PUBLISHING - what are the options? 

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Cover designs that catch the eye


A clever cover design draws in readers, persuading them to take a look inside. Your book cover should also fit in with other books in your genre on book shop shelves. You could opt for DIY design or find an artistic friend with graphic design skills. Or, you may find that employing a professional book cover designer comes within your budget. Prices start at around £100 and go up to £1,000, depending on the experience of the designer.

Take a look on our ‘Services’ page for illustrators based in the Frome area.

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FWC Publishing and pre-publishing partners


FWC Self-publishing Partners:

SilverWood Books (Bristol):

Troubador/ Matador (Leicester):

SPP Self-Publishing Partnership (Bath):


FWC Literary Consultant Partners:

Cornerstones Literary Consultancy:



If you want to self-publish your book, research the options available. These range from paying for a package which will look after every stage, including promotion and marketing - to a D.I.Y. approach.

If you opt for the package, choose a reputable company (research online, ask people who have self-published about their experiences or visit FWC partner websites below. Support packages vary in price and some are very expensive.

You may choose to shop around and buy a selection of services, e.g. editing, proofing, cover design, printing and promotion from the different places, as needed. More hassle for you, but may be cheaper.

Publishing Options


Decide whether to self-publish - or to try and find a publisher.

If you want to publish your book in the traditional way, unless you are very lucky, you will probably need an  agent first.

Research literary agencies on the Internet or through publications such as the Writers and Artists Yearbook. Go to hear agents speak at literary fairs and workshops.

Select potential agents with care, to suit your writing and find out how to make a submission, author bio, pitch and synopsis. Make sure you submit your manuscript in the way that each agent has requested.

This will take great writing, luck and patience - don't be put off by rejections slips - most writers get them!

Finishing your book


Prepare your text, Check and polish - a lot! Ask literary friends to be beta readers.

Get a pair of professional proof-reading eyes on the job - you can never spot all your own mistakes!Structural editing, copy editing and proofreading - what’s the difference?


Structural editing, copy editing and proofreading are editorial skills that, as writers, we ignore at our peril. Even if you want to submit via the traditional print publication route, though, you’ll still need to make sure that your manuscript is word perfect.  But what exactly do they involve?


Structural editing often also goes by the name of substantive editing and is mainly concerned with the story itself. A structural editor will check that the story flows, that the characterisation is good and that the story makes sense. This will involve looking at plot sequence and progression, dialogue, setting, theme, tense, point of view and voice. Structural editors will also check your text for accuracy and ask you to cut or extend your writing. At the end of this part of the editing process, you should have a manuscript that is tightly written and eminently readable.


Your manuscript can then be passed to a copy editor. The role of the copy editor is to make sure your text is easy to read.  If your manuscript is in fairly good shape, it may only need light copy editing. A copy editor will make sure your sentences flow smoothly by fixing awkward phrasing or suggesting alternatives. They will flag up any inconsistencies, such as the spelling of a character’s name, their age and occupation, or slip-ups in time and place. Finally, they will check spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Proof readers take over where copy editors leave off, adding a final checking stage to the editing process. They will ensure that the rules of grammar are followed, that punctuation is precise and that spellings and formatting are correct.   What proofreading does not include is re-writing, which is part of the copyediting process.