Self Publishing

Book printing and self publishing

Our book printing and self publishing Group of companies was set up to offer a high quality book printing and self publishing services to publishers and authors.

Self Publishing puts you the author in complete control over your title(s). Both the copyright and royalties remain yours.

We are happy to help and guide you through the self publishing process. Our goal is to make the entire process less daunting as we know it can be, when it should be more exciting. Avoid the Vanity Publishers offering the earth for a king’s ransom, and control your own books future, at the correct price.

For further information, or to discuss your book printing and self publishing needs, please call 01525 621742.

The benefits we offer

A skilled team that has over 48 years’ combined experience, in both the publishing and book printing sector. This means we can offer you the full benefit of our invaluable experience.


Print to Demand ensure that with our services there are no limitations. We offer any trim size, printing in mono or colour, and a combination of the two. Paper choices are vast. Best Value for money can be assured with any trim size up to and including 234x156mm (Royal).

For a book printing and self publishing quote, please call 01525 621742.

Manuscript submission

book printing and self publishingIt is always best to supply a two print ready PDF files of your book (one for the cover, and the other for the inner), this means we can process your order quickly giving a faster lead time. We can also offer advice on the cover spine width, once you know the final page extent and paper choice.

Submitting your book files:

If under 20mb in size, we can accept it via email at
If over 20mb, free of charge using or use the free version and enter our e-mail address as the recipient
The cover art submitted as a separate file to that of the manuscript. Ask for the correct spine width for your book, to save time and added expense.
The manuscript submitted as one complete file, in single page order from page one to the back. All fonts and images embedded within.

If you require help with setting your files up, we can assist.

For a book printing and self publishing quote, please call 01525 621742.

Book printing

We print softback books in quantities from 10-10,000 copies. Hardback books in quantities from 25-10,000 copies. We offer both digital printing as well as litho printing, and have a fully equipped bindery for the finishing of your book.

For a book printing and self publishing quote, please call 01525 621742.

Our turnaround times

We supply proofs in the first instance in either PDF, or Fully Perfect Bound unlaminated, and deliver these within 2-3 working days.

From approval of these proofs we aim to deliver as follows; softbacks 5-7 working days, hardback 15 working days. If you have a specific publishing date in mind, then please advise the team here when you order and we will make arrangements with production.

It is always best to get a production schedule agreed with us before booking any book launches or signings.

Layout advisory

Unless specified otherwise, we will print your title exactly as the manuscript has been submitted, so there are a few things to bear in mind before you send it through to us to ensure that you’re getting exactly what you want:

Manuscripts sent as one single document, not broken down into chapters or sections.
Page numbers – odd numbers should appear on the right-hand side.

New chapters should start on a new page. It’s better for us if this is achieved through a page break, which can be created through pressing Ctrl and the return button together.

Although you are free to use any font, we would usually use Times New Roman, size 11.

For best results, we advise that 15mm margins used around the page works well, but once again, the choice is yours.

Because we print exactly as submitted, please ensure that you have proofread your book before it goes to print – or better still, had fresh eyes look over it. Its surprising what you might miss!

If you did wish for a proofreading and editing service, we could also fulfil this. Please contact us for a quote.


The main thing to remember when using images is that the copyright has to belong to you. Therefore you have to have obtained permission to use the images from the person who owns the copyright, e.g. from newspapers, the Internet, or other books.

There are a few other things to bear in mind:

Images for print have to be the best quality. If you have obtained permission from the copyright holder for an image that is from the Internet, then it may look great on screen, but won’t print well. Images have to be 300dpi.

If images are in colour, please ensure they are CMYK, not RGB because CMYK give the best reproduction.
Colour images cost more to print than black and white, and because of the printing process, we would advise that it is cost-effective to have images back on to each other, so only one sheet of paper needs using for the illustrations.

Cover appearance

People really do judge books by their covers, as do booksellers and distributors, so the better the finished product looks, the more likely it is to end up on the shelf and increase your chances of a sale.

Cover art submitted in PDF format and in CMYK, not RGB.
If you are using other people’s images, you must have the permission of the copyright holder.
Please provide cover art with the front, spine and back image as one single file, with minimum of 3mm bleed.

If you would like design creation, we can do this at extra cost. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

For a book printing and self publishing quote, please call 01525 621742.


ISBNYou can buy ISBN numbers from Nielsen Book Data who are the ISBN agency for these.

Alternatively Print to Demand can sell you an ISBN number for £150.00 plus VAT.

Here is the relevant information about us supplying ISBN numbers:

The client will need to allow 7 copies from their order to send to The British Library and the ALDL.

The client must be made aware that as our legal obligation to supplying this service ‘Print to Demand’ will have to be listed in the copyright page as the Publisher.

Please supply the following details for ISBN allocation and registration:

  1. Title of book.
  2. Author name.
  3. Publication date.
  4. Jpeg of the front cover only (saved with the ISBN number as its file name no hyphens or spaces).
  5. The cover price.
  6. The trim size (mm).
  7. Spine size (mm).
  8. The page count.
  9. Format Hard/Soft Back.
  10. Please provide a short description (max 350 characters inc spaces), used to assist the classification process.
  11. Primary BIC Subject Code use this link to source this:

For a book printing and self publishing quote, please call 01525 621742.