Services for Authors
“Siobhan offers a truly comprehensive service that shepherds a book-idea from its embryonic stage right through to when the finished product appears on the shelves. This encompassed all the big items like sourcing a suitable editor, designer and printer right down to the tiniest like how to get an ISBN number.
For a beginner, this was a great reassurance that a book project, once started, would indeed be brought to completion and it would be done well. In fact, ‘excellence’ was a by-word that characterised all stages of the process, a striving to achieve a professional standard in every aspect of producing a book.
The two way model for paying for the service—a flat fee or an hourly rate—was another important reassurance that costs would not explode, and that a reasonable estimate of the total outlay could be pinned down before one gives a green light to the whole project.
Siobhan was constantly available throughout the process and was well able to negotiate the inevitable hiccups along the road, knowing when to keep up pressure to meet deadlines and when to accommodate changes.”
To enquire about a publishing consultation, just drop us a line at email@example.com
So you have decided to write, are in the process of writing or have written a book, what do you need to consider next? Let us help you with the next steps to getting your book published.
If your book is not yet completed we offer a consultancy service that will assess your work and advise you as to how to proceed and how to avoid the common pitfalls experienced by authors. This will ultimately save you a lot of time and money in the later stages of publishing. This can be as basic or as extensive as you would like.
Is your book completed? We know how long it can take to write a book and the emotional investment that an author must make. Who said writing was easy? It is certainly not as any writer knows. Before a word is written, hours of thought and creativity have been expended, along with possibly years of experience. This followed by months, or more likely, years of work trying to write the book you have held in your head for so long. Now you want to make your book the best book that it can be. Let us help you.
All Dingle Publishing manuscript evaluations are conducted by an accredited editor who is a Full Member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland) and an Advanced Professional Member of the UK’s Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).
Depending on the type of book we can evaluate the entire book or a sample thereof and provide you with a one- or two-page report. This will be done using the experience and skills of a professional editor who will examine the books suitability for its readership looking at its language, tone and story structure, as well as its market potential.
All evaluations are conducted by an accredited editor who is both a Full Member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland) and an Advanced Professional Member of the UK’s Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).
To enquire about concept evaluation, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will read through your entire manuscript carefully examining its language, structure, characters, plot, style, tone, flow, dialogue, referencing, quotations and images, as appropriate. We will provide you with a five-page evaluation report and mark up the manuscript itself where appropriate.
To enquire about manuscript evaluation, just drop us a line at email@example.com
Submit your book
There are many wonderful publishing companies out there publishing all manner of books from literature to crime to non-fiction. You must decide which ones are for you and how to approach them. Let us help you with this. [two distinct sections]
Submit your book to a publisher
Many authors want their book to be taken on by a traditional publishing house. To do this you should submit a cover letter, details about you the author, a synopsis of the book and last but not least a sample chapter. All of these elements must be carefully considered and crafted before you contact a publisher. You will get one shot at it; make it a good one. We can help you to master the craft of direct submission and help you to find the publishers that are suitable for your book.
To enquire about submitting to a publisher, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find an agent
Without a doubt having an agent is a huge advantage to any author. While they will charge a fee, usually a set commission once the book has been placed with a publisher, most publishers will take notice of submissions that come in from agents. Of course agents are selective about which authors they take on so your approach to them must be right. As you would with a publisher you will need to submit a cover letter, details about you the author, a synopsis of the book and a carefully chosen sample chapter. You will also need to approach the right agent for you and your book. We can help you with this.
To enquire about finding an agent, just drop us a line at email@example.com
Publishing an Ebook
Self-publishing a book is thrilling, satisfying and rewarding, and maybe even life changing. The huge advantage of self-publishing is that you maintain ownership and creative control of your book.
You want to publish a book that you can be proud of and that looks every bit as good if not better than the other books that have been published by a traditional publishing company. How can you achieve this? Well with a little professional publishing help from us your dream can become a reality, and soon if you do so wish.
Our mission is to do whatever it takes to help you to publish a book of which you will be proud. In the process, you will learn more about your craft and you will understand all the stages and facets of self-publishing so you can confidently do it on your own, if you choose to, next time.
Complete self-publishing package
I personally oversee each and every project and that is exactly why I limit the number of projects that I take on each year. I understand how important your book is to you and how much of yourself you will have put into getting it to this stage. It is for that reason that I treat every book as if it were my own and take personal pride in the books that I assist you to publish.
The complete service includes consultation, ISBN and barcode acquisition, editing, indexing, photo research, cover design, book design, proofreading, printing and delivery. A further range of services include the creation of an eBook, an author web site, publicity and sales materials, organising a book launch and getting your book onto Amazon.
To enquire about our complete self-publishing package, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most successful routes for self-publishing authors in recent years has been through publishing eBooks. Up to 40% of all books published nowadays are eBooks and 30–40% of them are self-published.
If you would like to publish your eBook on Amazon Kindle we would be happy to help.
If you would like to speak to us about publishing your eBook, just drop us a line at email@example.com
Audiobooks are the fastest growing publishing format with 13% growth in 2018, and up an astounding 87% since 2014 (Nielsen BookScan). Audiobooks now account for 5% of all book purchases and have doubled their share of fiction sales. Forty per cent of audio sales are through subscription models, and young men are the biggest audio consumers. If you would like to discover how you too can tap into this lucrative market, just drop us line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each of Dingle Publishing’s editors has over twenty years experience and is accredited as a Full Member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland) and an Advanced Professional Member of the UK’s Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).
