Book Design: How it works
Step by Step we build your book
Publishing a book is an intimidating process. Publishing your own book is down right overwhelming. That is where we come in…
We are here to help you to become your own publisher. We help you navigate the design process, printers, distributors, guidance on copyright, ebook design, ISBNs–everything you need to know to present your work in a professional manner.
Here is a little bit more about the process…
Are you ready to bring your manuscript full circle? Drop us a line, tell us about your project and the services you’re interested in, and we will get started! As a first step, we will guide you through securing your copyright and speak with you about the indie printer best suited to your project.
Send Us the Manuscript
Once we’ve agreed on your chosen package and printer, it is time to send us your final draft at which point you will arrange a conversation with your book designer so that he/she can get an idea of your sensibilities and how you envision the book’s final appearance.
Your designer takes your vision and merges it with the latest trends in marketability to create something that simultaneously meets your expectation and will sell well within the market. We will design 3-5 mock-ups for the cover and 2-3 for the interior. At this point, we can polish the mock-ups to suit your vision.
Finalize Cover Design
Once you’ve approved the cover mock-up, your designer sets about the task of creating the final hi-res coverspread–front, back, and spine as well as securing a bar code for you.
After you’ve approved the interior mock-up, your designer finalizes the typesetting. With an arsenal of typefaces and flourishes and seasoned design sensibilities, our designers are equipped to create an original interior to elevate the experience for your reader.
Review Final Files
Once the cover and interior are complete, we will send you PDF proofs for your review to you can make sure everything appears as it should. Whether you take 2 days or 2 weeks it doesn’t matter to us. Once you’ve reviewed your files, we can make the necessary edits to clean up lingering errors.
With the final revisions made, we bring together your entire book package to ensure you have all the files you need to get your book into print. All files are upload-ready to suit your chosen printer’s specifications.
Upload Your Book and Start Printing
After we give you your files, you upload them to your chosen printer and order a printed proof. (We have videos and instructional memos to help the upload process go smoothly for you, and our staff is here to guide you in your decision.)
While you’re waiting for the printed proof of your book to arrive, you can arrange a phone or skype meeting with a senior member of staff to ask all those questions stored up inside of you regarding the publishing industry and what you can do to make your book as successful as possible.
We give all our authors a 6-month safety net with regard to revisions. Meaning, if you find a couple little things you need to revise in your book down the line, we will complete a set of revisions for free and prepare you a set of updated files.
“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called ‘leaves’) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time―proof that humans can work magic.” ― Carl Sagan
Our staff brings a collective 60 years of experience to your project.
Leslie M. Browning
Founder & Creative Director