Book Production Specialist

Established Over 20 Years

Made in Britain WRITERSWORLD Book Production Guide

Please take your time to read our extensive Book Production Guide online, or print a copy.

A General Statement

Whether you decide to use WRITERSWORLD or not, there is a wealth of information in this guide that may save you a lot of grief, time and money down the line. It points out the myriad traps and minefields you can walk into when self-publishing a book, if uninformed or not wary.

It takes a lot of time and effort to write a good book, as hopefully you have done, so grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and take a little time to read this guide—and when comparing various self-publishing companies make sure you compare ‘like with like’.

As you will see, a complex process is involved if a book is to be properly produced and made readily and easily available to the public—a process that requires the specialist skills and dedication of a whole team of people.

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Graham Cook, the founder and owner of WRITERSWORLD, is more than happy to arrange a telephone conversation to discuss publishing your book, if you feel it would be helpful. He is available throughout the whole process of getting your book to print to discuss any queries you may have.

Our Golden Rule

Everything WRITERSWORLD does must be legally, ethically, morally, professionally and physically better than any of our self-publishing, print-on-demand competitors; it is as simple as that, no ‘ifs and buts’—this is our policy.

About Us, and Why We Are Your Best Choice of Publisher

WRITERSWORLD aims to be the ‘gold standard’ of the UK print-on-demand book publishing industry. There is no other print-on-demand book publishing company that includes all the following services:

  1. We arrange for the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to be issued in the author’s name, or that of the author’s publishing company, remembering that if the ISBN is not in your name, or that of your publishing company, it is akin to buying a car and putting someone else’s name on the registration documents—with the result that you will never have absolute control over your book. The ISBN serves to facilitate accurate cataloguing, ordering, accounting, billing and stock control. We purchase in your name the minimum batch of 10 ISBNs so you will have some left for any other books you publish. Your book’s imprint/copyright page will state that the book was published in the name you designate ‘in conjunction with Writersworld’. As the author, you agree that the above designation text will remain on the imprint/copyright page while the author is listed as the book’s publisher.
  2. We give authors 90% of their royalties. Our royalty payment system is one of the fairest and most generous in the entire print-on-demand book publishing industry.
  3. You, the author, retain all rights to the cover and content as well as ownership of the completed digital book files, which are returned to the author at no extra charge.
  4. We submit a digital copy of the author’s book to Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ programme so as to increase sales. When customers look for a book on Amazon they can find the actual words from inside your book – not just the author, title, and keywords – and will be able to read 20% of its contents.
  5. On the author’s behalf, we submit each and every book title to the Legal Deposit Libraries in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In the UK, the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 and the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 (Ireland), make it legally obligatory for publishers and wholesalers in the UK and Irish Republic to deposit their publications within one month of publication. The six libraries that collectively maintain the national published archive of the British Isles are: the British Library; the Oxford Bodleian Library; the Cambridge University Library; the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh; the Dublin Library of Trinity College; and the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. This is a four-centuries-old tradition which will make your work available in the reading rooms, preserved for the benefit of future generations, a part of the national heritage. Your book will be recorded in the online catalogues of these libraries, all of which are accessible online, and provide essential research tools for generations to come.
  6. We warn the author not to expect to make a full-time living from the retail sales of their book (the industry is notorious for deluding authors into believing they can). You will make the most profit from the bulk sales of your book, which you will be able to purchase direct from the printer at actual print cost.
  7. We undertake to produce a book in 60 days or less, with the cooperation of the author.
  8. We use higher quality paper than is standard for the industry, both for the cover and inside text pages. We use as a minimum 115 gsm coated paper for the text pages and 300 gsm paper for the paperback covers. In addition, the paper for the text pages of our books is produced via an independent certification process that ensures that the trees from which it is produced come from well-managed sources that exclude the risk of using illegally logged timber, and/or are printed on recycled paper.
  9. We load our books at our printers with all black and white interior images and photographs at a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch). Consequently, the printed pages are near photographic quality. We also publish in full colour which is also comparable to photographic quality.
  10. Our book covers are custom designed to the author’s specification in full colour and at no time do we use templates. The quality of our custom-designed covers is second to none.
  11. We do not source work outside the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and, consequently, we do not exploit cheap foreign labour; our sub-contractors are paid full rates.
  12. Our copy editors and book cover designers are highly skilled and experienced in the self-publishing print-on-demand industry, and you will have direct one-to-one contact with your designated copy editor and book cover designer. You will also be provided with a dedicated mobile number so that you can communicate with WRITERSWORLD at any time within normal working hours with regard to your book’s progress.
  13. We guarantee not to ask for more money once the contract has been accepted as it is a fundamental principle of WRITERSWORLD that there will be no unexpected add-ons, or extra fees requested from the author once the book is accepted for publication: all this in an industry notorious for sucking authors in.
  14. We supply our authors with books at print cost plus shipping. We aim to deliver within 14 working days of placing an order, subject to holidays and weekends.
  15. We print and ship our clients’ books worldwide and arrange book distribution through all major UK-based book retailing websites and hundreds of bookshops throughout the United Kingdom.
  16. We provide the author with complimentary copies of their book to the value of £185 (at print cost) including shipping costs.
  17. On the Standard Service, Poetry Book & Children’s Book Service, we provide the author with a free Amazon Kindle e-book version of their book.
  18. We provide a comprehensive book promotion service as part of all our book publishing packages. This involves publicising your book with our press release distribution package, which includes the professional writing of your release, media targeting and distribution to all relevant UK media contacts including the press, consumer and trade publications, broadcast media and online agencies.
  19. We submit your book title to Nielsen BookData Enhanced Service, which disseminates information for English language titles electronically to over 3,500 booksellers, Internet retailers and library customers in the UK, and to over 100 countries worldwide, making your title discoverable to thousands of potential book buyers along with a description of your book and author biography that will also appear on the book retailers’ websites.
  20. We insist on the highest ethical standards relating to what we will or will not publish. We at WRITERSWORLD have gained a reputation for being very particular as to the type of book we are happy to publish, and very firm about what we will not; for example we will have nothing to do with the following: any form of pornography; gratuitous violence; unsupported conspiracy theories; books by misogynists or misanthropists; books which promote racial or religious intolerance, the subjugation of women, forced marriages or honour killings; and any books that are otherwise not in tune with Western values.
  21. Author protection. As an act of good faith to any complainant and to mitigate any alleged damage, WRITERSWORLD will withdraw the book from sale until the matter is resolved. If WRITERSWORLD believes the complainant’s case or alleged libel to be valid, any required changes to the respective book will be made free of charge by WRITERSWORLD prior to the book being resubmitted for publication. In such a case the revised copy will be made available to the libel complainant for acceptance of any redactions and/or changes.

