Robertson Publishing

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Robertson Publishing offers Book Publishing & International Distribution

"In this world of fluid events and electronic images we still aspire permanence."

We publish books quickly and correctly at an affordable price.
You've worked long and hard getting just the right words down on paper. Your manuscript is ready to be published and you're ready to share it with the world; Robertson Publishing makes it happen.  We make the path from manuscript to books in hand, or ebooks, smooth, straight, and even. Then we help you promote your book with some marketing tools. You retain all rights to your manuscript, decide on your royalty amount and then receive royalties based on sales generated through our wide distribution channel.
We publish quality paperbacks, hardbound books, and booklets in full color or black and white. We provide coaching to help you format your book and get it ready for publication in the best and most economical way. Or if you prefer we can format the cover and interior pages for you.  For paperback or hardback we'll assign an ISBN and Barcode number; then we'll print one book, or as many as you need, whenever you need them. Then if you want the ebook we can reformat your files, prepare the appropriate efile, assign a new ISBN number and submit your ebook files to our internet partners. 
We support and enable your marketing and sales activities.
We'll publish your book and submit your title to major distributors here in the US, the UK. Canada and Australia. We'll also submit your book on, Barnes &, Ingram Books, Baker and Taylor, and others.   We can create and host a webpage focused on your book(s), and you can even use it to publicize events or news about your book. We can print your book cover image on business cards, postcards, flyers, posters or any other format. Then we'll fulfill all orders, track sales, and pay you royalties

We won't just publish your manuscript. We review your coverspread layout and all interior pages. 
If we find any issues we'll suggest changes before printing that first book!

~ We believe in encouraging Young Authors, so we are offering them a special publishing discount. ~

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There are 2,589 companies on the web that want to publish your next book. Of these, there are 118 reasonably good ones that are independent publishers. Of these 118, there are five really good ones that actually support the sales and marketing of your books with more than just the usual bookseller links. Robertson Publishing is one of the five.

On another note... Robertson Publishing titles are also available
from Espresso Book Machines located in selected libraries and bookstores.

Just one more way we can generate royalties for our authors.

Some Exciting Offers For Authors Publishing with Us...
We will submit your title to, Barnes &, Ingram, and Baker & Taylor,
Bertram Books (UK), Gardners Books (UK), and others. Free for your first title for the first year plus...

We can help you with your Marketing and Sales efforts by designing and hosting a
Webpage to advertise your book(s) which would include direct links to your book on Amazon and Barnes&

And to promote your new title
We'll give you 100 Business Cards

(It will have a full color image of the book cover and ISBN number on one side.
The other side will have the book description, and author's web address.)

Encourage someone you know! 
Our Gift Certificate Program makes it easy to encourage an author to take the next step—getting their book published
Just choose the value of the certificate and we'll mail it to you.  The certificate is valid for 1 year.
In addition to the certificate value the author will also receive an Extra 10% discount off the Title Setup. 
When the book is available to our distribution channel we will send you the First Published Copy free, as our thank you. 
To purchase the certificate visit our Book Gallery.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions.

Robertson Publishing Gift Certificate

Robertson Publishing began in the mid 1970s. Our office was in downtown Los Gatos, California, just 50 miles south of San Francisco. At that time we were designing and manufacturing books for Sky Oaks Productions, a publisher of educational materials. In 1988 we came out with Ellipsis..., a literary magazine published as a series of books, and we've been in the publishing business ever since.

Over the years the industry has changed and we've changed with it.  We no longer have to print hundreds of books in order to offer our authors the best print price. 

Once we have your Press-Ready PDFs you could be holding the PrePress copy of your book in two to three weeks. After you approve the PrePress we'll release the title for full distribution here in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. About two weeks later you'll see your title on Amazon, Barnes&, and many other sites. When orders for your book start coming in we'll handle fulfillment, track your sales, then we'll send you quarterly sales activity reports with your royalty check.

If you want to revise or add to your book after it has been out for a while, no problem, just send us the changes and we take care of the rest. The next book printed will be your revised edition.

Scheduling a Book Signing Event? You can order as many books as you need, when you need them. There is no minimum and orders of 50 or more qualify for a quantity discount. The books will be on your doorstep in about 10 business days so plan your orders accordingly, allow extra time for holidays, and remember you can always have your books shipped to a specified destination.

The barrier to entry has been lowered. It's much easier to get published with Robertson Publishing than with the traditional publishing houses or by trying to self-publish on your own. Our knowledge and experience of customer needs and printing issues is vast.

