Creating a finished book from a raw manuscript is no small feat. Luckily, we have a lot of experience and we make the process very simple for our authors. Although we do request that you approve every step of the process, we take care of the many tedious tasks required to successfully publish a book.
Editing and typesetting
No matter how thorough of a writer you may be, or how many of your friends and relatives may have “proofed” your work for you, nothing can take the place of a professional edit of your work. One of our staff editors will pour over your work, identifying and pointing out to you typographical, syntax and grammatical errors. With your approval, all of these errors will be corrected, so that your manuscript can then be “typeset” and readied for printing. Typesetting entails taking your fully-edited manuscript and re-sizing it to the appropriate format while also selecting the most visually pleasing fonts, chapter headings, line spacing and similar visual elements.
Based upon your story-line, we will create illustrated characters, figures and scenes for your children’s book (if applicable). The first step is our development, for your approval, of a full-color main story character. After you are fully satisfied with and approve your story’s main character and art style, we will proceed to illustrate the remainder of the scenes for the story.
Once your manuscript has been edited by our staff and the changes approved by you, we will need to set the text in an appropriate layout for your book’s trim size. Proper formatting is crucial to creating a finished book that looks professional. Utilizing industry standards, our art department will make certain the proper margins, fonts, page headings and crop marks are applied to your digital files before we move to the printing process. As with all other steps in our publication process, your finished layout files will be sent to you for approval before we move to the next department.
With your input and ideas communicated to our staff of professional graphic artists, we will create a visually stunning, full-color custom cover design for your book. Your custom cover needs to “wow” potential shoppers into purchasing your book, since it is often the only thing a potential buyer will see at a quick glance. Your book needs to stand out among the sea of other books on the shelves, and a top-notch cover is one way to achieve that.
Printing and eBook conversion
Once your fully-edited and typeset book is merged with your custom-designed cover, we will obtain the necessary ISBN/retail barcodes (for printing on the back cover) and your book will be uploaded to our vendor print facility and professionally printed. Your complimentary copies will be boxed up and shipped to you, and any orders placed by stores or by Amazon fulfillment warehouses will be shipped as well. Your completed book will also be “digitized” and converted into eBook format.