Publish a book worthy of an industry leader.

Your blood, sweat and tears have paid off.

After years of working with your clients; getting to know their questions and concerns, problems and pain points, struggles and stumbling blocks; and then delivering remarkable solutions, time and time again.

After months of speaking, webinars, podcast interviews and blog posts, and hours of coffees and interviews with other experts in your niche.

After weeks of waking up early, staying up late, turning down opportunities and events, and even saying no to friends and family, you’ve done it.

You’ve written a book.

You have a 30,000 to 50,000-word document sitting in Microsoft Word – 30,000 to 50,000 words that you wrote, based on your knowledge and expertise, sharing the unique value that only you can bring into the world.

So what happens now?

But how do you transform your Word document into a published book that positions you as a leader in your field?

Suddenly, you’re faced with countless questions when it comes to how you actually turn your draft into a book.

Who should you work with? How much will it cost? How long will it take? And who can you trust?

As you speak to supplier after supplier and get quote after quote, the publishing process quickly becomes a lot of work. And here you thought your hard work was done!

I get it – you thought that once you’d written your book, you’d be able to hand it over to a publishing team and they would take care of it for you. All you’d need to do was review and give feedback, and in a few short months you’d have a printed book.

Unfortunately, it’s rarely that simple.

This book is representing you and your business, so you have to get it right.

But how can you when you don’t even know where to start?

How can I guarantee that I'll publish a book

that makes me proud?

If you want to position yourself as a premium service provider, your book needs to be a premium product.

After all, you’ll be giving it to:

  • Potential clients – people you hope will invest thousands in your products and services, and who will send more clients your way in future.
  • Strategic partners – influencers, the big brands in your industry, experts who can fill your knowledge gaps; these people have the power to grow your business exponentially.
  • Event managers – the gatekeepers for highly paid keynotes that will build your reputation as an industry leader.
  • The media – journalists who are looking for expert commentary to bulk up their content, which can position you as a media commentator.

And what are they going to think if your cover looks amateurish, if the paper feels cheap, and if your content is rambling, dry, or incoherent?

The quality of your book is what sets you apart from all of the other people in your field who are claiming to be just like you.

If your book is less-than-professional, you’re sending a clear message to those potential clients, partners, event managers and journalists – choose someone else.

How much should I expect to pay to produce a high-quality book, without getting ripped off?

In Australia, the cost of publishing a book can be as high as $60,000 (ouch!) to as low as $1,500. So how much should you pay?

What are you really getting for your investment?

And, if budgets are a concern (or you just want to spend your hard-earned money effectively), which steps in the process will make the biggest difference to your publishing costs?

How can I make sure the process runs smoothly,

so I can focus on running my business?

As a busy business owner, the last thing you want to be doing is chasing suppliers for designs, content and deliveries; running back and forth between different suppliers to make changes and updates; always wondering where you can find the information you need.

The problem is that this is all too common in some publishing teams.

With the wrong publishing team, you’ll be facing delays, miscommunication and endless games of telephone tag. You’ll lose hours of productive time coordinating between different suppliers, and find yourself having to pick up all of the ‘in-between’ pieces, never knowing if you’ve missed anything.

The end result?

Your book gets delivered late, costing you valuable opportunities that were contingent on meeting set deadlines.

Or the finished product looks cheap and unprofessional, and you find yourself stuck with a book that makes you feel ashamed.

Ultimately, who can I trust?

And how do you know that the team you’re working with genuinely wants to help you write the best book you can, rather than just getting more money from you?

With all of these questions and challenges, it’s no wonder 97% of aspiring authors don’t make it to print

Why?

They give up partway through the writing process. Or they finish writing, but the publishing process is too hard, life gets in the way, and they have nothing left…

And the risk is even higher for entrepreneurs and small business owners. After all, you have a business to run! You don’t have endless hours to waste fiddling with your book or babysitting different suppliers.

