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Rosen Trevithick

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Rosen was born in Cornwall. She studied psychology at Oxford before moving back to the West Country.

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21.03.2012 21:20
FeedARead - Thoughts so Far

FeedARead - Thoughts so Far

A number of authors have asked me to let them know how I get on with FeedARead, the UK Arts Council funded self-publishing service. Well, so far it's going so well, that if I was offered the backing of a traditional publisher, I'd have to think very seriously about whether I'd be any better off than staying with print-on-demand.

Time frame

I uploaded my contents and cover images two weeks ago, and my proof copy arrived yesterday.

The longest part of the process was waiting for the printer to approve my files, and once that was done, the book arrived two working days later. It was an exciting surprise because I left the package on the mat for two hours, thinking it must be a DVD I'd ordered. You can imagine my delight when I unwrapped it and found it was my book!

You can only contact FeedARead by email, but they are always quick to reply to messages (within forty-eight hours) and I've found the staff very obliging and helpful. They also approved my files quickly (within twenty-four hours). I think it helped that I created my own PDF. You have the option of uploading a Word file and it doesn't even have to match the finished paper size, but then it takes longer because FeedARead have to create a PDF for you.

Costs

In terms of costs, I've paid £7.94 (£4.99 + 2.99 P&P) for my proof copy and £88 for premium distribution. You can publish through the FeedARead website for free, and people can buy copies of your book direct. However, I chose to invest in premium distribution because I want my paperback to be available on Amazon, where I will link it to my Kindle edition. Premium distribution will also allow bookshops to order copies, using the ISBN. However, whether or not a bookshop agrees to stock Seesaw remains to be seen.

Before using FeedARead, I hired proofreaders (Olivia and Peter) to check my manuscripts. This was not a set prerequisite for using FeedARead, but it is something that anybody planning to use a print on demand service should consider.

Edit (2/7/2012): I've just had an email from FeedARead stating: "As per agreement the printers charge to keep books in distribution and that is £19.99 annually after first year." This is something that I'd previously missed.

Royalties

As far as profit goes, I'm selling my book for £7.99 - this was the minimum that I could set, due to printing costs. For each copy sold through distribution, I'll receive £1.01. At first I thought that was rather low, but compared with other options, this is actually very generous. I have spoken to a traditionally published author who gets a lower percentage.

I will receive a much higher royalty (about £2.50 I believe) for books sold through FeedARead.

FeedARead boast that their royalties are higher than the norm, due to their arts council funding. I don't know how their royalties compare to other print-on-demand services, but I was put off other sites because they didn't seem geared towards UK customers. I'm having to jump through hoops to get paid for my Kindle books sold by Amazon US, and I don't want to end up in a similar mess with my paperback proceeds. I also like dealing in pounds sterling and not having to constantly consult the exchange rate.

Quality

My proof copy is a thing of beauty. It has a glossy cover and the pages are made of strong paper. The text is very clear and easy to read (I used Georgia 11pt, in case you're interested).

If I look very closely at the cover, I can see some white dashed lines across it, but I mean closely. I've never put anybody else's book that close to my eyes, ever!

The colours are much deeper than I expected, so my cover is a little darker than intended. Yesterday, this seemed like a disaster, but today it doesn't seem to bother me as much. If I ever decide to prepare a second edition, I will definitely attend to the cover brightness, but it doesn't seem worth delaying launch over - it's still gorgeous.

Catches

Are there any catches? Well, not a catch as such, but you need to be aware that if you want to update your book after it's gone to the printers, it will cost you £29 (or £39 if your title has entered bookseller distribution.) Also, keep in mind what I said about my cover printing several shades darker than it appeared on screen, when preparing images.

Also, at the moment, FeedARead pays royalties every six months, with no reporting in between. However, perhaps they will improve their reporting, as the service expands.

In summary

All in all, I'm very pleased with FeedARead. The speed at which my proof copy reached me, shows that customers will receive their copies as quickly as a traditionally published book; my royalties are as high, if not higher than they would be if I had a mainstream publisher; the quality of the book is superb. FeedARead are a great service for getting your work in print.