NB. Please note that WRITERSWORLD is a print-on-demand, self-publishing book publisher based in the United Kingdom and is not a literary agency, so we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts or submissions. Please note also, so as to protect our trademark, it’s always WRITERSWORLD or Writersworld, but never Writers World. Finally, please note that for the money we charge, WRITERSWORLD is unable to supply any book shop with physical copies of your book for them to maintain them as a stock item.

How Does Print-on-Demand Publishing Work?

Other publishers must guess how many copies of each title will sell. They print them, store them, and hope their guess is accurate. If the initial print run becomes exhausted, the publisher makes a decision on whether to commission another print run. In the majority of cases this would be ‘no’ and would mean that a book becomes out of print and no longer available. Since the average shelf-life of a book is six months, an author would see years of hard work disappear. With WRITERSWORLD we can do a print run as small as a single copy, which means the book is never out of print. Of course, common sense suggests that one copy would not be cost effective when adding in postage, so the printer has requested that an author orders a minimum of twenty-five copies.

Test the System

If you wish to see how the system works, as an example take one of our ISBNs e.g. 9781904181002, and see how it is listed at Amazon, one of the UK’s largest book retailers.

Health Warning

Here are some of the difficulties an author can encounter when travelling the self-publishing route. Right at the start, before you part with a penny of your money, make sure you have a fixed-price quotation for the design of the book cover, editing, proof reading and all other setup costs, so you do not get lured into a bottomless pit of extra charges. That is how some self-publishing companies work; they will lure you in with what appears to be a low charge and then start adding on to it.

But with WRITERSWORLD there is never a dispute: you know exactly where you stand, no more and no less—so you can relax, stop worrying, and enjoy the process.

All Clients Are Treated Equally

WRITERSWORLD treats all its clients alike in that every client pays exactly the same amount for every publishing service as at the time of placing the contract. No client gets an extra or special discount, additional complimentary copies or any other form of preferential terms.

Our Policy of Not Publishing for Under-Eighteen-Year-Olds

Unfortunately, for logistical reasons, we have a policy of not publishing on behalf of under-eighteen-year-olds.

Our Use of Sub-Contractors

All of our self-employed sub-contractors have many years’ experience in the book publishing industry and are all located within the UK. They have been thoroughly vetted and you will have direct access to their expertise throughout the process.

Personal Service at Its Best

Once you have submitted your contract and made the required payment, at the very start of the process you will be taken through the publishing process step-by-step with the founder and owner of WRITERSWORLD, Graham Cook, where you will have the opportunity to ask all those remaining questions you may have about the WRITERSWORLD book publishing process. You will get some common-sense practical advice about whether to set up a limited company to promote your book, open a separate bank account, or register for VAT etc. You will also be provided with a mobile phone number so you can contact Graham Cook at any time during normal UK working hours to discuss your book’s progress or exchange ideas regarding your book.

Preparing Your Submission

Submitting your book could not be easier. All that we require is that you send your manuscript to us via email, an online file-sharing service, or on a flash drive (memory stick), in Microsoft Word. It is likely you will also wish to submit a synopsis of the story, an index if required, a dedication, acknowledgements, preface and/or foreword—and that’s just fine with us.

Your designated copy editor will discuss with you the book’s size, font and font size at a suitable time during the process. It is suggested that the author prints off a few pages from time to time to check that the printed page accords with expectations.

If your book contains photographs or illustrations, either in mono or in colour, there is no extra charge for inserting these (although it may affect the print cost of each book). To ensure the best possible print reproduction, digital images should have at least a resolution of 300 dpi. Your copy editor may be able to help with scanning your images, if necessary.

