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WritersServices Self-publishing

Our standards | WSSp

Standards your work must meet

You are the publisher.

However, we are lending the good name of WritersServices to the printing and therefore reserve the right to refuse any material:  Read more

Terms & conditions | WSSp

How we operate WritersServices Self-publishing

This is the self-publishing model

The estimate

We will provide pages where you can work out an estimate of how much it will cost.  If you decide to go ahead, we will check the costs when we have looked at the material, and before we go ahead.  Read more

File formats

Types of text files on computer

When you save a document you can set the file name and where you want to store the file on your computer. You can, for example, create a new folder to store the chapters of your book.

You can normally change the file format as well. The format of the file does not affect the words themselves, just the way they are stored.   Read more

How long does it take to publish a book?

From first draft to finished book

There is no easy answer to this question. One book might take a year to produce while another is designed and printed in three weeks. It is sensible to allow at least three months for the process – six months is even better. And before all that, you need to write the book!  Read more

Word count to page

Matching word count to page size

This is one of two page estimators. The other page estimator  

Also helpful is Cost estimating  Read more

Style sheet

Maintaining consistency in your manuscript

Compiling a style sheet as you write can help in keeping track of your preferred spellings (this is particularly true if you are writing fiction which uses unusual or invented names, jargon or neologisms) and the decisions you make about the formatting of your manuscript, and your choice of punctuation in some situations.  Read more

File size to word count

Obtaining a word count

Most word processing packages now offer a word count facility. However, if your computer cannot come up with the basic figures you may have to work it out from the printed page.  Read more

Page sizes

What's the best page size for your book?

You might think that the bigger the page, the more words you can fit onto it. The bigger the pages, the thinner the book, so the less it costs to produce.

The truth is rather different. An analysis of 50 books covering the various standard book sizes, shows that the size of the page has only a small influence on a book's final page count.  Read more

Paper sizes

How do paper sizes work?

Metric paper sizes begin with with one of 3 basic sheets, named A, B and C, each of which has a particular purpose

In the case of the A sheet, A0 has an area of 1 square metre, and the sheet is then folded (halved along the longest side) to give A1. A1 can be folded in the same way, to give A2, and so on through A3, A4 etc.   Read more

Preparing ebook files

Getting your source files in good order for ebooks

Your existing files probably have visible and invisible data that will cause trouble when you present them for conversion to an eformat. The key to a successful ebook conversion is getting a good ‘clean' input file, regardless of the file format or software you are going to use.

Formats for presenting files to the conversion software  Read more

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