“Here at Discovered Authors we have a close knit team of dedicated publishing professionals to look after you and your book.
Headed up by ex-Random House Director Graham Miller, Discovered Authors is at heart a family business and we pride ourselves on giving authors the utmost personal and professional service.
Why not meet the in-house team below – and if you have any questions for any of us we'd love to hear from you so please get in touch.”
“BookForce is a global publishing services company offering a dedicated service to publishers, authors and booksellers. Our expertise encompasses pre-press, printing, distribution, book and cover design, editorial, marketing and sales. Based in London, BookForce shares an electronic warehouse with partners in other key global locations including US, Australia and Europe. Using Print On Demand technology, BookForce virtual distribution provides a profitable and environmentally friendly method of keeping slow selling titles in print. The BookForce solution avoids difficult reprint decisions which often result in expensive storage, handling, shipping charges and pulping of unsold stock.”
“We had a real set back with the apparent demise of BookForce in the UK. We had been dealing with them as a production house for more than a year and things went well, then as a result of our meeting at Frankfurt last year we signed up for Virtual Distribution in November, which meant that from then on orders from UK Wholesalers went direct to them instead of via ourselves. We continued to send them orders which we received via our website, but around Mid-January this year we started to get complaints of non-delivery of orders. BookForce became creative with excuses (even up to MD level) as to why they didn't deliver despite having been paid for orders. In the end they 'disappeared' not answering phones or emails. We also lost three months of sales in the UK since we had been used to sales of around 250.00 Euros a month, but never received any payments from BookForce for November, December and January.
We have now found a new Virtual Distributor in Lightning Source. The up side is that they are owned by a very substantial USA distributor and offer distribution in both the USA and the UK. We are now quite far with them in that three of our most export oriented titles have been uploaded and new orders placed to replace those poor people who never got books from BookForce. We have yet to find a supplier for Australia, formerly covered by BookForce.”
“In 2000, one of the key pioneers of this new charity fundraising method, Dialog Group Chairman, Andreas Leitner, decided to expand the concept in the UK, with the launch of Oxford-based, DialogueDirect UK. As well as providing face-to-face and door-to-door recruiters, the company decided to widen its services to include an in-house data processing and customer relationship management facility.”
DA Diamonds is their mainstream imprint:
“Fully funded by DA, this is a traditional publishing imprint with a twist. Instead of using agents to source submissions for us to publish, potential Diamond manuscripts from amongst our Four O’Clock Gold range are put forward by our in-house critique team for the shortlist, from which we publish a limited number each year.
We also take on a small number of titles per year sourced from submissions to all of our imprints and have regular in-house editorial meetings to review all of our titles and monitor those achieving good reviews, sales and feedback for potential upgrade to DA Diamond status.
Initially, our nationwide literary competition – Undiscovered Authors – used to act as our in-house agent to source the majority of the works we published as DA Diamonds, and there are plans to revive this scheme in the future, so watch this space!”
“DA Horizons, our business and corporate publishing imprint, can help you with getting your work out into the commercial marketplace or simply with printing and distributing your company's internal material for you. “
“The dedicated imprint for mainstream authors to get their out-of print titles back into print and onto bookshelves. We have created a range of options based on feedback from our friends in mainstream publishing. Our offer ranges from a simple back-into-print deal to a complete re-design and re-launch.”
“...but DA being DA, there is once again a twist to the story. Rather than just churning out a run-of-the-mill version of what everyone else is doing, we have added some extra features which we hope will make life easier for all those who are faced with the prospect of reading classics at college, university, or even just for fun. But watch out! At DA, we don’t do translations – so if you choose a title in one of our foreign language series, you will find yourself working your way through the original. Though fear not – our competent editors have helped you with a few annotations on some of the more obscure expressions…”
“Within our Four O’Clock imprint, we have three divisions. Which of these your book fits into is determined by a number of factors, such as the quality of your original manuscript, the amount of extra work you are prepared to put in, and of course your personal goals. One of the first questions our consultants will ask you is: Why have you written this book?
Once we have established what your ambitions are as a writer – do you simply want to see your words in print? Are you aspiring to make a living writing books one day? – we will create a unique publication pack for you that will take into account both your aims as an author and our requirements as your publisher.”
