Unit B4, Milnerton Business Park, Racecourse Road, Milnerton,
Cape Town, South Africa
We’re open Monday to Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm GMT+2
frequently asked questions
Please read our FAQ before sending us a message.
Do I have to book an appointment before visiting Quickfox Publishing?
We have a small staff complement and are often in meetings with clients or working on jobs and trying to meet deadlines. For this reason, we suggest that you call before coming through to ensue that a consultant is available to assist you.
Does Quickfox Publishing offer set-price publishing packages?
Other than our ebook publishing packages, all other projects are quoted on an individual basis depending on the length of the book, quality of the manuscript, distribution requirements, authors’ vision, and the specific parametres of each project. If you’d like a rough idea of costs, you can review typical budgets or download our publishing brochure. If you’re familiar with the kind of investment required and would like a specific costing for your book, complete our online full publishing quote.
Does Quickfox Publishing offer payment terms?
Our payment terms on larger projects are 50% deposit upfront and balance of payment on completion of the project. We reserve the right, however, to demand full payment upfront if we deem necessary, without prejudice. Full payment upfront is required for clients outside of South Africa. Alternatively, we accept credit card payments subject to a service fee of 5% of the total amount being billed to the card. We strongly advise our clients to have the full funding available before starting production as books will NOT be released without balance of payment. Note: We are members of Accountability.
Can I stop production on my book if I change my mind about publishing?
Yes you can. You can stop the process at any time. However, all production costs incurred up to that point will be for your account. If you are in any doubt about whether you should go ahead and publish or not, we suggest that you book a publishing consultation so that we can realistically review your book’s potential for success and whether going the independent route is for you.
Who retains the copyright to my published works?
You do. Since you are paying full production and printing costs on a ‘work for hire’ basis, you own all files produced by us. You are free to take these files – including the final print-ready PDFs – and republish or print your book elsewhere.
Does Quickfox Publishing earn anything when my books sell?
Absolutely not. You are paying the full production and printing costs and as such are employing our services on a ‘work-for-hire’ basis. We have no claim whatsoever over your book and neither do we earn anything from your sales. The exception is if you have contracted us to sell books on your behalf, such as:
- through the www.publisher.co.za store
- at events that we are attending, such as book fairs
- when you ask us to supply libraries or stores on your behalf because they won't deal with you directly
Can I trust Quickfox Publishing with my manuscript?
Yes. Yes. Yes. South Africa's largest publishing houses have trusted our staff with their work for almost three decades. We have been privy to literally hundreds of books from their conceptualisation right up to their launch. As service providers employing a ‘work-for-hire’ business model, we follow a strict professional code of conduct. It would severely damage our business if we violated that code because it would very quickly lose us clients. Our business cannot survive without our clients, and no client wants to do business with a business that cannot be trusted. However, we understand that some authors may require reassurance. If this is the case, we are more than happy to sign a confidentiality agreement before commencing work.
How long will it take to get my book published?
Most projects take around three or four months to complete from editing through to delivery of a final printed product. If you are printing offshore, you will need to factor in an extra two months. Having said this, some books have taken just a month to complete! It all depends on the project and what is required. If you need your job in a hurry, please chat to us and we will see what we can do to accommodate your deadline. Bear in mind that the best quality comes from taking the proper time needed to complete each process. Ebooks are generally very much quicker than the timeframe given above.
Will Quickfox Publishing help me market my book?
We are not a marketing consultancy nor are we a distributor – we are book and publication production specialists. As an author publishing independently, you are responsible for the functions normally handled by a traditional royalty-based publisher, such as funding your book, finding the right people to help with production, exploring markets through which to sell it, and promoting it (much like any business producing a product for the market). However, we can put you in touch with industry professionals who offer this specialised assistance such as bookstore marketers, distributors, publicists and social media experts. Unfortunately you will be responsible for most of your direct-to-customer sales. We also run an independent online bookstore www.publisher.co.za through which you can sell your book.
How do I know if Quickfox Publishing is the right publishing partner for me?
If you’ve made it this far, you've probably made your way through our website and should have a good feel for what we’re about and what we can do. We don’t believe in pushing our services on authors – we want to work with authors who want to work with us. We believe that doing so sets up the right foundation for success and generates good energy for the project. If you are unsure, you are welcome to chat to some of our past clients about their experiences as self-published authors and about working with us. Feel free to contact us for some references.
Can I send my manuscript to Quickfox to take a quick look and tell me whether it’s good enough to publish?
Assessing a manuscript takes time and expertise, so if you would like feedback on your manuscript we recommend that you use one of our professional manuscript evaluation services.
SEND US AN EMAIL
For general enquiries and quotations, kindly drop us an email.