Now that your book project is underway, let's take a more in-depth look at each step, including resources and timing. Our process is typically linear and always collaborative.


Step 1.

Editorial


Copyediting and Proofreading

Before a designer can begin work on your manuscript, it needs to be edited and proofread. A copyeditor will finish shaping your story on a broader level, and a proofreader will catch any typos and punctuation errors. Any changes that come after this will need to be worked into the Production process below.

  • Timing: 2–4 weeks
  • Required: Close-to-final manuscript.
  • Resources and Notes: Author will work one-on-one with editor to finalize the manuscript.

Step 2.

Design


Book Cover Design

We believe in a collaborative creative process to ensure your vision is understood. With your direction, we will create custom cover concepts for you to review. We’ll then gather your feedback to finalize your front cover. The spine and back cover will be completed during Final Steps below.

  • Timing: 2 weeks
  • Required: Close-to-final manuscript; completed Design Form.
  • Resources and Notes: We ask that you fill out our Design Form to help share your vision and get the design process heading in the right direction. We’ll then have a kick-off meeting to discuss. Cover concepts are sent via email as a PDF. Please provide feedback in 5 business days.

Page Design

Here we are designing the overall look inside of your book. You will be provided a sampling of pages to review, which will make suggestions on fonts and sizes for the body text, headings, and chapter pages, as well as other textual and visual elements in your book that add to the overall aesthetic and reading experience. We’ll then gather your feedback to finalize the design of your book’s interior which will be used as our custom template for typesetting.

  • Timing: 2 weeks
  • Required: Final manuscript; Design Form completed.
  • Resources and Notes: Page design can not start until the manuscript is professionally edited and final. We’ll send the page design as a PDF. To review, print them to see fonts at their intended size. You’re reviewing and finalizing the design elements within the inside of your book. Text edits can be identified after the first layout is complete and provided for review.

Step 3.

Production


Typesetting

We will now go through your manuscript page-by-page and format your book using the final, approved page design, transforming your manuscript into what will ultimately be your finished book pages. We will provide a first typeset proof of your book in PDF format for you to review and give one last proofread.

  • Timing: 2–6 weeks, depending on length and complexity.
  • Required: Approved page design.
  • Resources and Notes: First proof of your book will be delivered in a PDF.

Author Review

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 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 up any edits and pass them to us to get fixed up by our team.

  • Timing: 1–2 weeks.
  • Required: First typeset proof of your book.
  • Resources and Notes: This is an important step that does require the author or proofreader to review the full book. We require using Adobe’s Free Acrobat Reader to mark up your edits. Here is a helpful video on how to use the Adobe markup tools. When done, email us back your PDF with the required edits and we’ll implement them in your book layout.
  • Note: We have moved beyond working with Microsoft Word, so an updated manuscript with edits will not be accepted. You are instructing the designer on edits and changes needed, not making the edits yourself.

Final Edits and Corrections

Here we take the compiled edits you have marked up and make any necessary changes to the first proof in the book files. Once finished, you will be provided a second proof of your book for review and approval. Repeat the step above, if necessary. This is the time to make any final changes before we go to print.

  • Timing: 1-2 weeks, depending on edits.
  • Required: Author edits from first typeset proof.
  • Resources and Notes: Up to 2 rounds of revisions, we ask that authors send second- and third-round edits within a week of receiving updated page proof for review.

Step 4.

Final Steps


Publishing Services

Prior to publishing your book, we can register your book with the Library of Congress and obtain ISBNs for each format of your book. We can also upload final files to your established KDP or IngramSpark account if you need assistance.

  • Timing: 1 week.
  • Required: Completed Registration Form from author.
  • Resources and Notes: Provide exact direction on how you’d like your book registered by completing the information on our Registration Form.

Full Cover Design

Now is the time to send us your copy for the back cover, including any endorsements, author biography, images, and any other content so we can build the rest of your book cover. This includes the back cover and spine for softcover books, as well as dust jacket flaps the case cover for more complex projects. We will collaborate on any edits and changes needed to get a final cover file for your printer.

  • Timing: 1 week.
  • Required: Back cover copy (book summary, endorsements, author biography, etc.); author photo; publisher logo; ISBN; retail price.
  • Resources and Notes: Don’t forget to have all of this content proofread!

Final Approval

This is the final review process before files are sent to your printer. Send us confirmation that everything looks great and we will prep the final files to you or directly to your printer. Your printer will likely require one more approval step before books are finally printed.

  • Timing: 1 week.
  • Required: Author approval of final print book files.
  • Resources and Notes: eBook conversion will start after print book is final.

eBook Conversion

With your finalized print book, we can convert your book to the ePub format. We will retain as much of the formatting from the print version as possible, and provide an online proof for review and approval. A final industry-standard ePub file will be provided to you for uploading to the book retailers of your choice.

  • Timing: 1–2 weeks.
  • Required: Author approval of final print book files.
  • Resources and Notes: We will provide a link to preview your eBook conversion online, though we suggest you upload it to your KDP account and view the eBook using their online preview tool. KDP will convert this ePub to their Kindle format and you will have the opportunity to preview how it will look page-by-page from there. This is not a time to make any edits to your manuscript. The final ePub file can be used to upload to any online eBook retailer you choose.

Final Files to Printer

Now that your print book and eBook are complete, all final PDF files of your print book and ePub file for your eBook are ready to upload to your selected print provider.

  • Timing: 1–2 days.
  • Required: Author approval to send final files to print.
  • Resources and Notes: Final deliverables will be separate, print-ready PDF files of your book’s interior and cover, plus the ePub file and high-resolution .jpeg file of your front cover for the eBook.