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Welcome to Self-Publish-Books – friendly advice and help for book self-publishers
Special offers
Some background history
What Self-Publish-Books has to offer today
Charitable donations with each order
Introduction – first steps towards self-publishing
International Standard Book Number – ISBN
Supplying your manuscript
How big is your copy
Cover Facts
Text Pages – Design and Cost Considerations
Text Pages – Paper Information
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Factors affecting book pricing
Testimonials – what our customers think of us
About Free Author’s Page
About MyLiveBook
Contact information
Further contact details
Privacy statement


Welcome to Self-Publish-Books – friendly advice and help for book self-publishers

So you’ve finished writing your book!

. . . . or at least, you’re nearly there, or perhaps you’re just beginning and you want all the relevant details to hand about self-publishing before you start.

We have the experience and knowledge to design and produce your book and to help you self-publish. The Gilmour family have been involved in design and printing for four generations since 1906. Douglas Gilmour has over thirty years’ personal experience in the business.

We hope that you find our website useful. Please feel free to contact us, without obligation, if you have questions regarding any aspect of book design, production or self-publishing – we are here to help.

Let us take the pain out of self-publishing for you !

Make your book stand out from the crowd!

In addition to quality design and production, myLiveBook lets potential buyers view sample pages of your book in a real time, online, page turning simulation – just like turning the pages of a real book. Plus get a free author’s web page to help promote your book.

Welcome to Self-Publish-Books

We hope and trust that you will find our website informativeand although there is a great deal of material here, we will try to present it in an easy to follow way – a bit at a time – not all on the page at once.

Let us work a little of our magic on your book!

Self-Publish-Books / Gilmour Print, book, catalogue and directory design and production specialists,design, produce and deliver printed books, catalogues and directories to satisfied customers – authors, publishers and self-publishers – all over the UK. We produce paperback (limp bound) books with full colour gloss or matt laminated covers and hardback (case bound) books with either full colour dust jackets or full colour printed paper covers; all books can have black and white text, with the option of photographic plate pages in sections or can be full colour throughout. On our website authors wishing to have their book designed and printed will find friendly helpful advice and information. Self-Publish-Books is the production imprint for self-publishing – Gilmour Print is the production imprint for books produced for publishers. We aim to provide the best quality services for authors and publishers alike. So if you are considering publishing or self-publishing a book please feel free to contact us, without obligation, for advice or for a quotation for your book – we will be happy to help.

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Special offers – 20% off Artwork plus free ISBN barcode

Special Offer on books produced by Self-Publish-Books at Gilmour Print.
We will give you 20% discount on artwork charges on the production of your book plus supply the ISBN barcode* free of charge for the back cover on all orders received before 31 MARCH 2017**.

 * We will make the barcode from the ISBN supplied by you as the publisher of the book.
** Conditional on first order, 50% payment with order, balance paid on final PDF proof approval.

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Some background history

The Gilmour family have been involved in design and printing for four generations since 1906, when James Gilmour, water colour artist by hobby and lithographer by trade, started a printing business, Gilmour & Lawrence Ltd, at 2 West Regent Street in Glasgow.

From then until World War II their main line of business was the publishing and production of books and fine art calendars, as well as general commercial printing.

After the War, when demand for fine art calendars diminished, the company concentrated on the other aspects of its business expertise, becoming well known for their attention to detail and the high quality of their printing work.

During the latter part of the 20th century they were increasingly involved in the production of quality financial and annual reports for prestigious investment companies.

Investment in the latest technologies to stay at the forefront of printing has always been important.

In the late 1980s the company was bought over by a larger concern for their electronic typesetting expertise and financial institution customer base.

Since 1994 Douglas Gilmour, great-grandson of James Gilmour has been carrying on the family tradition in Self-Publish-Books / Gilmour Print.

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What Self-Publish-Books has to offer today

Today, Gilmour Print provides a fully comprehensive service to those who wish to publish their own book.

The complete design and print production centre

As professional book designers and producers, we offer the complete service from receipt of your manuscript – we offer advice, design your book after discussion with you, through to supplying the printed finished publication.

A friendly, helpful, reliable service

We are happy to talk to you at length about your book, offering help and advice to guide your decision-making in the right direction, so that your book is produced in the way you envisage or hopefully even exceed your expectations. We will always stay in communication so that, at every stage of your book, you are kept informed.

Experienced in typesetting and design

We are experienced in all aspects of typesetting and design. Douglas Gilmour of Self Publish Books (a division of Gilmour Print) has over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of printing and self-publishing, both full colour and mono book production. He is well placed to offer advice and make suggestions to help you reach the decisions required regarding self-publishing of your book, having assisted many happy clients over his time in this industry.

Marketing help

While you have the responsibility to sell your book, we offer help in two ways. Firstly, through MyLiveBook, you can showcase selected pages of your book in an animated page turner, allowing potential customers to look inside your book before they buy. Secondly, our free author’s web page lets you give potential purchasers a chance to read a bit about you and your book(s). Both these facilities are free when we design and print your book. Even if you have a website of your own, these additional pages can help drive more traffic to your website and boost your position on search engine pages.

In summary . . .

Dealing with one completely integrated supplier will make the production of your book more straight-forward for you.

Let us take the pain out of self-publishing for you!

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Charitable donations with each order

For every completed new book order we will donate £5.00 to each of these charities which we feel are changing the world a little step at a time on an individual person level. SmileTrain / Sightsavers

For more information about these charities visit the charity website by clicking on their name above. (Opens in a new window.)

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First steps towards self-publishing

First things first – we are not book publishers. We are a graphic design and print production management company with the expertise and experience to guide and assist you to self-publish your book. We can assist you through all the stages of book self-publication other than writing your book and selling it; plus we can give you access to a couple of free marketing tools, namely, MyLiveBook and Free Author’s Page.

What can we do for you?

We can design and lay out the text, design and create the cover artwork, help you decide the type of book – paperback, hardback or coil / wiro bound, the type of paper for text and the cover material.

We can help you obtain your ISBN number by giving advice and pointing you in the right direction if you wish, and can create the barcode for you if required. For more details please see the next page in this Chapter & Verse section.

In short, you write and you publish – we create the book professionally for you. Let us help you with your first steps!

From your text and where applicable, from your digital photographs, after discussion with you on what impression you wish to create with the book and any ideas you feel strongly need to be incorporated into the design, we will produce the design / artwork for your book and will send you an electronic (PDF) proof by email for checking.

You needn’t worry if you have to make amendments, we will gladly continue to send you amended proofs until you are happy to proceed to print with your new book.

If we are also handling the printing for you, once the PDF proof is approved, you will receive an actual printed proof as a final check before going to print.

What should I do first?

Once you have written your book, you want to know roughly how many pages it will make in the printed version so that you can obtain costings for printing it.

You will also need to decide how your book is to be bound – paperback or hardback with dust jacket.

The type of paper you want it printed on is another consideration.

You need to decide how many books you will need. While we can print only one, it can work out to be quite expensive – 50 or better still 100 copies works out at a much better price per copy.

If your book is going to be sold in bookshops you will also need an International Standard Book Number. See next section.

