Moyhill Publishing evolved from the work that my husband was already doing as my book designer and editor in 1999 when I decided to publish my first book independently. I had been with an agent for two years and although my manuscript had been well received all the seven publishers felt that because I was unknown and a first time author that it would not make them any money. At that time the self-publishing companies were in the US and Canada and my first two books were published by them.
In fact I then went on to work for their Irish office in author acquisition for Spain working with some interesting and talented writers who were frustrated with the response from mainstream publishing.
My husband came out of the telecommunications industry after a long career in 2002 and because he had been involved with computers since the 70s and had mastered programming early on, he decided to take on book design full time. We found that the authors that we acquired usually had limited computer experience so we ended up formatting for free and submitting books for them. The company were impressed enough to ask David to format their back log of books which he did for six months.
However, as with all large companies there was a great deal of the process that was standard and one size does not fit all.
We both felt that a more personal approach might be attractive to authors who wanted to be published. And Moyhill Publishing was born in late 2003. In 2004 our first book, by a Spanish author, The Red Tailed Hawk won best digital print award and since then we have been quietly working away. We had to take a break over recent years due to family commitments but we continued to work with a few authors during that time who required David’s specialist design skills.
In the last twelve years we have had worked with some award winning authors who we have set up as their own publishers with ISBNs and anything else necessary to market their books themselves. We work with a number of printers in the UK to ensure a best price and we offer inclusive packages that still allow you to have an original design for your cover and a style that you want for the format. We offer also to format the books for E-versions for all readers and we also will upload those to Amazon and Smashwords to ensure that goes smoothly. This is particularly important when there are photographs or graphs in a book that require more attention to detail when formatting.
Here are a small selection of books that we have published over the last thirteen years.
Not to mention my own books…..
There are very few things standard about us and because there is only the two of us we can keep the costs down for our clients. We work with one author at a time and that is on a one to one basis. A book only goes to print or into E-version when both the author and David are satisfied that it is the very best it can be. The only really important guideline is that the manuscript is edited before submission so that it stands out from the crowd for all the right reasons.
There is a selection of the books we have designed and published over the years on the site, but we now provide a webpage with selling facilities for our authors which they manage themselves. An example of this would be some of one of our recent authors, Brian Foster and his book A Rat in my Tent. http://moyhill.com/arimt/
If you would be interested in finding out more then pop into the website or email David on firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal discussion – we also work with Skype during the process. This is particularly useful during the final editing stage when corrections can be done together via Skype.
David provided a detailed series last year – The E-book Doctor which is a step by step guide to formatting and publishing a book on Amazon and for other formats.
If you feel that you do not want to go through the process yourself then I hope you will offer us a chance to quote to do the job for you.
We don’t charge to take a look at your manuscript – we do ask that you have edited it to your satisfaction and if possible asked one or two independent readers to give you their feedback. We do have fixed inclusive packages that work out very cost effectively compared to the ‘add on’ approach of many publishers and we can also incorporate all your requirements at a reasonable cost.
In the last two years we have converted all my own books into Eversions from their original print formats and we offer that as a service to authors who would like to reach a wider audience.
As we only work on a one to one basis with our authors we do have a short waiting list at times but we will respond to an initial enquiry as soon as possible.
We have a very flexible approach and are available 7 days a week by email and most times for Skype meetings.
Contact. email@example.com – Skype – Moyhill 1
If you have a little extra time here is a testimonial from one of our latest authors Brian Foster – A Rat in my Tent.
When I finally completed writing my book, I had little idea about how to publish, or who to approach regarding this next stage.
I also anticipated personal difficulties due to the fact that I lived in Spain, wondering how I could communicate with a publisher in the UK, because my hearing was severely damaged in the Regular Army, and the sound reception on our Spanish Land Line was awful, and had all but destroyed my confidence in using the phone at all.
Fortunately for me, I had an ex RAF friend who had served as a fighter pilot and commercial airlines pilot, living close by. He had written several books on his aviation experiences, and so one day when discussing my new book, he asked me if I had a publisher in mind?
In response to my negative reply, he immediately suggested ‘Moyhill Publishing’, the company he explained who had published his books, and for whom he had a very high regard.
So taking his advice I contacted this company and was put in touch with a David Cronin who was most helpful and informative, and suggested that we talk over my requirements on the phone in a few days time.
Of course I was immediately concerned about this, and quickly explained that this would be hopeless because of my deafness; but was immediately relieved when he suggested we did everything by Skype and email.
And so this was how we communicated on all matters regarding the editing and correcting of the manuscript, not once but on multiple occasions over months, and in fact with every aspect of formatting, layout and printing.
But not only this, I especially liked the close relationship which developed between us as we progressed. Nothing was too much trouble for David, not only the book’s editing and publication, but also his guidance regarding sales techniques and advertising. Never once did I feel anxious about my hearing problem as David was always patient and understanding.
Now that the book is published and selling, I cannot write too highly of Moyhill Publishing in every aspect of my journey. David always made me feel that we were a team devoted to making the enterprise a complete success. My comments speak for themselves in the very attractively designed and printed book, which has already drawn several comments regarding the excellent cover and the book’s layout, type and picture presentation.
Should I ever decide to publish another book, or have the opportunity to recommend a publisher to anyone, I would most certainly not hesitate to recommend ‘Moyhill Publishing’ for a most efficient, helpful and friendly professional service.
Indeed I must say that the service they provided extended way beyond my expectations, and for a very reasonable fee.
Brian Foster 04 November 2015