Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Helen Hart from SilverWood Books

I am delighted to have Helen Hart, Publishing Director at publishing services company SilverWood Books, sitting round my pool. Helen started SilverWood ten years ago, in 2007, to offer assistance to authors who wanted to self-publish…but didn’t know where to start.

SilverWood is a small, friendly, expert team that helps authors who don’t have the technical expertise, knowledge, or confidence to DIY self-publish. Many writers use our services if they don’t have the time to learn how to produce a book to professional standards, or because they want to focus on their writing rather than on running a publishing project. 

We work with great attention to detail, and over the years SilverWood has a established a solid reputation for high standards and a caring approach — we don’t publish everything that is submitted to us, but instead assess every manuscript in detail and work out how to help individual authors achieve their aims in publishing a book. If we don’t think the work is ready to publish, we’re honest about it and don’t hesitate to recommend other organisations that can help.

Every author that works with SilverWood is assigned a publishing assistant who will work very closely with them at every step, from the enquiry stage where a writer might ask, I’ve written a book — is it good enough?” through to the time a finished book is launched and promoted. SilverWood authors are supported with a range of services such as editing, proofreading, book design, wholesale and retail book distribution, and ongoing advice and information. 

Why should authors consider using a company like SilverWood?

Many authors find that, in the long run, working with the right company saves time and can be more cost-effective than going it alone and learning ‘on the job'. For many authors, trying to reach professional standards in a constantly-changing industry can be hard work, distracting, and expensive (both in terms of time and money). Working with the right company means you benefit from expertise, advice, and hand-holding, and you avoid snags and potentially-expensive pitfalls. 

Historical novelist Kathryn Gauci has just signed up to publish her second book with SilverWood. “When I decided to self-publish, I discovered that it’s not as easy as one might think to find a reputable company to go with. When I contacted SilverWood I felt an immediate rapport. Helen Hart and her staff were there for me the whole way, guiding me whenever I needed it to produce a well-edited, top-quality product equal to anything a good traditional publisher would do. The SilverWood team are also there for their authors long after the book has been published, and foster a great sense of community with their authors.”

It’s been wonderful having you here and sharing how SilverWood works, thank you Helen.

If you’d like to see whether SilverWood can help you, please contact Editorial Assistant Rowena Ball (email rowena@silverwoodbooks.co.uk) or browse their website at www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk.

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