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Book Publishing in Australia

Ocean and Vicki Jane Reeve prior to Melbourne Publishing presentation


Noted as Australasia's #1 Author Success Coach, Ocean Reeve has worked in book publishing in Australia, New Zealand and internationally for over 20 years and worked with over 5500+ authors. In that time, Ocean has built a strong stable of independent book publishing experts who specialise in Ghost Writing, Writing Mentoring, Manuscript Appraisals, Structural Writing and Editing, Copy Editing and Proofreading, Book Layout and Formatting, Industry Standard Cover Design, High Quality Digital and Offset Print, Audio Book Production, eBook creation, Book Marketing and Distribution.


This high-level group of innovative publishing specialists each share in the value of every book they work on. Complimented by Ocean's personalised and tailored marketing support, Ocean Reeve Publishing offers cutting-edge book publishing services in Australia and beyond. The core developmental group behind Ocean Reeve Publishing are based in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, New Zealand, and the USA, making the influence and creativity behind your manuscript development global. With a strong focus on book publishing in Australia and New Zealand, Ocean is committed to his Australasian author's success both here and internationally.


Ocean’s tested and proven marketing support has been the strength of the independent author era and author development for those who work within his creative and passionate framework. After travelling the country for over five years educating would-be writers and authors on the latest developments in book publishing within Australia, Ocean takes great pride in providing to the marketplace the services needed to bring your book to life with quality trade standard processes, creative influence, and Award Winning Service. 

Book Publishing in Australia

Let us start from the beginning. You may have a great idea - concept for a story - a tale bursting to be told, but no way of knowing how to bring this to life. For whatever reason, you struggle to comprehend the writing process, the structure needed or even allocate the time to produce a manuscript of value. Well, problem solved! We now offer offers guidance to aspiring writers from Australia and around the world in the development of either a non-fiction or fiction manuscript. Including mentoring sessions on the options you can take to outline your story, tips in writing, scheduling, analysis, and critiques; this program turns a novice into a quality writer. We have had incredible success with our writing mentoring including an executive coach successfully pitching the first two chapters to one of the top five publishing houses and gaining interest and a contract. Many of our clients stay within the assisted publishing process, however, as always, that choice is yours.

Ghost Writing Book Publishing in Australia
Manuscript Appraisal Book Publishing in Australia

Ghostwriters are widely used by celebrities and public figures who wish to publish their autobiographies or memoirs. The degree of involvement of the ghostwriter in nonfiction writing projects ranges from minor to substantial. In some cases, a ghostwriter may be used just to clean up, structurally-edit, and polish a draft and in other cases, the ghostwriter will write an entire book or article based on information, stories, notes, an outline, or interview sessions with the 'author'. The credited author also indicates to the ghostwriter what type of style, tone, or "voice" they want in the book. Whilst we encourage all creatives to have a go at writing and work through the time of creative issues, we do offer ghost-writing services in both non-fiction and fiction. The process is usually managed through in-person or video call interviews where our writers will then unpack your story into the written form for review.

Title Registration for Book Publishing in Australia

An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number which consists of 13 digits. It is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, online retailers and other suppliers for ordering, listing, record keeping and stock control. The ISBN identifies the author as well as the title, edition Registering your title is a process. First, the ISBN. and format. ISBNs are calculated using a specific mathematical formula and include a check digit to validate the number. Your barcode is generated from your ISBN and is always printed directly below the ISBN on your back cover, often with the publisher's logo and in the bottom right-hand corner. The QR Code is short for Quick Response (they can be read quickly by a cell phone). They are usually generated and placed on the back cover and promotional material and once scanned will direct the user immediately to your desired website. For book publishing in Australia, our package includes the ISBN Allocation, barcode and QR Code creation, the application for Cataloguing-in-Publication data with the National Library and legal e-Deposits to National and State Libraries within Australia.

