Book Design


Book Design


  • Have you self-published a book before, but just don’t have the skill or time to design it?
  • Do you want to have a book to support a workshop or conference, but don’t necessarily want to sell it?
  • Have you decided that you want to publish a book through more traditional methods, and just need the book designed?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, then my Book Design service is for you.


What’s Included

Brainstorming:

I will ask you to send me the following:

  • your finished manuscript
  • any associated images/charts/graphs/tables/etc
  • a completed Book Design Questionnaire

This information will allow me to brainstorm a design direction.

Concept Development:

Using a couple of pages from your manuscript, I will design 3 different concepts.  In them I will exploring various options of font choice, sizing, margins, page layout, chapter division, and treatment of any images, charts, and other graphics for you to choose from.

Master Template:

From your chosen design concept, I will generate a master template.  This will govern all aspects of typography and page layout throughout the book to ensure consistency.  This will also allow me to typeset your book as efficiently as possible. It also helps in providing continuity if you plan on publishing future books in the same series.

Image Preparation (if required):

Working from the original content you have sent me, I will adapt all of your images, charts, graphs, tables, etc into a format that fits in aesthetically with the agreed concept. If additional images/graphics are required that you have not been able to provide, we will discuss your needs and I will source a selection of suitable images for your approval.

Typesetting:

Once the master template is complete and all images have been prepared, I will proceed to typeset your complete manuscript based on the guidelines set out by the master template.

Referencing (if required):

Though technically part of the initial typesetting process, adding in all of the additional references such as tables of contents, footnotes, cross-references, and indexes is best left until last.  This avoids unnecessary amendments later on in the process.

Fine Tuning:

After the complete manuscript has been typeset, I will go back over the book in minute detail.  I will adjust page breaks, removing widows and orphans, compensating for text rivers, and generally ensuring that the copy is perfectly polished and easy to read.

Proofing:

A PDF proof of your completed book will be exported and sent over to you to review. During this stage I ask that you reproof the text as well as the overall layout and design. This is because is it very common for type errors to be missed while working on the original manuscript. You’ve been living and breathing this book for so long that the brain starts to see what it expects to see, not what is actually there. Seeing your book in a new format allows you to read the text with ‘fresh eyes’. You will be required to note any changes you wish to make directly in the PDF and send it back for amendment. Two rounds of this process are included in the typesetting cost.

Sign Off & Export:

After you are happy, you will be requested to provide me with a written sign-off approval of the artwork. At this stage I will run a ‘Pre-Flight’ check to ensure that there are no technical inconsistencies that will impact on the print process. Once the artwork passes Pre-Flight, a print-ready PDF will be exported and sent either to you or directly to your printer/publisher for production.


Optional Extra’s

Cover Design

Preparation:

During the typesetting phase, I will ensure that all of the hidden formatting code your eBook requires is built into the design. This eliminates the need to redesign artwork prior to eBook export.

Initial Export:

Once the print edition of your book (if you are producing one) has been signed off and sent to the printer, I will export an initial eBook file.  That file is then opened in a professional eBook editor where all the underlying code is tidied up.

Testing:

Using state-of-the-art emulation software, I will test how your eBook file behaves on certain devices, ensuring it is compatible with the latest eReaders.

Proofing:

I will send you the eBook export files along with instructions on how to remotely load them onto your eReader for you to proof the eBook in a real world environment.

Sign Off & Export:

After you are happy, you will be requested to provide me with a written sign-off approval of the eBook. I will then export a final set of eBook files and send them either to you or directly to your publisher for upload to your chosen eBook platform.

eBook Conversion

In a similar process to the interior book design; I will ask you to send me the following:

a completed Book Design Questionnaire the synopsis copy for the back cover and any spine text you wish to include

All of this information will allow me to brainstorm a number of ideas for your cover.

Cover Concept:

I will take the three strongest ideas from the brainstorming session and develop 3 different cover concepts for you to choose from exploring different image and layout options.

Template Layout:

I will generate a template based on the specifications of your book such as trim size, page count, paper weight, binding method and style of cover.  Your chosen cover concept will be formatted onto the template including spine and back cover artwork.

Barcode:

Using the unique ISBN number allocated to your book, I will generate a 13-digit barcode and place it in the appropriate size on the back of your cover.  This will allow the book to be sold commercially.

Colour:

I will ensure that the artwork has been produced in the correct colour model and adjust ink levels in photographs.  This ensures that your cover will print to a high quality standard without appearing dull or over-saturated.

Proofing:

A PDF proof of your completed book cover will be exported and sent over to you to review. You will be required to note any changes you wish to make directly in the PDF and send it back for amendment. Two rounds of this process are included in the typesetting cost.

Sign Off & Export:

After you are happy, you will be requested to provide me with a written sign-off approval of the artwork. At this stage I will run a ‘Pre-Flight’ check to ensure that there are no technical inconsistencies that will impact on the print process. Once the artwork passes Pre-Flight, a print-ready PDF will be exported and sent either to you or directly to your printer/publisher for production.



Costs

Service
Price
Interior Design & Typesetting
Typesetting (Fiction) £200.00/10k words
Typesetting (Non-Fiction) £300.00/10k words
Typesetting (Bespoke) £20/page
Cover Design
Layout of Existing Artwok £120.00
eBook Cover – front cover only exported to 150dpi JPEG £240.00
Paperback or Casebound Hardback £480.00
Hardcover + Dust Jacket £600.00
eBook Conversion
Conversion from Print Artwork £300.00
eBook Creation (from scratch) As per book design rates
Amendments & Extra’s
Additional Amendments* £60.00/hour
Additional Imagery (Supplied)** £5.00/image
Stock Photography Purchase*** £15.00/image
Image Manipulation £60.00/hour


Ready to get started?

Are you ready to get your book self-published?  Just fill in the Design Brief form, and I’ll send you a no-obligation quote within 48hrs.

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