Self-Publication

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book” – JK Rowling

Give the World a Gift of Book

If reading books can be impactful on the reader, writing them can be even more satisfying and life changing. Books are wonderful and important to humanity because they are distillation of ideas and stories which inspire. They are a representation of human ingenuity and can connect humans through words. If you have an idea for a book, go for it. Your non-fiction book would influence an individual reader, or even the masses and change their minds. Your fiction book can feed the imagination of others and touch their hearts. On the individual level your book can increase your revenue stream and help you establish connections.

But from an idea to a book on the shelf to a book in the reader’s hands – it is a journey. You will need to put idea to paper, revise your work and perfect it. You will need to go through the nitty gritty of book publication and market the book. All of it, some of them uncharted territory. You will need a helping hand, and we are here to cheer you on and help you out. So begin this journey with us today and give the world the gift of a book by the end of it. It is not only your dream, it is also ours.

How we can help

Our support and services include:

  • Book design and layout: Design in terms of book’s cover, interior layout and illustrations can captivate the reader’s attention. Our team of designers and artists will bring your ideas to life with their art.
  • Editorial services: To transform your ideas into a book you can be proud of, our editorial team is on hand to provide you with the support you need.
  • Formats: We will be able to help you publish your book in various formats, whether paperback, hardcover or e-book.
  • Marketing: A great book needs readers to appreciate. In order to reach your readership, we will provide you with multiple channels across different platforms to maximise your reach.
  • Selling: The book is finally ready to meet the world and we have a suite of services which will help you sell your book and get retailers to stock copies of it.

Our publishing packages

Books come in different format and sizes and specifications. If you are just starting out and only want to ‘give it a try’ but don’t want it to make a dent on your budget, the starter package will be ideal for you. Or if you want the works (and are prepared to pay for it), there is also the ultimate package. We have different packages to fit your needs as well as your wallet. No hidden costs or fees. Everything is upfront. (Of course, there is GST.)

For black and white productions

Starter package                   SGD 888.00 (before GST)

Intermediate package         SGD 1,888.00 (before GST)

Premium package               SGD 3,688.00 (before GST)

Ultimate package                SGD 5,688.00 (before GST)

For full-colour productions

Starter package                   SGD 1,888.00 (before GST)

Intermediate package         SGD 2,888.00 (before GST)

Premium package               SGD 4,688.00 (before GST)

Ultimate package                SGD 6,688.00 (before GST)

Package Services

Starter package

  • Standard layout template (choice of 3)
  • Standard cover template with one free stock image (choice of 3)
  • One round of proof and correction of up to 20% of pages
  • ISBN registration
  • Listing on our online bookstore
  • Display in at least one local bookstore
  • Standard specs: A5 / 6 x 9; up to 128 pages (excluding cover)
  • 10 complimentary copies

Intermediate package

  • Standard layout template (choice of 3)
  • Standard cover template with one free stock image (choice of 5)
  • Production editing (at proof)
  • Complimentary editorial style sheet
  • One round of proof and correction of up to 20% of pages
  • ISBN registration
  • Listing on our online bookstore
  • Display in at least one local bookstore
  • Standard specs: A5 / 6 x 9 / 7 x 9; up to 144 pages (excluding cover)
  • 20 complimentary copies

Premium package

  • Standard layout with selective customisation
  • Customised cover where you can select from our stock image licences
  • Copy-editing editing (one round) for grammar, syntax and word usage
  • Complimentary editorial style sheet
  • One round of proof and correction of up to 20% of pages
  • ISBN registration
  • Listing on our online bookstore
  • Display in at least one local bookstore
  • Choice of specs: up to B5 size; page extent up to 160 pages (excluding cover)
  • 30 complimentary copies

Ultimate package

  • Fully customised layout
  • Customised cover (plus one enhancement) where you can select from our stock image licences
  • Additional stock images up to 10
  • Copy-editing editing (one round) for grammar, syntax and word usage
  • Proof-checking (one round)
  • Complimentary editorial style sheet
  • One round of proof and correction of up to 20% of pages
  • ISBN registration
  • Listing on our online bookstore
  • Display in at least one local bookstore
  • Choice of specs: up to B5 size; page extent up to 160 pages (excluding cover)
  • 50 complimentary copies

Optional items:

  • Imprint creation plus icon: $800.00
  • Additional copies / offset copies: Price to be advised
  • Illustrations: Price to be advised
  • Hard cover edition: Additional $6.00 per copy

Details of our services

Editorial Service

Creative control belongs to you, editing can be left to the professionals. Having an extra pair of eyes to proofread, edit and give advice is always helpful when coming up with the perfect draft. We have a team of professional copyeditors who can be that extra pair of eyes. This ensures that what you wish to convey through your books will be clear to the book’s audience.

