Testimonials from authors who use our services
The service and attention to client-needs is first class, and at a reasonable cost. In addition to guiding you through every stage of the publishing process, they offer plenty of post-publication advice and services to help you with the marketing. Their books are professionally produced and a match for any mainstream publisher; especially their cover designs ... SilverWood are everything they say they are. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Adrian Churchward Moscow Bound
When I decided to self-publish, I discovered that it’s not as easy as one might think to find a reputable company to go with. When I contacted SilverWood I felt an immediate rapport. Helen Hart and her staff were there for me the whole way, guiding me whenever I needed it to produce a well-edited, top quality product equal to anything a good traditional publisher would do. The SilverWood team are also there for their authors long after the book has been published, and foster a great sense of community with their authors. I cannot speak highly enough of them.
Kathryn Gauci The Embroiderer
I spent a great deal of time researching what assisted publishing services are available and against my criteria, SilverWood Books came out on top. Then I benefited from a personal recommendation from a satisfied customer and that clinched it. I needed a cover that would appeal to tourists visiting Kritsa, the village in Crete where my novel is set. The result from SilverWood is incredible and several local people have asserted that they know where the photo was taken, even though I know that is impossible! As a 'newbie' I didn't know what I didn't know, if that makes sense. So having the expertise of SilverWood behind me certainly gave me confidence.
Yvonne Payne Kritsotopoula
The great distinguishing feature of SilverWood Books is the superb personal service, with sympathetic and professional help at every stage of the publishing process. I have published two books with SilverWood and in both cases I have been delighted with the outcome - the excellent cover design, formatting and overall presentation have, I believe, greatly enhanced not only the attraction of the books to potential readers but also my own sense of personal achievement and satisfaction upon seeing them published. SilverWood turn what could be a real chore into a genuine pleasure.
Timothy Davidson The Bloomsbury Manuscript and Time for Another
Attentive, dedicated and personal when publishing my latest collection of poetry. They obtained me an author pass for London Book Fair which provided me with industry access, networking contacts and they have always been supportive in obtaining me promotion.
Michael Brown The Exhibit
SilverWood gave me hope where all could have been lost due to a previous publisher's demise. My book has the most marketable cover and everyone has remarked how much the image should help to make more book sales. The service was excellent and I got all the help I could possibly need to see me through to success again. I know I can rely on them for further information and assistance in the future. The team were marvellous.
Lin Treadgold Goodbye Henrietta Street
I had only planned to produce an ebook but I've been so impressed with the service, and the response from readers has been so good, that I'm now using SilverWood to produce a paperback version. Nothing was too much trouble. The whole team work together, answering questions and offering advice at every point. I would thoroughly recommend their services.
Esther Newton The Siege and Other Award-Winning Short Stories
I don't think I've ever received so many compliments on a jacket design as I have for this one!
Frances Thomas Helen's Daughter
It's been a crazy year. I started my crowd funding campaign in December 2012. To go from those humble beginnings to producing a book that I'm so proud of, being stocked in Foyles and receiving a readers' recommendation in The Guardian this December. I never expected any of this, and none of it would be possible without the hand-holding, patience and support of Helen and the team. You will not find a better publisher for your book. I've recommended their services to other authors and will continue to do so.
Ed Hancox Iceland, Defrosted
My association with SilverWood Books has been a pleasure. The team dealing with my manuscript has been reassuringly professional...but friendly and approachable at the same time. I also appreciate the useful documentation they provided to help with book promotion and marketing. And they answer emails virtually the same day so it is easy to keep in close touch! I am delighted to say that Claire, the book SilverWood created for me, is not only beautiful, but clearly of bookstore quality.
Carol Edgerley Claire
From the beginning I was treated as though I was the only client, no query was too trivial, all my emails were responded to immediately and I was gently led through the process of editing to cover choices to spread sheets and finally to the finished book. I felt as though I knew all the members of the team and I appreciated all their advice and suggestions ... All three books are beautiful to look at, and have a wonderful feel of quality. Helen has also given good advice on marketing and introduced me to Twitter and Facebook. I would highly recommend anyone to trust their manuscript to Helen and her team.
