Take a look at the steps involved in the book production process, from copy editing through to printing or coding for distribution. Because the printing press and moveable type mechanized the book production process, books became available in greater numbers. By the nineteenth century . Why indie authors should embrace for their self-published books the five-stage process of book production used by traditional publishing.
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How to make a book: Learn the steps in the professional book production process, first draft to final, high-quality product. proofreading, indexing, and book manufacturing. TIME FRAME The entire production process, from transmittal to bound book, generally takes ten to twelve . We demystify the production process and explain how a book goes from inception to publication.
First, the Technical Assessment TA team goes through each chapter to make sure all required elements have been submitted. Forgot to upload figure 5? Missing references?
We compare this to the expected page count of the book that was set at the beginning of the project. For any major deviations, we may get in touch with you to add or reduce content or change the interior design or size of the book to get closer to the expected page count. He or she is the person who coordinates the whole production process, working closely with your Editorial Project Manager EPM , the TA team, the typesetters, and the printers and suppliers to get the book made.
Next, each chapter is sent to a copyeditor, who will clear up any grammatical issues. On multi-contributed books, this step can be particularly important for chapters not written in native English. Our copyeditors take great care to ensure no changes alter the scientific meaning of the text. Copyediting can take a while, especially for very large books!
This step can take anywhere from three to six weeks. This is the first step towards making the book look like a professional text. The original chapter files, which are usually submitted as Word or LaTeX documents, are reformatted to fit a particular interior design template. Each interior design has slightly different spacing, words per page, fonts and styling. Designs are chosen based on the needs of a particular book, and its size and color specifications.
Marketing Program Book marketing is a partnership between the author and the publisher. The publisher promotes the book upstream to Ingram, other distributors and booksellers by making sure the title is accessible at a good wholesale rate and is returnable. The author primarily promotes the book downstream to readers.
We also train and coach emerging authors on the best methods for reaching out to readers using low-cost guerilla marketing techniques as well as working with publicists and marketing professionals. Editing This is the process where you will work directly with our executive editor Joe Coccaro or an editor he assigns you.
The process is collaborative, yet decisive.
We will provide our edits as review items so you can see exactly what changes we have made or recommend. In some cases we may start the process by asking you to cut or alter specific sections of the manuscript. Text Layout After your manuscript is edited it will go to text layout, where the words are flow into the actual book format. The designers will handle all aspects of this phase, including title page, legal page, pagination and headline fonts, etc.
The copyeditor will contact the author if there are any significant questions about the text. Cover wrap and text layouts The cover wrap layout includes the front and back covers as well as the spine. The designer will ensure that the back-cover synopsis reads well, along with author photo and biography.
Client approval of all layouts Once the proofreading and layout phase is complete, PDF proofs of the text and cover layout are emailed to the author. After client approval the book moves to printing. Tip Sheet Tip sheets are essentially an information sheet that includes your cover, description, author bio and downloading information including price and ISBNs.
Our authors use tips sheets in many ways, and we recommend they include them with any email or snail mail package about the book, or when the author visits a bookstore or an event.
The tip sheet prevents any chance that they do not have enough information about the title. ARCs — Publisher Provided These are the book copies that are promised by the publisher to the author in the contract. They are completed books but may be updated later with endorsement quotes and reviews, as well as corrections. We will also provide a Digital ARC saved as a pdf file.
Authors keep any profits from the sale of books they downloadd, but they do not count as sales, nor do the authors receive royalties from those downloads. The typesetter is also responsible for reformatting references, equations, and even redrawing figures where needed.
Typesetting usually takes about three weeks. Redrawing figures, reformatting tables, relabeling figures and other tasks can add additional time to this process. Otherwise, making large changes this late in the process increases the likelihood of introducing unintentional errors at a time when there are fewer opportunities for these errors to be caught.
So, look carefully, double-check your work, and save any new sections for the next edition of the book. Our production team asks for proofs to be returned in two weeks, and it can take anywhere from four to six weeks to create the revised, final proofs.
Our team will double check to make sure all material that goes in the front or back of the book is finalized. Once the pages are complete, the PM will send the digital files to the printer. Concurrently, the production team will create the eBook version of the work, which is highly-searchable and contains clickable links and bookmarks that make it easy to navigate in, and across, chapters with a simple click.
As for the print book, we use several different printers in different areas around the world who have been thoroughly vetted for their quality. In general, it takes two to four weeks to officially publish a book after the files arrive at the printer.