1 What's your company called?
Hewer Text UK.
2 What services or products do you offer?
Book composition, typesetting, ebook creation (EPUB, MOBI etc), keying / OCR, text conversion, XML workflows and self-publishing author services.
3 How can you help IPG members?
We have been around for more than 35 years and have vast experience of working with all types of books, from straightforward fiction to integrated colour journals. All of our work is done in the UK and our prices are very competitive.
4 What do you enjoy about working in publishing?
We love making books—taking rough and ready manuscripts and turning them into lovely pages of text. It is a fantastic feeling to see a book that you have worked really hard on sitting on the shelves of a bookshop.
5 What do you think is the single biggest opportunity and the single biggest threat for independent publishers right now?
Authors are turning away from the big publishers because they no longer have to sell their souls to get published. The opportunities are there for independent publishers as they have the tools to do the same job as the big publishers but more favourably for authors. For the same reasons, self-publishing could be a threat to independent publishers if authors choose to go down that path.
6 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?