Full Design Process

How does a typical project unfold?
Your book design includes our prompt personal attention, together with the following:


Free initial consultation
During a complimentary 30-minute phone, zoom, or email consultation, we can discuss your book, answer any questions you may have, and get to know each other a bit before deciding whether to work together. There is no obligation.

Proposal: Estimates, Contract, and Payment Schedule
We’ll send you a digital proposal for your approval and signature and then we can make arrangements for your 50% deposit.

Kick-off Meeting
Once the contract has been signed, we’ll schedule s “kick-off” meeting. This can be over the phone, zoom, via email, or in-person, depending on your location and preference. First we’ll determine what services you’ll need and then we’ll discuss the vision you have for your book, including the genre, style/mood, what trim size (height x width) will be best suited for your book, and what type of printing, binding, and marketing options you require (hardcover with or without a dust jacket, softcover, offset printing,(500+ copies), print-on-demand (Amazon KDP and/or IngramSpark), or digital printing.

A Custom Full-Color Cover

We’ll start by researching your book’s genre and designing 3 custom front cover design concepts. Based on your feedback we’ll refine the design. Once the front cover is approved, we’ll create your spine and back cover to your complete satisfaction. If your book is a hardcover with dust jacket, your book cover design will include flaps (to hold your dust jacket in place) and a foil-stamped spine for the hardcover book.

All Pages Custom Designed and Typeset

We highly recommend having the final draft of your book proofread by a professional proofreader. We work with expert proofreaders who will make sure everything in your book is consistent throughout and catch any stray typo’s. See our resources page for recommendations.

As a final quality control step, we’ll have a mock-up printed. Your mock-up will be printed double-sided, trimmed and bound with its color cover—so you’ll see exactly what your book will look like when it’s published, and be completely confident it’s perfect when it goes to press.

Going to Press

Digital Files Uploaded Directly To Your Printer
We’ll upload your final high-resolution digital files to your printer with instructions, to ensure your printing is completely trouble-free for you.

Ongoing support during the printing process We’ll be there every step of the way to ensure your printer does a top-quality printing job and you’re completely satisfied.

Kindle and ePub Formatting
Different ereaders require special formatting and we work with experts to insure your book meets all the requirements for your intended See our resources page for our ebook conversion recommendations.

IngramSpark and Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
IngramSpark and KDP are the only two distributors that print your book on-demand (one copy at a time as on-line orders come in) and have distribution to online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores. Once your accounts have been set up, we’ll help you set up your title details and upload your book’s files.

Final Steps

Low-resolution Cover Images
When your book is finished, we’ll provide you with various sizes of low-resolution images of your book’s front cover to use for promoting your book online. Use these for websites, emails, and uploading to online book vendors such as Amazon.

All your final digital files for your records and safe keeping
After your book goes to press, we’ll provide you with all your digital files, both high- and low-resolution, for your records and safekeeping. Down the road, if you choose to reprint your book anywhere in the world, you can simply upload your digital files and know that your book can be printed completely hassle-free.

Full Rights to Your Final Book Design
You will own all the rights to your final book design.

A Page On This Website For Your Book
We’ll create a webpage for your book—in our portfolio section—while it’s being printed, so readers can find your book on the Internet while you’re still waiting for it to arrive from your printer. We’ll add links to your website and/or online book vendors where your book can be purchased, to help spread the word.


With Us!

We have our first meeting, you share your vision, we give you an esimate and get started!