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Things to Consider if You're
                      Thinking of Self-publishing

If you’re considering self-publishing with Rebus Press there are a few important things you’ll need to think about first.
   Let us know your preferred method of contact. To reduce client costs we try to work mainly by email rather than by phone or face-to-face meetings. However, if you don’t have access to email, we’re more than happy to do things the old-fashioned way.
   Decide if you’d like or need an ISBN and barcode. These are necessary if you wish to sell your book in retail outlets. (See the section on ISBN, barcodes and CiP for more information.)
   If you have a launch date or deadline, let us know so we can make sure your books are ready when you need them.
   We want to publish the best book for your needs AND your budget. If you have a specific budget let us know; we’re always happy to offer options that may save you money. Elements such as printing, paper, binding and the level of artwork can all be adapted to suit your financial needs.
   Decide how many books you’d like printed. Small print runs require less initial outlay and are easier to store. Large runs leave authors with many boxes of books to house, but can also mean a significant reduction in the unit cost of each book. Be realistic about how many books you can sell.
   We’ll need your completed manuscript in one Word or Notepad document. This includes all preliminary and/or end pages – things like foreword, acknowledgements, footnotes, author bio etc. Make sure the order of these pages in your Word document is the order in which they’re to appear in the book. Sometimes we might suggest shuffling the order to best suit the layout of the book, but the final decision is always yours.
   Make sure your Word document is formatted to our requirements. (See the section titled ‘How to format your manuscript’ for details.)
   If you have images in your manuscript, please DON’T place them in your Word document. If there are only a few images, you can discuss with us where they’re to be placed. Alternatively, you can place an empty box in the Word doc (in the location it will appear in the layout) with the name of the image to go in it.
   It’s best if we see any images to be included before we quote so as to accurately assess their quality and usability. Images are best provided as electronic files scanned at their finished size at 300 dpi. If you’re unsure of how to do this, or have hardcopies only (for example, photos), we’ll be happy to scan them for you for a small fee. Images to tell us about include cover photos or illustrations, author photos, and any images to appear in the interior of the book.
   Make sure the manuscript has been edited and proofread before submitting it. Bear in mind that professional proofreading is always recommended. No matter how good you, your family or friends are at spelling or English, a professional editor is trained to recognise and look for the grammatical, punctuation and other common mistakes made by even the BEST writers. If changes are made at the author’s request they will be charged at an hourly rate. Of course, any typesetting errors on our part will be amended free of charge.
   To reduce costs we’ll need both a hardcopy and an electronic version of your manuscript. If you’d like us to print out a hardcopy there will be a small fee.
When self-publishing, copyright issues are the author’s responsibility. If you’re using other people’s words or images in your work, make sure you have permission to use them. If you’re not sure about copyright issues, we’re happy to give you advice. We love this stuff!