 

  • Standard Editorial Services (for premium and ultimate packages)

This set of services will be targeting the clarity of your book’s ideas by looking at its grammar and lexis.

Cover Suggestion

A marketing professional will be evaluating whether your book’s title and subtitle is suitable and effective at reflecting the contents of your book. After all, a book that will be picked up by readers is one with an effective title.

Copy Editing

Following guidelines laid out by the Oxford Guide to Style and spelling based on the Oxford Dictionary, your manuscript’s grammar and spelling will be edited meticulously.

Editorial Assessment

Suggestions on additional editorial services you may choose to add-on will be given based on an assessment and edit of an excerpt of your work.

 

  • Further Editorial Service

*Minimum charge of 5000 words for further editing service

After the editorial assessment and a round of careful edit in spelling, punctuation and grammar, you may wish to purchase further editorial services depending on the needs of your book. This will give your draft even more attention for it to become the best book it can be. Our team of experienced editors will be going deep into your book and its contents, so as to give advice beyond the basics of grammar, spelling and punctuation. They will include higher-level considerations in terms of writing style so as to improve the book’s storyline and message. Examples of these stylistic considerations would include your book’s content, plot and pace.

Design Service

An attractive book is not just one with words. You do the writing, leave the design to us.

  • Cover Design

People do judge books by their cover, so they make for an important first introduction to potential readers. We will help you produce an impressive cover and choice of stock image in line with the industry’s standard so that your book will stand out on the book shelves.

  • Illustration Services 

Illustration can make a world of difference to your book by visualising your content to the reader. Our team of artists will work with you to find out the kind of illustration which will best fit your book’s content, whether they are vivid, eye-catching illustrations for a children’s book or impressionist drawings for a poetry collection.

  • Interior Book Design

A well-placed interior layout will help readers read your book with ease. This is also your chance to make your book your own by looking at its interior including its table of contents, footnotes, headers and graphic.

Formats Service

  • Print Formats

Physical copies of books can be printed in different sizes and in either softcover or hardcover. You will be given a chance to see the physical copies of your books and suggest changes before they go into mass production.

Softcover print

Softcover books by us are trade paperbacks which are produced in larger sizes and offered at a higher price than mass-market paperbacks. They meet a higher standard and are printed on quality paper. It is the format widely preferred by discerning self-published authors.

Softcover prints are available in the following sizes:

A5
6″ x 9″
7.5″ x 9.25″
8.25″ x 11″

Full-colour trade paperbacks are also available in the following sizes:

8.5” x 8.5”
8.5” x 11”

Hard Cover Publishing

A hardcover publishing option can be purchased. Hardcover books features sturdy casebound pre-printed cover and space at the back for additional writing e.g. summary of the book. An additional fee may be imposed for reformatting.

  • Electronic Formats

E-books are increasingly popular in the digital age of the book industry. We can help to publish your book in the digital electronic format by formatting it into an e-book which readers can download from sites like Google Play and view on their mobile and screen devices.

Marketing Services

  • Promotional Materials

Physical collaterals including bookmarks, business cards etc. designed specially for you and your book will help you to spread the word and attract your readers.

 

  • Online Book Marketing

Online marketing is more important than ever before in this digital age. Using multiple platforms including blogs, web advertisements and social media platforms and more, we will help you maximise your reach and spread the word.

 

Different platforms include:

  • Website

A professional and attractive website will help your book score a good first impression. We will work with you to design the contents of your website and host it for a period of time of your choice. Please contact us for more information on the details and price of this service.

  • Web Ad Marketing and Google Search Marketing

Google is something which everyone uses. Display ads on Google will thus help you reach the highest number of people. Search Engine Marketing (SEM) will ensure that your ad appears on the search results pages when users search keywords that relate to your book. Prices vary depending on the number of clicks intended. Please contact us for more information on the details and price of this service.

  • Social Media

Depending on the target readers of your book, we can help you utilise social media [platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. A social media marketing plan can be discussed and designed for you depending on your budget and needs. Please contact us for more information on the details and price of this service.

For more information on self-publishing your book, please email contact@cpdsingapore.com .