Useful Publication Links to Organisations and Websites and Books
This is not an exhaustive list of resources but ones that we have found useful. Note that you can locate just about any publishing-related topic, or organisation with just a little bit of time spent using an Internet search engine (e.g. google, Yahoo, MSN etc.)
ISBN Agencies / Registration
www.isbn-international.org/en/international.html Look here to find the appropriate agency for your country/ region who can issue you with ISBNs. Note that they are not issued singly to authors, but in blocks to publishers. You now have to pay for ISBN allocations.
US: Here they are issued / administered by Bowkers. Visit www.isbn.org for details.
To register your book you need to complete a 'New Titles Form'. In the UK/Eire this is obtainable from Nielsen's BookData organisation. Visit www.nielsenbookdata.co.uk/nbd/PubS.asp - for an MS Word download.
Books & Directories
Ability. www.abilitymagazine.org.uk Quarterly magazine, covering developments in IT for improving the quality of life for disabled people. Useful links to services for the disabled. Publisher and Editor John Lamb Media Ltd, Dairy Cottages, Wolterton, Norfolk NR11 7LX, Tel 01263 768572
The Writers Handbook, 2006 (Ed., Barry Turner, MacMillan, ISBN 1-4050-4154-4, £14.99). Large handbook containing many hundreds of pages of useful information for the professional and part-time author alike. Advice, anecdotes, names and addresses of agents, publishers, major UK libraries, magazines, newspapers, societies, prizes etc. This book is truly indispensable.
BRAD Monthly Guide to Advertising Media (EMAP Group, monthly) www.intellagencia.com Business directory with comprehensive listing (over 13,500 entries) of advertising media in the UK: new media, national and regional newspapers, consumer and business press (arranged by sector), television, radio, and outdoor media. see NB Subscription is currently £1200+VAT pcm – so use your local library!
Directory of British Associations (CBD
www.cbdresearch.com Chancery House, 15 Wickham Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3
5JS. Tel 0871 222 3440. . NB. There are various directories for the UK & Europe,
typical cost £165 – so another trip to the library.
Authors and Publishers Associations
The Society of Authors www.societyofauthors.net Has 7500 authors, you can join if you have published or have been offered a publishing contract. Subscription is £85p.a. (tax deductible!) They provide services and advice for authors. Their website contains lots of useful information.
The Publishers Association www.publishers.org.uk – You can join if you want but even if you don’t, there is a lot of useful information to be found here.
The Book Trust www.booktrust.org.uk An independent charitable trust that encourages people to discover the joys of reading. Lists of prizes and projects for children.
American Booksellers Association www.bookweb.org Looks after the interests of US independent booksellers. Like its UK counterpart, you can obtain mailing lists of its members.
Independent Publishers Guild www.ipg.uk.com A good site for advice, ideas, information and general support for independent publishers. You can become a full member once you have published 3 titles. The IPG, PO Box 93, Royston, SG8 5GH. Tel 01763 247014
Booksellers Association of Great Britain and Ireland www.booksellers.org.uk Trade association representing over 3,900 retail outlets. Members range from large chains to small independent booksellers. Minster House, 272 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BA. Tel 0207 8020802 Promotes interests of booksellers, sells mailing lists of members (approx £12 per 100).
The Copyright Licensing Agency
www.cla.co.uk Licenses copying, administers, collects and
distributes proceeds for collection of copyright fees from proceeds of
photocopying and other reproductions of authors works. The Copyright Licensing
Agency Ltd, Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS.
RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications) www.rgap.co.uk – Useful collective for small publishers. Organisers of the annual Small Publishers Fairs, where you can set up a stand, sell books – and talk to other smaller publishers.
Society of Freelance Editors and Proof Readers www.sfep.org.uk Riverbank House, 1 Putney Bridge Approach, Fulham, London SW6 3JD, Tel 0207 736 3278 Promotes high standards for its members – A safe bet for editing and proof-reading!
The Poetry Library www.poetrylibrary.org.uk. A library of 60,000 poetry titles collected since 1912. Funded by the Arts Council. One of the best websites for poetry resources.
The Society of Authors. www.societyofauthors.net 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB, Tel 0207 373 6642. An organisation for professional authors. It currently has over 8000 members. The website has much useful information. To join, you must meet certain eligibility criteria.
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain www.writersguild.org.uk is the trade union that represents writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film and video games; it is recognised as the body for negotiating rights and agreements between authors and broadcasting media – a must visit site if your work is used by radio, television, etc.
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) www.alcs.co.uk represents the interests of all UK writers and aims to ensure writers are fairly compensated for any works that are copied, broadcast or recorded.
Suppliers and Services
CLC Presentation Systems UK www.clc-online.co.uk Binding & finishing supplies, (wires, spirals, machinery, etc). Tel 0870 7019778
Chilvers Reprographics www.chilvers.co.uk New and Used Binding & Print Finishing Equipment Supplies & Consumables Tel 01908 563149
www.ukofficedirect.co.uk Office equipment, including binding, laminating machines and supplies.
