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Fiction book design

from $1.92 USD per page

Fiction design, to me, is all about making the most of great typography. I particularly like to introduce subtle little flourishes wherever possible — a decorative font, a fleuron or dropcap to bring some extra character to the pages and really complement the story. I also find allowing white space is important, particularly before chapter titles to give the reader a chance to breathe.

TOM

WzW DESIGNER

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Files Files: Send us your text in editable format (MS Word) as well as any images (publishing logo, author photo) at the highest possible quality.

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Instructions Instructions: Provide any styling input you want to give our designers. This might be an extract from a book you like or a description of the look and feel you want for your material.

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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. We will then ensure the design includes adequate binding margin.

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Colorspace Colorspace: Novels are typically grayscale but if you intend to print in color then make sure you let us know. Keep in mind color will increase your print costs.

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Paper Paper: State your paper choice. The thickness (#, gsm) stock color (white, crème) 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).

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Restrictions Restrictions: Tell us anything else we need to know before we get started. For example, maybe you want to aim at a fixed page count or avoid any blank pages in the design.

We'll design your fiction book

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And this is how …

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Collate Collate: We combine all files in sequence and then review the material. May also add or move front/back matter in line with good convention.

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Prepare Prepare: Clean the text ready for careful layout and typesetting by removing unwanted spaces, breaks, tabs and sections.

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Layout Layout: Set margins, pagination and running headers to create a stylish arrangement that works for the trim and binding.

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Structure Structure: Design a scheme for front matter, parts, chapters and heading levels to ensure the structure and navigation is as clear as possible.

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Style Style: Select fonts, add flourishes and design chapter opening pages to set the tone for the author, book genre and target audience.

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Typeset Typeset: Follow best-practice on font size, leading, justification, hyphenation, tracking and kerning to ensure text is perfectly polished and enjoyable to read.

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Balance Balance: Set pages to best suit the content, creating squared-off pages at identical heights, avoiding widows/orphans and preventing awkward breaks.

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

The details

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From $1.92 USD per page  ($320 USD minimum)

The work required depends on the length and complexity of your book. We will therefore need to review your files before we can issue your quotation. Read more about receiving your quotation.

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Turnaround in 5 – 10 business days

This timescale is an estimate. The time required to complete your particular job will be in your quotation. This does not include time you'll need to review files or request changes. For tight deadlines we provide an express service subject to availability.

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Receive a print-ready PDF

We return to you a PDF prepared to all the specifications of your chosen printer (spreads, transparency flattening, font embedding, crop marks). Each file is checked against the latest verification standards.

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Process & changes

We initially provide a styling sample — changes will be made to this until you are entirely happy. Next, we send the whole book as a watermarked PDF — a single set of changes to this are included before we return your final file. Read more about reviewing your job and requesting changes.

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50:50 payment via PayPal

We request an initial 50% payment before our designers start work and a 50% payment of the balance once you are totally happy. All instant payments paid via PayPal. Read more about making payment.