Word Count

The prices we quote for all our publishing services are for books that do not or will not exceed a word count of 80,000. If you think your book is likely to exceed 80,000 words, you will need to discuss this with us prior to sending in your contract as there will be an extra charge of £12 per thousand words or part thereof, paid directly to the sub-contracted copy editor who works on your book. This will need to be paid when the sub-contracted editor has produced the final PDF file and you have signed off on it, and before it goes to the printer.

To check your book’s word count:

Page Count

To estimate a page count for your book, please try our book sizing system. Choose a font and font size and insert your word count. You can then choose different book sizes to get an idea of the minimum number of pages your book will have. This is of course useful when it comes to estimating print costs.

Book Sizes

We are able to bind any size between A6 and A4, although a standard size would be 234 mm × 156 mm (Royal). But don’t worry about your book size, as our printers can print to just about any size you want; simply let us know your preference. The book sizes shown in our book sizing system, and also those in the Printing Costs section below, are only a guide, and in no way reflect all the book sizes we can arrange to be produced and printed.

Non-Fiction Books

There are particular cautions concerning non-fiction books. Authors and publishers in England and Wales have to contend with the spectre of libel (in which the plaintiff has in general the burden of proving that any written statements are false), and we now also have a person’s expectations of the right of privacy under the Human Rights Act 1977.

A Very Simple Explanation of English Defamation, Libel, Slander and Invasion of Privacy Laws

In law, defamation (also called calumny), libel (for written words), slander (for spoken words), and vilification, is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government or nation a negative image. It is usually, but not always, a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed (the claimant). In common law jurisdictions, slander refers to a malicious, false and defamatory spoken statement or report, while libel refers to any other form of communication such as written words or images. Most jurisdictions allow legal actions, civil and/or criminal, to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless criticism.

With regard to a person’s expectation of the right of privacy, a landmark legal ruling case entitled Loreena McKennitt vs Neima Ash actually came about because of a book WRITERSWORLD declined to publish because there was so much information about the private life of Canadian songwriter and performer Loreena McKennitt, based on confidential information gleaned by Neima Ash in very private conversations. We advised Neima Ash to cut out the sections that Loreena McKennitt objected to. Sadly, she ignored all our advice and went ahead and published the book herself. She subsequently ended up in the High Court in London and lost because the court decided she had violated Loreena McKennitt’s rights of privacy; and she barely escaped bankruptcy as a result of Loreena McKennitt’s lawyers’ determined efforts to collect on the huge amount of damages and costs awarded against her by the court.

So if your work of non-fiction is about, or references third party entities or persons, you absolutely need to submit to them what you have written about them and get their approval (assuming they are alive, of course), otherwise you may end up on the wrong side of a lawsuit, either for libel or breaching someone’s rights of privacy, and that is a far from pleasant position to be in. Loreena McKennitt vs Neima Ash is now the landmark case in England and Wales.

One of the benefits of a print-on-demand book is that if all the fail-safe systems fail, and a person complains about the contents of a book, we are able to withdraw the book immediately from sale or distribution, remove the offending content and replace the file at the printers. As a result we would be seen as mitigating the damage, which in law is an important issue.

Permissions, Copyright Releases & Accreditations

If any of the above are required, they must be applied for, received by the author, and embedded into the text file at the time of submitting to WRITERSWORLD. For the purpose of obtaining advice on permissions, copyright releases and accreditations, The Society of Authors has a useful guide.

In the event that on publication of the book a complaint arises, that any permission or copyright release has not been properly obtained, or an accreditation is not adequate, the author shall be liable in full for any costs incurred by WRITERSWORLD in resolving the dispute.

Poor Man’s Copyright

This refers to the method of using registered dating by the postal service, a notary, lawyer, public or other highly trusted source to date the intellectual ownership, thereby helping to establish that the material has been in one’s possession since a particular time. Use of this method may not hold up in court as it is simple for individuals to pre-send envelopes which can then be used later. The flaws are that there is no provision in copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and if you have real copyright concerns, it is best to use the UK Copyright Service, which charges a minimal fee.

Registering intellectual copyright in the European Union is covered by the EU Copyright Office.

Our Paper and Cover Standards

The text pages of our standard books are printed on 115 gsm coated paper; also available is 150 gsm coated. gsm stands for grams per square metre and indicates how dense the paper is, which generally indicates quality. All paperback covers are printed on 300 gsm cover board.

Hardback books are printed on 150 gsm paper. Hardback covers are mounted on 2.5 mm board and known as a PPC (printed paper case). This involves extra print costs which you would need to discuss, and likewise if you require a spiral-bound version.

We can also arrange for the hardback (PPC) version to have a book jacket/dust cover, but this creates a set of problems, not the least of which is the extra print costs, as the number of hardback copies to be ordered or required by the book wholesaler will not be known. Consequently, the number of book jackets to be printed up in advance to match with orders that may be forthcoming for the hardback version will also not be known. Does WRITERSWORLD think that having a book jacket is essential? Far from it; however, we will do all we can to accommodate the author’s wishes.

Printing Costs

Your Book’s Cover

To print, gloss-laminate and bind the cover for a softback book costs 95 pence per book, and a hardback cover (PPC) costs £3.75.

The following table shows the costs per page, in pence, for books of different sizes, including monochrome, colour inserts and full-colour books.

