Redwing Productions and Minuteman Press gifts you your physical book in your hands
Due to the demand for our printed books to be available to us in South Africa, and given how expensive it is to order our books from Createspace and Lulu (along with the risk of those books being lost in the mail), we have secured a local press to meet this requirement - Minuteman Press.
Not only do we wish to have copies of our books for selling to our readers, but, let’s face it, just holding a printed copy in our hands is beyond special! Our books, after months and years of hard work, in our hands and on our bookshelves, inspires us to keep writing.
To streamline the process Minuteman has offered a deal of exclusivity. They will deal only through Redwing and we will submit our files for printing solely through them. This means that Minuteman will receive print-ready files, which will therefore speed the printing time, while we as authors are offered economic rates, given that Redwing will collate files for larger print runs.
Redwing staff will do the formatting required for your print-ready files. We will check every file submitted for print readiness and if formatting is required, we will inform you. As this is of utmost importance in order to deliver a quality printed book, we do charge for this. See our Editing Page.
Note: the page count limit for the digital printer is 500 pages; over 500 pages moves to the litho press. We will quote accordingly.
Under no circumstances will we share your work with another; it remains your copyright always. Minuteman may advertise your printed books on their website, however, to showcase their abilities, but never do they claim rights. All advertising is welcome, of course!
If you have an ISBN, this will be inserted onto your cover. If you do not have an ISBN, Minuteman may place their logo in that space. They are not publishers, merely a press serving authors.
Redwing Productions charges a nominal fee per book, a handling fee. Authors pay Redwing, and we forward payment to Minuteman. Minuteman Press has, as stated, asked for this, in order to deal with only one entity; it eases the planning for their printers and binders. We will keep up-to-date records of your work for future print runs. If at any time you change something, whether in the interior file or on the cover, let us know for our records. Every order will receive a code, which you may use to keep track of progress. Lead times may vary according to size of orders and how busy the press is.
Send us your files
Interior files may be forwarded to Redwing as Word (.doc or .docx) documents or a PDF with the embedded function enabled. If your PDF isn't properly formatted, we will request the original Word document. Page count may change after a format for print.
We will need the following to set your books up for print:
We will quote you
Your quote will include an edit charge (if an edit is required), the format fee (if your work isn't properly formatted for print) and the actual cost for a print run (which includes our handling fee).
A print-ready PDF will be forwarded to you for approval after acceptance of quote before printing. We will make changes as requested at this point, but we cannot engage in a back and forth endlessly. We offer three approval documents only; thereafter your deposit will be returned minus our handling fee.
Please note that a 75% deposit is required, the balance to be paid upon delivery.
We are able to facilitate full colour books as well, but be advised that this is costly and will vary according to specifications required.
Once your print run is complete, we will have it delivered to your address as submitted. Balance of payment is due within 48 hours.