- Copy-editing Copy-editing takes the text and makes it ready for publication. A copy-edit consists of correcting not alone grammar and spelling but also includes standardising capitalisation, punctuation, style and syntax for consistency and flow. It does not consist of re-writing or changing the text in any substantive way. The aim is to ensure that whatever appears in public is accurate and easy to follow and free of error, inconsistency and repetition. This process picks up mistakes, ambiguities and anomalies, alerts you to possible legal problems.To enquire about copy-editing, just drop us a line at email@example.com
- Proofreading Proofreading is a quality check and a tidy-up. A copy-edit must be done before proofreading. A proofreader looks for consistency in usage and presentation, and accuracy in text, images and layout, but cannot be responsible for the author or copy-editor’s work.To enquire about proofreading, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Indexing An index is essential to almost any non-fiction book. It is an ordered arrangement of entries, designed to enable users to locate information in a document. They are often the first point of reference for the reader, and will be the most efficient route to finding specific information in the book.The skill of indexing lies in analysing the document, identifying indexable terms and concepts, and creating appropriate headings. Document types that may require an index include legal or medical texts, academic journals, and books for the general reader or school textbooks. To enquire about indexing, just drop us a line at email@example.com
Readers have become accustomed to beautifully designed books. Why do some books look and read better than others? What is it that gives them the edge? It’s simple – good design.
- Cover Design
The cover of your book is important because it is the first thing a reader sees. In addition it can be a vital way to publicise or market your book. You’ll want it to have a design that grabs their attention and portrays an accurate idea of what your book is about. At Dingle Publishing Services we work with a small number of professional designers who, with as much or as little input from you the author, will design a beautiful and market-appropriate cover for your book. As well as designing the cover we will create a barcode from the ISBN for your book.
- Cover Design
- What is a barcode?
Your book cover will need a unique barcode. The barcodes found on the back of books are called Bookland EAN or EAN-13 barcode symbols. The EAN barcode is created from the ISBN for the book. Although the EAN barcode is much like that used for general retail merchandise, the numbering system used to generate the barcode for books is different.
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- What is an ISBN?
ISBN is the acronym for International Standard Book Number. This 10- or 13-digit number identifies a specific book, an edition of a book, or a book-like product (such as an audiobook). Since 1970 each published book has a unique ISBN. In 2007, assigned ISBNs changed from 10 digits to 13. To enquire about cover design, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Page Design
Readers have become accustomed to beautifully designed books. Why do some books look and read better than others? What is it that gives them the edge? It’s simple – well-designed pages.Our small team of designers has worked in book publishing for many years and are the ultimate professionals, taking every detail into account to design a beautiful book. Behind the font and white space in every book lie a lot of decisions, conventions and reader expectations. We know what readers expect, and which designs and conventions please the eye and accommodate full immersion in your work. Our designers have developed font and layout combinations that prioritise readability and attractive typography, and will work with you to find the right design for your work. Good looks aside, using a professional designer can save you significant amounts of money by making sure that the size of the book is the most appropriate for its genre and the most efficient for the printer you are using. To enquire about page design, just drop us a line at email@example.com
There are thousands of printers out there, but be careful they are not all the same. We can help you to find the right one for you at the right price. As with design, there are many facets to printing that need to be considered to ensure that the reader’s expectations are met. What paper should you use; what type, colour, size and weight should it be? How can you ensure excellent colour reproduction? We can advise and guide you on what is most appropriate for your book.To enquire about printing, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you get your book into the bookshops and retail outlets? There are many easy ways to distribute your book. We can help you and guide you with this. Let us design an information pack for you that can be sent out to the book wholesalers and bookshops notifying them of your newly published book.To enquire about distribution, just drop us a line at email@example.com
How can you let everyone know that your book is out there. There are many easy ways to market your book. We can help you and guide you with this. Let us design a promotional pack for you that can be sent out to media and bookshops notifying them of your newly published book. Mailing lists can be provided or we can do it all for you.To enquire about marketing tailored to your needs and budget, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Social media allows everyone to access a huge market, we can help you to organise a social media publicity campaign. To enquire about a social media campaign, just drop us a line at email@example.com
Our author websites can be designed specifically with authors’ needs in mind. On your website you can offer a facility to showcase your book or books, provide a link to Amazon or other online retailers, or to sell your own books directly. They can include an easy-to-manage process allowing you to update your website with news and reviews. All author websites are optimized for desktop, tablets and mobile devices, and come with domain registration and your first year’s web hosting. To enquire about getting your own author website, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I never imagined that I would publish a book so when the idea did occur to me in March this year (2019) I had no idea how to go about it. Then I looked at a beautiful book published by the photographer Valerie O’ Sullivan and saw that a Siobhán Predergast in Dingle was her publisher. On the 9th of March I sent her an email half hoping that she would say my idea was ridiculous but instead, within twelve hours, I got a very positive response. My bluff was called!
And from then until the book arrived in my hands five months later it was a most professional and fulfilling journey and one I am very glad I made. At the beginning, Siobhán gave me a breakdown of the costs involved and these did not waver. For me, this was an important consideration as I am donating all the profits to charity.
Siobhán’s dedication, attention to detail, perfectionism all shine through in the book. My ideas and proposals were listened to and her advice was always on hand to enhance the production. She chose the best designs for the book and the finished product is beyond my wildest expectation.
The book has been a wonderful success, Fergal Keane of RTÉ described it as “a magnificent publication”. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of publishing to contact Siobhán, her opinion is valuable and honest.
The best of luck and already I’m thinking of my next book!
Bríd Farrell, Self-Publisher,
At the Water’s Edge Two Boats