1. Design. I’ll take your text and photos and once we decide on the size of the book (8.5 x 11, or 6 x 9 or 7 x 10) and the desired page count, start laying out samples pages. I’ll come up with several different designs so you can get an idea of what you like. For some books, the design can easily go through 4 or 5 rounds of revisions before finalizing for layout. Most books go through 2 or 3 rounds of revisions before approval.
2. Typesetting/layout. This is where I take all of your text and photos and start laying out the actual pages that will print in the book. Most authors make arrangements with the printers who will produce the actual books, but I can also help with that process.
3. I’ve been working with a wonderful editor, Lynn Weber, for over twenty years. I always suggest that authors hire Lynn to proofread their books before finalizing for print. She’s a wonderful editor and proofreader and it’s essential to hire a professional proofreader in addition to proofing everything on every page yourself. Lynn will make many suggestions to improve your book and you will be very happy with the improvements—or we won’t make the changes!
4. Then we just keep working at it until you’re satisfied that everything is final and great, or we run up against a hard deadline and go with what we have.
Book production is a relatively slow process. I won’t keep you waiting for long at any stage of production, but it just takes time for an author or publisher to finalize the book for printing.
If I had to guess, I’ve designed and/or typeset at least 2,000 books since 1989. I’m here to help when you need me!