Next step: distribution. I will let you know how that goes, and how much success I have getting my work into bookshops.

FeedARead was recommended to me by Steve Robinson, author of In the Blood.

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13 comments

09/04/2012 21:24
JenP says...

Hello! Thank you - that's all really useful stuff as I'm new to all this and uploading my cover to Feedaread as we speak!

I might be being stupid but from your opening paragraph it sounds like Feedaread is different to print on demand - is it? It's all very confusing. The CreateSpace website has addled my brain!

10/04/2012 17:48
Rosen says...

They are a print on demand service, but they can also help with distribution.

22/05/2012 20:20
Rachel says...

Glad I found your comments - I was feeling disappointed that my Sales Breakdown still said zero, when I know I've had some sales. I hadn't quite appreciated the "no reporting in between" bit - surely it wouldn't be too hard for them to make that a live tally, so you can see whether your marketing is working! Oh well, it's early days!

22/05/2012 20:24
Rosen says...

I really hope they'll add this feature. It's so important for authors to be able to estimate their sales figures.

Amazon's CreateSpace has now been optimised for Europe. I wonder how that will impact on FeedARead's business. I hope it's not too detrimental.

17/08/2012 15:16
James Oldman says...

Hi Rachel. My name is James Oldman author of Superhighway, The reason perhaps for zero returns when you know you have had sales is because the printers work three monthes behind with their sales figures, so it depends when your book went live.I think feedaread is just brill. good luck with the book.

25/10/2012 22:02
John Simpson says...

Disappointing to see they charge £19.99 annually to stay in distribution. I can't find any mention of that on their website - and there does seem to be basic features missing in their system (deleting a book, for instance). The hidden £19.99 puts me off them though, seems dishonest.

25/10/2012 22:09
Rosen says...

How does the annual fee compare to other POD services?

09/09/2013 21:20
Y Kwan Loo says...

Excellent feedback, Rosen, and thanks. I have used Authors on Line as POD for my first book 'What clients don't tell management consultants in consulting.' They will also charge £20 p.a. for distributing. But they are not as 'free' as FEEDAREAD.

21/12/2013 17:29
margaret morgan says...

I have nearly published with FARead. I have nothing but praise for them: Kevin and the team. I nearly 'fell at the first fence', but was catered for individually, almost as if they realized that I was devoid of any common sense, memory or computer savvy. Great stuff.

04/04/2014 12:33
Mark Newham says...

So, two years on from your original post, was wondering if you're still so gung-ho about FAR. Am considering using them but not impressed with having no contact number or even an obvious email address when punching the 'contact' button. Any probs getting paid or with book distribution? I'd be grateful for any feedback. Thanks

04/04/2014 17:38
Rosen says...

Mark,

FeedARead's email address is theteam@feedaread.com. If you use their contact form, that's the address that replies. Their lack of phone contact is annoying, but other POD services like IngramSpark and CreateSpace are based in the US, so although they have contact numbers, it's expensive to call them and the lines can be manned at odd hours.

No problems getting paid.

Distribution: Amazon takes ages to list their books as in stock. However, the world doesn't have to revolve around Amazon. FeedARead use recognised UK distributors, which is more than can be said for CreateSpace.

The biggest barrier to distribution is that brick and mortar stores are reluctant to stock FeedARead books because of their low profit margins.

As far as I know, IngramSpark is the only way to get both a recognised UK distributor and a 55% margin for shops. (But of course, if you give the shops a wide margin, it pushes the price of your books up and lowers your royalty.)

Your choice of POD service depends on your needs.

08/04/2014 16:16
Mark Newham says...

Thanks Rosen. All useful.

01/12/2016 23:54
David Holdsworth says...

Sadly I have not sold any copies yet with FeedARead. I'm not sure if that is because I haven't added wider distribution services due to my lack of money. I do wonder how one can actually make it in the POD world. I've had adverts on google and done various other things to promote the book, but no one seems that interested.


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