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!"
Client, October 2020
How do we help you create?
Are you looking for support as you complete each chapter?
Our critiquing service sees one of our experienced editors read through your work in progress, giving you a detailed critique of everything from overall structure to character development.
Whilst you're writing
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 and USD. Please state your preferred currency on the request form.
Critique £0.003 ($0.0042) per word & £50 ($70) write-up fee.
A read-through of your work, resulting in a detailed critique of the overall structure.
Content Edit £0.015 ($0.021) per word.
This checks for discrepancies in the plot, characters, dialogue, setting, and style.
Copy-Edit £0.009 ($0.012) per word
This focuses on the consistency of style and the flow of the text.
Proofread £0.006 ($0.0083) per word.
Looking at typos, spelling mistakes, and basic grammatical errors.
Editing your manuscript
We can take your manuscript and prepare it for print and eBook. Whether a children's picture book or a fantasy thriller, we can ensure that it is formatted correctly and to a high professional standard.
Formatting your text
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.
Prices are £0.003 GBP ($0.0042 USD) per word plus £50 GBP ($70 USD) write up fee.
Pitch your manuscript
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.
Get a cracking cover design
Print your book
We work with a high-quality, award winning printers based in the UK. Talk to us today to find out how we would go about printing your book and remember, we take 0% of your book sales!
We can also offer advice about book distribution and sales networks.
Need help in finding an audience on social media?
Find out how we can help you open up a worldwide marketplace
Have you thought about branding design?
A brand is more than a logo.
Writing is what you do - branding is how you make readers feel when they interact with you. It does include a logo, but also a strategic and visual plan to help you connect with your readers in YOUR unique way.
Readers want MORE from their authors than just books - they want to feel a real connection with YOU.
Example of an Instagram square design, incorporating visuals
designed by BookSmith Design, with additional content by Softwood.
There's no better way to build anticipation or launch your book on social media and website than with a short video.
Standard Book Trailer £45 GBP ($63 USD)
Approximately 20 seconds in length
Text with high quality images and music
Premium Book Trailer £75 GBP ($105 USD)
Approximately 50 seconds in length
Text with high quality images and music
Book Launch Video £36 GBP ($50 USD) per 20 seconds
Film yourself introducing your book and we'll edit it into a high quality video suitable for sharing
Looking to get noticed in your local printed or online media?
We can provide you with a professionally written press release and a list of contacts suitable for your area.*
Press Release £50 GBP ($70 USD)
Using our reliable format, we research your book using the information you provide us with, and include relevant reviews and quotes, to create a first-class press release of around 400 words.
*Contacts available for UK clients only
Remember you can email us or arrange a face-to-face Zoom consultation to discuss your requirements in more detail.