We thank all those who have kindly given their permission to use their words in the following testimonials. If you would like any references then we would be pleased to put you in touch with any of the authors.
How pleased I am that I self-published my poems. I would have been bitterly disappointed if the presentation had not been top-notch. For me, 2QT was the natural choice, being just a short drive from my home. But, more than that, they helpfully provide post-publication services, invaluable for a novice like me; and I have never been treated as the nuisance I am, making changes as production progresses and indulging my perfectionist tendencies. It is good to know that my efforts to produce a publication are supported by an experienced and helpful team.
— Julie Patten, Kendal
2QT provided a first class service from start to finish and beyond. What I think sets this publisher apart is their willingness to sit down face to face with the author and discuss the project from the word go. I would describe 2QT as ‘A Listening Publisher’. They are open minded extremely versatile and will dovetail their services to meet the authors needs. When I approached 2QT my book was very much a work in progress, I knew where it was going, but knew that it needed a frank critique. The candid feedback that 2QT were able to provide on my initial manuscript was invaluable. It was critical to the ultimate success of the story. The editing process was superb, both objective and encouraging. I felt that my editor really ‘tuned in’ to my writing style, his approach was to suggest alternatives rather than recommend changes. This worked well for me and more often than not the editor's insights enhanced the quality of my writing. Looking back it was a real partnership approach. Final polishing was achieved by excellent proof reading by people with the necessary eye for detail. I knew that my book would be compared with several recently published works of the same genre, so it was imperative that the look and feel of the book conveyed quality. 2QT place a premium on the ‘feel’ of the end product . I worked closely with the design and layout team sharing ideas about the books image . I am delighted with its overall appearance, particularly how well the graphics and numerous plates have reproduced. 2QT handled all the ‘behind the scenes action’ seamlessly ensuring that my book is now being distributed well and is available as widely as possible. In summary the whole process felt personalized, professional and wonderfully easy. Apart from the writing that is! That’s still the tough bit. Will I be approaching 2QT with my next book? Absolutely, if they’ll have me.
— Mark Radtke
I am thrilled to have discovered 2QT. Brilliant advice and excellent personal care from Catherine all the way. Catherine suggested a market for my book that I pursued and have greatly benefited from. Dale Rennard typeset for me, listened well, and produced a superb cover. Together we worked online to produce the best possible result. Encouragement to do book signings and other promotions has also given me confidence to do this again. I cannot recommend 2QT more highly. Thanks Catherine! (The exclamation marks are for you!!!)
— Katharine Angel, Preston Lancs
Whether or not you are a first time author, having someone critique your manuscript is a daunting experience. I must admit I was terrified when I heard Robert Auty was to rake through the words and punctuation I had sweated over for so long. My fears, however, were unfounded and as it turned out, it was a very enjoyable process. His approach was laid back, yet totally committed. His comments were fair and honest. Knowledgeable and a good listener, Robert worked hard to help make my book the best it could be.
— Paul Ferguson, Killing the Dead
When we started our project to produce a book to mark the centenary of Holme School we thought we would probably have to publish it ourselves. After a consultation with Catherine at 2QT we realised that it would be possible to have a proper job done on it. From beginning to end it has been a very rewarding experience, the professionalism of 2QT shining through at every stage, but also retaining a relationship at a personal level which meant excellent consultation throughout. It was always clear that we were making decisions based on great advice and keeping ownership of the project. We could not be more delighted with the end result and could easily envisage working with 2QT at some time in the future. A big thank you to all concerned.
— Geoff Pegg, Holme
As a first time author, I really benefited from 2QT’s expertise and knowledge of the publishing world. 2QT Publishing had a real passion for my work, taking time to truly understand its vision, spirit and essence. Their strength lies in balancing respect for one’s work and in being strong in shaping it to ensure it was well positioned for the reader, the distributor and bookseller.
— Laurence Udell, The Next Level: Aligning Business Success and Personal Fulfilment
2QT's Critique / editing services
"I have worked with Robert Auty for quite some time now, both as an adviser and as the provider of a critique/editing service for my work. I have found him to be honest, passionate and extremely accurate in all he undertakes. I trust his judgement implicitly. I have acted without question on the advice and suggestions he has provided for the two books for which he has completed a critique, and without doubt my stories have become much better creations because of his interventions. Robert is a commensurate professional who is thorough and believes in what he does, providing a service which, I believe, is excellent value and is second to none in this field. I would recommend unreservedly and unequivocally his skills to authors needing this type of support."
— Frank English, Magic Parcel - The Awakening and The Gathering Storm
Like many first-time authors, I was dreading having to go round agents and publishers trying to sell my Manuscript and having had a bad experience with a so-called Vanity Publisher in the past, decided just to put my typescript in a drawer and forget about it. It came as a complete surprise to me therefore to see that a company called 2QT had established themselves not 10 miles away from where I live and invited would-be authors to attend a get-together. This I did, and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. I got my manuscript read gratis, having a year or two ago faced a 3-figure sum elsewhere for the same reading service with no guarantee of getting an agent or publisher. From the initial submission to 2QT around September 2010 to receiving delivery of the finished books on the Queen's birthday was no mean achievement by Catherine and the printers. I was particularly thrilled by Hilary who designed a cover for me which in my opinion must be the book's greatest on-shelf sales aspect. I was and still am, knocked out by the quality of everything about the book, and any minor glitches were were quickly rectified by Catherine. Anyone who wants to see their book in professional-style print could not do better than get in touch with Catherine at 2QT."
(please note that this is only part of the whole testimonial and the author has kindly allowed us to select a shortened version)
— Malcolm Wheatman, The Playboy of the Western Railway
It was a real joy working with 2QT, from start to finish. I found them very approachable and personable, and easy to work with. Work was done in a professional manner, allocated times for each section of the process was adhered to – usually returned earlier than expected! – and of the highest quality. The finished book looks extremely polished and its physicality is excellent. The price allocated remains competitive, and 2QT helped with the registering of the finished book, along with ISBN numbers and amazon.co.uk placement.
In all, I found the entire process enjoyable, and have come away with the added bonus of having something I can be proud of.
— Paul Cave, For Everything A Reason
Having just taken delivery of my book Pudd’n The Cat from a Cardboard Box, I am writing to say how delighted I am with it. Your helpful advice and friendly efficient service has for me taken all the strain out of the publishing experience. I thank you most sincerely. May your Company go from strength to strength.
— Joyce Stevens-Smith (Mrs),, Author PUDD’n The Cat from a Cardboard Box
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