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Children's book design

$400$640 USD

Designing a children's book is one of my favorite things to do. It takes me right back to when I was little and all the picture books, storybooks and board books I loved to read. The pages are playful, dynamic and quirky, text weaving through, above, below and around illustrations as they help tell the story. And for books like these, with their glossy color and beautiful pictures, a good understanding of print can really make all the difference.

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Files Files: Send us the text for your story in editable format (MS Word) as well as all illustrations at the highest possible quality.

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Storyboard Storyboard: Including a rough layout with each illustration next to its accompanying text really helps ensure our designers are clear on the order of your story.

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Cover Cover: Either show us your existing cover or see our cover design service page. A cover really sets the tone for a book so it must be created first.

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Trim size Trim size: We need to know the size of the paper pages in your book so we can lay them out correctly. Most printers offer a range of standard trim sizes to choose from.

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Binding Binding: Tell us how your pages will be held together – paperback or hardback, sewn or glued.

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Paper Paper: State your paper choice. The thickness (#, gsm) stock color (typically white) and coating (gloss, matte) may impact how ink is absorbed.

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ISBN ISBN: Include this 13-digit number and we will add it to your copyright page in order to uniquely identify your book for distribution.

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Printer Printer: We need to know your choice of printer in order to produce your final book PDF correctly for their machines (crop marks, spreads, ink saturation, bleed).

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Restrictions Restrictions: Tell us anything else we need to know before we get started. For example picture books are typically 12 spreads of story, if your book is more or less then let us know.

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Order Order: We follow your storyboard and instructions to sequence all the text and illustrations correctly.

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Setup Setup: Set trim size, margins and bleed for print, adding page numbering if required.

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Front Front: Style front matter to work with your cover and illustrations; often including extra design elements to add interest.

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Layout Layout: Place text opposite, under or overlaying pages to best accompany the artwork and tell your story.

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Style Style: Select fonts and colors to complement illustrations and really enhance the character of the book.

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Text Text: Adjust type size and spacing to work for the quantity of text and the target age group.

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Typeset Typeset: Apply emphasis and shape to text to enhance the story and make best use of the space.

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Color Color: Enhance illustrations where needed by adjusting color model, resolution, contrast, tones and ink saturation.

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Fix-ups Fix-ups: Adjust illustrations to avoid important parts being lost in folds, bleed or trim. Build extra bleed where required.

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PDF PDF: Generate a final book file to all the requirements of your chosen printer (spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed, crop marks).

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Price $400$640 USD

The price of your job depends on the length and complexity of your book. We will always need to review your files before we can issue your quotation. Read more about receiving your quotation. We ask for an initial 50% payment before our designers start work and only request the balance once you are entirely happy. Instant payments are paid via PayPal. Read more about making payment.

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Turnaround 5 – 10 business days

The time we need to complete your job will be stated in your quotation. This does not include time you'll need to review files or request changes. You will initially receive a sample files for review and feedback, followed by a final file for print. For tight deadlines we provide an express service subject to availability.

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Illustration work

It is important to ensure your book illustrator produces any artwork to fit your pages in terms of both shape and quality. You should also consider how you want your text to appear - opposite artwork, overlaid onto artwork, below artwork etc. Where your illustrations require Photoshop work (extension, adding bleed, adjusting colors etc) before they can be included in your book then our designers can assist with this.

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Receive print-ready PDF

We prepare your PDF to all the specifications of your printer. This includes things like spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed and crop marks. Each file is then checked against the latest verification standards and returned to you ready for upload.

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Clear changes policy

Receiving your feedback, changes and updates is part of the process. We will update your sample until you are entirely happy. Once the whole job is completed, a single set of further changes is included. These do not include styling changes to an approved sample, edits to the text, new instructions or replacing your manuscript. All changes are subject to a $48 USD minimum fee and are charged based on the time required to update the files. Edits are charged at a fixed $0.96 USD each if marked as pdf comments. We appreciate you will be keen to your receive your final file and we will always look to make changes as quickly as possible. Read more about reviewing your job and requesting changes