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 local interest, history and social history books about Liverpool and the Merseyside area.
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 and saleable quality. Books are supplied with the 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 book set-up, marketing and printing but will receive a discount on books should they want to purchase copies of their books to sell. (Please note, the printing fee is separate to the book setup fee as printing costs depend on quantity and final format which can only be worked out when the book is finalised.)
Most traditional publishers offer very little help when it comes to marketing, 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. 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 the publisher will have final say when it comes to the final quality of production. Authors are paying for the 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. Authors who are self-publishing under their own imprint will get the final say on the production of their book.
How much will it cost?
Every book is different so it would be unfair to charge all books the same price. The origination cost takes into consideration the amount of time the designer would need in order to set up the book. The way the manuscript arrives, ie format, how organised it is, if there are lots of pictures can also affect the time.
Please bear in mind the origination cost is separate from the book printing cost. 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, quantity required to be printed etc.
Can I come and see you to discuss my manuscript?
Yes, but an appointment will need to be made first. Please use the contact page to get in touch.
How will my book be sold?
Books will be sold in bookshops and online on places like Amazon UK. Bookshops won't always stock every new book that comes out, but they should be able to order it through their supply channel should someone want to order it.
Do you help with marketing?
Yes. Aside from general marketing, an optional personalised marketing package is available and is tailored to the customer. For example some customers may want help with banners for their social media sites or leaflets and posters designing.
A printing service is also available for marketing materials if the customer doesn't already have a printing company sourced.
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... or at least a decent amount.
Don't go into book publishing expecting to become rich and becoming the next bestseller, that mindset will lead to disappointment more often than not. Write and publish because it's something you enjoy doing; something your audience will enjoy reading. If you are one of the lucky few who does make it big, then congratulations!
Do you publish both ebooks and hard copy books?
Currently only hard copy books are published, but an ebooks service will be available in the near future.
Do I have to order books in bulk?
No not at all. After the first initial order (minimum quantity is from 100) you can re-order however many books you want.
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If you have any other questions feel free to get in touch.