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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learn the book publishing process so you can take control of your destiny.There’s a lot of misinformation out there and outdated processes that don’t understand the print-digital future and the challenges of print on demand.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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Author Interview with Marie Hernandez

This week's author interview is with Marie Hernandez. All Dogs Don't Bite is a fantastic children's book centred around a dog lover's bad experience with an unfriendly dog and the lessons he learns to take back his confidence. Marie shares helpful dog safety tips that are relevant for all children growing up around dogs. Read […]

The launch of Northern Beaches Creatives - our exciting new project!

If you want to find local creatives to collaborate with or support, then you need local children’s books publisher Old Mate Media’s Northern Beaches Creatives hub. Hear about our exciting new project we’ve just launched.   This week’s article is going to be a little different. That is, it’s not related to indie author publishing. […]

IngramSpark author deadlines for 2021 Christmas book orders

The holiday season is an important time for indie authors and we have some important IngramSpark deadline updates for Christmas book orders. This year has been a whirlwind of highs and lows and most of us have had to adapt as our lives have been turned on their heads. Thanks a bunch COVID! However, normality […]

How to get your book stocked by libraries - CIP blocks and why you need one

If you want to reach the widest possible audience, you need to have your book stocked in libraries. Ensuring your book is catalogued correctly gives your book the best chance of being selected by libraries. Here’s how. Why would you want your book stocked in libraries? In order to reach the widest market for your […]

How to get your book into stores

Today’s case study showcases a different approach to book sales that works very well for Old Mate Media author Ken Mackenzie.   Ken Mackenzie, the traditional 21-century author Indie author Ken Mackenzie is one of Old Mate Media’s traditional authors, publishing with us under a collaborative agreement. Ken has published four books through Old Mate […]

What legal deposits are and why they might apply to you

If you're thinking of publishing a book, you may be required to submit a legal deposit to your national library. Find out what a legal deposit is and if it applies to you in this guide.   What is a legal deposit? When you publish a book, you have the option of providing a copy […]
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