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

How do we help you create?

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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

 
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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, setting, and style.

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.

Editing your manuscript

 
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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 GBP per page. 

Formatting your text

 
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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 per word plus £50 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

 
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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.

Print your book

 

How do we help you navigate social media?

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 GBP, ranging through to £100 to establish you on social media.

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Find a following 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.

Guiding you through social media content design

Tier 1 (Content Design)

We read your manuscript and pull out 12 hook phrases to be used in a marketing strategy. We then take these 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 (Content Strategy & Design)

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.

Brand Design

What better way to build anticipation or launch your book on social media and website than with a short video.

Standard Book Trailer £45

Approximately 20 seconds in length

Text with high quality images and music

Premium Book Trailer £75

Approximately 50 seconds in length

Text with high quality images and music

Book Launch Video £36 per 20 seconds

Film yourself introducing your book and we'll edit it into a high quality video suitable for sharing

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Book Trailers

Press Releases

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

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.

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