Clachan Publishing

To preserve and promote publications dedicated to Irish family and local history


Tips on how to make your new book

This usually involves submitting at least two files:

  • A text file of the book interior
  • An image file of the book cover.

However images, illustrations and captions will be submitted separately (see below).

Files can be submitted by email (size permitting), Drop Box, and by personally delivering or posting material on a pen drive.

For best value, the text of an original book should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file, or in Rich Text format, (DOC, DOCX, RTF, or ODT file) fully formatted, using style based formatting, and proof-read. We will then format the text, after consultation with you.


Reproducing an existing publication

We can also republish or reproduce an existing book or text which you consider of special value.
We can do this by either:
  • producing a facsimile of the book, by scanning the material (including pictures or hand writing)  and creating a true copy.
  • Scanning the material and creating a text file which can be reformatted to any print style you want.
Pricing depends on the quality of  material to be scanned.


Getting the best value

To give you some idea of what your book might cost you, here are the  prices for a perfect bound paperback, with full-colour cover and black and white interior. Prices will vary according to extent of proof-reading, editing and formatting.

  • A5 (14.81x20.99), Comic (16.83 x 26.03 cm), Landscape (22.86 x 17.78 cm). - £10 per 10 pages of text, or part thereof.
  • Royal, (15.59 x 23.39 cm), Crown Quarto (18.91 x 24.59 cm), Pocketbook (10.79 x 17.46 cm) - £12.50 per 10 pages of text, or part thereof.
  • A4 (20.99 x 29.7 cm) - £14.00 per 10 pages of text, or part thereof.
  • Square (21.59 x 21.59 cm) - £15.00 per 10 pages of text, or part thereof.
  • US Letter (21.59 x 27.94 cm) - £16.00 per 10 pages of text, or part thereof.
The file submitted need not be in any of these sizes as final formatting will usually be agreed after submission. However, these prices refer to text formatted using style-based formatting (SBF).


Buying and selling your book

It is perfectly possible to cover your production costs many times over by selling your book yourself. Basically, we will suggest a retail (list) price for your book. This will be comparable to the price of a similar book in a bookshop.

Rough guide to List Prices
  • A 60 pg. paperback, Landscape (22.86 x 17.78 cm) size with B&W interior and full colour covers will be listed (retail price) at approx. £6.90.
  • A 100 pg. paperback, A5 size with B&W interior and full colour covers will be listed (retail price) at approx. £8.90.
  • A 150 pg. paperback, A5 size with B&W interior and full colour covers will be listed at approx. £11.90.
  • A 200 pg. paperback, Royal (15.59 x 23.39 cm) size with B&W interior and,full colour covers will be listed at approx. £12.90.
  • A 250 pg. paperback, Royal (15.59 x 23.39 cm) size with B&W interior and,full colour covers will be listed at approx. £14.90.

By selling your book at book launches, on your website or through social media etc. you can recoup the cost of the book, and given bigger sales, make much more than that.
This is a more effective way of making your book pay than through royalties, which require bulk sales to be worth while. We offer a special discount on the cost based on the number of books you order.


Getting an ISBN

You will need an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) if you want your book listed for distribution through bookshops or internet outlets.
An ISBN registered to Clachan Publishing  can be purchased for £10. However, there is a legal requirement to deposit six copies in the UK's
Legal Deposit Libraries. Clachan also deposits Northern Irish publications with the National Library of Ireland and NIPR, The National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications. These eight copies can be purchased from Clachan at 40% of the  books retail value plus P&P.
Legal deposit libraries: The British Library; National Library of Scotland; the National Library of Wales; the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford; the University Library, Cambridge and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin