PUBLISHING AND AUTHOR SERVICES
Publishing with Ashwood
Ashwood Publishing is a collaborative, professional, ethical fee-for-service publisher owned and operated by me, Susan Young. It's not a vanity publisher: I only publish quality work and will tell you honestly if your book is not yet ready for submission or if it’s good but we’re just not a good fit. Authors retain full rights to their work.
Ashwood usually publishes print-on-demand with printing in Melbourne, the USA and the UK, depending on where the book is purchased, providing worldwide distribution to major bricks-and-mortar bookstores and online sellers including Amazon, Book Depository, Booktopia and so on. E-books are published in multiple formats including Kindle.
Contact Me to discuss your project. Initial manuscript assessments are free. Your manuscript will be returned with advice on how to move ahead with it, and if we both feel we're a good fit, we'll take it from there.
SERVICES FOR AUTHORS
I also offer a full range of book preparation services – structural and copy editing, cover and interior layout design, conversion to ePub, and step-by-step coaching through the self-publishing process – to authors who wish to self-publish or submit their manuscript to a traditional publisher or agent.
The publishing industry has changed dramatically in recent years, with desktop publishing, print-on-demand and e-book technology making it much easier and cheaper for authors to publish their own work directly. However, it still takes certain skills, and specialised software, to get a professional result.
Authors do not get a professional-standard book if they just set it up in Word, have their mum and a friend who was once an English teacher look it over, and upload it to Amazon.
At Ashwood I use professional layout software to lay out the book’s interior, giving complete control over the design and typesetting. I then edit the EPUB files by hand to iron out formatting bugs and check that the e-book will look good on a range of devices.
I can offer custom cover design in-house, or I may use a cover designer who suits your book better.
As well as helping prepare your book for publication, I will advise on the steps you need to take for self-publishing, and coach you through the process.
Contact me to discuss your project. I offer a free initial manuscript assessment and a free sample edit if appropriate.
"Susan was a fantastic editor!"
Author, Foiled Creative Fire
"I loved working with Susan on my book. For the entire duration of the editing process, I felt like she was as passionate about the project as I was. ‘I Can’t Watch Anymore’ is very close to my heart, so I was nervous at first of letting someone else loose on the manuscript. But Susan’s brand of tactful honesty was exactly what I needed to feel comfortable. It is a far, far better book because she worked on it. I am forever grateful."
Author, I Can’t Watch Anymore
"It was a pleasure working with Susan on the production of my new novel, On Shipstern Bluff. She was an attentive and thoughtful editor and I have no doubt that her work made it a better book. I am also more than happy with the layout and cover design and the work she has put into promoting the book. I can recommend Susan’s work without reservation to prospective authors."
Author, On Shipstern Bluff
"I feel so thankful to have found Sue as an editor, she was excellent at communication, she walked me through the process and was very encouraging which is what I needed as a first time author. I would definitely work with her again!"
Author, Rescue Tales
"Sue with her never-ending patience and her eye for detail helped to elevate my manuscript to a book I am immensely proud of. English is my second language and I wanted correct language, of course, but still my own style shining though. Several readers have commented that they can hear my voice while reading the book, exactly what I wanted. Thank you, Sue."