In 2015 we moved our office to Fremont California.
We're here to serve new and existing authors in any way we can.

Did you know . . .

"Rich Dad Poor Dad" author Robert Kiyosaki hadn't done well in high school English class and didn't see himself as a good writer.

Same thing with Jack Canfield. 144 publishers rejected 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' before he finally found a publisher.

Tim Ferriss was able to move forward writing 'The 4-Hour Workweek' only by promising himself he'd write "two crappy pages a day."

Lisa Nichols was a single mom on government assistance who thought "Who cares what I have to say?" Today she's a New York Times bestselling author who consults foreign governments and inspires people around the world.

These now-famous authors had one thing in common...
they didn't let fear, doubt or procrastination stop them from moving forward.

The Publishing Process ~ Overview
Our Publishing Fees & Marketing Options
Client/Author's Checklist - getting ready
Book Gallery - purchase books
Words of Wisdom - from Famous Authors
Privacy Policy

We can provide items to promote your title. Each will have a full color image of your front cover:

Business Cards
Press Release prints
Add'l Marketing Services

Some very useful information awaits you in the Author's Toolkit Section of this website.

You'll have access to our booklet: Out the Door ~ Tips for getting your book published quickly and easily. This handy guide explains ISBN numbers, PDFs, Barcodes, what software to use, plus sample instructions on how to format your manuscript for publication. Out the Door is straightforward and easy to understand.

You'll also findsome of the best online links for writers and authors.

A guide to writing a press release and sample
Marketing tips
Radio station contacts (names, phone numbers, etc)
Book review tips
Software sources
Contest links

If you cannot access the Author's Toolkit Section send an email to

Call us for additional information and coaching assistance.

We are concerned with protecting your privacy and confidentiality and we understand that users of our site are also concerned about their information and privacy. We want to assure all our guests that their information and data will not be used for any purpose unintended by them. (View our Privacy Policy)

A little price comparison...

Do you want to sell lots and lots of books at your next event?
We manufacture the same high quality books as our competitors, but at Robertson Publishing your cost is lower. 
A Lower Print Cost = More Profit for You.

Example of Author's cost
Based on a 120 Page Small Perfect Bound book with black and white text and/or images. (No color.)

# of Books Needed
Per book cost via a Competitor
Per book cost at Robertson Publishing
12.95 less 30% = 9.06
12.95 less 35% = 8.42
12.95 less 40% = 7.77
12.95 less 45% = 7.12
12.95 less 50% = 6.47
12.95 less 55% = 5.83
12.95 less 60% = 5.18
12.95 less 65% = 4.53
call for quote


Once we have published the paperback or hardback version, we can reformat the files and publish an ebook version for use on a Kindle, or devices using the Kindle App.  Call for more information.

The History of Children's Book Week ~ "A great nation is a reading nation."

In a small library on a November afternoon in 1921, a stiff-lipped lady was busy with her scissors, shearing off the bottom third of Jessie Willcox Smith's poster for Children's Book Week. A poster showing books scattered in joyous abandon on the floor was more than she could bear to display!

Our attitude toward children and their enjoyment of books has undergone considerable change since that day. The creation and growth of Children's Book Week has both resulted from and influenced this transformation.

Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes-any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book related events.

It all began with the idea that children's books can change lives. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children's books. He proposed creating a Children's Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.

Mathiews enlisted two important allies: Frederic G. Melcher, the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly (the publishing industry trade journal), and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children's Works at the New York Public Library and a major figure in the library world. With the help of Melcher and Moore, in 1916 the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association cooperated with the Boy Scouts in sponsoring a Good Book Week.

At the 1919 ABA convention, the Association committed to the organization of an annual Children's Book Week. A few months later, the official approval of the American Library Association was also secured during its first Children's Librarians session.

In 1944, the newly-established Children's Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children's Book Week. The CBC has developed materials and promoted and encouraged local celebrations of Book Week ever since. In addition, the CBC serves as a year-round promotion and information center about children's books and children's book publishing.

Also in 2008, the Children's Book Council created the Children's Choice Book Awards, the only national child-chosen book awards program, giving young readers a powerful voice in their own reading choices.

The need for Children's Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919, and the task remains the realization of Frederic Melcher's fundamental declaration: "A great nation is a reading nation."

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Robertson Publishing • Fremont, California 94538 USA
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