If only there were an easier way…

My name’s Jacqui Pretty and I’m the founder of Grammar Factory – a publishing company that turns entrepreneurs like you into authors. My team of publishing experts and I have worked with over 130 small business owners in the last four years, and have over 60 years of combined experience in publishing.

But beyond Grammar Factory’s publishing clients, I’ve also connected with hundreds of other entrepreneurs who want to write and publish books to grow their businesses.

While some of them achieve success as published authors, many just don’t get there.​

They have a great idea, but don’t know how to flesh it out into a book. They have a rough draft, but they stall in the publishing process. Or their book makes it to print, but they struggle to generate a return on their investment.

I remember speaking with one potential client in December 2013. He said he wanted more than our typical service – he wanted support and coaching throughout the writing process, he wanted editing, he wanted us to manage the publishing process, and he wanted us to run his book launch.

His deadline was March, which meant that we’d need to get started immediately to make it happen.

Then he disappeared.

Eleven months later, in November 2014 he contacted me again. We scheduled his book for editing in mid-December and, the day his book was scheduled for editing, he cancelled. He ‘wasn’t ready yet’.

It’s now 2017 and he still hasn’t published his book.

I don’t want this to happen to you.

Turn your Word document into an awesome book…

in just four months

So how can you join the 3% of authors who actually finish the publishing process?

As a first-time self-publisher, you have a few options for getting your book into print:

  • The DIY approach
  • Working with a merry band of freelancers
  • Choose an all-inclusive self-publisher

The DIY approach

This is the ‘you can publish a book for less than $200!’ contingent.

How? You mock up your own cover in Photoshop. You rely on spell check for your editing, and maybe have a friend or two read through your book. You export the content directly from Word into an eBook converter, you manually upload the book to Amazon, and you don’t worry about printing.

While this is a viable way to get a book into the world on a budget, it is not a viable solution for you.

You are an entrepreneur. A thought leader. An authority in your field.

You have a business to represent and a reputation to uphold.

And a DIY mishmash of your brochures and blog posts and ramblings that’s available for sale on Amazon just isn’t going to cut it.

There is a big difference between just writing a book, and writing a great one. And it’s very hard to write a great book if you’re doing it all alone.

Yes – writing and publishing a great book will involve a larger investment, but the payoff is worth it.

A merry band of freelancers

Option two is engaging a merry band of freelancers to publish your book, with you acting as a project manager.

If you choose to manage your publishing project yourself, you will need to source:

  • An editor
  • A proofreader
  • A cover designer
  • An internal layout designer
  • An eBook designer
  • An eBook and Print on Demand distributor
  • A printer

You’ll also need to buy your own ISBNs and barcode and (for Australian authors) register your book with the National Library of Australia.

Is this doable? Yes.

Is it desirable? For most small business owners, no.

Managing your own publishing team requires much more of your time and effort than finding someone who can take care of it for you.

You will spend the time interviewing, sourcing quotes from and comparing different suppliers. You will be the one mapping out your self-publishing schedule and going back and forth between suppliers to figure out when each person requires your book to meet your print deadline. If you are working with inexperienced suppliers, you might find that you are the one guiding them through the process, rather than the other way around.

And, if something goes wrong… you need to figure out how to solve it.

A stress-free self-publishing solution

Fortunately, there’s a third option.

An all-inclusive self-publishing company will take care of everything required to turn your book from a Word document into a professionally published book. This includes:

  • Editing and proofreading
  • Cover design
  • Internal layout design
  • ISBNs and barcode
  • National Library of Australia registration
  • Printing
  • eBook conversion and upload
  • And maybe some marketing support

Because an all-inclusive self-publisher has its own team of editors, designers, printers and marketers, they can streamline the publishing process.

Because they have oversight of everyone’s schedules, they can coordinate faster turnaround times at each stage of the process. If one of their team members has a question, they can contact other members of the team to get it resolved, rather than you having to act as the go-between.