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International Standard Book Number – ISBN

An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is simply a product code, used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. It enables them to identify a particular publisher and allows the publisher to identify a specific edition of a specific title from their product range.

You only need an ISBN if you plan to sell your book in shops or if you wish to distribute it to libraries.

Some companies, such as so called ‘vanity publishers’, may offer to supply an ISBN free as part of their service but you should note that if you do not buy the ISBN yourself from the UK Agency then you are not the publisher and you may find yourself in a situation where you do not have control over what happens to your book.

If you are self-publishing and decide that you need an ISBN then you should buy it yourself.

International Standard Book Numbers are issued in the UK by Nielsen UK ISBN Agency. As of January 2016, Nielsen now will supply a single ISBN for £75.00, but if you plan to write more than one book you are still better to buy a batch of 10, the cost currently standing at £149.00 including VAT. (January 2016)

For further information you can visit the UK ISBN Agency. It is quite a large website dealing with other areas than ISBN so to make life easier we have provided three links for you below, which open in a new window or tab:

More about purchasing ISBNs

FAQs for new (self-)publishers

FAQs for existing (self-)publishers

Once you have an ISBN for your book, we can convert it into barcode for you and incorporate it into the cover artwork.

From January 1, 2007 ISBN numbers are 13 digits long. However if you happen to have leftover 10 digit ISBNs from a previous project we can still use them as it is an easy matter for us to convert to 13 digits.

An ISBN makes a book look “more real” but perhaps it is not worth the money if you don't really need it.

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Supplying your manuscript

If Self-Publish-Books are to design your book, you should provide your text unformatted, that is without attempting to lay out the pages the way you expect that they will appear in the finished book.

This applies for example to typing headings all in capitals – it is much easier to capitalise a heading if the design warrants this than it is to do the reverse to a heading that has been supplied as all capitals.

The one exception to this rule is where you want an extra paragraph space. In this situation you should insert this extra blank line. This is often used where, for example, there is a movement of time or location but it is not a new chapter.

You can supply your manuscript by email attachment, via mailbigfile.com, on CD or DVD.

Copy / manuscript checklist

Dos . . .
•  Do leave the text ragged on the right.
•  Do indent each new paragraph that you want to be indented with one tab space.
•  Do add an extra line return only where you want extra paragraph space.
•  Do apply bold and italic where required.

. . . and Dont’s
•  Don’t insert headers, footers, or page number into the main run of text.
•  Don’t use forced line breaks ie the Enter or Return key at ends of lines – other than at ends of paragraphs.
•  Don’t justify the text.
•  Don’t use tabs, except at the beginning of each new paragraph that you want to be indented or in tabbed tables.
•  Don’t use more than one space between words and sentences.
•  Don’t ‘design’ the pages. Anything other than basic formatting will be removed when we lay out the pages and then any design elements will be reinstated by us.
•  Don’t use hyphens to break words at the end of lines.
•  Don’t use ALL CAPITALS. It is easy for us to convert to all capitals but much more time consuming for us to make lowercase with capital first letters. More often than not we will use bold Capitals and Lowercase rather than ALL CAPITALS to emphasise in text.

Copyright and libel

It will be assumed that you own the copyright to the manuscript supplied and that, where applicable, you have obtained written permission to use material referenced from work other than your own, and have made suitable acknowledgement in the text. Similarly, it will be assumed that you have ensured that there is nothing libellous in your manuscript.

For more detailed information on copyright visit the UK Copyright Service: Click to visit the UK Copyright Service

If you are in any doubt about issues of libel in your book you should take legal advice or at the very least check out what information is available on one of the many writers’ forums on the internet.

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How big is your copy

This is the text from our Online Copy Counter page. If javascript is active in your browser please click here to use this tool.

Our Online Copy Counter calculates how many characters (inc. spaces), words and paragraphs are in your manuscript. Copy, or drag the selected text from your word processor to the form far right.

Check that you have all the text in the box, ie the last word should be the last word of your manuscript!

Some word processors and operating systems have a limit on how many characters can be copied.

If all your text does not go in when you copy and paste try dragging the selected text over rather than copy and paste. Check that nothing is missing – the last words in the copy counter box should be the last work of your manuscript.

Once you know the number of characters, including spaces, in your manuscript, you can go to the Page Calculator for an estimate of the number of pages that will be in your book.

Don’t worry about the size of the text box – a scroll bar will appear when the text overflows.

To calculate how many pages are in your manuscript: Go to page count calculator. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)

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Cover Facts

Cover information at Self-Publish Books

Every cover is individually important and should be designed accordingly. At self-publish-books.co.uk we do not use stock templates for cover designs.

After discussion with you, the author, we will design an eye-catching cover which will hopefully help your book stand out from the crowd.

If at a later date you have other titles and you want them to all look as if they come from the same “stables” then this can be incorporated into the design, creating a set of individually designed covers that have a common style.

Having spent a great deal of time on writing your book, you want a cover that reflects the content of your book and at the same time helps the book sell by drawing potential readers in and making them want to open the pages of your book.

What will a cover design cost?

This depends on what level of design input is required for the cover of your book:
•  A simple photograph with text – Level 1 design.
•  A simple graphic with text – Level 1 design.
•  Something with a bit more design work – Level 2 design.
•  A collage of images to create an impression of the story subtly merged. The example here has twelve photographs in the final design – Level 3 design.
To view the above examples please click here. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)

If you are planning on designing your own cover and are looking for inspiration, there are lots of examples available on the internet. Here is one such site: Book Cover Archive

What thickness will the spine of my paperback book be? Visit our spine thickness calculator. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)

What Type of Binding – Paperback or Hardback (Case Bound)?

The two main types of binding are paperback (also known as limp bound) and hardback (also known as case bound).

Paperback Books
Paperback books have a soft cover usually printed full colour on 260gsm to 300gsm board and laminated one side with either gloss or matt lamination. We would recommend gloss lamination as it is more durable – matt lamination marks very easily as the matt effect is achieved by a microscopic rough texture on the surface which is easily marked by handling.

Hardback Books
Hardback books can be finished in two ways:

Option one: an outer sheet is printed full colour (usually 130gsm silk) plus lamination (gloss or matt) and glued to the outside of the stiff board covers and spine, folded in at all edges of the book and end papers are glued across the inside of the covers and the first and last blank leaves of the book, covering all the folded in edges. This is known as a printed paper cover (PPC).

Option two: a non-woven cloth-like material (Wibalin) is glued over the outside of the stiff board with end papers on the inside. The outside of the book can be foil blocked if required. Normally a full colour printed (usually 130gsm silk) plus lamination (gloss or matt) dusk jacket is wrapped around the outside, tucking in about 70mm inside the cover. The dust jacket is optional.

The sections of pages in a hardback bound book traditionally are sewn together before being glued in. Modern adhesives are now so good that from an economically they tend to be only glued, particularly when printed digitally in small quantities.

