SILVERFISHNEW assisted DIY: pros and cons
TRANSPARENCY: Most internet self-publishing sites are notoriously opaque. They will show you a base price. But to get any publishing done, you'll have to pay at least three times that. Everything will be hidden. With Argent Press, the base price will get you a few hundred books delivered to your house! Everything is transparent.
CREATIVE CONTROL: The author has full creative control of her work and decides on the final form (with the advice of publishing professionals; basically, be aware of costs).
ADD-ONS: The minimum cost option will be sufficient for most people. Enhancement options will include copy editing and proofreading, thread-sewing, 100gm cream book paper, fold-in covers, shrink wrapping and hardback with dust jacket. (However, premium features like ghost writing, content and line editing, illustrations, hardcovers, jackets, edge gilding and stamping, etc., will be available only on request for special clients).
FACE-TIME: : Authors with have the opportunity for face-to-face meetings with Silverfish publishing professionals.
IMPRINT All books will carry the Argent Press logo on the cover, an imprint owned by Silverfish Books, but will be published by Silverfish Books and will be mentioned in the copyright page.
DISTRIBUTION: Authors will be offered bookstore retail placement at Silverfish Books in Bangsar Village 2 (terms will apply) and an introduction to our distributors for placements in other bookshops throughout Malaysia. (Argeement to terms will be the author's entirely.)
ISBN AND CIP: Authors do not have to be concerned about these procedures as Silverfish Books will undertake them
QUALITY: Books will be of the same high standard as all Silverfish Books titles are known for.
SELLING PRICE (RRP):The author determines the selling price for the book, and how and where they are sold. (A Silverfish professional may advise on market reality.)
DIRECT SELLING: The author will be encouraged to direct sell as many of the book as possible and keep all proceeds in the spirit of DIYed books.
LAUNCH AT SILVERFISHBOOKS@BV2: Authors will be offered the Silverfish Books at the Bangsar Village 2 premises for one book launch. (However, the author will be responsible for all costs; they can be as frugal or as extravagant as they want, and mall rules will apply.)
CURRENCY All transactions will be in Malaysian Ringgit.
EBOOKS: Silverfish Books may introduce the author to third paties for negotiation of an ebook deal. But beware, it might not be worth the trouble.
FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR: Silverfish Books may introduce your book to the international market at the Frankfurt Book Fair (the largest and oldest book fair in the world), subject to terms, and to our considerable contacts within the international literary and rights community. If your novel is really good enough, who knows?!Cons
UPFRONT COST: : This is becoming the new normal in publishing. The author will have to bear all production costs, which we believe are the lowest in Malaysia. (Please Google and compare.)
MARKETING: This is another new norm. Authors will have to promote their own books. (This is true no matter which model the author chooses, even traditional publishing.) Social media is a good place to start.
DISTRIBUTION: Authors may approach local bookstores for placements. Please note that not all bookshops are worth the trouble, and the good ones seldom accept individual publications.
Photo: Runic alphabets; used to write various Germanic languages. (Image from Pixabay.)