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If your manuscript is finished and you decide to self-publish, you can either try to do it yourself, or you can hire someone to do it for you … and that’s us.

We are a team of published authors and editors who can help you edit, rewrite, and prepare your material for publication. As well as being writers ourselves, we have varied professional experience working for ad agencies, newspapers, printers, and production shops. Our team can also design eye-catching book covers. We have been doing this for over 20 years now, and repeat clients are a good sign of customer satisfaction!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Compare prices: We charge $699 to design a book AND an eBook. BookBaby does the same thing for around $1800. And CreateSpace? I have one client who paid them over 2K for his first book.

What do you get from us? Basically the same thing you get from these other big businesses – a properly formatted paper book, an ebook, a gorgeous full-color book cover designed specifically for your book, uploads, and all the additional help you need.

WHY ARE OUR PRICES SO REASONABLE?

Because we don’t have a big fancy office and work primarily with freelancers. That keeps our overhead way down and is the main reason we can offer such low prices without compromising quality.   We don’t need to pay rent or salaries; we don’t have fancy webpages with webmasters on the payroll, and we don’t attend expensive trade shows.

Since we’re essentially a small firm, we can focus on quality and client satisfaction. Most of our business comes from word of mouth from satisfied customers. And our customers are happy; repeat business will attest to that. (We just finished the 6th book from a very prolific author.)

Our business is unique in that the entire process of getting your book produced is handled by one person who works on only one book at a time. This means that you are the sole focus. Everything we do is designed to make the most of your manuscript, from personalizing the book blurb, to a cover that will grab a potential reader and get your story noticed. We work with you alone, answering your questions and addressing your unique needs.

“WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?”

Do you have questions, or maybe need some information on what to do next? Talk to us. Once you have signed on, you will be assigned to a personal agent who will answer your questions as well as helping you make informed decisions about printers, ebook formatting, cover design, or any other aspect of the publishing industry. We’re not going to slough you off with a form letter or a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) website! And if you need face-to-face, we’re here for that as well! As we said, YOU are our sole focus.

WHAT THE AUTHOR NEEDS TO DO

  1. Provide a finished manuscript, one that has already been edited and corrected, and doesn’t need anything more done to it.
  2. Decide on a dedication if applicable.
  3. Write a brief author’s biography.
  4. Make a list of prior publications if any.
  5. Provide a good photograph of the author.
  6. Make copies of any reviews.

WHAT WE WILL DO

  1. Format your paper book and eBook.
  2. Select typefaces suitable for your book, including unique chapter headings and any other interior details.
  3. Design a cover specifically for your book.
  4. Design a title page.
  5. Provide an ISBN number.
  6. Insert the author’s photos and biography.
  7. Create an intriguing blurb and other advertising copy to help present your book in its best light.
  8. Create any interior charts, diagrams, cutouts, or other graphics as needed.
  9. Ensure that your book is well presented and ready for publication.
  10. Answer any questions, suggest ideas for marketing, or comment on the process as necessary.
  11. For the eBook, we create the index with links to all the chapters and other sections of the book.
  12. Send the author a final pdf for approval.

I’m JM Bolton, CEO of IDBPI and and an author.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!!!
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Little Books of Fiddle Tunes

The LITTLE BOOKS OF FIDDLE TUNES were born from the frustration of buying book after book of music that I had to translate into something I could easily play. They are also my gift to other musicians out there … well, you do have to pay for them, but what you get are some wonderful tunes that are readily accessible to the Recreational Musician.

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The books are 5.5 by 8.5 inches, small enough to fit into your fiddle case or backpack, while the musical notes are large enough to be read even if the book is on the floor beside your seat.

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So far response to these first three books of the series has been enthusiastic. All three books contain tunes that you might have heard as well as some other pieces that are new. All of then have been edited so that they are accessible to even a beginning musician and, with proper ornamentation, interesting for a more advanced musician to play. All the tunes are scored for a solo player.

The Little Book of Irish Fiddle Tunes contains the following:
Avenging and Bright, Balliderry, Bantry Bay, Bath Road Hornpipe, Carrickfergus, Castle Dromore, Cooley’s Reel, Farewell to Whiskey, Father Kelly’s Hornpipe, The Fenian Stronghold, Hare in the Heather, Katie’s Fancy, The Kesh Jig, Kitty’s Wedding, Lark on the Strand, Light in the Window, Molly in the Garden Ned of the Hill, O’Conner’s Fancy, Paddy Whack, The Parting Glass, Planxty Hewlett, The Praties, Red-Haired Boy, Rocky Road to Dublin, The Star, Star of Munster, Tomorrow Morning, Treasure of My Heart, Whistling Mike, The White Petticoat.
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A Little Book of Irish Fiddle Tunes Paperback – June 27, 2020 – $12.99
https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Irish-Fiddle-Tunes/dp/1575500914