Inside Pages: Price Per Page

Book SizeMonoColour inserts (less than 20% of book)Full colour book
Standard up to 132 × 197 mm1p5p3.5p
Demy 138 × 216 mm1p5p3.5p
A5 up to 225 × 150 mm1p5p3.5p
Royal up to 156 × 234 mm1p6p4.5p
A4 210 × 297 mm1.5p7.5p5.5p

Colour Printing—Keeping the Costs as Low as Possible

If your book has over 20% of its pages in colour it becomes a ‘full colour’ book and is priced accordingly.

Coloured Inserts

There is a print cost to colour inserts as the table shows. If you have colour images/pages within a mono book, each page will cost extra. A colour image on one side with mono text on the other is one image. If any colour is on only on one side of the page then the page is charged at the colour rate for both sides even if one side is black and white. Over 20% colour the book becomes a full-colour book and is priced as per the table.

It is important to remember also that any page with any colour on, no matter how small, including coloured chapter headings or coloured page numbers, gets classed by the printer as a colour page. So, if the print cost of your book is an issue, look at each colour photograph or illustration and ask yourself how best they could be arranged to keep the costs as low as possible.

Changing a Colour Image to Greyscale

If you plan to produce a monochromatic version of a coloured illustration, it is advisable to test it out beforehand by setting your home printer to greyscale to check that it reproduces well, although the result will not be the same quality as when it is professionally printed by WRITERSWORLD. Your copy editor can advise and convert colour images to greyscale, if necessary.

Distribution: Getting Your Book Out to the Public

The most important point that many self-published authors appear to overlook is that it is a pointless exercise if people cannot buy their book. The ready availability and the economical and reliable distribution of your book is critical. WRITERSWORLD sets up the distribution for your book to assist the book wholesaler and consequently the retailer and purchaser.

This is where yet again WRITERSWORLD comes into its own, for although it is possible to get by without using the services of a book wholesaler, the choices are very unpalatable. A book wholesaler is the entity that stores copies of the book in a warehouse, distributes the book to the book retailer, collects the money from the sale of the book by the retailer, and advances the royalties to WRITERSWORLD who in turn pays the royalties to the author.

Of course, a self-published author could distribute the book him/herself, but that would require having to go to the post office and mail off a copy or copies to whoever wanted to buy them. This then leaves the problem of the author having to raise invoices each and every time they mail those copies and just hope they get paid.

Another way round the problem is to sign up for the Amazon Advantage programme, the problem here being that Amazon takes up to 65% of the retail price in royalties. They will also send in one-off orders, which often means that, after taking into account the cost of postage and packing and their time, the author actually loses money on every book, and also has to put up with Amazon’s long-winded and draconian payment terms and exclusivity requirements, which means being precluded from other outlets.

Of course, there are other print-on-demand publishers who purport to offer distribution, but they frequently fail to point out that their distribution is not only very limited, but they also charge an ‘administration’ fee, which inevitably means the self-published author’s revenues are depleted. WRITERSWORLD alleviates all this complicated and inefficient mess.

Nielsen BookData Enhanced Listing Service

Our composite range of services includes another agency that is involved in publishing your book. Nielsen is the entity responsible for issuing your ISBNs and whom we use to provide the data from which all the major book retailers take their information, such as price and availability. We provide Nielsen’s BookData Enhanced Listing Service with a description of your book, paid for by WRITERSWORLD, which will make the book easier to find by search terms at the very numerous book retailers’ websites, and boost the opportunity for the book’s sales. We are not aware of any other print-on-demand book publisher providing this invaluable service.

When an order comes in from a book retailer it automatically goes to Nielsen’s database to the special account we will have set up for you (this central database thus links the author with the book retailer and the book wholesaler). From here on in, the order for your book goes automatically from Nielsen to the book wholesaler we have chosen to distribute our clients’ books, and a copy is literally taken from the rack and mailed to the bookstore or book purchaser.

NB. It is important to note that if a person goes into a bookshop to purchase your book and the screen comes up with phrases such as ‘unavailable’ or ‘out of stock’, it does not mean your book is out of print. Phrases such as these simply mean our wholesaler does not have copies of your book physically in stock. The author can still order extra copies and the book will be printed and distributed by our book wholesaler to the retailer.

Later in this document is a step-by-step guide to the book retailing process.

Our Book Wholesaler

The relationship WRITERSWORLD has with its book wholesaler is unique as their normal policy is not to deal with authors or publishers who have fewer than four titles in their inventory. However, by virtue of the fact that we afford our clients the dignity and right to have the ISBN of their book in their own name, as a result they become book publishers in their own right and fall outside our book wholesaler’s normal policy which would make it difficult to engage their distribution services.

Would you please be aware that the fact that our book wholesaler has granted WRITERSWORLD a concession and has agreed to distribute our clients’ books is a privilege granted by them and not a right. Our book wholesaler is based in the UK and WRITERSWORLD greatly values their support to its clients.


Having taken account of the foregoing, let’s explain the royalty formula.

The retail price of your book, less the book retailer’s sales commission of 25%, less our book wholesaler’s commission of 15% of the retail price, less printing costs =


In other words, the book retailer who sold the book on your behalf, and the book wholesaler who made the book available to them, deduct their combined commission of 40% from the retail price of your book.

It is very clear that neither WRITERSWORLD nor the author could pack and mail a copy of a book for the amount that our book wholesaler charges, which is approximately £1.50 for a book retailing at £9.99.

