Professional Author Services
You See a Writer - We See an AUTHOR
Pickawoowoo provides individual OR end-to-end book design, production and publishing services for independent authors. We work to trade publishing standards whilst ensuring authors retain ALL rights, royalties and control.
Did you know that book publishing is undergoing its most profound changes since Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press over 500 years ago? Technological advances, plus cultural shifts in attitudes, have ushered in a new era for authors. No longer do you need a publisher - all indie authors can access the same platforms as traditional or vanity publishers and you now have the capacity to reach a worldwide audience at a fraction of the cost. At the heart of the revolution is print on-demand publishing.
Do you want to self-publish but don’t have time to learn all the processes? We can help! You do as much or as little as your time and skills dictate.
The friendly expert publishing team at PickaWooWoo will support you throughout the publishing process, from editing, book cover design, interior and ebook layout through to setting up with your chosen print and distribution platforms .. similar to the experience with a mainstream publishing house. Our 'Author Support Business Model' educates you through the publishing process and ensures you have a professionally produced, retail-quality book you can confidently market to your target readership.
The most important fact that you should understand when working with Pickawoowoo is that we help you set up as the publisher. Book distribution accounts are set up in your name so every dollar of net revenue, after retailer discounts/printing costs are deducted, is deposited directly into your bank account, NOT ours. 100% of everything is yours. This is a transparent, ethical publishing model. Your investment, your reward. It gives you a significant advantage for book success when your efforts end in your pocket for every book sold.
If this sounds like the smart choice for your publishing goals, please contact us today. We’ll reach out, listen and learn all about your book and answer all your question before we start.
"I was first told about Pickawoowoo a few years back. I’m a journalist and author who first published through traditional channels in 2018, and the thought of self-publishing felt both overwhelming and unprofessional. I couldn’t have been more wrong. With my second book in the writing—The Spice Companion—and an audience waiting to receive it, I decided not to put myself through traditional publishing hoops and instead work with Pickawoowoo to become my own publisher. It was an incredible experience. Julie-Ann and her team guided me every step. It was affordable. A learning experience. Hyper professional. And today I am sending out my first big batch of pre-orders on my beautiful new book. I couldn’t be happier."
Author - The Spice Companion & Spirits in a Spice Jar
38+ years of Publishing Experience
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The publishing industry is notorious for unscrupulous activities towards authors. So much so that it has earned the title PREDATORY PUBLISHING. There are scams and scoundrels and wolves in sheep's clothing ... we are none of those. We've been operating since 2005 and helped thousands of authors to independently publish (self-publish). We can even get you in touch with Authors who have gone before you to put your mind at ease. IMPORTANT - We don't hide our suppliers we introduce you to them. There is no need for a middle person and we set you up as the publisher directly with the print and distribution platforms - don't pay inflated prices. Have TOTAL control. Receive 100% of money earned, distribute books globally to up to 39000 online outlets (with just one click) and print your books at printers cost.
Can you undertake my legal requirements for me?Yes we are more than happy to do this for you and we charge you a service /admin fee to undertake the tasks. You will pay for the actual costs through the relevant organisations (barcodes and isbns etc).
What is a legal deposit?Legal Deposit is a requirement under the Copyright Act 1968 for publishers and self publishing authors to deposit a copy of any work published in Australia with the National Library (or library of Congress in US) and when applicable, the deposit libraries in your home state. Legal Deposit ensures that Australian publications are preserved for use now and in the future. We are happy to undertake this task for you and a service fee applies.
Do I need an ISBN and who should own the ISBN?The short answer is yes, if you’re intending on selling your book, and you should own it. ISBN's are to most authors, just one more detail to look after when they are already feeling overwhelmed. Self-publishing companies prey on unsuspecting authors with low budgets, so when they say, “We’ll provide you with one of our ISBNs for free,” authors breathe a sigh of relief. But little do they know this is one of the worst decisions they wiill make. ISBNs can only be purchased legally from Bowker. Self-publishing companies purchase ISBNs in bulk (as can any author). In a nutshell - who owns the ISBN owns the book. When you purchase an ISBN, Bowker wants to know the name of the publisher. So, if XXX self-publishing company buys the ISBNs, they enter their name as the publisher. When they assign one of their bulk-purchased ISBNs to a book, the company becomes the publisher of the book and not the author/publisher. At Pickawoowoo Publishing Services, each author is considered an independent publisher. We do not pass control of your book over to ourselves nor forfeit a percentage of your compensation (royalties). For that reason, we will purchase ISBNs on behalf of an author with the author listed as the publisher. Total transparency and you own it.