Please note that library photographs are not included in the cover price unless specifically mentioned in the quotation. Our photo library of choice is iStock Photo who have a vast range of quality photos that are not expensive:

Our current charge for supplying photographs from the iStock Essentials Collection is £10.00 and from the iStock Signature Collection is £26.00 per photo. If you supply photographs for us to scan the charge is £10.00 each. If, however, you supply digital photographs there is no additional charge for photographs. Digital photographs require to be of a suitable resolution for printing. (A minimum of 266dpi, preferably 300dpi, at printing size, but don't worry about this, we can discuss technical details with you later.)

As previously stated every book is designed individually, but from a pricing perspective, the cover will fit into one of the three categories levels mentioned above.

The pricing section has a form where you can contact us for a quotation. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)

For more information on this see the frequently asked questions section below.

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Text Pages – Design and Cost Considerations

Please note that it is impossible to calculate exactly how many pages a book will make by counting the words. Many websites quote 250 words per page as a good approximate guide but we reckon 300 would be closer; the final count depends on several factors which are explained here.

There are several factors that affect the number of pages your book will make. Most are quite obvious:
•  Typeface. Examples of different book typefaces. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)
•  Size of text. Examples of typesizes. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)
•  Line spacing (leading to use the technical term). Examples of how line spacing affects appearance of the page. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)
•  Character spacing. Examples of how character spacing affects appearance of the page. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)
•  Page margins. Examples of how changing margins affects appearance of the page. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)
•  Page size. Page size grid. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)
•  Don’t forget to add any extra pages eg prelims, index etc, including blanks that are not part of the word count.

Whilst the choice of typeface is a matter of personal taste, it should be mentioned here that generally speaking it is better to use serif text for body copy rather than san serif. Because serif text has more detail in the individual characters, it makes for easier reading, as the brain has more information on which to base reading decisions. You might think that this would require more effort but in fact it is less tiring to read serif text in a book.

The difference between serif and san serif text:
Image of the difference between serif and san serif text

Any calculation, no matter how sophisticated the formula used, must be viewed as an estimate.

Page calculation is not an exact science – the page count calculator requires you to choose the nearest approximate style to your requirements.

Click here for Styles PDF

Click here to go to Free Online Page Count Calculator. (Requires javascript to be active in your browser.)

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Text Pages – Paper Information

Opacity is probably the most important factor in book paper. If you can see what is printed on the other side of a page while you are reading the opposite side, it would interfere with your vision. For this reason book papers bulk more and are therefore more opaque than papers used for general printing.

For books with text only or line illustrations our wove papers are ideal. If there are photographs, while it is still OK to print black and white photos on uncoated (book wove or white opaque), it is better to use a coated paper – our high bulk matt will reproduce the photographs more sharply than the woves. The use of coated papers is essential if reproducing colour photographs.

All papers listed on this page are specifically for books. Other papers may be available. Please contact us if you require further information.

White Book Wove

A good quality slightly off white, woodfree book wove, typical of that generally used in most paperbacks. 80gsm volume 17.5*.

White Opaque

A woodfree, high white offset paper, 80gsm volume 13.2*.

Cream Book Wove

A good quality cream, woodfree book wove, 80gsm volume 17.5*.

Matt Coated

A good quality, white, matt coated art for plate pages and full colour printing, available in 90gsm, 115gsm, 130gsm 150gsm and 170gsm, volume 10*.

All papers used in the production of books for Self-Publish-Books are natural, sustainable, renewable and recyclable products sourced from well-managed forests.

Paperback covers are printed on 250gsm single sided silk and can be gloss or matt laminated. We would recommend that all paperbacks are gloss laminated as the lamination surface is less prone to marking.

* Paper volume may vary slightly.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What if my book is too thin for slot / notch binding?
A: We can saddle stitch the books. (Wire staples into the centre of the spine.)

Q: Are you a publisher? / Will you publish my book?
A: We are not publishers; we design and produce the book for you. You, the author, publish your book yourself (‘self-publish’). We can give you advice and help you with marketing tools such as Free Author’s Page and MyLiveBook. You have to finance the production of your book, market and distribute it. We will produce a quality product every bit as professional as a conventionally published book but you have the benefits of self-publishing and have control over your own book when you publish it yourself.

Q: Are you a ‘vanity’ publisher?
A: No, we are designers and book producers. When you self-publish with Self Publish Books you as the author will retain all rights to your book and will own all the copies which will be sent to you immediately they are bound. Any moneys you make from your book are yours.

Q: What exactly is self-publishing?
A: If a publisher asks the author to pay money to have a book published, this is vanity publishing.
Conventional publishing houses do not ask for payment; they pay an author to allow them to publish his/her book.
Between these two options is self-publishing. The author, after writing the book, creates his/her own imprint (and by so doing they now have their own publishing house) eg The Joe Bloggs Press, buys a batch of ISBNs, finds a designer/printer to produce the books and upon delivery sets about marketing his/her own book. Sounds easy when said in one sentence but there can be a lot of work involved if you follow the self-publish route. In saying that, it is a lot less daunting now that you can create your own website to help you market your book.

Q: What reasons are there to self-publish?
A: You will have control over all aspects of your book.
You may be confident that you know there is a market for your book and therefore that you will get all the money generated from the sales.
Or you may feel that although the market for your book will be small and that a publishing house will not be interested in taking up the book for publishing, you still want to produce the book in a small quantity for your own satisfaction.

Q: What are the benefits from going through a conventional publishing house?
A: They will give you editorial advice.
They will proof read your copy.
They will market your book.
They will distribute your book to bookshops and libraries.

Q: Who are Self-Publish-Books?
A: Self-Publish-Books is the internet marketing name of Gilmour Print. Based in the West of Scotland, we design and produce books for clients all over the UK. We also design and produce leaflets, catalogues and brochures.

Q: Why should I use Self-Publish-Books to produce my book?
A: See the Testimonials Section for what some of our many satisfied customers have to say about us.
We provide a bespoke book design and print production service with more than 30 years’ experience in the book printing trade.
We are helpful, friendly and pay a great deal of attention to detail. We take pride in what we do. Our many satisfied clients come back to us time and again.

Q: What sort of books do you produce?
A: Paperbacks and hardbacks in a variety of sizes and styles for a wide range of self-publishing authors – paperbacks with black text and colour covers, perhaps with colour plates or full colour throughout, hard backed (case bound) books with full colour covers, or with full colour wrap around dust jackets. The text can be black or have colour sections or be full colour throughout. It doesn’t have to be in English. We can produce books in other languages as well.

Q: What is the minimum quantity of books I can order?
A: If the quantity of books is small the books are produced digitally. We can produce one copy if you wish but most authors, when only wanting a small quantity, will usually order five or more copies. Depending on the number of pages and the content of the book, once the quantity reaches 259 to 300, it is possible that it will be more economical to produce the books by conventional offset litho printing. The quality of digital printing today is such that you would be hard pressed to be able to see any difference in quality between digital and offset litho printing.

Q: How much will it cost to produce my book?
A: There are many variables involved in a book price . . .
Are you supplying a print ready PDF or do you wish us to produce the artwork?
How many pages?
What size is the page?
Is it paperback or hardback?
Is the text black or full colour?
The list of options is almost endless.
Contact us with details of your requirements or to discuss pricing, without obligation.

