Gigalillion, An Imprint of The London Press

Important Things to Know

Some examples of self published authors

Note: the figures for copies sold include reprints after title was sold to secondary publishers.

  • Alexander Dumas
  • Alexander Pope
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Aliske Webb (Twelve Golden Threads)
  • Anais Nin
  • Arthur Naiman (The Macintosh Bible, 900,000 copies)
  • Barbara Harris (Let's Cook Microwave, 700,000 copies)
  • Barbara Salzman (The Jester Has Lost His Jingle)
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Ben Dominitz (Travel Free)
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Betty J.Eadie (Embraced by the Light)
  • Carl Sandburg
  • Christopher Paolini (Eragon)
  • D.H.Lawrence
  • David Chilton (The Wealthy Barber, 3 million copies)
  • Deepak Chopra
  • E.Lynn Harris (Invisible Life)
  • E.E. Cummings
  • Earthworks Group (Fifty Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth, 4.5 million copies)
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Edward Tufte (The Visual Display of Quantitative Information)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Ezra Pound
  • Frederick Ruffner (The Encyclopedia of Associations)
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Gertrude Stein
  • H.Jackson Brown (Life's Little Instruction Book, 5 million copies)
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Howard Fast (Spartacus)
  • Irma Rombauer (The Joy of Cooking, presently > 100,000 per year)
  • Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul)
  • James Joyce
  • James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy, 5.5 million copies)
  • Jim Everrode (How to Flatten Your Stomach, 2 million copies)
  • Joe Karbo (The Lazy Man's Way to Riches, millions of copies)
  • John A. De Vito (The Devil's Apocrypha: There Are Two Sides to Every Story)
  • John Cassidy (Juggling for the Complete Klutz, 2 million copies)
  • John Grisham (A Time to Kill)
  • John Muir (How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, 2 million copies)
  • Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (The One-Minute Manager, 12 million copies)
  • Ken Keyes, Jr.
  • L.Frank Baum
  • L.Ron Hubbard (Dianetics, 20 million copies)
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Lee and Sue Fox (The Beanie Baby Handbook, 3 million copies)
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Lord Byron
  • Louis L'Amour
  • Louise Hay
  • Marcel Proust
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Mark Hensen
  • Mark Twain.
  • Marlo Morgan (Mutant Message Down Under, 370,000 copies)
  • Mary Baker Eddy
  • Mary Ellen Pinkham (Mary Ellen's Best of Helpful Hints)
  • Matthew Reilly (Contest)
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Oscar Wilde (Poems)
  • Pat Conroy
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Phyllis Schlafly (A Choice, Not An Echo)
  • Richard Nelson Bolles (What Color is Your Parachute, 5 million copies)
  • Richard Nixon (Real Peace)
  • Richard Paul Evans (The Christmas Box)
  • Rick Evans (The Christmas Box, sold for 4.2 million dollars)
  • Robert Bly
  • Robert Ringer
  • Robert Service
  • Robinson Jeffers
  • Rod McKuen
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Sanda Haldeman Martz (When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, 1.5 million copies)
  • Spencer Johnson
  • Stephen Crane
  • Stephen King
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Thomas Paine
  • Tom Clancy
  • Tom Peters (In Search of Excellence, 10 million copies).
  • Upton Sinclair
  • Vicky Lansky (Feed Me, I'm Yours, 8.5 million copies)
  • Virginia Woolf
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Walt Whitman
  • Wess Roberts (Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, 486,000 copies)
  • Willa Cather
  • William Blake
  • William E.B. DuBois
  • William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (The Elements of Style)
  • Zane Grey

Why is it important to get my manuscript as perfect as possible before printing a technical proof?

A technical proof is for such things as checking that all pages are printing the right way up and in the correct order. A technical proof is not for the sake of checking the book is without typos, etc. With the advent of digital printing, it has become a virtual certainly that a books interior text file will print as an exact mirror of the electronic file.

If you wish to make any revisions or updates after the printing of your technical proof you will be liable for the update fees as detailed in your publishing contract.

What happens if I want to update my work after the technical proof?

