Fiction Feedback has established links with certain independent
publishers and literary agents. With the author’s
permission, we will recommend outstanding work.
We are specifically
Where we recommend work, it is without
obligation to either party, and without cost to the author.
that Fiction Feedback is a commercial organisation, but
we are also here to help good writers get published.
authors who have used our copy-editing service, we can
offer help with your synopsis and query letters where
required. Just ask. We also provide free advice to all
writers who have used our editing service.
If you’re looking for a wider audience for your book
than just family and friends, you absolutely must have
it professionally edited and proofread. Please see Editing
for more information. Even if you don’t choose our
service, please use a competitor’s – don’t
allow all your time and endeavour to go to waste by skimping
on this vital step.
Book cover design
We can suggest several professional book cover designers.
We strongly recommend you spend the money, as professionally
designed covers stand out for all the right reasons. You
will find everything easier with a professional book cover;
local booksellers are more likely to stock it; potential
readers are more likely to be interested when they see
it on Amazon and other websites. It’s true that people
do judge books by their covers, so make sure yours tells
them it’s worth reading.
Production and distribution
Shop around to find the best people to professionally design
and print your book and/or to design and format your ebook.
Many suppliers also help to put it on Amazon or other selling
platforms for you.
Don’t forget to get your ISBN from Nielsens! Your
distribution outlets will be limited without one.
Matador (Troubador) are excellent. It’s a much easier
and quicker way to self-publish especially for those new
to self-publishing, as they handle all the different aspects
of publication for you from production to distribution
to book cover to marketing, rather than your trying to
manage it all yourself.
There is a lot of help available out there to authors
and we strongly recommend you acquaint yourself with
ways of going about this and budget for it. If you use
a marketing company or book publicist, always ask for
testimonials and titles of books the individual or
company has helped
to market and assure yourself they are professional and
Without marketing, your book, however good, is unlikely
to sell beyond friends and family. If we are asked for
three top marketing recommendations, we would say:
1. Use Netgalley. Budget for this if nothing else, and
do it well before publication date.
2. Utilise all your contacts, real world and virtual.
3. Get a professional-looking website created and capture
emails for marketing purposes by offering a newsletter
We hope our recommendations are helpful to you and wish
you good luck in your ambition to get your book in the
hands of readers.