Gael Harrison The Highland Games, The Highland Rocks, Where the Golden Oriole Sang
I decided to go down the self-publishing route and it was a daunting prospect. After a few false starts, I came across SilverWood Books and have never looked back since. Two books published and a third on the way. The professionalism of my covers, the pro-active editing and an end product - a physical novel - that I can be proud of. I can't recommend them highly enough. On top of that, they manage the sales and distribution on my behalf. Book four will certainly be placed with them along with a 'second edition' from my early attempts at self-publishing.
Harvey Black Frozen Sun, Devils with Wings, and The Red Effect
If you think you haven’t got the confidence to self-publish by yourself, then SilverWood is for you. I chose their bespoke package and have a truly fabulous and professional debut novel which any represented author would be proud of. The SilverWood team were always there at the end of the phone or email to answer any questions and reassure me throughout the process. They have continued to be there for me giving me valuable advice as I market 'Girl Cop - the life and loves of an officer on the beat'.
Sandy Osborne Girl Cop
I really am thrilled with the quality of the production of the book.
Stephanie Morgan A Passing Guest
The staff at SilverWood Books are friendly and efficient, always responding to correspondence thoughtfully and in a timely fashion. Their willingness to stay in touch and answer questions gave me great confidence and helped make my campaign a success. Self-publishing a book should be enjoyable and exciting, and can only be so if one has the feeling one is working with a great team. I have had that feeling throughout the publishing process with SilverWood and I highly recommend their services.
Steven Colborne The Philosophy of a Mad Man
I cannot praise Helen and her team highly enough. I was constantly kept informed of developments, with regular e-mails. Suggestions and any small alterations were always sensitively and tactfully made and Helen was unfailingly encouraging, positive and enthusiastic. I felt genuinely looked after and supported in my first publishing venture - to the extent, in fact, that I often felt that I was SilverWood's only author!
Richard Leigh Harris Days of Our Vanity
My first book 'The Right Way' is way beyond what I ever expected. I've had many comments from the younger set about the design of the front cover, which really seems to appeal. The advice given by all involved at SilverWood has been sound, constructive, honest and true. I may have written the page but SilverWood brought 'The Right Way' to life.
Robert O Russell The Right Way
It's a been a very pleasant and efficient process. The result is outstanding - you have achieved total wow factor. All credit to you and your team. I think we got Rolls Royce service.
Harriet Smart The Butchered Man
I would definitely recommend SilverWood to anyone looking to publish their book. A high quality company, with a friendly team and excellent service. I was updated regularly on how my book was doing... Thank you to everyone at SilverWood.
Samantha Rendle House of Vampires
I have received what I regard as an extremely high level of service that I have not experienced with other publishers. After agreeing to publish your work you don't usually hear from most publishers. Not so with Helen Hart. She, or her assistant, were frequently in touch with me. They also suggested making changes to parts of the text which made it flow more easily for the reader, and discussed use of photographs. This was sound professional advice which I valued.
Maurice Fells Bristol Lives: Past and Present
Thank you again for all the effort you and your team put in to creating such a high quality publication.
Susan Sneddon, Director, Brand and Internal Communications, The Royal London Group Royal London:The First 150 Years
I was very impressed with the editorial appraisal for the first three chapters of my novel. The report contained extremely useful advice and recommendations, the comments about my style were very pertinent, and it was well worth the £70 fee!"
Bob Lander Dipsomania
When I used Silverwood Books I did not truly understand how far they were willing to go to try and get everything as perfect as possible. Everything was done quickly, as everything was done over the internet and this shaved a lot of time off the predicted realease date.
Alex Roissetter A Soldier Poet
This has been a true partnership - akin to what I would expect from a mainstream publisher. The level of input, editing and design was much more than I expected from a self-publishing deal. Many thanks for everything.