And, because they have experience publishing many other books, if something goes wrong, they can fix it quickly.

This is what we do at Grammar Factory.

At Grammar Factory, our Australian and New Zealand-based team offers end-to-end publishing services that support you to write the best book you can.

  • Our editors are trained to look past your initial draft to envision everything your book can become, and then pull it apart and put it back together in order to achieve that vision.
  • Our insanely generous cover designer offers unlimited cover design concepts and revisions, to ensure you have a book cover you love.
  • Our award-winning printer has worked with traditional publishers like Penguin, Pan Macmillan, Allen & Unwin, CCH, Scholastic and Harlequin for over 60 years, and uses the exact same processes and technology to print Grammar Factory books.
  • And our team of expert marketing copywriters and designers can create a content marketing campaign around your book to ensure it delivers the results you want.

In short, at Grammar Factory, you won’t just be publishing a book. You will be publishing an awesome book. A book you can be proud of.

A book that is the ultimate representation of you, your business and the mark you want to make on the world.

So what do you get?

Grammar Factory publishing services

From rough draft to printed book, here’s an outline of the services included in our end-to-end publishing packages.

Expert editing

When you receive your edits, what would you rather see?

A document where your apostrophes and commas have been corrected, with some vague advice and feedback?

Or a document that has been transformed into a manuscript that builds your credibility, positions you as a thought leader, and makes a compelling case for why your potential clients should work with you?

This is where we come in.

Because we only work with entrepreneurs, we know you’re probably not a writer. We know you have a lot on your plate, and want to streamline the writing and publishing process as much as possible. And we know vague advice isn’t helpful.

So, if your structure needs work or repetition needs cutting, we will do it for you. If you need to add new content, we will break down our recommendations into detailed bullet points and questions to ensure you know exactly what you need to do to take your book to the next level.

All of our publishing packages include three rounds of edits with two editors, including:

  • A 30-minute pre-edit consultation to discuss your vision for the book
  •  Reviewing the order and structure of your content, reorganising your manuscript to build your credibility and improve the persuasiveness of your argument
  • Making recommendations on how you can create an even more compelling argument through adding evidence and examples, extending certain areas, creating more clarity, and more
  • Removing unnecessary, irrelevant and repetitive text that can damage your authority and frustrate your readers
  • Ensuring your writing is consistent, conversational and credible
  • Correcting your spelling, grammar and typos
  • An editorial report of up to 5,000 words explaining the reasoning behind all major changes and giving feedback for changes and additions
  • A 30-minute post-edit consultation to discuss changes and recommendations
  • Unlimited email support through the writing, editing and re-writing process

Professional paperback design

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but people do – every single day. They are judging your professionalism, your personality, and whether your book really holds the coveted solution to their problems.

Fortunately, we’ve got you covered (see what I did there?).

All of our packages include professional cover and internal layout design that makes your book jump off the shelf. The design process includes:

  • An initial design questionnaire to clarify what’s important to you in your book cover, including colours, personality, fonts, images, and other covers you want to emulate (or not!)
  • Unlimited high-resolution cover design concepts for further development
  • Stock images (where appropriate)
  • Internal layout design, including body text, titles, subtitles, graphs, index and table of contents and more
  • Ongoing email consultation, and phone consultations available by appointment

Worldwide distribution

(eBook and print on demand)

While you could sell 5,000 copies of your book from your garage, why would you when you could choose to have your book listed with the world’s leading online retailers?

At Grammar Factory, we’ll convert your print book to an eBook, and will distribute both copies via over 1,800 retailers around the globe. Just some of what you’ll get includes:

  • Professional design for Kindle, iPad and all other major eReaders
  • Conversion of images, graphs and tables for eReaders
  • eBook upload to over 1,800 major online retailers (including Amazon, Apple iBooks, Google Play, Scribd and more)
  • Print on demand upload to major online book retailers (including Amazon, Booktopia, The Book Depository, Barnes & Noble and more)

Superior printing

Get your book printed on the same presses as Australia’s bestselling authors, which produce 20 million pages per month for authors, businesses, governments and institutions both here and overseas.