The process as to payment of royalties is as follows:

  1. When you have approved your sample copy, which will be sent to you direct from the printer, we start the ball rolling by sending our book wholesaler five complimentary copies of your book. As a consequence, your book will be treated by the wholesaler as an in-stock book, and appear the same at the many thousands of book retailers’ websites and bookshops throughout the world.
  2. After a book’s publication date, WRITERSWORLD will be the direct and only liaison between the author/publisher and our book wholesaler in order to try and persuade them to stock further copies of your book. If successful, this will involve our book wholesaler ordering bulk copies of the author/publisher’s book through WRITERSWORLD via email. In turn, WRITERSWORLD will forward our book wholesaler’s orders on to the author/publisher who will then order them from the respective printer and pay for them. The printer will ship the order to our book wholesaler using a specially designed delivery note. As WRITERSWORLD will provide you with complimentary copies to the value of £185 (at print cost) you can, if you wish, use these initially to supply our wholesaler. We will provide you with a delivery note that meets their requirements.
  3. You can keep an eye on how many copies of your book have been sold via retail outlets and distributed by our book wholesaler by going to the wholesaler’s website and typing in your ISBN (without hyphens or spaces) in the Search box on their home page. The search results will tell you how many copies of your book have been delivered by our wholesaler to book retailers by the number of copies of your book they still have on their racks or shelves. For example, if they have had 100 copies and have 20 left, they have distributed 80 of your books.
  4. As for the authors/publishers being paid by our book wholesaler for the books they hopefully will have ordered through WRITERSWORLD, in the past a very small minority of clients have jeopardised this process, letting other authors/publishers and WRITERSWORLD down by their activities. These activities have involved our book wholesaler having to contend with authors/publishers ‘demanding’ they stock their books and even at times incurring verbal abuse; books being shipped to them that they had never ordered; and even being invoiced for books they still had in stock and not distributed etc. Our book wholesaler, while most reasonable, is not a charity and it will be clear to the majority of authors that they cannot pay out for books they have stocked but which have not been sold and so not distributed.
  5. Because of this very small number of authors/publishers who have unrealistic expectations, WRITERSWORLD has had to tighten up its method of royalty payment, which is now as follows. Each month WRITERSWORLD receives a list of all its clients whose books have been distributed by our book wholesaler, showing the number of titles distributed by them during the previous month and the royalties owed on each book title, taking into account the five complimentary copies sent to them by WRITERSWORLD.
  6. As stated already, the author/publisher can establish how many copies of their book have been distributed by our book wholesaler at any time by going to their website and typing the respective ISBN into the Search box (no hyphens or spaces). Additionally, the author/publisher is welcome to telephone WRITERSWORLD to get the distribution figures. We invoice our book wholesaler en bloc on behalf of all our authors/publishers and every quarter we pay each author/publisher 90% of what our wholesaler has paid us for the respective book title, and we do so ‘bank to bank’. Of course, after a period of time we will use our best endeavours to persuade our book wholesaler to allow you to have a direct account, which is in our interests too.

Book Retailing Process Step by Step

  1. The customer purchases a copy of your book from a bookshop or Internet book retailer: the customer orders and pays for the book and 25% of the book’s retail price is deducted by the retailer from the purchase money paid to them.
  2. The wholesaler receives the order from the bookshop or Internet book retailer: the wholesaler, through the database system set up by WRITERSWORLD, gets the order from the bookshop or Internet book retailer who sends an order to WRITERSWORLD to supply the wholesaler with the required number of books. By this time the wholesaler will have in stock the five complimentary copies which WRITERSWORLD will have paid to have printed out of the fee the author has paid to WRITERSWORLD.
  3. The wholesaler ensures they have adequate stock levels of your book, dependent on sales volume: if and when the wholesaler does not have enough copies of your book in stock and requires more, the wholesaler will send a purchase order to WRITERSWORLD who will then prepare a delivery note to meet the order. WRITERSWORLD then forwards the delivery note to both the printer and the author. The printer sends a quote by email to the author, who pays the printer direct.
  4. The printer delivers to the wholesaler books that have been ordered by them: once the printer has been paid by the author, the printer will deliver the books to the wholesaler along with a copy of the delivery note prepared by WRITERSWORLD, upon receipt of which the wholesaler will deliver the books to the respective book retailer(s). At this time the wholesaler may place a further order with WRITERSWORLD to either replenish or increase the numbers of a particular book in stock.
  5. The wholesaler pays the author’s royalties directly to WRITERSWORLD: at the end of each month the wholesaler sends WRITERSWORLD a cumulative statement listing all the book titles produced by WRITERSWORLD that have been distributed that particular month. This cumulative statement shows the money owed to WRITERSWORLD on behalf of its authors, less 15% of each book’s retail price, which is the fee the wholesaler charges for collecting the author’s money from the book retailer(s) and delivering the book or books to the respective book retailer(s).
  6. WRITERSWORLD disseminates information provided to it by the wholesaler and on a quarterly basis provides all the information to the author about the number of books distributed, and consequently the royalties owed in a given monthly period. The author raises an invoice on WRITERSWORLD for the sum total of the quarterly royalties owed to the author, and each quarter WRITERSWORLD pays to the author 90% of the money paid to them by the wholesaler, via a bank-to-bank payment direct to the author.