Graham Cawley Avarice
What impressed me most was the personal touch of dealing with one person who knew the background, the details etc. I had researched a lot of companies; where the response was 'fill in this form' I rejected them. I wanted more help and support than that, never having done this before. SilverWood's response was so friendly and helpful; it's why I chose them. I wouldn't hesitate to do so again.
Lin Sheffrin Fifty/50
An always friendly and professional service much appreciated for my first publishing venture, a small poetry book, Mining Memories. Superbly executed perfect-binding despite low page count (40) and a beautiful cover design much admired by the author leader and other members of my writing group. Not only prompt but also apt responses - Helen is a great communicator. What else can I say other than I sensed I would be lucky going with SilverWood Books.
Jenny Martin Mining Memories
I cannot speak highly enough about the professionalism and attention to detail shown by SilverWood Books. They kept to the projected schedule and everything was delivered on time. The finished product was even better than I had imagined!
Sandra Kendall Surviving Changi
SilverWood helped me to bring to publication my experiences of life in the US Army, Overpaid, Over-sexed and Over There. I found the company exceptionally helpful in guiding me through the various stages in preparing a book for publication. Their approach is highly professional, going beyond the merely competent to make imaginative suggestions for layout and illustrations, and producing effective, high impact cover designs. I benefitted from their close collaboration throughout the process, and material amendments are made only after consultation with the author.
Professor Chris Holloway Overpaid, Over-Sexed and Over There
My venture was highly unusual: to make a book of verse and translations look and feel like a poetry collection published in a limited edition by a private press in the nineteen twenties and thirties. Instead of the engravings characteristic of that period, I wanted to illustrate the poems with black and white photographs. Helen Hart, rather than laying logistical objections in my path, took up the challenge with gusto, helped in practical ways and advised with sensitivity on the aesthetic aspects of production. One hundred copies of the book were published, bound in marbled boards by a superb, local binder and the response has been hugely appreciative. All proceeds were donated to research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and this too has been handled brilliantly by Helen who provided a direct link to the charity's website.
Christopher Hamlett, Professor of Classics In Praise of Mortality
"I was about to give up on self-publishing when I chanced upon SilverWood Books. Right from the word 'go' Helen Hart was honest and frank: my novel was good but it needed some work and I should be prepared to knuckle down if I/we could come up with a workable MS. I have never been workshy and knew I could be too subjective about my own work - who isn't? After several months of collaboration we finally agreed the novel was ready. The design was excellent and the final product exceeded my highest expectations. But where I raise my hat to SilverWood Books is the back-up and support, the very point where the inexperienced, if published, author begins to falter. The internet work Helen did for me - and is still very much doing - is so uplifting and so practical. My book has sold all over the place and the first of reviews (four stars) has just come in. I can recommend SilverWood Books to anyone who believes their work is worthwhile and is prepared to accept the analysis of experts."
Shaun Ivory The Judas Cup
"SilverWood has been my partner in the self publication of my second poetry collection On Calico Wings. I say partner, as that is how the whole experience has felt for me. Every step of the way we have worked together! All quoted prices were clearly laid out, with immediate personal notifcations of special offers, applicable to me. Customer service was friendly and patient with a newcomer, like myself, to self publishing. Any queries were answered fully and promptly. Quality of services was excellent and the end product, my own book with a beautifully designed jacket, was par excellence!"
Jan Hedger On Calico Wings
"My meeting and subsequent discussions with Helen Hart of SilverWood Books generated enthusiasm and understanding which helped me to go forward and publish virtually my life's work in one volume. A Tapestry of Verse was an immediate success, with worldwide sales which have helped me to create a small financial fund for my chosen military charities. I would recommend SilverWood Books to any author."
Dennis Shrubshall A Tapestry of Verse
"The personal service I received was very superior and no query or problem was left unanswered or unattended. I felt supported throughout the whole process and was always informed of progress each step of the way. Thank you."
Nicholas King A Decent Deceit
"I have been receiving positive feedback to The Latvian Issues from people who have an interest in Latvian philately. One of my Latvian translation editors put a copy of the book on his stand at the London Book Fair... it received a lot of interest and several people asked about buying a copy."
Robert Fearnley The Latvian Issues