It’s high-calibre printing your potential clients and partners will notice as soon as they pick up your book, including:

  • Your choice of a gloss or matt cover
  • Your choice of white or cream pages
  • Your choice of standard book size
  • An initial print run of 200 copies
  • A bookmark for each copy of your book

First-rate marketing

One of the biggest publishing mistakes small business owners make is not thinking about what happens after their book goes to print.

When their boxes of books arrive, they are so busy running their business that book marketing takes a back seat. How can they make time to write blog posts, share updates on social media and more when there are clients to keep happy, staff to manage and taxes to pay?

Unfortunately, marketing your book is essential if you want to experience the benefits of becoming a published author.

Fortunately, we can help, with our selection of done-for-you online marketing resources:

  • A custom landing page for your book, including compelling copy written by our expert copywriters, and custom design and development
  • Two chapters of your book in a professionally designed PDF to use as a lead magnet for email opt-ins, to start building your audience
  • 12 blog posts based on the content in your book (that’s one blog post a month for an entire year!)
  • One year’s worth of social media posts to promote your book, including:
    • 52 Instagram images to promote your book (so one image a week for an entire year!)
    • 52 Facebook/LinkedIn status updates (again, one update a week for a year)
    • 100 tweets to promote your book (or two tweets a week)
    • An Amazon bestseller campaign to build your credibility and boost traffic to your Kindle book

Package it up!

How does this all come together? Simple – we have three go-to packages for you to choose from.

Print publishing

  • 3 rounds of professional editing
  • Custom cover design
  • Custom internal layout design
  • ISBNs, barcode and National Library of Australia registration
  • 200 copies of your book

Print + eBook + POD

  • 3 rounds of professional editing
  • Custom cover design
  • Custom internal layout design
  • ISBNs, barcode and National Library of Australia registration
  • 200 copies of your book
  • Professional eBook design
  • Print files converted to print on demand format
  • Distribution via 1,800+ online retailers

Publishing + marketing

  • 3 rounds of professional editing
  • Custom cover design
  • Custom internal layout design
  • ISBNs, barcode and NLA registration
  • 200 copies of your book
  • Professional eBook  and POD design
  • Distribution via 1,800+ online retailers
  • Website landing page for your book
  • PDF lead magnet for email opt-ins
  • One year’s worth of blog content and social media posts
  • Amazon bestseller campaign

You’ll also be giving back through your publishing investment, as 10% of every Grammar Factory invoice goes towards building a school in a country in need with Pencils of Promise – learn more about this organisation at pencilsofpromise.org.

Other ideas? Let us know and we can send you a custom quote!

How long will it take?

For standard books up to 45,000 words, we offer standard time frames for each stage of the publishing process.

And because we map out your publishing timeline up front, you can start planning your marketing strategy in advance, knowing when you’ll see your book in print.

Keep in mind that this is your book, so you’ll be reviewing our work and providing feedback at every stage of the process. If you do your parts on time, and we do our parts on time (which we always do), you will have a printed book in approximately four months.

Ready to get started?

If you’re ready to turn your Word document into an awesome book, book an obligation-free publishing consultation.

In this consultation, you’ll get:

  • Qualified feedback on your book (we ask you to submit the strongest and weakest chapters from your book so we can review it in advance)
  • A personalised publishing timeline, so you know when you’ll be seeing your book in print
  • Access to the secret Grammar Factory sample edit vault, which has before and after examples of chapters submitted by real Grammar Factory clients, so you can see the difference a great edit can make to your book
  • Obligation-free advice on the best publishing approach for your book, including what to look out for when vetting different suppliers
  • Answers to all of your writing and self-publishing questions, based on our experience of helping over 130 entrepreneurs write and publish their books