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Children's book design

$400$640 USD

Designing a children's book is one of my favorite things to do. It takes me right back to when I was little and all the picture books, storybooks and board books I loved to read. The pages are playful, dynamic and quirky, text weaving through, above, below and around illustrations as they help tell the story. And for books like these, with their glossy color and beautiful pictures, a good understanding of print can really make all the difference.

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Files Files: Send us the text for your story in editable format (MS Word) as well as all illustrations at the highest possible quality.

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Storyboard Storyboard: Including a rough layout with each illustration next to its accompanying text really helps ensure our designers are clear on the order of your story.

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Cover Cover: Either show us your existing cover or see our cover design service page. A cover really sets the tone for a book so it must be created first.

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Trim size Trim size: We need to know the size of the paper pages in your book so we can lay them out correctly. Most printers offer a range of standard trim sizes to choose from.

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Binding Binding: Tell us how your pages will be held together – paperback or hardback, sewn or glued.

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Paper Paper: State your paper choice. The thickness (#, gsm) stock color (typically white) and coating (gloss, matte) may impact how ink is absorbed.

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ISBN ISBN: Include this 13-digit number and we will add it to your copyright page in order to uniquely identify your book for distribution.

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Printer Printer: We need to know your choice of printer in order to produce your final book PDF correctly for their machines (crop marks, spreads, ink saturation, bleed).

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Restrictions Restrictions: Tell us anything else we need to know before we get started. For example picture books are typically 12 spreads of story, if your book is more or less then let us know.

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Order Order: We follow your storyboard and instructions to sequence all the text and illustrations correctly.

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Setup Setup: Set trim size, margins and bleed for print, adding page numbering if required.

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Front Front: Style front matter to work with your cover and illustrations; often including extra design elements to add interest.

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Layout Layout: Place text opposite, under or overlaying pages to best accompany the artwork and tell your story.

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Style Style: Select fonts and colors to complement illustrations and really enhance the character of the book.

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Text Text: Adjust type size and spacing to work for the quantity of text and the target age group.

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Typeset Typeset: Apply emphasis and shape to text to enhance the story and make best use of the space.

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Color Color: Enhance illustrations where needed by adjusting color model, resolution, contrast, tones and ink saturation.

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Fix-ups Fix-ups: Adjust illustrations to avoid important parts being lost in folds, bleed or trim. Build extra bleed where required.

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PDF PDF: Generate a final book file to all the requirements of your chosen printer (spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed, crop marks).

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Price $400$640 USD

The price of your job depends on the length and complexity of your book. We will always need to review your files before we can issue your quotation. We ask for 50% payment for our designers to start work and the balance once you are entirely happy. All credit and debit card payments are made by PayPal.

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Turnaround 5 – 10 business days

The time we need to complete your job will be stated in your quotation. You will initially receive a sample file for review and feedback, followed by a final file for print. Please allow yourself extra time to review your files and request changes. If you have a tight deadline please ask for our express service. Express jobs are subject to a 30%, 50% or 100% fee depending on the speed required as our staff will often need to work on them outside normal business hours.

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Designing your storyboard

It is important to consider how you want to combine the text and artwork on your pages. For example you may want your text on pages opposite, overlaid, wrapped around or below your illustrations. Ideally a children's book is 24 pages plus front matter so it is good to keep that in mind. Any less than 18 pages can only be produced saddle stitch and not as a proper paperback or hardback.

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Preparing your illustrations

Our illustrators can create custom artwork in a wide range of styles to work for your storyboard. If you already have artwork for your book please ensure it is produced to fit your pages in terms of shape and quality. Where your illustrations require Photoshop work (extension, adding bleed, adjusting colors etc) before they can be included in your book then our designers can assist with this.

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You receive a print-ready PDF

When preparing your file for print we will set things like spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed and crop marks. We have years of experience producing book files for Createspace, Lightning Source and Ingram Spark. For all other printers please send us these specifications so we can prepare your file correctly. If you are using a third party printer we will always send files to you directly, we cannot send them to the printer on your behalf.

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Source files are available on request

You need only a final-form PDF for printing. If you also wish to receive InDesign source files we are happy to provide these. There is a $48 USD admin fee for preparing this package and it will not contain any fonts or stock images which are licensed only for the PDF. You will also need to have the right software to open your file and knowledge of how to use it. If you require just the text from your book for future editing or translation please ask us about creating an editable Word file.

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Clear changes policy

Receiving your feedback, changes and updates is part of the process. We update your sample until you are entirely happy. Once the whole job is completed, you may request a single set of free styling changes to material not included in your sample. All other changes are charged from $48 USD and include providing new instructions or updating an agreed sample. Edits are charged at a fixed $0.96 USD each if marked as pdf comments. Please see the following link for detail on how to add comments to your pdf. We will always look to make changes as quickly as possible. In the event you need to cancel a job please see our terms for details.