Q: What about the cost of reprints?
A: If we have produced artwork for your book, then this will not be charged again for the reprint.
For digital printing there are also setting up costs involved on the digital press which will not be charged again as long as the annual charge for holding your book (currently £15 plus VAT per title) is paid each December. Amendments to artwork will be charged extra and digital press setup may also be charged if book is amended before reprint.
Reprints of litho printed books will be reprinted at time of reprint, but again if we have produced artwork on the initial run, this will not be charged again at reprint.

Q: How long will it take to produce my book?
A: If your book is required for a specific deadline we will always do our best to meet this and let you know before we start.
Under normal circumstances a standard paperback novel will take about two to three weeks at the most to produce artwork to the final stage (depending on how quickly you come back with amendments). Printed proof copy usually takes a further week to ten days and final print run a further week to ten days.

Q: Do you proof read my manuscript file?
A: No, we expect you to have checked it before you send it to us. It is always a good idea to get someone who is not involved with the book to proof read it so that it is looked at with a fresh eye.
We will check your file for spacing and punctuation problems. We find no matter how thoroughly authors have checked their words, that there will often be spaces at the start of paragraphs that should not be there or spaces in front of question marks or full stops. We have a set of standard checks that we run through to sort these out when we are laying out the text.

Q: Can I supply my own artwork ready for printing?
A: Book design requires a certain level of skill and so for a book to look professionally typeset requires experience. As long as you realise that the design appearance is your responsibility, you can supply high resolution, print ready PDFs to our specification. See also cover artwork and cover photography.

Q: Can I supply my own cover photography or illustrations?
A: We will be happy for you to supply your own cover illustrations or photography as long as it is of suitable quality and resolution.
A digital photograph should be a minimum of 300dpi at the size at which it is intended to be used. Digital photographs cannot and should not have their resolutions increased from the original. If you intend to manipulate photographs in Photoshop, you should let us see them first to assess suitability.
Digital line illustrations should ideally be 800 dpi at the size that will be used.

Q: Can I supply my own complete cover artwork?
A: Yes, as long as you follow our specifications and your artwork is produced to suitable quality. See section on website on supplying cover artwork.

Q: How much allowance should I make for the spine?
A: This is dependent on the number of pages and the thickness of the text paper. If you are supplying your own cover artwork but we are creating the text page artwork, you should create your cover in a manner that will allow you to make adjustment to the spine width if required. We will confirm the spine width once the text pages are complete.

Q: I have an ISBN but how do I make the barcode for the cover artwork I am supplying?
A: The simple answer is – you don’t. Email us the ISBN and we will have the barcode ready to drop into your artwork when you supply it.

Q: Will you sell my books for me?
A: No, selling and marketing your book is down to you.

We give you a free Author’s Page where you can tell the world about you and your books and also a free MyLiveBook page where you can bring your book to life by showing sample pages in a real time, online, electronic, page turning, digital document.

Q: Do I need an ISBN?
A: If you are going to sell your book through book shops then you need to obtain an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). See the page on ISBNs for detals of where to obtain these. If you are using an ISBN we will supply the barcode for the cover.

Q: Do we need to meet face-to-face?
A: You are welcome to visit us by appointment. However, it is not necessary. We have many customers for whom we have produced books, that we have never met in person. All necessary communication was achieved successfully by email and phone discussion. You can read what some of our customers have to say on the testimonials pages.

Q: In what sizes do you produce books?
A: A Format 175mm x 111mm (6.875" x 4.25")
B Format 198mm x 129mm (8" x 5.25") (standard paperback size)**
A5 210mm x 148mm (8.25" x 4.875")**
C Format 222mm x 143mm (8.75" x 5.625")
Demy 229mm x 152mm (9" x 6")
Royal 235mm x 191mm (9.25" x 7.5")
Crown Royal 280mm x 210mm (11" x 8.25")
A4 297mm x 210mm (11.75" x 8.25")
  ** These are the two most popular sizes.

Q: Can I have colour plates in among my black and white text pages?
A: Yes you can. If the colour pages are all in the one place in the text it is cheaper than spreading them through the book.

Q: If I am providing my manuscript in a word processing file for you to create the artwork what font style and size should I use?
A: If we are producing your artwork, you can use any typeface and size that you find convenient. We will change them to suit the design. You should use italics and bold text where you want text to appear this way in the finished book. You should only place a line return at the end of each paragraph and not in the middle of sentences.
If you wish to have some paragraphs indented at the first line but not all paragraphs then you should place a tab keystroke at the start of the paragraphs you wish the first lines to be indented.
If you wish to have some paragraphs with an extra line space before, then you should add this in your file.
If you have some paragraphs which you wish to look different from the main style, eg correspondence letter or a paragraph that is a quotation then you need to inform us of this and mark them in an appropriate manner. It is probably better to discuss this with us before proceeding.

Q: How should I format my manuscript file for you to do the artwork?
A: If we are producing your artwork, you can use any typeface and size that you find convenient. We will change them to suit the design. You should use italics and bold text where you want text to appear this way in the finished book. You should only place a line return at the end of each paragraph and not in the middle of sentences.
If you wish to have some paragraphs indented at the first line but not all paragraphs then you should place a tab keystroke at the start of the paragraphs you wish the first lines to be indented.
If you wish to have some paragraphs with an extra line space before, then you should add this in your file.
If you have some paragraphs which you wish to look different from the main style, eg correspondence letter or a paragraph that is a quotation then you need to inform us of this and mark them in an appropriate manner. It is probably better to discuss this with you before proceeding.

Q: What is the position with using reference material that is copyrighted to someone else?
A: You must obtain their permission in writing to use the material and they must be credited. This applies to text and photographs.
If we are supplying library photographs for use in your book, these come from sources who have given permission for the use when purchased.
For more information on UK copyright visit the UK Copyright Service: Click to visit the UK Copyright Service 

Q: If I am writing about a real situation can I be sued for libel?
A: If what you write is true, then no. Alternatively, if you are writing about actual events but in a novel, then, the more details of names, personal details and places that you change, the better. Either way, if you are in doubt you should consult a solicitor before publishing.

Q: Will you design my book and then let me take it elsewhere for printing?
A: Yes, we are happy to design your book, lay out the text and provide you with a high resolution PDF for artwork for you to do do with as you wish.
You will have to let us know of any specific settings that your PDF requires.

Q: Are books subject to Value Added Tax (VAT)?
A: If you supply artwork and we produce your books there is no VAT chargeable. If we design your book, create the artwork and produce the finished books then again there is no VAT chargeable on the finished product. If we design your book and supply you with a PDF for you to have the book produced elsewhere then there would be VAT chargeable at the standard rate on the artwork, but whoever produced the finished book for you would not charge VAT on the book production.

Q: What are the difference between perfect, PUR, burst, notch and slot binding?
A: With perfect binding and PUR (Poly Urethane Reactive) binding, the spine edge of the pages is ground off leaving a rough edge for the adhesive to key to.
Burst bound books have perforations down the spine edge of the folded sheets, which are folded in 4, 8 or 16 page sections. The adhesive penetrates in through the perforations giving added strength to the binding.
Notch and slot binding are two names for the same thing and are similar to burst binding except that instead of perforations, slots are cut into the spine edge allowing for better penetration of the adhesive.
PUR is stronger than perfect binding but with modern adhesives perfect bind is still good. Burst bound is on a par with PUR and notch / slot binding is looked on as the strongest glued binding.
All our paperback books are currently slot bound where the quantities are over 100. With smaller quantities the binding method will depend on the book.