Book Promotion Package

We will publicise your book with our press release distribution package, media targeting and distribution to all relevant UK media contacts including the press, consumer and trade publications, broadcast media and online agencies. Our press releases go out to approximately 230 countries with a selection from a database of 1.7 million media contacts with over 175,000 media contacts in the UK alone.

With Us, Authors Buy Copies of Their Books at ‘Print Cost’ Plus Delivery Charge

We will set up an account direct with the printer, load your files into your account and will not take a penny from you in royalties or on the copies of your book you buy direct from the printer. Consider the idea of an author who has paid to have a book published but is not able to buy books direct from the printer at cost plus shipping! If you paid to have your house painted, would you allow the painter to charge you money when people looked at it? Of course you wouldn’t.

The norm in the print-on-demand book publishing industry is to mark up the cost of the books that the authors buy by 25% of the retail price—for buying copies of their own book! Let’s give an example of a book we have published, ‘Cotswold Memoir’, which retails for £9.99. The author orders 100 copies of the book which she receives at a print cost of £2.78 per copy, thus costing her a total of £278. If she were to use the services of a self-publishing company that charges print cost + 25% of retail, the self-same quantity of books would cost her £347.50, and of course the books would not be of the same print quality as WRITERSWORLD or indeed even have her, the author’s own ISBN on them.

Important Notes

No matter which company you choose to publish your book, if you are not prepared or are unable to promote your book, it is unlikely you will recover the cost of publishing your book from the royalties of retail book sales. Options include: contacting local bookshops to stock your books and/or offer you book-signings; doing local radio and newspaper interviews; arranging book launches; publicising your book in magazines/journals and so on.

Do not be persuaded by claims from other print-on-demand book publishers that you will make a full-time living from the royalties on Internet retail sales of your book as the volumes and margins are simply not there.

Ask yourself if you would even be truthfully informed, or indeed have direct knowledge from the printer as to how many copies of your book were actually sold and printed via any print-on-demand Internet retail sales. Then ask yourself why that print-on-demand book publisher needs to insert themselves into the royalty payment process when, as with WRITERSWORLD, you could have your own ISBN and be listed as your book’s publisher, have the dignity of direct access to your book’s wholesaler, know at all times how many copies of your book have been sold and directly receive 90% of any royalties.

NB. It has come to our attention that some book reviewers are parcelling up books sent for review and selling them off to businesses such as Amazon. Therefore, we are happy to provide you with a PDF file of your book, watermarked ‘Review Copy’ throughout, at no extra cost.

Our Copy Editing Process

Before your manuscript is submitted to our printers, it will be worked on by one of our copy editors. We want your book not only to look attractive but to be able to convey its information to the intended readership as easily and effectively as possible. Your copy editor will help you consider things such as the size of your book, its formatting and layout, the best font to use, styles of chapter headings, spacing between paragraphs, headers, footers, page numbering, table of contents, possible bibliography or index, and so on. They will then go on to perform essential checks for spelling and grammar errors, punctuation, correctness of page and chapter layout, and so on. Most importantly, they consider your book from the point of view of the reader: does the story flow from one event to the next? What happened to a certain character? Is there consistency etc.? For factual or educational books, are the references and quotations correct? Is it accurate in every respect? Does it flow logically?

Sometimes, for the content to be coherent or to read well, it requires the copy editor to reword, add, or insert text, but this is always in the author’s voice. Any reworking will have all the appearance of being written by you, as of course it is not intended that our copy editors should rewrite your book, and any changes or additions will be agreed with you along the way.

This process usually involves several rounds of exchanging files of latest draft versions between you and the copy editor. We have found that most books require at the least two draft versions, each of which advances the work another step closer to the finished book.

If an index is to be added, this will be the very last process once all the text and pagination (page numbering) has been agreed, since subsequent changes to the text will affect the index too. Please note there is an extra fee of £250 to be paid by the author in advance direct to the copy editor if creating an index is required. This charge covers the first 250 words or phrases to be indexed and an additional charge of £1 per word or phrase thereafter.

If logistically possible, we will arrange for you to meet your designated copy editor in person at the very outset of the process. If not, he or she will keep in contact with you by telephone and/or email and will provide you with a sample draft early on to make sure he or she is going in the right direction with your book.

We appreciate it is likely you have spent years of work on your book, so you may well view the prospect of reading over several more versions with less than whole-hearted enthusiasm! At WRITERSWORLD we view this process as extremely important, however, and as you have entrusted us with publishing your book, the finished book should reflect our highest standards, so please help our copy editors to help you! Your readers will thank you.

At the very end of the book-publishing process, after all the copy editing opportunities have been exhausted and the author is happy with the final Word file, a PDF (portable document format) file is created and sent to the printer. A sample copy is then produced, which exactly replicates the book as it will appear after production.


If an index is to be added, this will be the very last process once all the text and pagination (page numbering) has been agreed, since subsequent changes to the text will affect the index too. Please note there is an extra fee of £250 to be paid by the author in advance direct to the copy editor if creating an index is required. This charge covers the first 250 words or phrases to be indexed and an additional charge of £1 per word or phrase thereafter. Alternatively, the author may choose to use the services of their own indexer.

