Our clients stay in control of their self-publishing journey

We understand that our clients do not always need every service that we offer. That's why we allow complete flexibility to request the package that best suits your needs.

Contact us today to discuss your individual requirements and we will do our best to provide you with the perfect package that will see your manuscript achieve the success that it deserves.

"Softwood's marketing advice proved invaluable to me before I launched my self-published novel this year. Being able to talk to a real person who understood my requirements made a big difference!"

Recent client, October 2020

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How we help you through the process

If you're looking for motivation or help with developing your creative ideas, get in touch with our writer's coach, Maddy Glenn. You can design a package that best suits your circumstances, with Zoom consultations as little or as often as you like. Visit our dedicated page for more information.

To discuss all your editing requirements, from critiquing right through to your final proofread, contact us to request a free sample edit and a quote. Prices depend on word count and are listed below in GBP. Please state your preferred currency on the request form.

Critique £0.003 per word & £50 write-up fee. 

A read-through of your work, resulting in a detailed critique of the overall structure.

Content Edit £0.015 per word.

This checks for discrepancies in the plot, characters, dialogue, and theme development.

Copy-Edit £0.009 per word

This focuses on the consistency of style and the flow of the text.

Proofread £0.006 per word.

Looking at typos, spelling mistakes, and basic grammatical errors.


We work with Claire from BookSmith Design, who is a cover designer and branding specialist. She's passionate about creating bold and conceptual covers that draw the reader in and promote your story. 

Request a quote from her website today by clicking her logo.


We can take your manuscript and prepare it for print, using the specifications provided to us by your printer.

Our charges start at £0.50 per page. Contact us by clicking the 'Book Formatting' box to request a free quote.


When applying (querying) to agents, a writer will need a 2-3 sentence pitch (known as 'the elevator pitch'), a blurb, and a 1 page synopsis. Send us your full manuscript and we can write these for you and help you prepare your query letter.


Whether you are familiar with social media platforms or not, we can take you through a step-by-step process to set up your Twitter and Instagram accounts and enter the world of the online writing community. Contact us to discuss how a social media strategy could be designed to best support you as a marketer for your own book.

Prices start at £25, ranging through to £100 to establish you on social media.

If you are already established on social media, we can help design content for your channels in order to create an effective marketing campaign for your book.

Tier 1

We read your manuscript and pull out 12 hook phrases to be used in a marketing strategy. For example: "She was sure, now; the stories were true. There was a Demon in the forest, and they were about to face it." We then take your hook phrases and add them to the designs you provide from your book branded materials to create attractive content for your social media channels, including a 9-square design for your Instagram account.





Tier 2

This offers the same service as Tier 1 but with a personalised easy-to-implement marketing strategy for Twitter and Instagram, including the designs we've created for you, a 12-square Instagram design, and additional gifs (moving pictures) to liven up your pages.

If you choose to work with our affiliated partner, BookSmith Design, we will work in collaboration with them to create visuals for your marketing and promotions. For branded visuals only (without a book cover design) prices start from £99 GBP - request a quote from their website today. Once they have created the visuals, we will work them them by adding a bespoke social media strategy that fits your requirements.

Example of an Instagram square design, incorporating visuals designed by BookSmith Design, with additional content by Softwood.

Remember, you can contact us anytime to arrange a face-to-face Zoom consultation to discuss your requirements.


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