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Factors affecting book pricing

What will self-publishing my book cost?

There are several factors which affect the cost of producing books. The main ones are listed here.

Factors affecting price

Major factors
•  Size of book.
•  Number of pages.
•  Quantity.
•  Type of binding – soft bound (paperback) or case bound (hardback).
•  If case bound, does book have a dust jacket?
•  How complex is the cover or jacket design?
•  Are we designing the book or are you supplying a print ready PDF? There is obviously a cost for us to produce the artwork which you have to weigh up against how professional you want your book to look.
•  Both colour or black & white photograph plate pages add to the cost, colour more than black & white.
•  Does your book require an index?
•  The level of complexity of text formatting also affects the pricing. At the simple end if the scale is a novel with roman text and perhaps the odd bit of bold or italics; at the other end is a reference book with footnotes, indented quotations in a different type size and/or face.

Minor factors

•  Type of paper used.
•  Page margins.
•  Type size.
•  Typeface used for text. (Different typefaces are slightly different set widths and so will slightly vary the page count.)

Hopefully, having looked through our website, you will have a clearer idea about what you require for your book. Please feel free to contact us if you require further clarification.

When you are ready for a quote you can either phone us on 01505 322614 for a chat or email us or click here to use the form to email us. (Form requires javascript to be active in your browser.)

Call us for advice or for a design and or printing quote, without obligation – we will be happy to help.

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Testimonials – what our customers think of us

“Over and above the call of duty” – “As a former professional librarian I know a well produced book when I see it” – “. . . professional and extremely pains-taking and helpful” – “Service with a personal touch” – “They are perfect” – “Communication was outstanding” – “Old-fashioned service with modern technology at its best”

“Douglas Gilmour is a man who always answers the phone. He is prepared to give advice, but also prepared to listen. His experience is reassuring, as is his ability to notice errors before they go to print.
In short, Douglas is a genuinely good person to work with, who I was right to trust at the tail end of a five year project.”
Julia Dean-Richards      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“Our latest three Plant Heritage books were linked to their own MyLiveBook page on self-publish-books.co.uk so that buyers could see the book before they bought. The pages were dynamic and illustrated the full colour nature of our plant titles, resulting in unprecedented sales in the first weeks of publication.”
Genevieve Melbourne Webb

“I was looking for a small quantity of a medium sized book to be printed for my own personal use. Being a complete novice, I had no idea how this could be done. Douglas Gilmour simply took over from there. He quickly understood the requirements, gave practical advice, and began work on the project before I had even reached home. I was kept up to date on a regular basis and given pointers as to what the finished article would look like. I had the final say on all matters, and we didn’t go to print until I was entirely satisfied with the final product.
The outcome was higher than my expectations – and didn’t cost as much as anticipated!! I have no hesitation in recommending Douglas’s expertise to anyone with a similar project in mind.
Since then I have gone on to write two boxing books, both designed and produced by Self Publish Books at Gilmour Print.”
Jim Kirkwood      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“Working with Gilmour Print was a great experience. There was never any sense of pressure or impatience, and at all times I was given great advice to lead me through the tricky process of publishing my first book.
When I received the first proof copy my daughter exclaimed, “Gosh Dad! It’s a real book!“ The quality of the finished article was better than I had expected – flawless, in fact. In part, this was down to me simply following and accepting the advice I was given.
Given their competitive pricing, Gilmour Print have given me great value for money. I intend to publish a number of further books in the not-too-distant future and will definitely be using Gilmour Print again.”
André Hopper      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“I would like to thank Douglas Gilmour for all his work, helpful advice, and patience during this project. Particularly his knowledgeable assistance with the layout, editing and the colour balancing of so many pictures from different sources which has ensured the finished books have a high quality look and feel.
I have no hesitation in recommending Gilmour Print to anyone considering self publishing.”
Ian Newton      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“The books arrived this morning while I was in London. It looks absolutely great and I am so pleased with it. Thanks for making it look so good and for getting it to us so quickly. Well done!”
Margaret Easter      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“Special thanks are due to Douglas Gilmour (Gilmour Print), who has worked closely with all of the authors in the series (five so far) and has been unfailingly patient and understanding throughout.”
Katrina Clow

“Gilmour Print has recently produced my book, Coffeehouse Footnotes, published by Twopenny Press.
Douglas Gilmour has been excellent to deal with. He undertook exactly what was asked of him. The production was of outstanding quality, promptly delivered and reasonably priced.
I would warmly recommend him to anyone wanting any printing work done.”
Peter Clark      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“The books arrived this evening! Very handsome they are too. We’re over the moon – it’s a wonderful result. Many thanks for all your hard work and I hope to meet you one day and say thank you in person.
The real pleasure of working with Douglas – communication was outstanding! But most importantly of all, I’m just so proud to have got this far and wouldn’t have done so without his invaluable help.”
Robin Knight      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“I was very fortunate. A friend recommended Gilmour Print. I discovered a company which gives a personal service. Phone calls are answered by a real voice. If you do have to leave a message, your call is returned promptly, as are emails. This is a company which takes pride in paying attention to detail, and offering help and making suggestions through the different stages. I am in East Anglia; Gilmour Print could have been next door. This is old-fashioned service with modern technology at its best. What’s more, costs are extremely competitive.
I just saw your magnificent page previewer (MyLiveBook) of my book. I love the sound of the turning pages! Thanks so much. Everyone is being so complimentary.”
Penny Young      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“I am very pleased indeed with the book which is receiving many favourable comments. You can rely on Douglas Gilmour to come up with lots of ideas for a modern design.”
Brian Fearn      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“Gilmour Print provided me with a rare commodity these days – service with a personal touch. From front-cover planning and design to the proof reading stage, the company supports its customer in a quietly professional way; what you see is very much what you get and what you get is reliability with a congenial integrity.”
Ken Pratt      View text version of Free Author’s Page

“Books were here when I got home – and they are perfect. Thanks again for all of your help and support. I will be back again when the sequel is ready to be published!”
Brian Hutchesonn

“Thank you for all your hard work on the Geum book; everyone involved is very pleased with it.”
PJ Henderson

“I must say you have designed and produced a magnificent book. I am delighted with it; and also with the speed at which it has been done.
Lots of admiration expressed for your design of the Carlile book. The point made is that it does not resemble the typical academic book, in which an enormous number of words are crammed indigestibly on each page, and therefore is easier to read.”
Michael Laccohee Bush

“I contacted Gilmour Print to produce my late husband’s memoirs because I wanted to use a local business if possible, and to deal with a person rather than an impersonal website. I’m sure the price was competitive, and being able to correspond with and visit Douglas Gilmour made the whole process very easy and enjoyable. Douglas dealt with all the technical stuff, made helpful suggestions, and the finished article, which looks very professional, was ready when he said it would be. I would certainly use Gilmour Print again.”
Jane Elvy