Editing Book Publishing in Australia

Structural or developmental editing is an intense process where the editor ensures your manuscript has value, and if it does not meet the mark, will bring it to a quality standard that will engage the reader and meet industry expectations. The goal is to highlight to the author the strengths and weaknesses of their manuscript so that they can revise and rewrite it to make it as good as it can possibly be. The structural editor will evaluate the bigger picture of a manuscript, addressing matters of content, organisation, and pacing. The relationship between author and structural editor is a very important one so the mutual respect of each others role is essential for productive and progressive workflow and achievement. Structural editors are generally engaged when authors feel or have had feedback that their manuscript is confusing, doesn't make sense or lacking in engagement. The process can take anywhere from 1 - 6 months depending on the complexity and current standard of the manuscript. Make sure you discuss this with us to ensure if this is necessary as often authors will engage in a structural editor only to find they already had the development in line.

Editing Book Publishing in Australia

Often considered the most tedious part of the publishing process, editing and proofreading can sometimes seem like The Neverending Story. However, it is critical this is managed with professionalism and care. So often we hear that the author has edited their manuscript themselves, which is great and necessary but it needs much more than author self-edits. The copy edit & proofread service on offer through Ocean Reeve Publishing consists of a automated reformat ready for editorial review, one thorough line edit and proofread through the manuscript also taking into account any general structural comments if needed. The edit will include correcting grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and notes on any areas that need your revision, such as structure, style, flow, readability, narrative arc, etc. The manuscript is then sent to you for review where you assess all changes and recommendations and once all has been addressed, including any new additions, the updated manuscript is reviewed by your editor before being locked down. Finally, a new set of eyes is utilised for a final proof-read. 

Formatting Book Publishing in Australia

When authors decide to format their own books, they don’t always make the best decisions and it is usually because they are not familiar with the process. It’s important to stay within industry trade standards when formatting the internal pages of your books. An experienced book designer focuses on everything, including the tiny details and decisions that the general author or reader may not even notice but if not attended to, would harm the general 'look and feel' of the book. A proper book layout is the result of careful planning, and attention to detail. Choosing the proper page size, font styles, line spacing, and margin settings, are a large part of a book layout, and this is often introduced at an earlier stage when the book is being assessed. Our process involves the creation of a initial preview layout for review. Once approved the full formatting process is underway to bring your manuscript to a design standard expected by your reader. This can and will include any images, photographs, graphs and tables. Again on completion of the layout, you will check through the manuscript thoroughly and request any revisions to be addressed and this continues until you give the green light. 

Cover Design Book Publishing in Australia

'Don't judge a book by its cover.' Of course we do. It is the first thing we see and is supposed to draw us in. If we like what we see we pick the book up and turn it over to read and review the blurb. At this point we are hoping the captivating design and well constructed description has done it's job and encouraged the customer to purchase. In this case, first impressions are critical as is the need to ensure you have qualified and talented creative expression introduced to your cover. Our graphic designers understand what the industry standard expectations are and ensure the best representation of your book is highlighted in its design. Utilising a concept or idea you submit, our designers will then work at developing it a unique and powerful jacket that will captivate and represent you as an author, and your book, in all its wonder. Once a preview is submitted we generally participate in a game of ping pong as we bounce changes and revisions back and forth until you, the author, says - 'that's the one!' The overall design process includes layout of back cover blurb, logo and bar code placement, spine adjustment, image sourcing and placement, font collection and even an original illustration if required. 

Book Printing Book Publishing in Australia

The production of your book is that moment in time where your baby truly comes to life. First we produce a physical proof copy for you to have one final check before the run of books are produced by quality driven printers who specialise in book printing and production. Get excited as the journey to share your story with the world is about to begin! There are numerous options when heading into print regarding paper stock, finish of the covers and binding preference all need to be discussed and the most suitable options selected to align with your books market and expectations. We offer numerous options in production from varying paper stocks, gloss or matte finishes on covers, embossed or Spot UV titles and graphics, perfect binding, PUR binding, Hardcover binding, saddle stitch and even spiral binding. Quantities available to print range from 5 - 5000 and we have strong and trusted relationships with printers in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA and Asia so no matter what your needs and demands may be on a national or international level, we can ensure that quality standard books are produced and dispatched to you or your market from anywhere in the world. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON BOOK PRINTING.

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