MEET THE SUPPLIER: PREPARE TO PUBLISH
Director Andrew Chapman explains how Prepare to Publish can support independent publishers
1 HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC IMPACTED PUBLISHERS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
It is noticeable that our publisher clients have been delaying publication dates in particular, so timescales have become more stretched for book production. But otherwise the wheels are thankfully still turning! In the meantime we have seen an increase in enquiries from self-publishing authors.
2 CAN YOU SHARE ANY PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR IPG MEMBERS AS THEY RESPOND TO PANDEMIC-RELATED CHALLENGES?
As a collective of freelancers spread across the UK, we’re already familiar with remote working and are strong advocates of that. So of course we’d argue that there is very little, if anything, in the editorial process that can’t be done in this way.
3 WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU FORESEE FOR PUBLISHERS OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS - AND HOW CAN YOU HELP BUSINESSES CAPITALISE ON THEM?
It does seem a good time to be embracing both subscription models and digital editions, especially if future waves of the pandemic could be on the cards—anything that can protect and build your direct relationship with customers. We recently acquired an ebook production business, which we’re integrating into existing services, so can help get that back catalogue converted, for example. Generally we think a team like ours can help you get books ready to publish more speedily, and resilience often lies in flexibility.
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