“In the latter part of 2013 and the early part of 2014 I was involved with Douglas Gilmour of Self Publish Books / Gilmour Print in the production of a catalogue compiled by me of over 9,500 English novels. Douglas produced the proof version from computer database files supplied by me and then revised editions from corrected proofs. I found him very professional and extremely pains-taking and helpful over the project and I would whole-heartedly recommend him for similar work.”
Anthony Conyers Surtees

“Having previously had my fingers burned badly by a ‘vanity publisher’, it was great to be able to use someone I felt from the start that I could trust – Gilmour Print. No need to go through rejections from publishers, I was able to realise my dream by publishing ‘How to rush slowly . . . ’ myself. Douglas Gilmour designed the jacket and the text layout, offering advice on what to do and what not to do and I was delighted with the end result. The personal touch made all the difference.”
Agnes Stevens

“In the last couple of years, I have had the pleasure of working with Gilmour Print, both in my own capacity as a writer and on behalf of other authors I work with, and I cannot praise Mr Gilmour’s standards highly enough. At all times his organisation has been accommodating, honest and direct. They make the author aware of what can and cannot be done, they offer invaluable advice on how improvements could be made to presentation, they are tolerant of any last minute requests, they keep in constant touch regarding developments, their prices are very reasonable and they deliver on time. What is more, and possibly most important, they offer the personal touch.”
Quincy Riddle

“Gilmour Print provides an excellent service. Douglas Gilmour is extremely helpful and willing to provide advice. Prices are immensely reasonable, and deadlines are met. The quality of the printing and binding of the finished product is very good. I could not have asked for more.”

“Gilmour Print recently contributed immensely in the production of a small children’s story-book (for the grandchildren). I would like to thank Douglas Gilmour for his advice on layout, editorial tips and general presentation of the finished product, also prompt delivery of book, with special thanks from grandpa, the author. Who knows, there may be a sequel and if so, there would be no hesitation in returning to Gilmour Print.”
Jean Fitzpatrick

“I bless the day that I saw Gilmour Print in Yellow Pages. I saw among other things that they printed technical manuals. Via their website, I sent details of my book for a quotation. I received a reply the same day – a Sunday! The service was professionalism at its best; no late or cancelled meetings, quick and expert advice and the feeling given that my book was all that mattered. The book production has received high praise; from booksellers words such as ‘splendid’, ‘beautiful’, ‘excellent’ and from readers who wrote to me with comments – many praised the clarity of the photograph reproduction. I need only quote from one letter: ‘As a former professional librarian I know a well produced book when I see it – and this is first class.’ ”
Michael Bragg

“We very much wanted to let you know how greatly we appreciated all of your contributions towards our book – it really was a labour of love on all of our parts! We do understand that this is not the regular process of book production and are fully aware of your commitment and generosity of spirit over and above the call of duty. We are grateful for your involvement.”
Dorothy A Deighton & Richard Robertson

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About Free Author’s Page

About the author – Demo

If we have designed or produced your book, as The Author you get a free web page that will let you say a bit about yourself. You can give us a potted history or a bit about how you go about your writing – whatever you think might be of interest to a potential customer – you can mention other books you have written or say more about your current book if there is not enough room far right. If you have produced more than one book with us each book will ‘rotate’ in the righthand column.
You also get a free MyLiveBook sample page where you can bring sample pages of your book to life in a real time, online, electronic, page turning, digital document that looks, feels and sounds like a real publication. Potential customers can then see inside your book before they buy. A purchase is more likely to be made if sample pages can be viewed in a realistically presented way.
You can provide optional contact information. The email will be hidden in code so that it can only be found by real people, thus avoiding unwanted emails.
You may also have a link to your own website or to a website selling your book.
Both MyLiveBook Page and Free Author’s Page are created for you.
You may also have a link to your own website or to a website selling your book.
Currently we do not have facilities to sell your book for you online. We may do so at some point in the future if there is demand.
We can show contact information for you eg:

Contact information

To contact the author please email:

or via the author’s website:

or by post:
The Author, 23b My Street, Mytown AB1 2ZQ

or telephone: 00000 000000

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Free Author’s Page

About the author – Peter Clark

Peter Clark has had wide experience of living, working and travelling in the Middle East over the past fifty years. He is a writer – his books include Marmaduke Pickthall British Muslim, which was published in the 1980s and more recently Istanbul in the series Cities of the Imagination and Emerging Arab Voices One.
His latest book, Coffeehouse Footnotes, was designed and produced by Self Publish Books and is available from the publishers Twopenny Press.
Peter has also translated eight books from Arabic – history and fiction – including Grandfather’s Tale and Sabriya by Ulfat Idilbi, published by Quartet Books.
He is a cultural consultant, a trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and a contributing editor of Banipal, the magazine of modern Arab literature. Peter also writes obituaries for The Guardian and book reviews for the TLS and Asian Affairs.
Over the years, he has collected a PhD and an OBE. He is married, is a proud grandfather and is based in Frome in Somerset.

Contact information – Peter Clark

To contact the author please email:

or by post:
Peter Clark, Middle East Cultural Advisory Services, 71 Nunney Road
Frome, Somerset BA11 4LF

or telephone: 01373 300310

About the book – Coffeehouse Footnotes

In the Middle East the trivial can often cast light on issues that may preoccupy the headlines. There were people – often Arab writers – whose lives and work were of significance, and should be known beyond their particular artistic and professional circles. All this part-time writing has occupied a territory between journalism and scholarship. Coffeehouse Footnotes helps shed light on these aspects of the Middle East.

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About the author – Margaret Easter

Margaret Easter holds National Plant Collection® of Thymus (Scientific Status) and is an International Cultivar Registration Authority for Thymus (ICRA). She runs a backgarden nursery, LW Plants, in Harpenden – plants from a plantsman's garden.
She has gardened organically since the mid 1980s and the garden is planted for year round interest and for wildlife. She has been researching Thymus nomenclature since 1992 and it soon became apparent that it was a complete muddle!
Over the years she has been sorting out names, working in consultation with the RHS Advisory Committee on Nomenclature and Taxonomy.
The Thyme Handbook was published during summer 2009 by Plant Heritage. In December 2009, with the aid of a grant from The Finnis Scott Foundation, Margaret self-published the International Thymus Register and Checklist under her own imprint – Owl Prints. Currently an e-book The Big Book of Thyme is in preparation and will be published in summer 2010. It will be fully illustrated and include descriptions of all British, European and American thymes.

Contact information

To contact the author please email:

or telephone: 01582 768467
Author’s website:

About the book – The Thyme Handbook

The Thyme Handbook is for gardeners and nurserymen who love growing thyme and includes the cultivars and species readily available in the nursery trade in the UK.
In this book Margaret Easter shares her love of thyme with other gardeners who grow thyme and who would like to know more about it.

