Book publication

John has managed the publication of almost 90 books, all the way from manuscript development through to online and print publication.

Each book will have its own unforeseen challenges, the key to success is to have someone in charge of the process who can find the solutions.

The good news is that it although the writing is still hard, the supporting technology has never been better nor more economical. Once a book cost at least $20,000 to get from manuscript to first printed copy, and then another $20,000 for a minimum print run of 1000, when you really only wanted a few hundred.

Those days are over.

Completed books – 3 selected examples and details

 

Cover for Natural History of the Coorong
Natural History of the Coorong, Lower Lakes, and Murray Mouth region (Yarluwar-Ruwe)

Published on behalf of the Royal Society South Australia, this is a large-scale edited volume that involved five book editors and almost 80 contributors to 26 chapters, and over 100 full-colour illustrations.

Upon delivery of the chapter drafts, a professional copy editor worked with a chosen lead author on both text and illustrations for each chapter to deliver a final overall page count of 540 pages – over 200,000 words.

The book was published in both a full-colour print edition and a free PDF edition by the University of Adelaide Press. 

Cost from completed manuscript to first printed copy: (approx.) $35,000. Then each printed copy as required or sold.

 

Cover for The Wages Crisis in Australia
The Wages Crisis in Australia

An edited volume in Law with three book editors, 25 contributors to 20 chapters, with a few dozen illustrations.

The final overall page count was 360 pages – around 170,000 words.

The book was published in both a full-colour print edition and a free PDF edition by the University of Adelaide Press, sold by Federation Press to a legal readership. It was reviewed in The Australian when released.

Cost from completed manuscript to first printed copy: (approx.) $25,000. Then each printed copy as required or sold.

 

Cover for The Waite
The Waite

A huge work by a single author who toiled on the manuscript for many years.

There are 330,000 words including 30,000 in the footnotes, plus over 400 illustrations.

The book was published in a full-colour hardback landscape print edition as a promotional title of serious scholarship.

In 2014 hardback books still required minimum print runs of 1000, now they can be done 1 at a time and economically.

Cost from completed manuscript to first printed copy: (approx.) $45,000. Then each printed copy as required or sold.

Ballpark costing for a 300-page manuscript

(around 90,000 words and 20 illustrations, single author)