Affordable, professional, UK-based book design and typesetting for authors ready to self-publish...

Book jackets (published 2018)

Amazon, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Ingram Spark, print-on-demand, eBooks

Most of my work on books since the evolution of digital design and typesetting has involved working with publishing houses. More recently however I have become increasingly involved in helping individual authors achieve high standards of design and typography when self-publishing.

The services I offer include selecting appropriate book sizes and content templates, cover and jacket design, and the application of advanced formatting to word-processed documents, right through to creating entire books from basic manuscript stage using industry-standard, professional typesetting and page-layout applications; all ready to upload to e-publishing and print-on-demand platforms.

Over the last twelve months I've worked with authors based in Europe, Africa and the USA as well as in the UK.

Design and typesetting experience

I've been designing books and book jackets for over 20 years now, from novels to children's books, technical manuals to academic and educational textbooks. My work, whilst initially for publishing houses, has now expanded to include self-publishing where my jacket designs and typesetting have contributed to titles by both established and first-time authors.

Topics the books I've worked on have covered have been delightfully varied – from social history, aviation, humorous fiction and medicine, to singing and acting tuition, personal development, apiculture (bee keeping), food and photography to name just a few.

Publishing platform experience

Whilst Amazon’s market-leading Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and Ingram's Spark offer previously unheard-of opportunities to aspiring authors; and likewise appear to simplify the entire production, publication, sales and marketing processes; producing a book to a standard that can compete with a professionally designed and published product often requires creative and technical skills which exceed those of the average computer user.

An understanding the principles of production, how the various platforms work, and their individual requirements, can also make a real difference to the outcome of a self-publishing venture.

Recently published

Flogging the Field – Philip Moss (2nd edition)
eBook

A Century of Silence
– J J Fitzpatrick
Paperback and eBook

Life, Art & Freddie Mercury
– Rose Rose (2nd edition)
eBook

Blunder – Simon Burnett
Paperback and eBook

Constance: One Road to Take
– Peter Elliott
Paperback and eBook

Finding a balanced Connection: Build well-being from with, take back your life and permanently change it for the better
– John-Paul Davies
Paperback and eBook

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David Siddall Multimedia is a deliberately small freelance business which I've allowed to develop organically over 20 years. My aim is to understand my clients' aspirations, to deliver on time and to a high standard and to always calculate prices on an individual basis. If geographical location is important to you, I'm based in Monmouth at the head of the Wye Valley in south-east Wales.

You can find out about some of the other design work I undertake on my davidsiddall.com website.

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email: ds@davidsiddall.com

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