from $8.00 USD
Crafting high-design books gives me the greatest personal satisfaction. Every page spread is carefully arranged to show off the photos and images to best advantage, yet still maintain a sense of continuity for the reader. I always start by doing some research and experimenting with initial ideas, reworking to get it right. Then I get to use all the skills I've learned with blending images, fonts, colors and styles to create an overall sympathetic and cohesive design. And every book I work with teaches me something new.
Send us your book's text in editable format (MS Word) and any other material like illustrations
or photos in source format (RAW, Photoshop, Illustrator) wherever possible.
Provide any styling input you want to give our designers. This might be an extract
from a book you like or a description of the look and feel you want for your material.
Either show us your existing book cover or see our cover design service page. A cover really sets the tone for a book so it must be created first.
The size of the paper pages in your book. Most book printers offer a range of standard
trim sizes. Please provide your choice so we can layout your page correctly.
Tell us how your pages will be held together — paperback or hardback, sewn
or glued. We will then ensure the design includes adequate binding margin.
Warn us if there are any design considerations here. Most high design books are
in full CMYK color but if you have any limitations such as two-color printing, allowable
ink coverage or a maximum number of color pages then let us know before we get started.
your paper choice. The thickness (#, gsm) stock color and coating (gloss, matte)
may impact how ink is absorbed.
this 13-digit number and we will add it to your copyright page in order to uniquely
identify your book for distribution.
We need to know your choice of printer in order to produce your final book PDF correctly
for their machines (crop marks, spreads, bleed, ink saturation).
Tell us anything else we need to know before we get started. For example maybe you
want to aim at a fixed page count or avoid any blank pages in the design.
See examples below
combine and sequence all text and images to ensure the correct content on each page,
as well as include the front matter in line with good convention.
Understand the subject matter, genre and target audience to create suitable color
palettes and gather supplementary imagery.
margins, columns, pagination and running headers to create a stylish arrangement
that works for the trim and binding.
and adjust the quality of each image to verify each will appear as vivid as possible
and apply backgrounds, textures and flourishes to enhance the imagery and message.
a typeface with character to really complement the page design. Adjust size, color,
leading, emphasis, justification, hyphenation, tracking and kerning to really make
a message pop or blend subtly as intended.
photographs and images where needed by adjusting color model, resolution, contrast,
tones and ink saturation.
Adjust images to avoid important parts being lost in folds, bleed or trim. Build
extra bleed where required.
a final book file to all the requirements of your chosen printer (spreads, ink saturation,
transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed, crop marks).
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.
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.
If your book contain images you need to confirm you are allowed to include these in your book. For an additional
fee we can create or source images for you. When images are sourced they are licensed for printing up to half a
million times in the book but the underlying source jpg image cannot be shared. For more on this topic see our
article sourcing images for books.
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.
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 USDminimum 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.
The parts of a book
Choosing your book trim size
All about book paper
Printing in color or grayscale