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About the author – Brian Fearn

Brian Fearn English nurseryman Brian Fearn is the owner of the renowned Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery, Matlock, Derbyshire. An authority on succulent plants, he has grown and researched them since his youth. He has supplied plants to many countries around the world and celebrated the nursery’s Golden Jubilee in 2006.
A trailblazer in the conservation of succulent plants, he announced in 1962 that he would not deal in unpropagated wild collected plants and has championed the propagation and safeguarding of plants in cultivation ever since.
Born in 1937, Brian founded Abbey Brook while at Sheffield University where he received a BSc in Botany. His work on the genus Lithops aka ‘Living stones’ earned him an MSc in 1969 and also brought him international recognition.
He is the Holder of six Plant Heritage National Plant Collections® of succulent plant genera.He is also widely known – as far afield as Japan – for his work in hybridising cacti, especially Echinopsis since the late 1960s.

Contact information

To contact the author please email:

or telephone: 01629 580306
or by post to:
Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery,
Bakewell Road, Matlock,
Derbyshire DE4 2QJ

or visit his website:

About the book – The Echinopsis Hybrids of Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery

The Echinopsis Hybrids of Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery describes the story of Brian Fearn’s forty years’ work selecting and naming the 130+ best shaped and coloured, beautiful hybrids out of the 150,000 seedlings that he has flowered – fewer than one in a thousand. With glorious images in full colour of 107 hybrids, this is a book to relish even if you don’t grow cacti!

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About the author – Sue Martin

Sue Martin holds National Plant Collection® of Geum. She has been growing geums ever since moving to her present garden 20 years ago. This book is a result of her obsession with these plants and their history. The majority of cultivars available to gardeners today are described as well as a representative selection of species.
All the photographs of geums in the book were taken by Sue in her garden. Visitors are welcome to see around Sue Martin’s garden by appointment or on days when the garden is open under the National Gardens Scheme. May and June are the best times to see the geums in flower – there are in the region of 100 different ones planted throughout this attractive cottage-style garden.
Geum is selling fast. To buy a copy contact Sue Martin. Price £7.50 plus £1.00 p&p.

Contact information

To contact the author please email:

or post to: Brickwall Cottage Nursery, Frittenden, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2DH.

About the book – Geum

Geum is a result of Sue Martin’s obsession with these plants and their history. The majority of cultivars available to gardeners today are described as well as a representative selection of species.
All the photographs of geums in the book were taken by Sue in her garden.

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About the author – Ken Pratt

Scottish writer Ken Pratt is a graduate of Glasgow University's renowned Creative Writing Masters, and author of Hunting Captain Henley, The Taking of Battlemount High, The English Student, and The Persecution.
Ken, a Glasgow based journalist, was a finalist in the Guardian Award for International Development Journalism for his disturbing reportage from Uganda and DR Congo.
Born in Hamilton, Scotland in 1965, after school Ken went to Glasgow Uni, completing an MA in English.
On graduation he joined The Sunday Post as a trainee reporter and was one of the first journalists on the scene at the Lockerbie Disaster.
He also covered the Piper Alpha Disaster for The Post and was despatched on a number of foreign assignments including to Jerusalem during the First Gulf War and to The Soviet Union during the collapse of Communism. Ken also covered the World Cup in Italy as a newsman and the European Championships in Gothenburg before moving to The Sunday Sun in Newcastle as an investigative reporter. He then freelanced for a short period from South Africa near the end of the Apartheid regime.

Contact information

To contact the author please email:

or telephone: 01389 890820

About the book – Hunting Captain Henley
His debut novel, Hunting Captain Henley, described as ‘a cross between Moby Dick and Heart of Darkness’ uses personal experiences and insights to explore a hidden narrative behind the reporter’s prose.
His second novel, The English Student, continues the theme as a disaffected foreign correspondent struggles to come to terms with his crumbling relationship and the dismantling of the UK.

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About the author – Penny Young

Penny Young is a freelance writer and journalist and lives in Norfolk.
She served her apprenticeship as a newspaper reporter with the Westminster Press. Later she joined the BBC and became news editor for BBC Radio Northampton, leaving in 1991 to freelance for radio, television and the print media, both at home and abroad. She has travelled extensively, particularly in the Middle East, Turkey and eastern Europe.
Previous published work by Penny includes her account of a cycling trip along the Euphrates in Syria for Intrepid Arabia published in 2009, and the section on the South East of England for Lefties’ Guide to Britain published in 2005 by Politico’s.
In 2009, Penny set up Twopenny Press to publish Two Cocks on the Dunghill and Ups and Downs along the Black Sea in the Reverse Footsteps of Xenophon. In 2010 Twopenny Press published Coffeehouse Footnotes by Peter Clark. In 2014, after many years of research by Penny, her book, Dura Europos – A City for Everyman, was published. All four books were designed and produced by Gilmour Print / Self Publish Books. In 2016 Twopenny Press published The Friends and Following of Richard Carlile – A Study of Infidel Republicanism in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain by Michael Laccohee Bush designed and produced by Gilmour Print.

Purchase information

The books are available via the Twopenny Press website.
Visit www.twopennypress.co.uk

About the book – Two Cocks on the Dunghill

Two Cocks on the Dunghill – William Cobbett and Henry Hunt: their friendship, feuds and fights is an account of the extraordinary relationship between two leading radical reformers of the early 19th century, who spent their lives fighting for justice, human rights and a reformed, democratic House of Commons.

About the book – Ups and Downs along the Black Sea in the reverse footsteps of Xenophon

Ups and Downs along the Black Sea in the reverse footsteps of Xenophon. Onwards and upwards. That’s how the bicycle and I proceeded until we reached 6,950 feet, 2,010 metres. Sadly there were no Greek soldiers or Xenophon to kiss me. What I had to deal with instead was the longest road tunnel in Turkey at the time. I emerged, blinking, into a glorious and transformed world. Before me lay. . .

About the book – Dura Europos – A City for Everyman

Dura Europos, wrote Michael Rostovtzeff, was “the richest of the excavated cities of the ancient world”. The discoveries that so excited the archaeologists and historians at the time continue to present a series of challenges and messages that are still relevant today.

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About the author – Julia Dean-Richards

Julia Dean-Richards is a writer and performer of poetry and stories. Snailbeach Tails is her first novel – a fantasy inspired by the Shropshire landscape and the people who make it special. Julia often finds alternative ways of presenting her work and is interested in the layers that collaboration can bring. Extracts from Snailbeach Tails have been adapted to be performed at festivals, schools and events.
Julia talks about the process of writing Snailbeach Tails – “Breast cancer was my back pack; the contents of which showed me how challenges could be embraced and made into something wonderful. I reached into my bag and drew out love and imagination. Two years of intravenous treatment turned into an opportunity to explore these wonders; dancing with my eyes closed through a hazy half-light.
On my journey I met (and continue to meet) many people who provided strength, beauty and skill – three in particular: Ray, Fran and Simon. Fran O–Boyle illustrated, Simon Cresswell composed music and Ray Jacobs designed the beautiful book to carry the tale.”
Snailbeach Tails is illustrated by Fran O’Boyle

Contact information

The book and the music CD are on sale through the Snailbeach Tails website: www.snailbeachtails.com; from amazon.co.uk, and from shops and tourist centres in Shropshire. You can contact Julia for further information about performances and the book by email:

or by phone: 07825 070368

About the book – Snailbeach Tails

Snailbeach Tails The phenomenon is a 270 page illustrated book written for grown-ups who believe in the power of stories, and a performance which sets hearts free. And the tale goes on.

