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We are focused on working with independent authors.
We provide advice, guides and services.
We specialise in children’s books.
But also produce books across all genres.
We do print, kindle, eBooks and book apps.
We help indie authors who are just getting started.
And also provide indie author services for each step of the self-publishing journey. From editing to keywords and everything in-between.
We believe in fixed rates and no royalty payments.
We believe you should 100% own your book, the art and the design files.

We are your 1-on-1 partner, there to coach you through the entire journey from idea to published work.

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It's an honor and a privilege to help showcase Old Mate Media. From my first conversation with Kate and Chris, I knew I was in good hands. As a couple, the two walked me through the process and what to expect in publishing my children's book. I am proud to say that I absolutely love my book! I couldn't be happier. From the illustrations to the look and feel of the final product, I am thrilled! Thank you, Old Mate Media!
– Terri Wise, Author
Cupcake Tales 

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Who We Are

Based in Sydney, Australia, Old Mate Media is a multi award-winning husband and wife team that has amassed over 40 years of experience in the global publishing industry. We specialise in children’s picture books, but also produce paperbacks, hard covers and digital eBooks across all genres.

Chris and Kate have dedicated themselves to using their skills and knowledge to help indie authors with editing, design, covers, illustrations, marketing, eBooks and more. Old Mate Media will ensure you not only realise your dreams of publishing a book in a cost-effective manner, but learn the book publishing process so you can take control of your destiny.There’s a lot of misinformation out there and outdated processes that don’t understand the print-digital future and the challenges of print on demand. You don’t need to feel overwhelmed.

Chris and Kate can help you understand that landscape for free; simply book in a call. And then, if you need world-class self-publishing help at an affordable price, or a coach for your self-publishing journey, then GET OLD MATE TO DO IT.
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Old Mate Media publishes the best children's books
Old Mate Media’s founder Chris Stead is an award-winning, bestselling writer who makes old-fashioned children’s picture books. The focus is on action, adventure and imagination, always with a healthy splash of humour. In particular, Chris’ award nominated interactive digital design shine through on formats such as iOS. These push back the boundaries on what is possible from a children’s picture book. We also publish novels, cookbooks, comics, video games guides and more, in our diverse and popular library. Take a look insde and enjoy the very best of self-published inide author content.
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Colour Your Lockdown Competition

Keep the kids busy with a fun activity at home! We’ve got all age ranges covered with our fun colouring competition. Download the colouring sheet, colour and send back for your chance to win a fabulous book pack featuring some of our favourite books.   There are 3 x book packs to win We will […]

Placing your books in the British Library Hub

If you're an author publishing in the UK, you are legally required to submit your book to the British Library. Here's everything you need to know about registering your book in the UK.   We're excited to welcome Ann Brady as a guest author to the blog to share her knowledge on registering your book […]

Author Association: Should I join one?

If you’re an indie author, you may have considered joining an author association. Is there any real benefit from joining one and if so, which association should you look at? Read on to discover whether you should join an author association.   What are author associations? Author associations, much like many other professional associations are […]

We’re giving away FREE children's books to families in lockdown

Sydney-based children's picture book publisher hoping to ease the stress for locals during COVID lockdown with free kids books. TLDR: Old Mate Media is a Sydney-based children’s book publisher. We have two books designed to help families get through lockdown. We are giving away these books for free to help our fellow locals. They available […]

The rules for art and text layout in children’s picture book design

When creating illustrations for your children’s picture book, there are essential tips you must keep in mind to get it ready for design. Are you an author creating a children’s picture book? If so, then you’re aware that – unlike other genres – your story is more than just text. It’s also told in illustration. […]

How to register your book in Australia

As an Australian author, registering your book helps increase its visibility to libraries and booksellers.   Where do you register your book in Australia? In Australia, registration is done before publication through the National Library of Australia. The service is called the Prepublication Data Service (recently renamed from Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP)). This is a free service […]
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