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Talent release form templates
It’s always good to make sure that you own the rights to the illustrations that you have paid for. Use our talent release form to make sure that you are able to use the illustrations, photography, etc. within your book.
How to transfer large files
If you don’t yet have an Author Portal but need to send us files that exceed the limit of general emails, we suggest sending them via WeTransfer. This is a simple site that allows you to send your files via a download link. To go to the site follow the link below:
Simply input your email address as the sender, our email address email@example.com as the receiver, upload your files, and click send.
If you have never worked with an illustrator before, it can be intimidating. Green Hill Publishing has an ever-expanding resource of illustrators who are experienced with working with self-published authors and know our processes.
Have a look at our website Australian Illustrators Store to view their portfolios and see which style best suits your project
Indexing your book
Indexing a book can be daunting if you’re not familiar with the process. It can be done by the author in Microsoft Word, but if it is done manually or incorrectly it will not translate over when the manuscript is put into the design software and typeset as the text will move across pages.
Green Hill Publishing can organise a professional indexer to prepare an index for your book after typesetting has been finalised. A professional indexer will ensure that your index is properly formatted, refers to the correct pages, and even that your keywords are useful for readers.
To learn more about indexes, read our blog post Does my title need a book index?
Editing your manuscript
Need your book edited? Go to our Editing Services page.
Accepting and rejecting track changes
The editors at our trusted editing partner, Bookmark Edits, use track changes tool in Microsoft Word to edit manuscripts. Once the editing has been completed, two separate manuscript documents will be passed back to the author:
- A document that shows the changes and comments made by the editor (changes shown)
- A document with the changes accepted but comments made by the editor still shown (changes accepted)
It’s best to review the changes accepted manuscript to ensure that you don’t introduce errors by accepting/rejecting track changes incorrectly (more common than you might think). The document with changes shown is best for referring to in instances when a change seem incorrect or if you’re confused by the change.
To learn more about editing, read our blog post Book editing for self-publishing in Australia.
Types of eBooks
- Reflowable: This is a conversion suitable for novels and text rich books. You can change fonts, styles and sizes on eReaders. This means that the text will re-wrap to the next line or page to make the book flow.
- Fixed Format: This is suitable for cookbooks, children’s books and graphically formatted books. This will be a direct reproduction of each page and will look exactly like the InDesign file.
- EPUB: this is a file type that suits all Android devices and eReaders, such as Kobo, Nook, iPad, and Android, but excludes Kindle.
- MOBI/KF8: this is a file for Kindle.
To learn more about eBooks, read our blog post EBooks explained – a quick primer on electronic books.
Printing your book
Print-on-demand (POD) is a kind of digital printing. It offers a number of benefits for book printing, including cost-effectiveness, speed, customisation, and environmental sustainability. Green Hill recommends this option for short-run printing (minimum 50 copies).
Traditional book printing in Australia typically involves printing books using offset printing technology. Green Hill recommends this option for larger print runs of least 1,000 copy runs. For some self-published authors the investment in this quantity of book is a high financial commitment and high risk.
Green Hill has connections with offset printers within both Australia and internationally so that we can get authors the best price for their offset printing project. Enquire today.
Find out more on our page about Self-publishing Book Printing Australia.
Marketing your book
As a self-published author, it is imperative that you find a way to market your book to the public. Green Hill Publishing offers marketing packages for our authors to help them with the following and more:
- Marketing plan
- Metadata optimisation
- Social media graphics
- Requesting book reviews
An author website is another marketing strategy which you can establish your unique author brand, keep engaged with your readership, and directly receive orders for your book. Green Hill Publishing can help you build a professional and fully-functional author website.
Green Hill Publishing offers a complimentary web page for all of our authors from which you can sell your book or connect it to your own personal website. You can see these web pages here at Australian Authors Store.
Green Hill’s Terms of Service
Our Terms of Service is how we work to provide an excellent publishing solution at an affordable price. We produce books in a specific way in adherance to our production and business processes which have been developed and refined over many years. As an author, it’s important to understand that our Terms define how Green Hill will complete your book.
Review Green Hill Publishing’s current Terms of Service here.