Discript Creative

Email us: richard@discript.com

Telephone us: 020 7240 3196

Our Services

Creative Production Services

Discript prepare your manuscripts for publication.

Our services include editing, proof reading, copywriting, typography, design and layout.

We create original artwork for all formats, including online.

Print Management Services

Discript select, advise on and source the best print project solutions for your publication.

Word Up!


Etymology: from the Russian самиздат lit. "self-publishing" was a form of dissident activity across the Eastern Bloc in which individuals reproduced censored and underground publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader to evade official Soviet censorship. Vladimir Bukovsky summarised it thus: "Samizdat: I write it myself, edit it myself, censor it myself, publish it myself, distribute it myself, and spend jail time for it myself."

Fishbourne Literary Festival

Discript are proud to have been involved in the Fishbourne Literary Festival in March 2018 and again in 2019. For our first year as participants we were delighted to invite novelists Margaret Drabble, Isabel Ashdown, Béatrice Crawford, Peter Lantos and Adam Mars-Jones to speak at the event.

Visit our Fishbourne Literary Festival page for author biographies and more details of the day.


James London, One-Way Ticket to Ryde (2020)

photo of book OneWay Ticket To Ryde by James London

We edited the manuscript of this crime thriller and enjoyed it so much we decided to publish it. Following the success of The Island Murders which topped the Waterstones best-seller list for five weeks in 2018, One-Way Ticket to Ryde is another roller-coaster crime investigation by Detective Inspector Bruno Peach.

When Detective Inspector Bruno Peach’s phone rings his calm weekend turns into a hunt for the identity of a dangerously elusive killer. Bruno’s quest for the perpetrator of one gruesome murder at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway takes him all over the Island as well as to Oxford, London and Paris.

The story will appeal to fans of quality crime fiction, especially those who know the beautiful Isle of Wight. Buy this book at Waterstone’s.

Peter Lantos, Stolen Lives (2018)

photo of book Stolen Lives by Peter Lantos

In 2006, Discript edited a memoir by Peter Lantos, Parallel Lines. We recommended it to a London publisher who brought it out to international acclaim. Parallel Lines has been reprinted four times and translated into Hungarian, Italian and German.

Working closely with the author on these new plays in the editorial and design process, as with his earlier memoir, we helped Lantos to realise his dramatic exploration of cultural and political themes in Hungary and Europe generally. We sourced high-quality digital printing for this volume, published by Regent Books, to help him promote his plays with theatrical producers. Visit Amazon to buy this book.

Robert Sénécal, They Came They Saw They Were Conquered (2018)

photo of book They Came, They Saw, They Conquered by Robert Sénécal

A unique book about ‘Rome as seen by British artists, writers and travellers over five centuries’ consisting of 220,000 words and 112 images of vintage postcards and etchings, this book was edited and designed by Discript working closely with the author over a ten-year period.

Producing this quarter casebound edition of 352 colour pages, we realised the lifetime achievement of the author and publisher to create a handsome coffee-table book for art historians and Italophiles. Visit Amazon to buy this book.

International Tax Planning Association Green Book (2018)

photo of book The International Tax Planning Green Book 2018

This directory of members and the services they provide includes names, addresses, phone, web and email contact information. It is supplied to us as a spreadsheet which we convert to a database application. We use this to sort the data, generating text categorised by service provision. We then lay out the text using style sheet designs to ensure consistency across the book, and supply these as InDesign files to the printers.

Year after year this client relies on us to process the data and produce the content that is used in the print and online editions accurately and efficiently.

Alan Clark, Rory’s Boys (2011)

photo of book Rory's Boys by Alan Clark

The author sent us his manuscript as a Word file. We copy-edited it then recommended it to a publisher, Arcadia Books Ltd., who read the edited Word file and decided to publish it. Discript designed the book cover and found an economical lithographic printer. The book has received favourable reviews and sold well.

Jane Manley, Mrs Trewhella’s War (2014)

photo of book Mrs Trewhella's War by Jane Manley

The personal diary of a British expatriate trapped in France during the war who was interned with her husband in a German camp. The editor transcribed the diaries as a Word file and supplied images of paintings by one of the internees. Discript copy-edited the text, scanned the images and designed the typography and cover of the paperback volume. We produced a relatively short digital print-run and found a publisher to distribute it for our client.

Robert Sénécal (ed.), Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore - Visitors’ book from 13 October 1870 to 12 May 1890 (November 2016)

photo of book Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore - Visitor's Book

The editor asked Discript to reproduce photographic images of pages of a visitor’s book in an Italian monastery, and design a four-colour cover. This is a book mainly of interest to historians, art historians and academics, so we produced a relatively small print run. Visit Amazon to buy this book.