If you wish to update your cover or interior text file after you have ordered the printing of your technical proof, you will need to pay update/revision fees. The technical proof is not an editing or style proof, rather it is to check that the pdf interior/cover files have printed correctly. It is extremely unusual for pdf files not to print correctly and as an exact reflection of the electronic file contents. The term ‘print correctly’ does not include colour tones, shades, resolution or other image attributes of the images present on the cover and/or included in any colour books. Further, for black and white books, ‘print correctly’ does not include any aspects of how images print out. This is because the printing of images in terms of colour and resolution tends to be very variable on all printing systems compared with how an image may appear on a backlit computer monitor. For an image to look great on a monitor it only needs to be around 72 dpi (compared to 300 dpi for printing) and the backlighting will often give it more luminosity compared to how the same image will appear on paper.

Because any revisions after the printing of your technical proof will incur additional fees, you should ensure that everything in your Work is exactly as you wish it to be. It is easy to want to rush the process and not notice everything you will eventually want updating. It actually takes tens of hours to correctly confirm everything is as you wish.

In addition, as the Author, you are responsible for double checking all work received back from typesetters, editors and cover designers, whether they are employed directly by yourself or whether Gigalillion provide those services to you as part of any particular publishing package or extra service. It is always yourself as Author who signs off all work as ready for printing in your control panel. No one else can do it.

Another way to approach this whole issue is that it is actually easier to spot typos and other issues in a printed book as opposed to onscreen. It is therefore perfectly reasonable to print a technical proof with a view to using it to identify any aspects you wish to change and update. As long as the interior file does not alter by more than a few pages, the cover will not need updating in respect of it. However, if the cover file does need updating for any reason (including an updated page count), you will be additionally liable for cover design update and reprinting fees.*

It’s probably reasonably accurate to state that most books of quality are re-printed a few times after the technical proof, to get them just right. Therefore considering this process as one that is reasonable to budget for, can both take the pressure off needing to get everything perfect before printing the technical proof, as well as provide a pathway whereby the book can be significantly improved at the last stage before publication.

*subject to terms and conditions

How should I select the right trim size?

Trim size refers to the actual dimensions of your book (expressed as width x height, usually in mm these days). This is a very important aspect of publication. First of all, trim size needs to fit both the genre and the style of your work. Secondly, trim size usually exerts a significant impact on the financials of your book. Generally speaking, it’s best to go with as large a trim size as you feel is appropriate to your style and genre of work. This is because a larger trim size tends to reduce page count and therefore, print unit cost as well.

We always recommend you locate some books on your shelf that have the look and feel you envisage is right for your work. Then measure those books in millimetres and correlate with our list of trim sizes in one of the calculators or in the Book Specification form. Some trim sizes have a choice of paper stock (e.g. white or crème) and some trim sizes are available in paperback, hardback and/or full colour books (matt finish).

Should I do a hardback edition of my book as well?

We suggest you do because firstly, it’s really nice to see your work in a hardback edition – and secondly, on Amazon, you will get two pages for your work as opposed to just one. Thirdly, generally speaking, offering potential buyers of any product a choice between variants of the same product is always a good strategy, i.e. if a buyer is choosing between product A at 5 pounds and a variant of product A at 10 pounds – he is still most likely to buy product A in some form or other.

We offer hardback setups of your book at a reduced rate both setup fee wise as well as with respect to yearly fees. (The same reduced fee structure applies to any brand new titles by the Author as well.)

If you are considering a hardback edition of your work, it makes things considerably simpler if you select a trim size that is available in both softback and hardback. This means that you can submit the same interior text file for both editions, thus making things considerably easier, especially in terms of only having to only lay out one interior text file, as well as meaning that you don’t have to keep two different files in sync in terms of any adjustments and/or updates made to one or the other.

It’s your choice, but it can make sense to wait for the printing of the additional versions technical proof until you’ve got your initial softback or hardback version just right. This can save you from the financial liability of needing to update the files for two books, when it would have made more sense to get the first version exactly as you want it - before proceeding with the technical proof for the second (given that the two variants will use the same interior text file, and a very similar cover file).

Why do you emphasise so much that it is important I treble check my work before submitting to print?

Did you only say treble check! It’s always surprising how much work it takes to get a publication absolutely perfect. It’s very tempting to rush, because naturally, as Authors, we really look forward to seeing our work in print, and tend to get a bit over excited it all. However, it makes a lot of sense to take a bit more time to ensure everything is exactly as we wish it to be before any printing is begun.

