how it works
There’s truly nothing I love more than delighting my clients. To ensure we’re both happy campers at the end of our time together, we’ll collaborate using the following process:
1. Let’s connect
Things kick off when you contact me to express interest in working together. I’ll get back to you promptly to have an initial chat about your particular project. Rest assured there’ll be no judgement regarding your subject matter, the quality of your writing, or your book’s commercial potential. If your book is important to you, then it’s important to me – and it deserves to be published.
2. Time to quote
All going well, after our initial chat, I’ll send you a thorough project questionnaire and cover brief. This is designed especially to draw out in detail what you want to achieve. I believe you and your book deserve more than a cookie-cutter approach, so you won’t find any one-size-fits-all packages here. Instead, based on your brief and unique requirements, I’ll provide a custom, no-obligation quote explaining exactly:
- What you’ll get;
- When you’ll get it; and
- How much it will cost.
Quotes are valid for 30 days, with payments made in three stages. Please note: quotes do not include the cost of printing. Of course, if you have any questions at this stage, I’m happy to clarify.
3. Down to business!
Once you’ve agreed to proceed, the next step is to send me your edited and approved manuscript. I’ll get down to work designing, and then send your cover and text concepts as PDF files via email. You’ll get a minimum of two cover designs and a maximum of five, depending on the clarity of the brief and the number of concepts you want to explore. For interior text designs, you’ll receive one or two concepts.
4. Design review
You’ll then respond with your likes and dislikes, and we’ll go through up to two rounds of alterations to perfect your designs. At the completion of this stage, you’ll also make your first payment.
5. Design roll out
Next up, I’ll apply your approved design to your whole book, and supply the file as a PDF. You’ll also make your second payment.
6. Book review
Now it’s time for you to review and mark up changes to your book in full. At this stage, you might like to engage a proofreader to ensure you don’t miss any errors or inconsistencies. I’m happy to recommend one if need be.
I’ll then make any corrections, and send you a second PDF. We then repeat this review process once more if necessary, though the second round of changes is usually minimal. Any corrections beyond this second round will be charged by the hour.
8. Approval and copyright transfer
Once you’ve approved your final file, I’ll send the press PDFs to the printer, and the archive disk to you for safekeeping. To close out the process, you’ll make your third and final payment, and I’ll officially hand the design copyright to you. This means that the designs are yours to keep, and you’re welcome to use them if you end up getting a deal with a big-name publisher.
All in all, the above process can take about 3 months from initial contact to printed books. I pride myself on my responsiveness and quick turnaround times, but this also relies on you (or your editor/proofreader) being timely with corrections. Printing can take anywhere from a few days for digital, and up to 12 weeks for offset printing in China. We’ll clarify your printing options and lock this in upfront during step 2 above.
In addition to book design, typesetting and printing, I offer a range of services to support you in launching and promoting your book. This includes creating book launch websites (a great tool for promoting and selling your book online), and producing a range of marketing items such as business cards, bookmarks, launch invitations, flyers and posters.
If you’re after something I don’t personally provide, I’ll happily put you in touch with a range of freelancers I’ve worked with successfully over the years, giving you peace of mind that the job will be done well.
All great things start with a chat! I’d love to hear from you, so please reach out and contact me here.