After your writing nears completion
and you are ready to design your pages, look
again closely at the details listed on this page. And call us if you are
unsure about what to do.
But read this first. if you
plan to submit your book on a Disk or CD to be printed, what is very important
right now is a technicality that will make publishing the book a smooth
process or a very unsmooth one. If you have a computer, you likely also
have a printer connected to it.
And whether you know it or not, the type of
printer you have sends a little message to your computer about how to position
pages of any file you are working on. When you wrap up your book
project, you will need to postscript it to lock in all your positioning
choices, and that requires a special kind of action on your part. But if you
don't do that special action NOW before you begin designing, then later
it can easily change the positioning of your pages and you will have more
work to do. So
this now and then begin the design process.
You can design your own interior pages. Look at other books
and decide what style you like. You can create a
section or place photos on text pages. See
(We offer design services if you need it.
1. When the design process is complete, you can provide us a PageMaker or Quark disk
with stories, illustrations and/or photos. If the book was created on a PC, then you
must "postscript" the disk. Some Mac programs do not have to be
post-scripted. See the
Ready To Send section for more info.
2. If you create your book in Word or WordPerfect and plan to
put it on a disk for printing and binding, the file when
finished must be post-scripted, and we are happy to walk you through the
process. It only takes a few minutes and is not hard to do.
If you have the Adobe Acrobat program that
allows you to PDF your file, do so. Then you can see each page from start to finish. We are always
happy to receive a PDF file. And when we receive a postscripted file, we then do a
PDF file (like an e-book) and e-mail it to you so you can see exactly how the
pages look, before we send you the printed proof to approve.
Post-scripting is also a way to lock in every positioning and
styling choice you have made in your file. During this process, your completed
file is "printing to a disk" rather than printing to paper. This is
the disk for the publisher. If you do not have the particular "print
driver" for printing to a disk, it can be downloaded from the Internet. We
can tell you how.
3. Design your hard cover and spine. See an
HIRE A PAGE DESIGNER
If you hire a page designer, you can provide him or her a computer
disk on a program like Word or WordPerfect. Your file is pulled into a publishing
program where professional layout and design of the book can be performed.
PageMaker and Quark are publishing programs that perform many tasks that provide
a professional look to your book. The entire book is created digitally and this is the method that produces
the highest quality print image and thus a more professional-looking book.
•The author should be given design choices to make during
this process. The designer should design the Front Matter and first chapter and
provide a proof to review before he completes the entire book. Each book has
its own personality and the design should communicate that.
•You should be given a printed pages proof when finished, plus
the disk that holds the digital book. You always need to know exactly what the
finished book will look like. If you plan to send the Disk for printing and
binding, keep a second copy of the disk in your possession.
•If you have a book with an interior design you like and
you feel it fits your book, provide this as a guide to the designer. Trying to
take an idea from your mind and translating it to a designer’s mind can be
problematic. Eliminate as much misunderstanding as possible in the beginning.
•If you ask for changes to work already performed,
expect to pay for the designer's time.
If you have questions, do not hesitate
to call us 1 800-360-5284 or email us