Being realistic, it’s also sensible to budget for at least one revision after the technical proof is printed. For some reason, typos are much easier spotted in a printed book than on screen.

Why do you charge for book file updates after the printing of the technical proof, can’t you update my work for me for free?

Because there is a significant cost incurred on our behalf in terms of making updates to a book that has already been setup on the system – (this applies to the updating of the cover and/or the interior text file). Your setup fee only covers the printing of one technical proof, and therefore, if you require further interior files or cover file updates after that, then you will need to cover the applicable fees as detailed in your publishing contract.

Many Authors are able to get their book to a standard that they are happy with for the printing of their technical proof, and some Authors factor in an extra budget for revisions after the printing of their technical proof.

The pricing of our publishing packages factor in only sufficient time and costs to print one technical proof. We emphasise to Authors repeatedly, how important it is to take a bit of extra time to ensure you have got everything just right - before you instruct us (via your Author control panel) to proceed with printing your technical proof. If need be, print out your whole book on your PC printer, and give it a last check through.

Any revisions after your technical proof will incur revision fees as specified in your publishing contract.

How should I check my cover is exactly as I want it to be?

Very carefully! Because cover designs often form, as a whole, such visually stunning images, it’s easy to not notice typos and other such errors that are contained on them. You should take time to study the cover file – specifically, every letter of every word, and every word of every sentence - including all the punctuation and formatting of the text.

Read all the text through a few times, not from a distance, but up close, making contact with the exact words written on the cover design – not just what you believe them to be.

Believe what you see – not see what you believe – is a good guide for checking that covers are correct in every detail before printing proceeds.

If some detail is later found to be in error on your cover, after the technical proof has been printed, and after you confirmed it ready to print – it is not the cover designers fault, or ourselves as the publisher – rather it would be your responsibility as Author, because you are the one who would have signed it off as ready to print. After the printing of the technical proof, update/revision fees apply with regard to setting a new cover file on the printing systems, and possibly, (depending on how many times the cover has previously already been revised), cover design update fees as well.

It pays to take a bit of extra time to ensure your cover is exactly right, before the printing of your technical proof.

Do you publish everything that is submitted to you by Authors?

No we don’t, but at the same time, we also aim to assist Authors whose work really isn’t ready for publishing to get their work up to scratch. It’s most common that an Authors work is in need of editing or some other service that can be plugged in to one of our standard packages.

Of course, regarding the subject matter of publications, though highly controversial subjects are fine, at the same time, the expression of that controversy must be legal. In addition, we apply the standards of Open Society to all expression within a book. This is as follows.

An open society is a society based on the recognition that nobody has a monopoly on the truth, that different people have different views and interests, and that there is a need for institutions to protect the rights of all people to allow them to live together in peace. Broadly speaking, an open society is characterized by a reliance on the rule of law, the existence of a democratically elected government, a diverse and vigorous civil society, and respect for minorities and minority opinions. (Source: - c_programs_at_osi)

As author you will need to certify via our various book forms, that your book does not contain any expressions that are not in line with our Open Society publishing principles, and/or any other material that is libellous, etc…

Can you place books in a traditional channel as opposed to POD?

Yes we can – and a very good channel as well. Here is a description of what we are able to offer.

Gigalillion offers a traditional channel distribution option, which incorporates a modest reping service (i.e. making contact with retailers likely to be interested in your work). By traditional channel, we mean that your book is made available via sale or return, as opposed to retailers needing to purchase it outright before being able to display – or sell it. Titles placed in this channel also usually appear on Amazon as in stock and available for immediate dispatch.

This channel is only suited to high quality non-fiction works with a clearly defined niche market. Further, professional editing, proofing and cover design is a must. Compared to our POD channel, this option returns only very modest royalties, and cover price does need to be significantly higher to cover additional costs and trade discounts offered. However, if these criteria can be met, our traditional channel does sometimes provide significant advantages for non-fiction Authors who are interested in potential sales and increased distribution as opposed to royalties returned. Books have to be first published via our standard POD channel (utilising at least the Achieve package), before they can be considered for this channel. The final decision as to whether a book is eligible for this channel is with the repers not with Gigalillion. No guarantees about acceptance into this channel can be offered ahead of time (as only completed books are referred to the repers for consideration). Please contact us for more details; though please first create an Author account on the system and complete appropriate information forms about your work.