David Siddall: Experienced, UK-based designer & typesetter of print and ebooks – self-publishing a speciality

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Book design & typesetting + eBooks + graphic design + print & publicity + online media



Printed book design & typesetting

I've been designing books and book covers for many years now, from novels to children's books, technical manuals to research treatises, self-help and personal development books to academic and educational textbooks. Whilst initially this work was for publishing houses, I now offer a complete design, typesetting and publication service direct to established and first-time authors whose aim is to self-publish their work.

For print-on-demand paperback editions most of my authors choose to publish via Amazon's market-leading Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)® service (formerly Create Space). For print-on-demand hardback editions I recommend publication via Ingram Spark®.

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eBook design and formatting

Whilst Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing ® platform (KDP) offers previously unheard off opportunities to aspiring authors, and likewise claims to simplify the entire eBook self-publishing process, creating an eBook to a standard which can compete with a professionally designed and published product often requires creative and IT skills which exceed those of the average computer user. A clear understanding of the technical requirements and processes involved and of the KDP platform itself is also a big advantage.

Whether you'd like help formatting your manuscript for publication, professional eBook cover image design or support with the KDP platform itself please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Most recently published

Selected Lyrics (front cover)Selected Lyrics
Tony Hazzard

A lyrical anthology, covering 50 years, from singer-songwriter Tony Hazzard with a foreword by Sir Tim Rice – a life's work, from 1960s pop chart sensations to more recent songs. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, provocative and thoughtful; for those of a certain age many lyrics will bring back memories while others will be unfamiliar but enlightening.

115-page, 5.5" x 8.5" paperback.
Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Spring 2021

The Woman in the Tree (front cover)The Woman in the Tree
Phil M Shirley

In the small town of Innswood, Helen Merry is grieving the sudden death of her husband and son. She encounters the enigmatic Illusionist, who uses his magical powers to hold her captive for seven days. What follows is an astonishing chain of events of mythical proportions. A modern-day fairytale of human life and possibility.

25-page, 5.5" x 8.5" paperback. Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Spring 2021

22 Arena Innocents (front cover)22 Arena Innocents
Elton Darlo

After the terror attack at Manchester Arena in May 2017 local artist, Elton Darlo was drawn to the City's St Ann's Square which quickly became a shrine to the victims of the atrocity. He spent the next 18 days there sketching all that he saw and subsequently created the series of 22 paintings featured in this book as his legacy to those that were lost.

28-page, 8.25" x 8.25" paperback.

Published Spring 2021

Hope & Dreams (front cover)Hope and Dreams
The Secret Journal of Hope Monroe – Volume 2
O. D. Allen

The continuing story of Hope Monroe in which she tackles challenges as diverse as racial prejudice, Asperger's Syndrome and the Corona Virus pandemic; all told in the author's engaging, easy-to-read style. 'You only get married for the first time once!' Can Hope really have her very own 'happily ever after'?

296-page, 5" x 8" paperback.
Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Winter 2020/21

Recover (front cover)Recover: Rebuilding trust after the shock of betrayal
Neil Wilkie

The author of the 'Relationship Paradigm' series (of which 'Recover' is the second book) is a qualified psychotherapist and expert in relationships who unusually shares his wisdom and strategies through the medium of 'adult parables'. Very different from the average self-help guide and highly regarded by reviewers.

307-page, 6" x 9" paperback. Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Winter 2020/21

Life, Art & Freddie mercury (front cover)Life, Art and Freddie Mercury: 1968-70
Rose Rose

Rose Pearson's (now Rose Rose's) remarkable autobiographical account of the two years she spent as Freddie Mercury's (then Freddie Bulsara's) girlfriend between 1968-70. Their story and that of their infuential London friends is told both through narrative and 14 of the author's striking and original paintings reproduced in full colour

102-page, 5" x 8" paperback. Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Winter 2020/21

Hope & Fears (front cover)Hope and Fears
The Secret Journal of Hope Monroe – Volume 1
O. D. Allen

Hope Monroe is a young, mixed-race woman badly injured in a hit and run accident, leaving her in a cycle of depression and anxiety. 'What happens when you finally find the person you weren't looking for?' Can finding love when she least expects it help perpetually single Hope embrace life again?

244-page, 5" x 8" paperback.
Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Winter 2020/21

Le Parfum des délices’ (front cover)Le Parfum des délices: Histoires vraies sur les joies de la vie
Christine Corso

A French translation of the author's 'Cherry Picking a Lifetime of Delights' published in December 2020. Translated and adapted by Muriel Foenkinos, cover by Cecile Guedy.

135-page, 5.5" x 8.5" paperback.
Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Winter 2020

Thomas Muir: ‘Lad O' Pairts’(front cover)Thomas Muir: 'Lad O' Pairts'
Peter Elliott

A meticulously researched and extensively illustrated biography of Mathematician and Educationist, Sir Thomas Muir (1844–1934). The first comprehensive book on Muir's life and work, from his humble Scottish origins, his passion for mathematics and the turbulent period he spent as the leading educationist of the Cape Colony of southern Africa in the early 20th century. 253-page 6.69" x 9.61" paperback. Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Autumn 2020

Cherry Picking a Lifetime of Delights (front cover)Cherry Picking a Lifetime of Delights
Christine Corso

A touching and emotional collection of true stories from the author's life viewed through the prism of delight. The tone is friendly and conversational, yet the insights are profound. Through these joyful narratives you will recollect your own golden moments and be inspired to share the sweet taste of joy with the world and those around you. 135-page, 5.5" x 8.5" paperback. Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Autumn 2020

After Taking The Waters (front cover)After Taking The Waters
Paul Jackson

An historic novel set in the City of Bath in the 18th Century, the era of politeness, of enlightenment and of reason; but also in which a wife was her husband's property (including her money and her inheritance). Based on extensive research into contemporary writings and the author's lifelong appreciation of the Bath and its history. 514-page 5" x 8" paperback.

Published Autumn 2020

Christmas Recipe (front cover)Christmas Recipes from Emma Ellice-Flint
'Delicious feasting with a healthy twist'

Nutritional therapist and chef Emma-Ellis Flint shares some of her favourite classic Christmas recipes reimagined using healthier ingredients. The flavours, textures and look of the classic versions are not compromised but the overall dish is far healthier. 54-page, full-colour, A4, PDF eBook.

Published Autumn 2020

Silent: The power of silence (front cover)Silent: The Power of Silence
Gregory Nicholas Maulouf

We are not responsible for everything in life, but by owning our individual share of responsibility, we can transform our own lives and the lives of everyone we connect with. Each of us can play a part in righting difficult realities, through all the actions we take, large and small. 212-page, 5.5" x 8.5" paperback. Also available as a Kindle eBook.

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David Siddall Multimedia is a deliberately small freelance business which I've allowed to develop organically over 20 years. My aim is to understand my clients' aspirations, to deliver on time and to a high standard and to always calculate prices on an individual basis. If geographical location is important to you, I'm based in Dartmouth in South Devon in the UK. If you've got a project you'd like to discuss please do get in touch, I'd be very pleased to help.