Pitchpole Books Pitchpole (v.): (nautical) to capsize stern over bow on being hit by a steep wave
We specialise in partnership publishing which puts us somewhere between a traditional
publishing house and a printer. We don't take all the financial risks accepted by
traditional publishers -
So we work with authors, whether they are planning on public sales or just want
to make a book for private distribution, as partners.You send us a complete electronic
copy of your work, including any photographs, diagrams and tables and we'll look
at it to see how much work is required to get it into publishable form -
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If you tell us you would like to publish commercially, we will an assessment of the commercial potential we think the work has, decide how much effort we are prepared to put at risk and offer you a price for preparing it for publication. If we think you are the next J K Rowling (we haven't found her yet), we'll bear some of the cost and the price will be reduced and we'll recover costs through a surcharge on sales.
We may, of course, decide that the manuscript is not for us at all.
If you have only a paper manuscript and no electronic copy, contact us by email with a brief description of what you have and what you would like to do with it. We will let you know if we can help. Similarly, if you own the rights to a previously published book that you would like republished the contact us by email.
Whatever you do, make sure you have copies of everything you send us.
To keep costs down we have standardised on a paperback format which is about 15 cm
wide and 23 cm high (6"x9") with a glossy cover. We find that this size makes an
impressive book and is suitable for most types of publication. Other formats are
possible but more expensive. If you would like something different let us know. While
the cover is in colour we do not currently handle anything other than black and white
internal materials whether text, diagrams or photographs. If over 70 pages long the
book will be perfect bound -
Custom cover design is expensive but we do have some stock designs available. We will offer you a choice of some of these when we tell you the price. If you have ideas or photographs you would like us to use please tell us when you submit the manuscript and we'll factor that in to our response.
a full copy of the manuscript with all the diagrams and photographs in place in either Word or OpenOffice format
your best electronic versions of all the diagrams and photographs in jpg or png format
tell us whether you plan to sell it to the public or distribute it privately
if you plan to sell it commercially, give us some idea of what you think the market is
make any suggestions you wish about the cover. If you have images you would like
to use for it please email them -
tell us which formats you wish to publish in. We handle three: paperback, prc for the Amazon Kindle and epub to read on most other ereaders.
We will reply, usually within two weeks, telling you what we can do and how much it will cost you. We will also tell you how much individual copies of the book will cost and how to obtain them. If you wish, we can make some basic arrangements for commercial distribution. What we won't usually do is help publicise your book. That part of the partnership is down to you.
How long does it all take? Well, of course, it depends on how much we have to do for you and how busy we are. But, if all goes well and the cover is fairly straightforward, we usually need about two or three weeks from agreeing to take the work on to sending you the pdf file with the print version for checking. As soon as you return it and we have made any adjustments, we would expect to have a printed proof for you for final approval in another week or so. After that you can order any number of copies for delivery in another one to two weeks. So if all went well, you might go from manuscript to copies of your book in as little as four weeks.
When do I pay? We expect 50% of our fee at the point we agree to do the work. The
remainder is to be paid on receipt of the printed proof copy. If you require changes
at this stage there will probably be extra charges -