digital format.
It's important to realise which genres sell the best digitially and which tend not to. And which eplatforms your work should be on. And on which devices your work should be accessible.
At the best of times, adapting your work for uploading as an .epub or mobi is daunting. If you have a lot of pictures or a complex design, then the technology involved with turning your work into a professional-looking ebook readable on all devices can be overwhelming.
Our highly-trained book designer is experienced with .epub and mobi and the technological requirements of various eplatforms. We can put your ebook up on about 25 different eplatforms so that it is widely available.
How it Works: Contact us and tell us what you what's involved with your work: how many words, pictures, graphs, charts, illustrations, chapters. We tailor our pricing to the needs to your individual project. So tell us about it and we'll send you a quote.
"So grateful that Clapham Publishing Services gave us the advice we were looking for to publish our ebook series. It has gives us the control and knowledge that we want for our own work. We think we've made more money this way." - Jay Marie James
There is nothing like the feeling of holding your book, printed and bound, in your own two hands. You can sell it to your friends and family, give it away as a Christmas or birthday present, or donate it to your local library. It's all your hard work made tangible.
You can create exactly the book you want: hardcover, paperback, dust jacket, photographs, maps, illustrations, photos, fold-outs. And you can have as many of them as you want, mailed to whatever address you want.
For specialist works where the visual lay-out and typography are integral to the storytelling itself, such as art and photography books, memoirs and cook books, we have a solid working relationship with award-winning, internationally renowned book designer Prof Phil Cleaver. Through his services we can push the boundaries of what constitutes a book to create something truly unique and utterly gorgeous.
How it works: Contact us and tell us about your book: how many words, pictures, illustrations, and chapters. Tell us how big or small you'd like the book to be, and what kind of binding you'd like. Choose how many copies you'd like to have printed. If you're not sure about all those questions, we can chat over email or the phone. We'll then send you a quote that is tailored to your individual needs.
"Clapham Publishing Services has been pivotal for my self-publishing journey. Our conversations helped me organise myself and source external help where needed and in less than 2 months I had my book printed and delivered." - Denise Ratulea
Both eBook and Print
Some works are intended for as large an audience as possible. Commercially-minded authors who don't want to lose a single reader, businesses which want a public face for their publications, and hobbyists activists and intellectuals reaching out to far-flung enthusiasts should consider this service.
Print-on-demand means that your work is available to be ordered through practically every bookstore, almost anywhere in the world. It is available both in paper and also as an e-book for every device. That's global distribution.
How it works: While options are somewhat more limited than the print-only service, you can nonetheless create exactly the book you want: hardcover, paperback, dust jacket, photographs, maps, illustrations, photos, fold-outs. And you can also have as many of them as you want, mailed to whatever address you want. The ebook is similarly bespoke. We create exactly what you want to see, and then make it go global. So contact us about the kind of work you would like to see produced. We'll give you a quote.
MP3 and CDs
Audiobooks have been growing at the rate of 20% per annum. It is possible that more people are buying audiobooks than are buying print books. It's the newest medium into which authors are moving. And with new technology, audiobooks are becoming more widespread and accessible. Like print and ebooks, a quality production speaks to the quality of the work. So a professionally produced audiobook is a reasonable investment.
At Clapham Publishing Services, we can produce a superior audiobook with professional voice artists and superb production values. You can choose MP3 download only or also have it as CDs. Bespoke cover design and original music make it truly unique.
How it Works: Tell us how you would like to hear your own book and how you would like to have it made available. We'll create a bespoke package that meets your needs. Contact us for a quote.