Creative Dreams Publishing (UK)
Creative Dreams Publishing (UK) is an imprint (and the book publishing side) of World of Creative Dreams. We mainly specialise in non-fiction history books about Liverpool.
We work a bit differently to other publishers in that we are a cross between a traditional publisher and self-publisher. You could say we are a partnership publisher.
The traditional aspect is that not all books are accepted for publication. We are not a vanity publisher publishing everything under the sun regardless of quality or genre. Books that are accepted are designed, proofread and produced to the highest of standards and saleable quality. Books are supplied with our Creative Dreams imprint, ISBN number and barcode. Authors receive royalties (rather than an advance).
The self-publishing aspect is that authors are charged a fee for services, but instead of having to spend time trying to find different people or companies who do different things, our services are all inclusive of the following:
- Professional book set-up (origination). Book set-up consists of cover design, typesetting, interior layout, proofreading, corrections, making sure pictures are the correct resolution, quality and print specifications. We create print ready files for the printer.
- Premium marketing services See the FAQ further down for more in-depth information.
- Printing We only partner with printers that match our level of quality. This means using quality materials and producing high quality print for our authors.
Traditional publishers may offer very little help when it comes to marketing after the initial publication, and self-publishers have to do all the marketing themselves. Here at Creative Dreams we work together with the author as a partnership and help as much as we can when it comes to marketing their books; from channels of distribution to marketing materials and beyond. We want books to sell and see the author make back their money and eventually a profit.
We strive to work with authors to produce high quality books their audience will enjoy reading. Authors can have a say when it comes to the production of the book, we can compromise up to a certain extent, however as a publisher we will have final say when it comes to the final quality of production. Authors are paying for our skills and expertise after all.
For authors who prefer to go down the self-publishing route sorting out their own ISBNs, marketing, printing etc, we do offer a design and printing service. Visit the ‘Design and Print’ section to find out more.
How will my book be sold?
Books will be sold in various bookshops such as Waterstones and online on places like our Creative Dreams bookshop and Amazon UK.
Do you help with marketing?
Yes, our premium marketing service comes with every book project we publish under our own imprint. We liaise with bookstores, create digital and printed leaflets and info packs about your book for our book suppliers and customers. We create and display website and social media artwork and posts informing people about your book as well as implementing paid advertising (this is done at various times throughout the year). We also work with media companies such as radio stations.
Aside from the marketing we do, an optional bespoke marketing service is available and is tailored to you. For example, you may want digital banners advertising your book on your own social media pages, or you might need leaflets and posters designed and printed for the events you are taking part in. Feel free to discuss your needs with us.
How much will it cost?
Taking into account the value you receive - from our premium marketing services and our time dedicated to your book to ensure it is produced to the highest of quality, costs start from £2,500 and up.
Please keep in mind the book set-up cost is separate from the book printing cost.
Book set-up costs are calculated at the beginning whereas book printing costs can only be calculated at the end as the book would need to be in it's final stage to see the exact number of pages, amount of colour, quantity required to be printed etc.
Will my book be a guaranteed success? (*Looks hopeful*)
No. The tricky thing about book publishing is that you never know if a book will be successful or not. Some books don't do well and sell few copies, then there will be those which do do very well and sell a lot. It is the market interest that determines the success of a book.
It is best not to go into book publishing expecting to become rich and the next bestseller (we're talking J.K. Rowling proportions here!). Write and publish because it's something you enjoy doing; something your audience will enjoy reading. Invest in your creativity and if you are one of the lucky ones who does happen to become big, then congratulations!
Do you publish both ebooks and hard copy books?
Currently only hard copy books are published. Our ebooks are mainly just the first chapter of a book we publish as an online free read.
Do I have to order books in bulk?
No not at all. After the first initial order (minimum quantity is from 250 upwards) you can re-order however many books you want.
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