In 2007, as a children’s writer, with many a story to tell, I never really went down the road of sending manuscripts anywhere and everywhere, with a view to publication.

Yes, self-publishing does encompass the wonderful diversity of creativity, intellectual challenge, isolation, team collaboration, logical steps and processes, artistic flair, deadlines, the buzz of branding and marketing, the discipline of efficient product delivery, and best of all (for some), increased recognition and relationships.

I say ‘for some’ because not everyone gets fired up by increased connections with other people: unbelievable to many of us, but reality for others.   

So you’ve included the work of another within your work and, taking into account the exclusions of fair use for review and criticism, you realise you will infringe copyright if you use it. What next?

Ah, copyright. One of my favourite bugbears, I was tempted to make this article an argument for its abolition.

With my love of typography combined with my fear of the craft being lost for ever, due to the ever increasing popularity of the eBook, I thought it might be fun to look at some of the more obscure typographical controls that exist to ensure the best possible experience for the reader.

Print on Demand is an excellent way to test market your book – you can advertise your book on our bookstore and print copies as you receive orders reducing the level of risk you take.

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