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Publishing Services vs Automated Self-Publishing

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As self-publishing has quickly expanded over the last decade, two strands have developed: using a publishing services partner, such as New Generation Publishing, or using an automated ready-to-go platform, such as Amazon KDP or Lulu Press.

We are often asked for advise by authors on which is the best fit for them and so we have put together a comparison to help support all writers looking to publish their work.


Publishing Services (NGP)

Automated Service


Included in package

Author needs to provide


Included in package

Text file needs to be pre-prepared


Designed bespoke

Cover needs to be pre-prepared

Editing & proofreading

Can be added into package (optional)

Not applicable


Availability globally through retailers such as Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, international wholesalers and to all high-street bookshops

Depends on provider – Amazon requires exclusivity to access its promotions, others offer wider availability


Services included in packages plus free marketing support available

Author to provide own marketing

Customer Service

Advisors to talk to at any point by phone, email or even to visit at our offices

Automated online helpdesk

We are always honest with authors and if they have already created professional print files, solely want to sell on Amazon and market the book themselves then we understand why they want to consider a service such as Amazon KDP.

However, if you are an author looking for a publishing partner, to create a book of the highest quality, make it global available and be supported in your sales and marketing efforts, then NGP believes it has a combination that works for nearly all writers looking to get their work published. This approach has led to NGP’s rapid growth over the last ten years and why we are today seeing higher demand than ever for our services.

If you would like to have a no-obligation chat about your work and publishing options, simply email or call 01234 711 956.

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