A Guide to our contract publishing Services

Graffeg has a long and successful track record of publishing quality books in most illustrated book formats and digital media. Formats cover paperback and hardback, from small pocket books up to large super-size hardbacks. We cover a range of subjects, including: food, travel, arts and culture, heritage, transport, architecture, photography and sport. Graffeg publish for organisations such as Welsh Government, University of South Wales, Cardiff and Vale College, National Assembly for Wales, National Library of Wales, Welsh National Opera and National Museum Wales. We cover the range of publishing services: planning and forecasting, content development, editorial, design, copy-editing, photography search and direction, production, marketing, sales and distribution for print and digital. We cover both domestic and international markets, North America, Europe and all English markets. We offer a complete marketing and project management service with editorial and design, print and digital production management, sales and distribution. Graffeg offer a complete publishing service to organisations who require to contract out publishing activities including marketing, sales and distribution through the book trade and online.
  • Books: Paperbacks and Hardbacks
  • Publications: Magazines, News letters, Broadsheets, Brochures and Literature
  • Reports: Annual Reports, Data Surveys and Reports, Staff Handbooks and Yearbooks
  • Digital: Mobi, ePub 3.0 and PDF

Why Graffeg contract publishing?

Graffeg prides itself on the detailed and meticulous approach it takes to publishing books and literature, and you can be assured that the approach we take to yours will be no different. Our competitive pricing is based on many years of experience in purchasing value for money within the publishing industry and our established network of contacts means that you will always have access to high quality service providers.

Graffeg have an award winning team

We create beautifully designed publications with rich content, produced by our experienced team of award winning authors, designers, copy editors, illustrators and photographers. We have produced a range of exciting and unique publications, which have met with critical acclaim. Reviews in the UK media are testimony to the strength of the Graffeg publications. In 2012, Graffeg were awarded the Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize for our publishing work. Graffeg were also long listed for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2017 and 2018. Graffeg are based in Cardiff Bay.

Planning publications for print and digital

  • 1. Planning
  • 2. Content
  • 3. Development
  • 4. Marketing and Sales
  • 5. Distribution, Retailing and Online Sales
We offer a full publishing service which includes researching and developing content, editorial, design, print, distribution, marketing and sales.

We provide outline specifications and quotations for projects and detailed costed proposals once we have a clear understanding of the project. You will have access to all the services relevant to your particular project, with a clear path mapped out through the publishing process.
  • project management
  • marketing opportunities
  • book concept, editorial, design
  • format and reader profile
  • project planning and costing
  • publication plan
  • publishing contracts
  • author royalties and fees
There are a number of stages involved in producing a book and publications. Graffeg will manage the production process from beginning to end. Graffeg work with a team of professionals to research, develop and refine content for books and digital applications.
  • content research and planning
  • authors, editors and photographers
  • illustrators and digital developers
  • picture research, rights and commissioning
  • copy editing and proof reading
  • design, page planning, proof reading
  •  print production, binding and delivery
Timetables in publishing are very important if a book is to be marketed and sold successfully. Graffeg has considerable experience in meeting deadlines and our good relationships with printers, distributors and retailers mean that we can often manage schedules in a way that individual organisations find difficult. Graffeg offer a full digital production service for creating bespoke eBooks and apps for use on tablets, readers and smartphones. This service can also be used to convert existing print content into digital formats for apps and eBook distribution.
  • paperbacks and hardbacks
  • formats and series
  • design and production
  • page layouts and templates
  • eBooks and apps production
  • technical support
  •  production timetables
Graffeg uses every available means to market books, both before and after publication. Strategies include: Coverage in local, national and international media, including feature coverage, book reviews and competitions. Regularcommunication with the book-trade, including coverage in trade publications, advertising, and distributor’s listings.Direct contact with book trade buyers, from the smallest bookshop to the largest high street chain. Directmarketing through Graffeg’s own mailing list and social media campaigns, including; Twitter, LinkedIn andFacebook.

In addition, Graffeg work with specialist book publicists to promote publications to specialist media whereverappropriate. Graffeg has a sales team working on its behalf covering the whole of the UK and Europe, as well as every English speaking country worldwide. This ensures full sales coverage across all trade outlets, tourist information centres, arts venues and other retailers. Graffeg books are also available on the Graffeg shop: www.graffeg.com, via direct marketing, book wholesalers, and through all major online retailers.
  • forward planning
  • diary markers and promotions
  •  book publicists
  • online and social media marketing
  • pre-publication orders
  • discounts
Distribution is the key to successful sales in publishing. We distribute throughout the English speaking world through our book wholesaler covering the UK, Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world. We plan active promotions of titles through wholesalers channels to retail market; magazines, newsletters, websites and specialist retail trade subject reviews, such as travel and food.We are in contact with major retailers on a seasonal basis, promoting titles to specialist buyers. We are at the major book fairs in the UK and Europe. Online we supply key retailer accounts such as Amazon and the Book Depository. We have a very effective online sales website www.graffeg.com and we have our books on many other specialist websites. Graffeg offer a book storage and despatch service and orderfulfilment, including:
  • contacts with all the major high street retailers
  • accounts with leading distributors in Wales and United Kingdom
  • distribution agreements for North America; USA and Canada
  • warehousing and fulfilment for Wales and United Kingdom
  • sales accounts with all the major online booksellers
  • freephone sales line
  • 24/7 ordering facility
  •  invoicing and credit control


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