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“For most authors, the world of self-publishing is a mysterious and daunting one. A book is a very personal thing and most writers have some kind of vision of what their book could look like, but often have no idea where to start. Whether your book is about a place, church, community, organisation, relative, yourself, or a work of fiction, it is true that there are many things to consider.

At Scotforth Books, we’ve been helping authors since 1984 and have expertise in all aspects of publishing, including editing, proofreading, page and cover design, printing, binding, sales and marketing. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything at all about publishing, we guide you through the whole process, but in a way which always leaves you in the driving seat, making all the decisions along the way.”


Reader’s copies.
We’re offering a new, low-cost printing service which may be of interest to members of Fylde History Network engaged in research towards a book

We can now produce bound paperback copies directly from authors’ Word files. These simple, unedited paperbacks are perfect for circulation among an author’s circle at an early stage. Such early criticism can be very useful to an author and is likely to come from different perspectives – structure, argument, grammar, factual accuracy – and once a book is in a bound, printed form it’s far easier for any readers (and the author) to view the work objectively as a finished product.

How much does it cost?
There is a standard fee of £50 which includes the preparation of the files and the printer upload charge.

Thereafter, the cost of printing the books is calculated at 70p plus 1p per page.

So for example, to print 10 reader’s copies of a book of 200 pages the cost would be:
Setup fee: £50
Printing cost: £27
Plus delivery at cost.
(This assumes that the book is A5 or smaller and Black/White. Colour books and large-format books would be slightly more expensive.)

If anyone is interested, please send a Word file of your book as an email attachment, and we’ll contact you to explain the process and answer any questions you may have – or let us know if you need more information.
For more details:

We have recently published Medieval Weymouth, Growth and Decline by James Crump, was it Yesterday by A. M. Bown, and George Butterworth, Memorial Volume edited by Wayne Smith. We continue to specialise in well-researched books by self-published authors and have several further titles on hand for later in the year. We would be very interested to hear from any members of Fylde History Network who have projects of this nature in hand.

Medieval Weymouth, Growth and Decline examines the parallel histories of the twin towns of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis from the eleventh century to the end of the sixteenth, charting their rise and subsequent decline.

Was it Yesterday is a fictionalised first-hand account of the author’s experiences during World War I. A. M. Bown, an Oxford scholar and then an artillery subaltern, was twice wounded and won the Military Cross for bravery. His account was first reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement and this is a new edition.

George Butterworth, Memorial Volume is the first publication of a book of recollections compiled and circulated by Butterworth’s father in 2018. It contains tributes by Vaughan Williams among others. Butterworth was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.