Designing Your Book’s Cover

All the book cover designers that WRITERSWORLD uses have the required skills, experience and expertise to do the important task of the one-glimpse-and-it-sells test for the cover of your book. You do not want your self-published book to appear amateurish or homemade, and all our graphic designers, who are very knowledgeable about the book printing/publishing industry, have very high levels of skills and creativity, as well as the most up-to-date software and access to stock photography so as to make your book’s cover stand out from all the rest.

After we have received your contract and payment you will be contacted directly by one of our designated book cover designers who will ask you to provide your careful thoughts as to how you want your book cover to look, as this is entirely down to you. Whether you have ideas, thoughts, a photograph or illustration, they can be incorporated into the design of your book’s cover, and of course you can make changes and corrections to your original thoughts or ideas, within reason, until you are fully satisfied with your cover’s final look. You will also need to give some thought to what text you would like on the back cover that will give the public some indication of the content of the book.

Our Publishing Fees Policy

It is the defined policy of WRITERSWORLD that after you have placed your contract, pursuant to the conditions outlined in our Book Publishing Guide and our contract terms and conditions (including prior agreement on additional payment for books with a word count of over 80,000 words, indexing etc.) there will be no additional charges.

If, upon receipt of the complete file relating to your book, we think from the outset your book is not suitable for WRITERSWORLD to publish, we will refund any money you have paid us in full.

Book Publishing Process Step by Step

  1. Author sends contract and files to WRITERSWORLD. Contract returned to author via email.
  2. WRITERSWORLD sends author International Standard Book Number (ISBN) application form.
  3. WRITERSWORLD selects the appropriate sub-contract copy editor and book cover designer.
  4. Copy editor and book cover designer establish direct contact with author and work directly with author on their respective tasks.
  5. WRITERSWORLD receives completed ISBN application form from the author, creates imprint/copyright page, forwards the form to Nielsen, the ISBN agency, and pays the registration fee on behalf of the author.
  6. Author receives the list of their 10 ISBNs. WRITERSWORLD begins to enter information into the database, from which all book retailers take their information about a particular book.
  7. Once the author has approved the sample copy of their book, WRITERSWORLD arranges with the printer to send five complimentary copies to the book wholesaler, six copies to the Legal Deposit Libraries and complimentary copies to the value of £185 to the author.
  8. WRITERSWORLD submits the book cover and text files to Amazon’s Look Inside programme.

Our Standard Book Publishing Service

Payment plans are available—please contact us for details.

Fee: £2,750 (VAT exempt)

Included in the price of this service, our professional editing team will check for and correct any inconsistencies, amend any spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors, and will also provide layout and cover design services. This way you get the benefit of a properly designed and laid out, visually pleasing, professional quality book, not something that looks like a bound word-processor document as is the case with some self-publishing companies.

We will create a high-quality, full-colour cover, custom designed by our skilled jacket artists in consultation with you. Simply put, we will not palm you off with a book cover based on a template with just a different title and author’s name on it. The whole team will liaise with you throughout the process and revisions will be made only with your approval. You decide on your own preferred retail price for your book, based on manufacturing costs as determined once the design is completed. Given that all internal illustration work is completed to an acceptably high standard when submitted to us, and that no unforeseen delays occur, the time frame from acceptance of submission to publication can be 60 days.

On acceptance of your book for publication, and receipt of the completed text and your payment, we are committed to undertake and complete the following:

Poetry Book & Children’s Book Packages

Payment plans are available—please contact us for details.

Fee: £2,499 (VAT exempt)

As there is little copy editing with a poetry book and they tend to have a low page count, we are able to offer all of the services we offer with our standard service but at a lower cost.

Budget Package

Fee: £999 (VAT exempt)

New in 2022: We realise there are authors who either cannot afford our all-inclusive publishing packages or do not require some of the services that are integral to those packages. We invite you to read details of our new budget publishing package or call us on 0800 121 4960 to discuss this exciting offering.

Amazon Kindle E-Book Service

Amazon Kindle now represents over 60% of the worldwide e-book market, and Waterstones, the UK’s largest book retailer, is selling the Kindle through its bookshops and website. Our perspective as to where the e-book market is heading is that Amazon’s Kindle is achieving market dominance. WRITERSWORLD now offers, therefore, a worldwide Amazon Kindle setup service and e-book distribution for all its authors. This service provides the opportunity for clients to earn extra income and at the same time gain marketing opportunities. As for the ISBN you will need for your Amazon Kindle e-book, you will be able to use one of the spare numbers we purchase on your behalf when you publish your conventional book with WRITERSWORLD.

We are now able to set up a free Amazon Kindle account for you and the royalties will be paid to you direct by Amazon Kindle.

Printers & Printing Overseas

Would you please note that producing/publishing a book is a totally different function to printing a book. Whereas the cost of printing a book depends on how many copies are being printed, the cost of producing or publishing a book is the same whether one or hundreds of copies are to be printed. WRITERSWORLD is a book production company and not a book printer, although of course it has arrangements with printing companies. In simple terms we are the builder who builds a house and then arranges for the supply of utilities to bring the house to life. Similarly, we produce a book file and then arrange with the printer to do the printing; what we do is very different from what the printer does and vice versa.

As regards getting a book printed overseas, although WRITERSWORLD has print arrangements with some printers outside the UK, if you wish to print in any other country we will arrange to transfer copies of your digital files to any printer of your choice overseas, at no cost to you as you will own all the rights to your book’s digital files.