Press Release Service
Marketing Design Pk
Prime Content Online Author Page
Enhanced Catalogue Listing
“If you are looking for a rapid route to publishing and want your words out there swiftly and with minimal input, Four O’Clock Bronze is for you. This division is geared towards online marketing and distribution and leaves you in full control over cost and timing, retaining some elements of the traditional idea of self-publishing but under the DA umbrella.
Four O’Clock Silver is our traditional assisted publishing division, and we expect the majority of submissions we receive to fall into this category. An extremely well-written manuscript which will benefit from a fresh pair of eyes before publication to ensure consistency and eliminate minor blunders, your Silver book will enjoy professional bespoke text and cover design to create a unique look tailored to its theme and audience.
As a general rule, you can expect us to apply much stricter criteria both in terms of format and content when considering a manuscript for our Four O’Clock Gold division, as the titles that make it to the top will receive just that extra bit of marketing and publicity which can make the difference between a cracking read and a potential bestseller. Gold titles are mainly those which are of a quality, mainstream standard – indeed, Gold level manuscripts will automatically be short-listed for our traditional mainstream Diamonds imprint.”
Discovered Authors Publishing Services Price List 2010/11
Up to 80,000 words
Per further 5,000 words
Basic Copy Edit
Enhanced Copy Edit
Template Text Design
Choice from a range of templates; includes initial consultation; £3 per further 5000 words
Bespoke Text Design
Includes initial consultation and free changes after sample chapter; £4.50 per further 5000 words
Template Cover Design
Includes initial consultation and free changes after first draft; further changes are charged at £49 per hour
Bespoke Cover Design
Includes initial consultation, free changes after first and second draft; further changes are charged at £49 per hour
File Upload and Registration
Includes UK ISBN, Nielsen BookData registration, Amazon.co.uk upload, essential UK sales and distribution, British Library Legal Deposit copy, website & catalogue listing; includes print proofs and 2 final copies
Requires hardcopy; up to 400 pages - extra pages £0.10 per page
up to 400 pages - extra pages £0.20 per page
£4 per page
Advanced Information Sheet
Includes retail and wholesale notification
Press Release Service
Requires author questionnaire; includes free changes after first draft; further drafts £49
£99 (half page)
Requires cover artwork; to include initial consultation and free charges after first draft; further charges charged at £49 per hour; includes 10 catalogue copies
£149 (full page)
£249 (double spread)
Ongoing Marketing Support
Includes AI and Press Release Service; Enhanced Catalogue Listing; Prime Content Author Page
Marketing Design Pack (Poster, Flyer, Bookmark)
Requires cover artwork; includes initial consultation and free changes after first draft; further changes are charged at £49 per hour; print quotes available separately and depending on volume
Author Website Design
£249 (5 pages)
Requires website/ hosting contract; Includes initial consultation; updates charged at £49 per hour
£399 (10 pages)
Print quotes available separately and depending on page count and order volume
Includes US ISBN, Amazon.com upload, essential US sales and distribution; includes text and cover file adaption
All prices are subject to UK VAT - Prices valid as of 1 February 2010
“To take our cutting-edge role one step further, we have recently teamed up with our long-time partner, Blissett Bookbinders. Established in 1920, this third generation family-owned firm is the third largest specialist library bookbinding, restoration and conservation company in the United Kingdom, renowned for high quality hardback bindings.
Operating from our joint premises in West London, you can now find Discovered Authors in a strategically unique position: with offices, printing and binding facilities all under one roof, we have optimized the publication process in terms of time and resource management, making book production an exciting, tangible experience for you as an author.
Above all, our ambition is to support writers everywhere who have a passion and desire to see their work in print, whatever their aspirations; and to help people to understand the world of publishing so that they are able to take it into their own hands and define their own corner of it; to democratize and create the freedom for people like us to do what we love – that is to write, read and generally wallow in beautifully and imaginatively crafted books.”
‘You pay your money and get what goes with the service—no more and no less, mind. The bag goes with the gum. That’s the way it is around here. Now get lost and play.’
[I did not forget to include book discounts to authors in this review. DA do not actually disclose what price books are printed and then sold directly to authors at. Part of my point on transparency.]
[In late May 2009, DA launched a dedicated blog for their authors and also began making some improvements to their website. You can also find them on Twitter.]
RATING: 0.0/10 (not recommended)
UPDATE July 2010
This publisher has now changed its name to Callio Press. Further updates and details when available.
UPDATE May 2011