Book design

We tackle the technology for you!

Do you want to self-publish your book but don’t know how? We will take your project from manuscript to merchandise; giving you a commercial paperback and eBook product available on Amazon, using Kindle Digital Publishing.

Even if you don’t want to sell or print your publication through Amazon, we will provide you with print-ready digital files that you can take to a commercial printer of your choice.

Self-published, not home-made

Your published work will look professionally-produced when printed, or rendered on Kindle eReader or tablet. The exterior cover and interior design and layout will be produced with the best tools and delivered in the appropriate file format for its final destination; PDF, Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, JPEG, PNG, etc., as required.

Deliverables

We will handle or help with your unique requirements, which may include:

  • Scan and digitise printed, paper-copy typed text
  • Proof-read and copy edit
  • Create an original cover or use your own artwork
  • Design and format to suit the content for print and eBook versions
  • Set up royalty payments
  • Complete the required information for book classification; subject, genre, type
  • Deliver print-ready documents in the correct file formats to enable printing through other outlets

How we produce your book

Digital manuscript

If your book only exists as printed content, we can scan the pages and convert them into digital format—ready for Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or other word-processing software. This is required for print and publication. Hand-written pages are more involved, but talk to us if this is the case.

If you have your work already in digital ‘electronic copy’ format, then we can take that directly on to the next step in the process.

We can proof-read and suggest typo corrections, grammatical changes and punctuation edits. We are both writers with professional experience of producing and quality checking fiction and non-fiction written content—from prose to poetry.

Interior design

Words

We will produce the fully-formatted interior design of your book. This includes typography (appealing text layout, readable font selections), pagination, chapters, headers and footers, front and back matter, plus contents and other optional layout elements as necessary.

Pictures

For an illustrated book, we will produce images that are optimised for printing and visual impact. Even if your original artwork is not top-quality, we will sensitively and expertly edit and enhance with our digital graphics software skills—as we will for the cover ….

Cover design and artwork

We will produce the front and back cover artwork, allowing your book to stand out on any bookshelf—in-store or online. We can create an original illustrative or graphical design; suggested or based on your own ideas, use your own original, copyright-owned/copyright-free art, photos or other imagery.

We will design the required front and back cover text and accommodate it harmoniously within the artistic elements and required elements, such as the barcode, working to the physical trim size and the spine width.

Biography and blurb

We can write a brief biography and back-cover blurb, if needed, or incorporate your own.

Publication data

Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing

We will set up an Amazon KDP account for you and handle all of the settings and data requirements to get your book details completed and ready for sale. This includes:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Description, categories and keywords
  • ISBN for paperbacks
  • Printing options—paper type, ink colour, etc.
  • Pricing and royalties plan
  • Bank and tax details for earnings payment

If you already have an Amazon account, you can do this yourself or we can work with you to input this information in a way most secure and comfortable for you. An email address is required to maintain the account and you will be able to manage the account to you on completion of the project. If you are not located close to Brighton, we can find a way to complete this task remotely.

Amazon provides a free ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for hard-copy books on sale through its international marketplaces, so there are no other administrative requirements for publication through this outlet. If you do already have an ISBN for this book, it can be used (see below).

Independent conventional publishing

If you want your book to be available through other book trade outlets, such as bookshops and libraries, you will need to buy a unique ISBN. For the UK, this is done through Nielsen. Here you can set up an account, buy an ISBN, the barcode graphic and register the book details and publisher imprint associated.

We will include this information on the exterior and interior artwork and documents.

Physical and digital versions

Paperback

Will will deliver a final author’s copy of the Amazon paperback version of your book if that’s the publishing platform you wish to use.

eBook

We can create an eReader-compatible version of your book, available through the Kindle store, checked to display correctly using the Amazon previewer. An eBook does not require an ISBN.

Costs

Please contact us to discuss your self-publishing or commercial printer-ready collateral project and we will do our best to meet your needs.

In pricing a project we consider:

  • The time it will take use to complete the elements of the project. This will depend on the size and complexity of the book—the number of words, chapters, sections and headings, photos, illustrations, tables, contents, index, etc.
  • The amount of original artwork that needs to be created, for the cover or interior.
  • Proof-reading and editing requirements. We use a cost per 1000 words proofing, which is the usual “industry-standard” way to price this activity. We are flexible with this aspect – rounding numbers withing the overall price, based on other aspects of the project.
  • Any other additional material that we may need to produce, e.g., blurb, biography, etc.

We will endeavour to give you an acceptable price within your budget, which we will cap; in the event that we take a little more time making your book as good as it can be.

We ask for a 50% payment in advance, the remainder upon delivery.

Managing your project

From contract to completion, we will keep you up to date with progress and, if you have a deadline, do our best to get the job done within your desired timeframe. A typical journey might be:

  • Discuss your needs and existing collateral’s level of completeness and format.
  • Sign-off a legally-binding contract to document your retained copyright of the work, specify deliverables included/excluded and price.
  • Progress the design, offering advice, options and alternatives, if feasible, and finesse the final product to your satisfaction.
  • Deliver author’s proof copies, as required during development and a finished, final published version of the physical book.

So, whatever your self-publishing aspirations – get in touch to have them realised!