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Self Publishing Books with Ashley House

Self Publishing Books with Ashley House

So, you've just finished creating your latest masterpiece. Perhaps that's an illustrated children's book; an adults colouring book; your favourite recipes and foodie pics; a travel journal; or even a potentially viral romance - Fifty Shades anyone...?

Now you're looking to get your hard work out into the world for everyone to see. Typically it has been at this moment where authors have had to begin the tedious process of finding a publisher, negotiating a deal and then playing the waiting game while the final product is enqueued before eventually hitting shelves.

Thanks to advances in printing, major shifts in consumer buying habits plus more and more direct channels to your buyers (think Etsy, Amazon, notonthehighstreet), authors no longer have to go through the long-winded process of finding a publisher.

The truth is that creative geniuses are taking the future into their own hands by turning to self-publishing to guarantee a shot at printed success.

When writing about the benefits, esteemed self-published author Orna Ross highlighted four huge advantages...

  1. It gives us a global readership, instead of confining us to specific territories.
  2. Our books are continually available: there is no such thing as ‘out-of-print’ any more.
  3. Now that there are a variety of distribution methods, we can choose which ‘middlemen’ – agents, publishers, print facilities, distributors, publicists – we wish to work with. We can take charge of our own book’s destiny.
  4. It gives our readers a point-of-purchase just at the moment they discover they want our book.

In fact, it's not just indie authors that have benefitted from the success of self-publishing. Many well known famous creators have turned to this technique too... William Blake, Lord Byron, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, James Patterson, Beatrix Potter, JK Rowling and Virginia Woolf to name but a few.

Adding to the list of self-published successes are our clients ‘Wavey n Snotts’, AKA Samantha Davies and Andy Watts. Inspired by life and everything in it, they share an eclectic mix of art, design and musical backgrounds. Together with Ashley House Printing Company, they have just debuted their first incredible kinder book creation - Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Launched only in September 2016, Cloud Cuckoo Land is already a screaming success. Author Andy Watts said, "Our book has been incredibly well received... We've already shipped to Burma, Iran, Thailand, America, Abu Dhabi and Australia".

"We're also being stocked in several Waterstones stores, plus 16 other independents; a figure that's growing weekly - we're thrilled."

"Due to the response of folk who've bought it and companies like Waterstones being so positive about the finish, we too feel it'll be a long working relationship with Ashley House".


Waterstones are reticent to buy straight from the publisher/author. An ISBN and barcode are essential. They will not stock you without them. You can get ISBNs from Nielsen in the UK, Bowker in the US, and barcode generators can be found via Google. They should be free or, at the very most, £20.)

Written and illustrated by Wavey n Snotts, Cloud Cuckoo Land is the first in their series of 'Animories'.

Ashley House’s self-publishing and book printing services provided valuable input on design, colour, stock and print to ensure the authors’ visions became reality.

Soon to do another print run for Christmas orders, Ashley House Printing Company ensures retailer shelves remain stocked and the quality of the print (especially crucial in illustrated books) remains as the author intended.

The self-published Cloud Cuckoo Land is a softback made with lovely recycled matt stock.

Create your best-seller with Ashley House

We'd love to talk to you about your self-published book plans. To talk to our friendly team call us on 01392 202320 or contact us.

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Client Testimonials

Delivering high quality print

"Jeff and the team at Ashley House always go out of their way to meet our challenging deadlines, delivering high quality print coupled with great service. It makes a big difference feeling assured your printing will be with you for when it’s needed. Many thanks!"

The Met Office

Can't recommend highly enough

"We have worked with Ashley House for many years, we always return to this printing house as their attention to detail is second to none."

Hoopers Department Stores

Passion for quality print

"The continued success of Ashley House is down to many things; passion for quality print, excellent customer service and advice, attention to detail, but over and above is their ability to work as a team to deliver for their clients. For these reasons they are a valued supplier."

University of Exeter

Printers of choice

"We can’t recommend Ashley House too highly - they have been our printers of choice for many years now. We love the fact that they take a huge pride in the quality of their print."

Theatre Alibi

A trusted extension of our team

"I continue to be very impressed with Ashley House’s impeccable service and attention to detail. At Nu-Heat we are rather particular about our brand colours and demand consistently high colour matching standards across all of our print product. Ashley house are a trusted extension of our team here, I can not recommend them highly enough."


10 out of 10

"We have been working with Ashley House for a while now and no matter what we throw at them, the result is nothing short of remarkable."

Monkey's Paw Consultancy

Exceeding our expectations

"We choose a printing company based on quality, attention to detail, service and great value. The team at Ashley House exceed our expectations every time."

Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa

Great service

"We receive great service from the team at Ashley House. They offer advice and guidance on any project; they're professional, friendly and always competitively priced. "

Blue Chip Holidays

Innovative and reliable

"Having moved our printing and design requirements to Ashley House about three years’ ago my only regret is that we did not do it sooner. Innovative and reliable with a fantastic customer service ethic."

Heavitree Brewery

A printer you can rely on

"Helpful Holidays have worked with Ashley House for many, many years. They produce excellent quality print combined with great service at a competitive price. They’re a printer you can rely on and we continue to do so. They’re also a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended."

Helpful Holidays