Print is Alive and Well
It’s not going away any time soon
Publishing a non-fiction book allows you to share your story, promote yourself and prove authority in your field. Self-publishing means you can do it on your own terms.
My clients trust the experience I’ve gained over three decades in the design and printing industry. Every client I work with receives my personal attention.
Are you a self-publishing author with a finished
manuscript ready to turn it into a print book?
You have something to say, to teach, a story to share.
You’ve worked for months — or even years —on your manuscript. And now it’s done.
I admire the dedication it takes to create something important and then entrust it to someone else to carry out your vision.
I found my way to book design by a happy accident after decades as a production designer in the commercial printing industry.
I now focus the majority of my time working with non-fiction authors and I would very much enjoy working with you to design the book you’ve imagined.
I invite you to connect to learn more reasons why working with me can save time and help you avoid costly mistakes.
Experience and Results
Designing print books is different from other types of graphic design. Spine width, margin tolerances, paper weight — are just a few examples of where wrong choices can lead to wasted time and money. A poorly designed or produced book will distract from your message and could even affect your sales.
What sets me apart from other book designers is a background in print production. I have the skills and experience to take your book from concept through to final files done right the first time.
My Book Design and Formatting Process
My process is designed to skillfully navigate you and your project from design concepts to finished files.
To ensure I’m the right book designer for you, I’ll ask you to fill out a brief questionnaire or we’ll video chat a Q&A session. If you decide to hire me, we’ll start the process with the signing of a Client Agreement and a 50% deposit. I will require a summary of your book and a professionally edited and proofread manuscript in MS Word.
Preparation is key to a successful project. I’ll review your book summary and compile a Project Brief to guide me in the design concept stage. I’ll advise on book design “best practices” and answer your questions. Some of my prep work will involve research into the best sellers in your genre and assembling examples to show you the design direction I have in mind.
- I’ll submit two to three cover designs and two interior page design concepts for you to choose from.
- If you only need a cover design we’ll skip Step 4 and proceed to Step 5 – Revisions & Delivery.
In the layout and formatting stage, I’ll format your manuscript into a book — front and back cover, spine and interior. During the process, I’ll stay in touch to keep you updated on my progress.
Most projects take up to three rounds of revisions. We’ll work together to ensure the layout is exactly the way you want it. When you’re satisfied and have signed the approval form, I’ll package the files and deliver your print-ready PDFs. If you’re also doing an EPub, this is when the file is converted.
Do you value integrity and professionalism?
I care about what we can create together.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are the most popular questions new clients ask.
What is your hourly rate?
Most of my work is project- or value-based. The rate works out to approximately $85 – $95 an hour.
What payment options do you offer?
- Canadian clients can pay by e-transfer, cheque or PayPal.
- American and European clients can pay by PayPal.
- Method of payment must be confirmed before an estimate is provided and the Client Agreement is signed.
- All projects require a 50% deposit. Work will commence upon receipt of payment.
- For projects longer than 4 weeks, a milestone payment is required.
- The final payment is due upon receipt of the invoice and before the approved files are released. Payment details are included with each Client Agreement.
Do you do branding, web or logo design?
No. For these types of projects, I would be happy to refer you to one of my trusted partners in each of these areas.
How long will my project take to complete?
A 200-pg non-fiction book can take 4-8 weeks from concept to final files. The time varies with the complexity and your availability for the proofing rounds. I often work with more than one client at a time so meeting agreed upon milestones is crucial to your delivery date.
Can you send my files to the printer for me?
Yes. With my experience and printing background, I know the right questions to ask your printer to ensure that the files I send are problem-free.
Will you upload my files to Amazon KDP?
Yes. A charge of $95 per hour will apply.