Author Assistance

This information will help you, the Author, in the publishing process. If there are still unanswered questions, please feel free to contact us.

Author Responsibilities

When publishing, the author is responsible for providing the completed, edited text of the manuscript. Additionally, the author is responsible for obtaining permissions to reprint any previously copyrighted work (e.g. images or photographs). The author is also responsible for paying the publishing services fee required on the payment schedule agreed upon. No editing or proofreading is done. The author needs to contact an editor for this service BEFORE the publishing process has begun. If you need these services, you can contact any of the Freelance Service Providers on our website.

The author is responsible for proofing the typeset & designed book pages. If the proofreading corrections take more than 1 hour, then New Voices Publishing Services will charge R190.00 per hour thereafter. Therefore, it is VERY important that the author takes the time to review the work prior to the final submission to make sure that the text is EXACTLY as the author would like to see it in the finished book.

The author is solely responsible for the printing, marketing and selling of his/her book. New Voices Publishing Servies does not offer this service.

The author must realize that with publishing a book there are no guarantees! Of course, every author is excited about his/her work and feels that the story they have shared will benefit someone in one way or another. In most cases, the author is correct! Most books contain some bit of wisdom, information or humour, so all authors should pursue publication! With all the publishing options available in today’s marketplace, an author no longer needs to place a manuscript on the shelf to gather dust! There is no right or wrong method of publishing, so for this reason, the author should choose the method of publishing that achieves the goals that fits his or her budget and lifestyle.

How to deliver a manuscript

Authors must deliver the completed, fully edited work as an electronic document (a WORD document). It should be clear and concise, written in English (or language of choice) with correct spelling and good sentence structure. We would need all formatting completed to know where sections start, and where images/tables/graphics are to be placed in the text.
More than likely, the author will use Microsoft WORD.  Any graphics should be in .JPG or .TIF or .PNG format and please do not use low resolution “web” images) and save the TEXT file as a .DOCX or .DOC .
The manuscript should be placed in the following sequence:

Prelims:-
1) Title Page
2) Content
3) Foreword/Prologue
4)Preface
5) Acknowledgement
6) Dedication
7) Introduction

Body text

End Matter:-
1) Appendices
2) Glossary
3) Bibliography/References
4) Acronyms
5) Index

Images – we need a resolution of 300 dpi of the final print size (e.g., postcard size is 10cm x 15cm is a good size), as the photo will appear in the book, in a .TIF or .JPG format. Do not scan at a low resolution (web scanner setting), which will give a poor quality print image.

Line Art – we need line art (graphs, drawings, charts, etc.) as .EPS format. If you need to scan a B&W line art, then us a 600 dpi bitmap setting.

All images – If sending these seperately, ensure each image file is numbered correctly and in the order where it must be placed in the manuscript.
Example:- To make it less confusing, name all image files (photos, illustrations, chart, etc.) in the order they appear, for example, image1.jpg; image2.jpg; image3.tif, etc. If there are Chapters in your book then name images Ch1Pic1.jpg, Ch2Pic1.jpg etc., or similar. Name all tables as table1.eps; table2.eps; table3.tif, etc. If each graphic is named individually (unique name such as myhousepicture.jpg), then supply a figure caption list explaining which image/graphic has which file name and where it must be placed in the manuscript. Best to make the text RED to find the placement easily.

The Author may supply a sketch of the cover plus artwork to be used, i.e. illustration or photograph. We will do our very best to match your idea.

Submission: We will send you a confirmation e-mail with a manuscript number. Only once we have received all the information and payments required, will we begin the publishing process, which could take anything from 3 weeks to 6 weeks (depending on complexity of the project).

Book Covers

All books will have a paperback cover unless otherwise pre-arranged. A professionally designed cover is created according to the authors’ specifications – Full colour and laminated (gloss or matt) by a designer dedicated to re-create the authors ideas. All we would need is an idea of what you would like to see, and we will do the rest. The cost will be between R700 to R1300, depending on the intricacy of the design and how much design information the author sends, and whether illustrations or images are needed. The only type of binding available for the basic template-style book is PUR binding (glued spine). Any special book style request will be considered according to the authors requirements, e.g. hardcover, wiro-binding, etc., and will be quoted individually.

P.O.D. Printing

Printing with PRINT ON DEMAND – www.printondemand.co.za

Print-On-Demand specialises in digital book printing and works with New Voices Publishing Services and aspiring self-publishers and academic writers, printing quality books that they are proud to attach their names to.
The technology used allows them to swiftly and cost-effectively produce short run printed books as and when required (also called Print-on-Demand), which has some important advantages for our clients.

** Prices can fluctuate according to the increase in printing prices and postage/shipping costs. WE will give you an individual quote when printing your FIRST order of books. There after, you can contact Print-On-Demand direct to avoid any delay.

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