Pre-production of a book involves all processes before the book is printed or distributed as an eBook. This involves all editorial and design tasks among other things.At Bookmasters, the Editorial and Design processes begin with submission of a manuscript as a Microsoft Word document. The manuscript is then copyedited in Word and returned to the author for approval. The finalized manuscript is next flowed into the chosen page design by the compositor. The first proof of the book is rendered as a PDF and given to the proofreader. Upon completion, the proofread PDF is passed back to the author for approval. The compositor makes any needed changes in the file and a second proof is rendered. When all parties are happy with the final file of the book, the eBook and print-ready PDF files are created.
One of our project directors will lead you through the entire pre-production process. They will be your point person on all communication surrounding this stage of your publishing process and will ensure that aspects of quality and schedule are met and exceeded.
Page composition is the act of laying out the text of your book in design software to create the final file of your book. This process is sometimes called typesetting or interior page layout. Bookmasters uses both Quark and Adobe InDesign to design books, with our preference being InDesign CS 5.5.
Regardless of the idiom, a book will always be judged by its cover. A book’s cover must represent the genre and tone of the story so the reader can quickly identify interest and pick it up. Bookmasters can design a cover from scratch including photo research and purchase or use your provided image. We make sure the cover file is precisely formatted for our printers and can also be engaging as an eBook cover thumbnail.
You can submit any high-resolution images (300 DPI or higher) to which you own the rights — this includes photos you have taken yourself, artwork that you have created, or images that you have purchased. In addition, our design team can also research and purchase specific cover art for you if required.
If the file is smaller than 10 MBs, you can attach it to an email and send it to us. Otherwise, you can scan images and save them to a disc to mail to us, or use our FTP site to submit the files. (A username and password will be created for you upon request when you open an account.) We can also scan photographs or other images for you in-house for an additional fee.
All images used should be submitted in a PostScript format (TIFF or EPS file). TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) and EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) are the two most suitable formats for high-resolution imaging. JPEG files can be used, but particular attention should be paid to the resolution and colorspace. Photographs should have a resolution of 300 DPI with a 5% highlight and a 95% shadow, while line art should be scanned at no less than 600 DPI. All cropping, scaling, and rotating of the images should be done outside the page-assembly application prior to placement in the final document. In other words, alterations should be made in graphics applications such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop or at the scanner itself. Any resizing and recoloring (color to black and white, for example) can be done in-house for an additional art management fee, but low resolution cannot usually be improved.
Please label all of your scanned or digitally saved images with clear file names. Then, mark clearly and concisely throughout your text where the corresponding files should appear. If there are captions or titles for these images, please include this text in your manuscript, not with the image files.
When you scan or otherwise digitally save your images, please save them as at least 300 DPI at the correct size that you would like them to appear within your book. This size will depend on the trim size and margins of your book, and how you would like the images to appear on the page (full-page photo, small illustration as a chapter header, etc.) Any resizing and recoloring (color to black and white, for example) can be done in-house for an additional art management fee.
Colors are rendered as RGB or CMYK depending on the format on which they will be reproduced. RGB represents the color in light, and so is used for on-screen color. CMYK represents the color in ink, and so is used for printed color. We work with the CMYK colorspace, and if your images are not supplied in that colorspace, we can convert them in-house for an additional art management fee.
The design of a book is a lot more complex than just font choice, but it is perhaps the most visible part of the design. A book’s genre determines many design elements, so that is our first stop. We suggest a few page designs based on your content and can tweak aspects such as the font to make it exactly to your taste. We have a large catalog of fonts to choose from in-house. If you have a particular font that you want to use that is not currently in our library, you can purchase this font from a variety of different sources and send the application files to us or we can purchase for you.