Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Welcome to the Albury Children's Books Blog

Hello and welcome to the first Albury Books blog post!

By way of introduction to us and our blog, we would like to begin by explaining a bit about who we are and what we do...

Albury Books is an international children's publishing house with a difference. The thing that sets us apart from other publishers, is our dedication to the idea that each of our authors and illustrators should be able to publish the children's book that they want - not the children's book that we imagined for them. Our collaborative publishing approach is uniquely designed to reflect the needs of each individual title, each individual author, and each individual illustrator.

Many people always dream of publishing their own children's book, whether it's for public sale or for private use. We can make all sorts of books, from the standard hardbacks and paperbacks, to board books and bath books and pop-up books and interactive books and sticker books and, and, and, well... anything you could possibly think of! The sky really is the limit with Albury Children's Books.

Publishing your book with Albury is also an enjoyable, exciting and enchanting experience. This is something that you can discover for yourself first hand by publishing with us, or by reading about our inspirational author stories, to be featured in some of our upcoming blog entries.

Recently we launched our beautiful new Albury Children's Books website, www.alburybooks.com. It's a really fun design and we hope that our authors and illustrators, old and new, will love it too!

We have included lots of really useful information on our website for authors and illustrators looking to publish a children's book, because we understand that the publication process can sometimes seem a little daunting... Featured in the Key Advantages section of our site, you will find information about how Albury Books can help you with copyediting, illustration, design, layout, printing, ISBN allocation and all the services above and in between that you will need to publish your book.

But what are these things, really? It's all very well for a publisher to tell you that you need these things, but it's also nice to understand exactly what they are...

So, to try and clear up a few of the questions you might be asking yourself, here's the Albury Books publishing jargon buster:


What is an ISBN? Do I need an ISBN? How do I get an ISBN? Can Albury Books provide me with an ISBN?

An ISBN, otherwise known as an International Standard Book Number, is a unique, 13-digit number, which is used to identify each individual book. You will need an ISBN if you wish to sell your book to the public, either through bookshops or through online retailers. There are some circumstances when one isn't needed, such as if the book is for private use, but one can always be added later if you change your mind. 
You will get an ISBN from us at Albury Books when you publish with us, simple as that!

Copyediting / Proofreading / Editing

What is copyediting? What is proofreading? What is editing? How can I have my work edited, copyedited or proofread? 

Copyediting is the work that an editor does to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of the text, but not the content. Proofreading is similar, but it places more of a focus on finding typos and ensuring that the text is completely ready for print. Editing is more focused on the structure of the text and makes sure that the text is accurate and consistent throughout. You can have your text edited, copyedited or proofread by one of our brilliant editors, and in collaboration with you, we will asses the level of attention that your individual text needs.


What is an illustrator? How can I find an illustrator for my children's book? 

An illustrator is a narrative artist who creates pictures for a children's book to provide a visual representation of the story. Albury Books can help you find the right illustrator for your story, and your budget. We know lots of brilliant, award winning illustrators, along with some exciting, up-and-coming illustrators, so we are sure to be able to find the right person to suit your book.

Design and Layout

What is design and layout? Why do I need design and layout work done to my book? How can I find someone to do the design and layout for my book?

Design and layout are terms used to describe how your text and images will look when they are in the printed book. Each book needs to be designed and laid out so that the pages look professional, the printers can print it correctly, and most importantly, the book can be read! We can help out with the design and layout of your book, and we will work with you to make sure that each page looks just the way you want it to.


How can I find someone to print my book? Where can I print my book? What printing options are available? 

We will print your book for you! You can easily print your book directly through Albury Books, and we have lots and lots of different options available! Because each project is different and there are so many different printing options, it's best to contact us about this directly so we can give you the right information, specific to your book.
Among the more popular options we offer are short-run printing and POD, or Print on Demand. POD lets you print as many copies as you want, when you want, as often as you want; whereas short-run printing will print a larger number of books all at once for you to sell immediately. Both of these are brilliant options for people who are collaboratively publishing with us at Albury Children's Books.

That's about all for now, we will be updating the blog again soon with some information about our current authors and how they we getting on with the publication of their books!

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