Here is an overview of the journey we'll take together, from final manuscript to printed book.


The Book Design Process

An overview of the steps and inner-workings of the book design and production process.


Book Cover Design

With a rough manuscript to skim, and some guidance from you (the author), I can get started in the right direction with your book cover design. I will create a few front cover concepts for you to review and provide feedback. We'll then collaborate on edits and revisions to finalize a cover you'll love and can then use when you start your marketing efforts.

Delivery of Final Manuscript

Before sending me your manuscript, you'll want to finalize it as much as possible. I advise on hiring a copyeditor to tighten things up on a broader level, and a proofreader to catch typos and punctuation that may have slipped through the cracks. Any changes that come after this will need to be worked into the production process.

Page Design

I will provide a sampling of pages for you to review the fonts and text sizes suggested for the body text, headings, and chapter pages, as well as any other textual and visual elements in the book. I'll gather your feedback and we'll make edits and revisions to get a final design template (a road map of sorts) we'll use to typeset your book.

Typesetting

I will go through your manuscript page-by-page and format your book using the final, approved page design template, magically transforming your manuscript into what will ultimately be your finished book pages. Along the way, I will do some general clean-up tasks, and provide a proof in PDF format for you to review and proofread.

Proofread

At this time you'll read through your book one more time, which is now formatted as it will look in your printed book. No doubt some unseen typos and errors will jump off the page—they always do, and it's all part of the process. Better yet, pass it over to your proofreader for one more review. Mark any edits for me digitally or on a set of printed pages for the first round of changes to be done.

Type Edits and Changes

Here I take the compiled edits you have for me, go back into the layout, and make any necessary changes to get everything cleaned up. Once finished, I will pass over another proof for review and approval. Repeat the step above, if necessary. This is the time to make any final changes before we go to print.

Full Cover Design

Now is the time to send me copy for the back cover, endorsements, images, and author biography to build the full cover. This includes the back cover and spine for softcover books, as well as dust jacket flaps, case cover, and endpapers for more complex projects. We will collaborate on any edits and changes needed to get a final cover file for your printer.

Final Approval

This is the final review process before files are sent to print. Send me confirmation that everything looks great and I will then prep the final files and send them to your printer. They will likely require one more approval before books are finally printed.

eBook Conversion

Now that your print book is finalized, we can complete the process of converting your book to digital format. I will retain as much of the formatting from the print version as possible, and provide an online proof for review and approval. Final industry-standard Kindle and ePub files will be provided to you for uploading to the book retailers of your choice.