Frequently Asked Questions: Bespoke Books

What kind of stories do you write?

Our stories are written in the style of traditional fairy or folk tales. Any modern elements are included in such a way as to feel timeless.  Our stories are imaginative, unusual and richly descriptive. Have a look at some of our examples to get a feel for our writing! 

We aim to make the stories suitable for a wide age range.  Younger children will probably want the story read aloud to them, whereas older children might want to read independently. We don't shy away from including complex vocabulary and the occasional philosophical idea - our years of teaching have shown us that children learn new words best in context and are able to understand more than we think they are!

How long are the stories?

Our stories are approximately 2000 words long.  To give  you an idea of what that means, 2000 words is the typical length of a school reading book for 6-10 year olds.  This makes it the perfect length to read aloud as a bedtime story.

Are the stories illustrated?

Your printed story will include five bespoke colour illustrations by The Magic Ink Pot's artists.  

When will I receive the finished story?

The whole process takes approximately four to six weeks.  We will email you with a questionnaire within 24 hours of receiving your order.  We ask you to complete this within 3 days.  Once we have finished your story, we will email you a copy to approve.  You will also have the opportunity at this point to write a dedication for the front of the book.  We can help you choose suitable quotations if needed! Once we have your approval, we will illustrate and typeset your story before sending it to our Gloucester based printers. We will then send your story via Royal Mail's First Class recorded service.   

Help - I need a gift in a hurry!

We will do our absolute best to accommodate shorter timescales, but this is not always possible!  If you need a gift in a hurry, we suggest that you order one of our vouchers.  We can either email you a copy to print out yourself, send this out via Royal Mail First Class to arrive in 1 -2 days (free), or via Special Delivery to arrive next day for orders placed before midday (charges apply).  Vouchers sent by us will arrive wrapped in tissue paper in a gold-coloured envelope.  You will be able to add your own message.

Can I ask for changes?

Yes!  You may ask for small edits at the approval stage.  Changes are rarely requested though, as our questionnaire is designed to give us plenty to work with.

Do you offer refunds?

 As our stories are written to order, we are not able to offer refunds on these once work has started.  We will of course, replace any items that are damaged in the post.  We are able to offer a refund to the original purchaser of a gift voucher within 30 days of purchase.