Says Dog – “If stories is told from the heart, and those who read them have open minds, stories will find the secret doorway that leads from one soul to another, and stroll right in.”

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About the author – André Hopper

André Hopper is an independent researcher who has been studying Piagetian psychology for over 30 years. While employed as a software engineer for all that time, his yearning for, and learning of, Piaget’s works and theory have been both persistent and fruitful.
Raising three children of his own, and having the opportunity to observe many more children as they were growing up, Andreacute; has had the chance to significantly advance Piaget’s theory while maintaining reference to real intelligences (i.e. children).
He intends to publish a number of further volumes describing the qualitative development of intelligence as it happens in all individuals, following Piagetian lines, yet going further with significant theoretical advances.

Contact information


for all correspondence and potential purchases of the book.

About the book – Intelligence – the Internalisation of Adaptation

Within Jean Piaget’s well known theory of intelligence, the phase of sensorimotor development is better interpreted as the internalisation of adaptation. This means that the causal relations of what it means to be a human being (an intelligence) stand apart from those of biology, which is then surpassed.

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About the author – Jim Kirkwood

Jim Kirkwood is a retired police Superintendent having spent 30 years working in and around Glasgow. Since then he has become a Justice of the Peace sitting regularly on the bench within the North Strathclyde Sheriffdom.
His involvement in boxing started in 1970 when he joined the New Cumnock Amateur Boxing Club. After leaving to take up karate in 1973 he returned to boxing in 1985 as an assistant coach with the North West Amateur Boxing club in Kilmarnock. In 2000 he became an inspector with the British Boxing Board of Control, moving on to become a timekeeper five years later.
He has previously published one boxing biography – The Dartford Destroyer, The Life and Career of Dave Charnley – British, Empire and European Champion, which is currently out of print.
His latest book is Sibbo – The Tony Sibson Story.

Contact information

To contact the author please email:

or telephone: 01563 532367 or by post to: Jim Kirkwood, 10 Forest Grove, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA3 1UP

Sibbo can be ordered via Amazon or direct from the author.
Also just out now and available from Amazon: Henry Cooper Cut Eyes & Left Hooks or direct from the author.

About the book – Sibbo – The Tony Sibson Story The life and career of the Former British, European and Commonwealth Champion.

The book documents his life from birth to retirement from the ring and includes a summary of all his fight results.

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About the author – Robin Knight

Robin Knight has travelled the world as a student, foreign correspondent and corporate insider for the past 50 years, winning a number of international awards and having his work syndicated in many countries.
Educated at Dublin and Stanford universities, Robin joined the American weekly newsmagazine US News & World Report in 1968 and spent the following 28 years reporting the world. During this period he lived in the Soviet Union, South Africa, Italy and the USA. From 1985-96 he was the magazine’s European Editor based in London. Subsequently he wrote for Time magazine in a number of capacities.
In 1997 he joined BP plc as the company’s Editorial Writer and over the course of the next six years gained valuable insights into the oil and gas industry in many parts of the globe.
Since 2003 he has run his own company Knightwrite Ltd www.knightwrite.co.uk specialising in corporate communications issues.
In addition to articles, reports and speeches, Robin has authored and contributed to a number of books. They include A Window on the Kingdom, Sarajevo and First Oil. For seven years he reviewed books for Time magazine.
In 2012 an e-version of the memoir was created by self-publish-books and is published by Smashwords for $4.99.

Contact information

To contact the author please email:

or by post to: Robin Knight, 3 Chiswick Wharf, London W4 2SR
or telephone: 020 8994 2233.

About the book – A Road Less Travelled.

A Road Less Travelled is an unusual memoir which charts a privileged life and career in the second half of the 20th century that would be hard to emulate today. Among its major themes are international journalism, the collapse of communism, and the realities of life inside a major global corporation. Numerous well-known figures criss-cross its 265 pages. The text is accompanied by 55 photographs and 14 opinion columns and reviews written by the author.

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Free Author’s Page

About the author – Ian Newton

Having a hobby about which there is very little published information to study and discuss with others can be a little discouraging. The only remedy is to get researching, create a website and perhaps write a book or two.
Ian Newton has been collecting 1930s Crown Ducal pottery for over 15 years particularly examples designed by Charlotte Rhead and in 2002 he started a website to share his passion for the subject. Now having given up the day job Ian hopes to have time to further research and publish information about the decorative and tableware products designed and produced by A G Richardson & Co Ltd.
This first project, with the assistance of Self Publish Books / Gilmour Print, is essentially a catalogue of designs that used a particular ceramic glaze which became very popular in 1937.
However, more than half of these designs recorded in the company’s pattern books have not been seen. It is hoped that fellow collectors of ceramics from this period can now be aware of what has yet to be discovered.
Visit the author’s website for more details of the book – Crown Ducal Snow Glaze Tableware and Decorative Pottery.

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or via his website: www.rhead-crownducal.info

About the book – Crown Ducal Snow Glaze Tableware and Decorative Pottery.

Crown Ducal Snow Glaze Pottery is an illustrated reference for collectors of the known and yet to be discovered patterns that used this ceramic glaze.
The book publication marks the 75th anniversary of the 1937 British Industries Fair, where many of these snow glaze designs were displayed, and received acclaim – a career high point for the ceramic artist Charlotte Rhead and a commercial success for A G Richardson, the manufacturer.

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About MyLiveBook

A bit about the free MyLiveBook service available to authors and publishers from Self Publish Books.


Bring sample pages of your book to life in a real time, online, electronic, page turning, digital version, that looks and sounds like a real book with MyLiveBook, complete with zoom feature to enable close scrutiny of text and illustrations, giving that little bit extra to help market your new book. It’s a free service from Self Publish Books, in association with Gilmour Print when we design and or print your book. Along with our Free Authors’ Pages it is one more free added value that makes it a good idea to use Self Publish Books to design and produce your book. See what some of our satisfied authors and publishers have to say on our testimonials pages.

These books have sample pages available via MyLiveBook:

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Demonstration Example Page

Demonstration Example Page

Dr de Ath – Random Tales from Dodge

Michael Laccohee Bush – The Friends and Following of Richard Carlile

Peter Clark – Coffeehouse Footnotes

Julia Dean-Richards – Snailbeach Tails

Margaret Easter – The Thyme Handbook

Brian Fearn – The Echinopsis Hybrids of Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery

Grandpa Billy – The Little Cakeasaurus

André Hopper – Intelligence – The Internalisation of Adaptation

Jim Kirkwood – Sibbo – The Tony Sibson Story

Robin Knight – A Road Less Travelled

Sue Martin – Geum

Ian Newton – Crown Ducal Snow Glaze

Ken Pratt – Hunting Captain Henley

Penny Young – Two Cocks on the Dunghill

Penny Young – Ups and Downs along the Black Sea

Penny Young – Dura Europos

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If you would like more information about Free Authors’ Pages or MyLiveBook please contact Douglas Gilmour.

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