WRITERSWORLD has never asked for or received money, gifts, or cash from any printer it has used or recommended and does not belong to any book retailer affiliate programme, nor does it derive any profit from the sale of any book, nor receive any money or gifts from any book wholesaler or wholesaler it uses or recommends.

Attention Tax Payers

In the United Kingdom

If your book is directly related to your business, then the cost of publishing your book, i.e. what you pay WRITERSWORLD, should be fully tax deductible as a business expense, and if you file self-assessment tax returns you may wish to discuss this possibility with whoever compiles your tax returns.

In the United States

If you file your tax returns with the US Inland Revenue, you may be entitled to a tax deduction for the cost of setting up your book with us, i.e. our publishing fees. After you have entered into a contract with us and paid the publishing fee, if you reside outside the United Kingdom you may also be entitled to a tax deduction for the direct and legitimate expense of coming to the UK to discuss with us the book production process. On both points, why not discuss this possibility with your State and Federal tax preparer to see if Uncle Sam can indirectly and legitimately assist you financially to publish a book.

In Other Parts of the World

We cannot offer any input as to possible tax write-offs or deductions you might make if you live elsewhere in the world. All we can advise is that you take advice from whoever prepares your tax returns.

Public Lending Right

Whether you use WRITERSWORLD or not, we recommend that you register with the UK-based Public Lending Right office (part of the British Library) which through its website aims to provide published authors with an easy route to register for ‘PLR’, which is a legal right to payment from the UK government each time an author’s books are borrowed from UK public libraries. They provide further details of the work they do through the Media Centre at their website, which gives a unique insight into the nation’s book-borrowing tastes from data collected from libraries across the UK.

To Conclude

Here are the five essential points we think you should not give any ground on if you want to retain control over your book, maximise your revenues and avoid the possibility of being exploited down the line.

Insist that:

Phew! You have got this far having read all our bumf, and hopefully you will have learned a plethora of things regarding the processes, pitfalls and opportunities involved in self-publishing a book.

We hope that by this stage you have also come to the conclusion that WRITERSWORLD is best placed to take care of the process for you, and by extension take care of you, the author, too.


What follows is a sample from our collection of more than two hundred testimonials from authors who’ve published with us over the years.

Peggy Jones, author of The Small World I Ching

“Having worked with Graham Cook and his WRITERSWORLD team on my first book, I didn’t think twice before deciding to work with them again on The Small World I Ching. The experience both times has been one of warm collaboration and support. Throughout the entire process I was consulted on every aspect of the finished book and how I envisioned it. Ian Large and Jag Lall never hassled me, making me feel the book was always mine to shape as I wished, but they also offered guidance when I needed it.

“When I published with an academic publisher years ago, I was left with a feeling that my book had been taken from me, that I had little or no choice about the final product, and that whoever was managing it was not particularly interested in my views. The experience left me feeling bruised. However, my experience with WRITERSWORLD has been the complete opposite, and I would recommend them to anybody seeking to see their book in print.”

Jon Kaufman, author of Alphabet Soup

“The self-publishing industry doesn’t have the greatest of reputations. A money making machine and very little after-sales service. I’m happy to report that WRITERSWORLD has bucked that trend. From the very beginning, there has been an attention to detail and a recognition of individual needs that has been pleasantly surprising. The quality of the finished product is excellent and when they say they are going to do something, they do it. I would be happy to recommend this UK based company to anyone contemplating their first foray into the murky and complex world of self-publishing.”

Judith Nicol, author of Red Couch in the Sky

“When I was contemplating self-publishing, I had no real idea what it involved and wanted a service whereby I was guided through the process professionally without having to worry. WRITERSWORLD delivered this in spades and delivered a high quality product. The copy editor Ian Large was excellent as was Jag Lall the book cover designer. Everything was managed to a tight timeframe and yet I was never hurried. When I had questions they were patiently answered. The service is not cheap but I have been very happy with its value for money.”

Nick Metcalfe, author of Honours, Decorations, and Medals to The Royal Corps of Signals for Gallantry & Distinguished Service 1920–2020

“I published my first book with the team at WRITERSWORLD in 2012 and my second in 2014. My latest book took five years to research and write and there was no doubt in my mind that there was only one route for publication—WRITERSWORLD. Graham Cook’s guide for writers is available on the WRITERSWORLD website and is a ‘must read’ for anyone embarking on self-publication. He provides everything a writer needs at a most reasonable cost: editing and proofing, cover design, the preparation of the manuscript and cover for printing, access to a first-class print-on-demand company, and, most importantly, access to a distributor and to the online marketplace. He also provides a personal touch that is very reassuring and which guarantees that any problems are swiftly resolved.

“My writing projects are ‘niche’—they are not attractive prospects for a conventional publishing house—but with WRITERSWORLD they have all been taken from early imaginings to reality and I could not be happier with the final results.”

Adam Hartopp, author of Murder by Cluedo

“Deciding upon which publisher to use was down to authors’ testimonials. For me, WRITERSWORLD came out top of the class. The subsequent engagement and attention to detail from Graham Cook, copy editor Ian Large and book cover designer Jag Lall was first class, and turned my idea into a finished article which was better than I could ever imagine. Consequently, I would highly recommend WRITERSWORLD as a must for any self-publisher.”