Editorial & Design

With a wide variety of book editorial and book design services, our U.S.-based project managers have an average of 22 years of publishing experience and can help bring your vision to life!

To learn about any of our editorial or design services, call us at (419) 281-5100 (choose option 5), email your project details to us at info@bookmasters.com, or request a free quote.

Bookmasters also offers translation, seeking and securing permissions, accuracy checking, sense reading, and other related services upon request. Just ask us!

Need more information? Check out our editorial and design FAQs.

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It’s often said “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” Actually, the opposite is true. Your readers can—and will—judge your book by the way it’s presented. If your cover is not attractive and eye-catching, or if it does not clearly reflect the contents within, back on the shelf it goes. If your book’s interior is unorganized, poorly designed, or hard on the eyes, your reader may determine that reading it is more trouble than it’s worth.

At Bookmasters, we understand that the cover design acts as your book's gateway, catching the reader’s eye and giving a glimpse at what’s inside. Our designers create attractive, individually-crafted covers to complement each book on which they have the honor of working.

We also understand that interior layouts are just as important as exterior designs. Our team pays meticulous attention to important elements such as typography and page layouts, ensuring that your book is reader-friendly inside and out.

Design Services

Bookmasters is proud to offer several customized design services:

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Cover design

Bookmasters’ cover designers are formally trained and experienced in fine and commercial art, creating appealing and effective covers for everything from children’s books to college texts. From simple to picturesque, our artists can design a cover to suit your book’s needs.

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Interior design

Coming up with a layout and design that is both attractive and eye-catching, while ensuring that the book’s message isn’t lost on the reader is something at which Bookmasters excels. We have a selection of standard designs to choose from, or we can create a custom design just for your book.

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Typesetting

When your manuscript is flowed into your book’s design template, our typesetters are reviewing the text and ensuring that your message is retained as written. Having a typesetting specialist review the pages as they’re being created gives you the peace of mind that nothing is being left out, misaligned, changed, or otherwise altered during the process.

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Art creation

Bookmasters’ graphic designers can produce original artwork to support and enhance your text, including tables, charts, and graphs. We also have a staff of artists who can create original illustrations and figures for your interior.

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eBook conversion

Good design doesn’t just apply to print books. Our eBook conversion services will transform your book’s final pages into ePUB and ePDF formats: the two most prevalent electronic book formats used by a wide variety of eReaders. We can also convert your book into KF8 and Apple-compatible formats. If you desire fixed layouts, embedded video and music, or other enhancements to your eBook, we can help you with that, too.

Editorial Services

Bookmasters' editorial services include:

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Copyediting

Correcting errors in your manuscript and ensuring its consistency and continuity while retaining the “author’s voice” is the cornerstone of the copyediting process. Our production team has an average of 22 years of publishing experience. Their attention to detail and dedication to accuracy will give you peace of mind that your manuscript reads as best it can. Our editing and proofreading work is U.S.-based and electronic, keeping communication simple, increasing efficiency, and keeping your wait time to a minimum. Choose from many editorial styles such as Chicago, APA, or your own house style preference.

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Proofreading

Proofreading is primarily concerned with how the pages look and read on a more “global basis.” When it comes to reviewing your book’s final pages, our proofreaders have a keen eye and fastidious attention to detail. Their primary focus is on the book’s overall presentation: Are the page elements throughout the book correct and in place? Are the margins the correct width, and do the pages bottom out? Are there bad breaks, ladders, and widows/orphans to be cleaned up and adjusted? Are the fonts in place? Are the art and captions correct? Did any text fall out or not get set?

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Indexing

The most effective indexes are developed with the book’s audience in mind. Key topics, which may not be stated directly, can be hard to index correctly without professional experience. We have educated and knowledgeable editorial staff that are experts in many fields to help push the indexing process along. We also rely on professional indexers who index by hand rather than via any automated systems, saving you time and frustration all the while compiling a complete and user-friendly index.

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Assessment

Our editorial staff will take your manuscript and will read a selected cross-section of chapters. From this, we can assess your writing’s overall strengths and weaknesses, covering plot development, continuity, characterization, and other facets of your book’s construction. Let us be your final “readers” before print! We will offer advice on what you need to work on to tighten up and improve your book’s literary flow, as well as suggestions on what editorial services may help you achieve your writing goals.

Design & Make Your Own Book Packages

Are you an author or small publisher who has ever asked yourself, “How do I publish my book?”

Bookmasters’ Author Packages are a great option for self-publishing a book!

For a firm cost and clear benefit list, choose from one of these express packages.