BABS International Ltd. www.babs.co.uk. Reprographic equipment and supplies
www.bindingbazaar.com Binding materials supplier
Viking Direct www.viking-direct.co.uk Very efficient stationery and office equipment (and much more) supplier, legendary customer focus – but navigating their on-line store takes some practice. Tel 0800 424445
Internet POD Services
Note, there are many print-on-demand services catering for self-publishers to choose from (just type self publishing into google). Many are based in the US, here are just a few that are available in the UK. Remember – read the small print before entering into any agreements!
www.Lulu.com An American company but now operating in the UK. They will turn your .pdf file into a book of different format and print as few as one at a time. No intitail charges but relatively high unit costs.
www.jem.co.uk Can handle small production runs and you can use shared mailings.
www.selfpublishing.co.uk (Grosvenor House). Offer a basic publishing package for £495 which includes 5 complimentary copies. After that, additional copies can be purchased for as little as £3.72 per copy (+ post). Other services, such as distribution, is available at extra cost.
www.troubadour.co.uk (Matador Imprint) Established POD, Lots of helpful self-publishing information with good advice. Pre-production costs in the region of £650, then printing costs are variable; typically £400 for 100 copies, £1320 for 500.
www.writersworld.co.uk Another Internet POD services, quotes are tailored to your requirements but a typical service fee is in the region of £1500.
www.thechoirpress.co.uk Well laid out website for self-publishers that provides the option of batch printing and or smaller batches POD. Not the cheapest but has effective cost estimations forms.
www.authorsonline.co.uk UK-based service for publishing e-books and providing POD services. Useful resource site.
Major Book Wholesalers, Suppliers to British Libraries and library Organisations
You will know that your book has reached the library market if you start getting orders and communications from the following:
Blackwell’s Book Services www.blackwell.com One of the library services provider. Beaver House, Hythe Bridge St. Oxford, UK OX1 2ET. Tel Uk’s (and internationally renowned) 01865 792792
Askews Library Services www.askews.co.uk A specialised, full-service library supplier. 218-222 North Road, Preston, PR1 1SY. Tel 01772 555947
Dawson Books (part of the Dawson Group) www.dawsonbooks.co.uk Major library / book supplier
Holt Jackson Book Company www.holtjackson.co.uk Library Supplier Preston Road, Lancashire, FY8 5AX. Tel 01253 737464 / 0800 389 1464
Library Association (Chartered Inst. Of Library and Information Professionals) www.cilip.org.uk 7 Ridgemount Street, London, WC1E 7AE Tel 0207 255 7255. For a charge, you can obtain a mailing lists of UK Libraries.
Public Lending Right Right Office www.plr.uk.com Richard House, Sorbonne Close, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland TS17 6DA Tel 01642 604699 If your book is lent out from public libraries, you are entitled to a lending fee. This organisation is the one to contact.
Gardners Books www.gardners.com Major book wholesaler and supplier to UK retailers Gardners Books Ltd, 1 Whittle Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QH. Their website has some useful information about selling to retailers. NB. Waterstones buy all their ‘small publisher’ books from Gardners (but be prepared to discount 55% if you want a supply agreement) Tel 01323-521555
Bertrams Books www.bertrams.com Major UK book wholesaler and library supplier. 1 Broadland Business Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 OWF. Tel 0870 4296600 / 0800 333344
Other Useful Websites
www.fonerbooks.com Website to market a book: Print-on-Demand Book Publishing: A New Approach To Printing And Marketing Books For Publishers And Authors by Morris Rosenthal. Largely written for the US market but with useful advice given free on-line.
www.directory-publisher.co.uk Useful publishing-related directory – particularly for self-publishers
www.diaxon.com Diaxon’s website – naturally we think it’s good. If you need to buy a package to manage your customer sales, or want to buy a copy of this book, or contact us then this is the place to go! Tel 0845 430 8752
www.magazines.co.uk Lists links to magazines and subscriptions
www.bluesquirrel.com ‘Clickbook’ supplier. A ‘virtual printer’ application that enables you to create booklets, do ‘n-up’ printing, brochures etc. regardless of the DTP package. It has printer drivers for most popular printer types. Software can be ordered on-line and downloaded.
http://thesaurus.reference.com Useful on-line version of Roget’s Thesaurus
www.shops-uk.org.uk Safe Home Ordering Protection Scheme (formally MOPS) Most newspapers now insist on SHOPS rules if you are selling your books directly from an advert.
www.randomhouse.co.uk Random House is one of the world’s biggest publishers. This is a useful site to see how authors’ extracts, e-books and catalogues are made available.
www.pearsoned.co.uk Pearsons are a major international publishing company that own a number of famous imprints (e.g. SAMS, Que, FT Prentice Hall) particularly in the educational area. A good site to look around.
www.bloomsbury.com Currently famous as the publisher of the Harry Potter books. This blue chip publisher has valuable on-line resources for authors – published and, as yet, unpublished.
www.thebookplace.com A useful site to buy books / browse new and topical information about books and authors. It’s a collaboration between Nielsen’s and Hammicks (as was) bookshops – so they know a thing or two! If you would like a weekly email newsletter about the publishing world request a subscription from firstname.lastname@example.org