Self-publishing is an increasingly popular way of getting your work out there, but it can be daunting to venture into the unknown.
Fortunately, there are a number of publishing companies in Australia (us at The Rural Publishing Company is one) who can guide you through the process and ensure your book reaches its maximum potential.
Learn how to select the right one here!
Research the Company’s Services and Reputation
Doing research on the publishing company is essential before signing up. It’s important to have a full understanding of the services that are offered, as well as their reputation in the industry.
Find out what types of books they specialise in and read reviews from other authors who have worked with them.
For example, at The Rural Publishing Company, we specialise in helping regional, rural and remote authors across Australia. We help with publishing business thought-leadership and positioning books, along with other non-fiction, fiction and children’s books. We can even help with publishing magazines!
Other companies might have other specialties that might suit you better.
But doing your research here will certainly help you choose the best fit for your project and ensure your book is produced professionally for the right target markets.
Check Fees and Terms of Agreement
Knowing the fees charged for each service and the terms of agreement between yourself and the publisher is essential. It’s important to understand how much you will be expected to pay upfront, as well as what other costs might be associated with publishing your book.
Once you find a company that feels comfortable, make sure to read the terms of the agreement carefully before signing any documentation.
Our contracts are quite simple – you keep the full legal rights to your own work, so you remain in control of your content and book (a traditional publisher typically requires that you sign over the rights to them, which means you have a limited say in things such as editing and cover design).
You also get to keep ALL of your profits from your book sales (minus any fees from platforms such as Amazon). We don’t take a percentage.
The only thing we require is exclusive publishing rights for 12 months. After that, you can do anything you like with your book – stay with us, republish, offer to a traditional publisher.
Compare Prices with Other Companies in the Market
Research the various fees and package deals that each self-publishing company offers. Compare these prices with others in the market so that you can have a better understanding of what value and services they can provide.
Many companies offer discounts to authors who are new to self-publishing, so it’s worth asking if any such deals are available when you enquire.
It might be beneficial for your budget to negotiate the rates before entering a contract with a publisher.
While we have a couple of a standard publishing packages, we tend to customise these to each individual author’s needs. So please feel free to reach out any time, to submit your manuscript (or sample thereof) for our assessment and to provide you with a detailed quote and plan of attack for your specific book.
Read Customer Reviews and Testimonials
Before committing to a self-publishing company in Australia, read customer reviews and testimonials from other authors in the same industry who have used the services provided by that company.
Reviews can help you gain insight into how efficient their services are and provide an idea of how satisfied customers have been with their products.
Doing this research will give you a better understanding of what kind of product and services different companies have to offer.
Reach Out for Clarification or Additional Questions
It’s beneficial to contact the company or one of its representatives if you need clarification or have additional questions.
Ask about their approach to self-publishing and what services they provide, as well as any additional fees that may be involved.
You can also ask them how they will handle the marketing and distribution of your book, as well as other important factors like copyright protections.
Getting answers to these important questions early on in the process is vital for a successful publication.
How their team responds to your enquiries can incredibly telling as to how the rest of the publishing process will go. If they are responsive and helpful, this will provide you with reassurance.
If not – go elsewhere.
The team at The Rural Publishing Company are always on hand to answer any questions you might have.
We’re approachable and friendly and always treat your work with the respect it deserves.
Submit Your Manuscript to The Rural Publishing Company
The Rural Publishing Company accepts manuscript submissions all year round.
You can submit your completed manuscript if you’re ready to publish – or if it’s a work in progress and you’d like some feedback, you can submit a sample.
Our team of publishing experts personally review every single manuscript we receive.
We check it against our quality standards to ensure we can help you to produce a marketable end product.
We certainly don’t take on every manuscript submitted – but providing your content and writing is solid, there’s every chance we’ll accept yours.
If accepted – we’ll provide you with a quote, what’s included, delivery timeframes and the process. We can also provide a contract.
Then, we get you signed up and our team get to work in producing your book, ready to launch.
Simply email us with your manuscript to email@example.com.
What We Offer
Personalised, one to one coaching, to help you get your book written.
Done for you publishing services, where you retain all rights and royalties.
Book writing and publishing courses so you can learn the processes yourself.