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

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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 submission service direct to established and first-time authors whose aim is to self-publish their work.

For print-on-demand paperback editions most of the authors I work with choose to publish via Amazon's market-leading Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)® service (formerly Create Space), or Ingram Spark® if they want to publish a hardback edition. Other print options are, of course, available.

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eBook design and formatting

Whilst Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)® eBook platform offers constantly developing opportunities to aspiring authors, and likewise claims to simplify the entire eBook self-publishing process, creating an eBook to a standard that 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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Published Summer 2021

Shadow Aspect (front cover)Shadow Aspect
Lady Mara Galeazzi, OMRI

Striking, evocative, photography by Jason Ashwood enhances this poignant yet inspiring autobiographical memoir by Italian ballerina Lady Mara Galeazzi, a former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, who graced the world’s stage over 3,000 times during her career. A personal insight into life behind the stage as a freelance dancer which reveals how struggles with the childhood depression, anxiety, and illness drive the author's world-renowned stage presence.

134-page, 10" x 8" paperback.
Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Summer 2021

Seniors Smiling: Sometimes Seriously (front cover)Seniors Smiling: Sometimes Seriously
John Turner

A memoir in which the author draws on more than forty years of observations and experience as an NHS consultant and the rich variety of characters, colleagues and personalities he has been privileged to encounter. Medical humour comes with plenty of scope for misunderstandings but for many is a welcome, sometimes inspirational tool for psychological survival, capable of lifting the mood in life’s darker moments. Warm, witty and entertaining, suffused with empathy and clinical insights.

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

Published Summer 2021

Ostentatious Time Wasting (front cover)Ostentatious Time Wasting: Tales from the White House, Pentagon & City Hall
Bob Stone

Bob Stone practices revolution by storytelling. An MIT-educated engineer, he spent twelve years at the Pentagon strengthening bureaucracy, then twelve years dismantling it. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations, he radically decentralized authority, cut regulations, and started a quality revolution prior to spending six years at the White House. “As fine a leadership book as I have read in many many a year. Read. Act. ASAP.”
Tom Peters

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

Published Summer 2021

Crossing the Line (front cover)Crossing the Line
Lorraine Hughes & Jacqui Button

The fate of an historic London football club is uncertain – its owner is in financial trouble and its manager is flirting with scandal. Will the club's s tormented striker cope? What can two fans, caught up in a Wagatha Christie quest do to change the course of events? All set to a background of questionable politics! A pacey and engaging novel.

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

Published Spring 2021

2000 ans d’Histoire de Londres en 15 Balades (front cover)2000 ans d’Histoire de Londres en 15 Balades
Tim Potter

A French translation of 'Walking London's History: 2000 years in 15 walks' (pub' Summer 2020). From the Romans to the Shard, each walk explores a key period in London’s history including Roman, Medieval and Victorian London, the Great Fire and the 19th century East End. Translators: the Association des Francophones de Londres.

185-pages, 5.5" x 8.5" paperback. Also available as a Kindle eBook.

Published Spring 2021

Bees for Development Journal No: 139 (front cover)Bees for Development Journal
Bees for Development

Featured here for the first time to celebrate the release of this remarkable international charity organisation's quarterly journal via the online magazine platform ISSUU. Bees for Development helps some of the world's poorest people to build resilient livelihoods through beekeeping. I'm proud to have been producing the print edition for many years.

20-pages (varies), digital journal. Also available in print from beesfordevelopment.org

Published Spring 2021

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 influential 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.

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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.