The Little Book of Scottish Fiddle Tunes contains the following:
Bonnie Doon, Burning of the Piper’s Hut, Charlie Stuart, Clydesdale Lasses, Coilsfield House, Corn Riggs are Bonnie, Countess of Sutherland, Drumdelgie -Miller of Stralloch, Duchess of Roxburghe, Hard is My Fate, Hector the Hero, Isle of Skye, Jenny Nettles, Lady Mary Ramsay, Lass O’Gowrie, Lord Dalhousie, Marquis of Huntly, Merry Lads of Ayr, Mist Covered Mountains of Home, Mrs. MacLeod of Rasay, Neil Gow, Neil Gow’s Lament for the Death of His Brother, Peerie Hoose Ahint da Burn, Rest and Be Thankful, Sally Kelly, Sitting in the Stern of the Boat, Sleep Soond ida Mornin, Small Coals for Nailers, Waterloo, Wild Mountain Thyme.
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A Little Book of Scottish Fiddle Tunes Paperback – July 6, 2020 – $12.99
https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Scottish-Fiddle-Tunes/dp/1575500930

The Little Book of Klezmer Fiddle Tunes contains the following:
Adir Hu, Ale Brider, Arabian Dance, Around the Fire, Ayli Lyuli, Bulgar, Chava, Dan’s Freilach, Dona Dona, Essen esst Zich, Gypsy Bulgar, Hava Nagila, Heyser Bulgar, Hopak, Katsatske, Klez, Long Live the Negum, Mazltov, Night in the Garden of Eden, Oh Yossel Yossel, Oj Tate, Papirosn, Regndl, Reina, Shabes in Vilna, Shalom Aleichem I, Shalom Aleichem II, Sher from Khevrisa, Sherele.
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Little Book of Klezmer Fiddle Tunes Paperback – July 31, 2020 – $12.99
https://www.amazon.com/Little-Klezmer-Fiddle-Tunes-Books/dp/1575500957

Future LITTLE BOOK titles include Old Time, Folk, Welsh, European, and O’Carolan tunes.

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Fat Pony Music Books
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Fat Pony Music is a division of
International Digital Book Publishing Industries

All IDBPI books are available from AMAZON.com

Finger-picking & Flat-picking

HOW TO: Finger-picking and Flat-Picking on the Mountain Dulcimer is a book for anyone who wants to expand their ability to play beyond strumming chords. And it’s EASY!

This book shares what I have learned not just from playing the mountain dulcimer but also from some fifty-odd years of studying music and playing in small groups and orchestras. The lessons in this book are how I teach flat-picking to my students, and are designed for the beginner as well as intermediate and advanced dulcimer players.

I don’t believe flat-picking is something reserved only for advanced players. In fact, when I teach beginners, I show them basic strummed chords and then immediately teach them how to flat-pick. The exercises and patterns I use are included in the book along with 25 songs tabbed for finger-picking and flat-picking. The tunes range from simple to more “interesting.” Everything you will need to know in order to play the songs is explained. And, best of all, this is a hands-on teaching method — there are more activities in the book than verbiage.

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This is a
Fat Pony Music Book,
a division of
International Digital Book Publishing Industries

All IDBPI books are available from AMAZON.com

The Recreational Musician

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THE RECREATIONAL MUSICIAN: Playing music is not just for professional musicians. Studies show that music not only provides recreation, but also soothes the mind, regulates the heart beat, stirs emotions, and can even increases intelligence. But best of all, it’s fun! A lot of retired people, for example, are electing to learn to play a musical instrument, and informal music groups are becoming more common in areas where there are a lot of retirees. But not only retirees are getting involved; people of all ages are sitting down at a piano, picking up a fiddle, banjo, or bowed psaltery. These people are not professional musicians and have neither the time nor inclination to become one.  They have various levels of musical skill, and often limited time to devote to practicing, but neither of these are reasons they shouldn’t play music and have a good time doing it.

I call these people Recreational Musicians, and I am one of them. I play the violin, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, and a selection of flutes. I have played some kind of musical instrument all my life beginning with the piano when I was 8-years-old. Most of the time, however, I had to play by myself since musical social groups were hard to come by, and I was never motivated or qualified to audition for a band or orchestra. Still I believed that the satisfaction I found making music was enough to keep playing. And so I studied and practiced and got good enough that I didn’t embarrass myself too badly.

Through the years I have ordered quite a few music books, but a lot of times I would get something that looks this.

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Well, maybe not that bad, but it might as well be. Fortunately I could usually figure out the tunes, but it often took some doing to pick out a coherent melody from an overly busy score with an unusual time signature. To make things worse, CDs accompanying many of the books featured someone playing so fast it was impossible to keep up, much less play along.

Enough!

The LITTLE BOOKS OF FIDDLE TUNES were born from the frustration of buying book after book of music that I had to translate into something I could easily play. They are also my gift to other musicians out there … well, you do have to pay for them, but what you get are some wonderful tunes that are readily accessible to the Recreational Musician.

 Irish Music front cover Scottish Music cover front Klezmer cover front copy

The books are 5.5 by 8.5 inches, small enough to fit into your fiddle case or backpack, while the musical notes are large enough to be read even if the book is on the floor beside your seat.

Father Kellys-S

So far response to these first three books of the series has been enthusiastic. All three books contain tunes that you might have heard as well as some other pieces that are new. All of then have been edited so that they are accessible to even a beginning musician and, with proper ornamentation, interesting for a more advanced musician to play. All the tunes are scored for a solo player.

Future LITTLE BOOK titles include Old Time, Folk, Welsh, European, and O’Carolan tunes.

These are a
Fat Pony Music Books,
Fat Pony Music is a division of
International Digital Book Publishing Industries

All IDBPI books are available from AMAZON.com