Private publishing affords an opportunity for writers, authors, photographers, artists and others, regardless of experience, to get their work published in a professional manner, in a variety of finished book forms. We have published novels, military and local histories, children’s books, poetry, guidebooks, autobiographies and life stories. Private publishing is particularly suitable where the work is aimed at local interest, or simply where individual wishes to commit a body of work to permanent, printed form.

Self-publishing has matured in recent years to become a major element of the UK publishing industry. It is increasingly viewed as a respectable approach for authors, not a personal vanity. The reasons for choosing to self-publishing might a desire to be more widely read; a hope that the book will be picked up by a ‘traditional’ publisher; the wish to publish for a small audience that a commercial publisher will not find profitable; the personal fulfillment of one’s hobby; publishing for family and friends; publishing as part of a business venture; or a wish to make money from writing.

These and many others are all perfectly valid reasons for an author to consider financing the publication of their own book.

Our services are tailored to meet individual requirements and can include any or all of the following:

  • Advice on manuscripts, illustrations, photographs and art work
  • Typing services for manuscripts
  • Commissioning specialist art work for internal illustrations and book covers
  • Full editing advice and support
  • Copy editing and proof reading
  • Full layout and design services
  • Printing and delivery
  • ISBNs and National book listing
  • Copyright and Legal deposits
  • Local marketing and national e-sales support
  • Production and marketing of books in e-book format for Kindle etc.

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I must express a huge ‘Thank You’ yet again to you, Tom. The books have been excellent and the publicity for The Island Sanctuary was superb - I could not have asked for better.
Robert Alan-Haven
Thank you again, Tom, for all your good work. The book has received many compliments for design and quality. I was also so pleased to see the lovely review you did of my book. Thank you - it was so well-written and enticing! I have now sold over half of what we had printed, which is quite good so soon after publication.
Robert Alan-Haven
I thought you'd like to know that Waterstones in Chesterfield is stocking my book, and I saw it there in pride of place near the desk. I've received an extremely complimentary letter from the writer Emma Smith, whose book As Green as Grass has recently been published by Bloomsbury. I must say it is very encouraging.
Kate Clark
Chile in My Heart
After the initial print run and three further reprints, we have just 50 left to take to at least another 10 functions. We are confident of selling them all, and it has been enormous fun.
Kate Clark
I have read your book from cover to cover and am now reading it all over again. This is my habit with books that I really enjoy. It is beautifully produced and strikingly original in concept and structure.
Dr Joan Booth, Leiden University
I am delighted with the book and very thankful for your work and your patience. It was thorough and precise always and a pleasure to read, thanks to the format and the small editing changes you made. You showed sympathy and understanding for the author as well as others concerned, and I want to thank you for that, as well as for the excellent book.
Geoff Copley
I've now received my copy of My Father's War, and I'm so delighted to see the results of this labour of love. Thank you for all your hard work and patience – I fully appreciate the extent of the work that you've had to do, and in particular I appreciate the fact that you've been supportive and sympathetic to the author, my mother, throughout the process. We are all really grateful for this.
Giselle Rerat
Thank you, Tom, for your work on the Foreword. It is just beautiful. Waterstones have invited me to do a signing on Saturday. I'm delivering copies to the Tourist Information Centres in Bakewell and Castleton today – two more new outlets. Never a dull moment.
Tracey Evison
The Chatsworth books are selling like hot cakes and I wonder if we can take another 100 copies please? Waterstones Branch Manager
Branch Manager, Waterstones
Derbyshire's Unsung Heroes was my first venture into publishing, and I approached Bannister Publications, and was put in contact with Tom Blyth. He was most encouraging, and guided me through the process of editing, picture selection and preparation for publication. After the book came out he arranged for press releases, placement on Amazon and in the local branch of Waterstones, and featured it in a series of articles in Reflections magazine. He also arranged for a journalist to review the book. I contacted independent bookshops and local media, resulting in interviews on radio and further newspaper pieces. Bannister Publications has made the process of publishing a book very easy.
Malcolm Cowper