PRINT INTERIOR LAYOUT DESIGN
PRINT INTERIOR LAYOUT DESIGN
What’s involved in print interior layout and design? Why Is Interior layout and design so important?
Interior layout is easy to dismiss. It’s just formatting words on a page right? Wrong! Professional books are not designed by uploading formatted text documents to an algorithm on Amazon. That is the beginners route for those that have no idea how to produce a professional interior for their book. It’s automatic, unthinking, and doesn’t even compare to skilled, educated, and experienced typography and typesetting can do. That’s right we said typesetting. The concept of good typography and typesetting still exists, even though it’s been translated to digital form. Professional book design is done in special software used in the publishing industry, software that has a learning curve and for some is quite expensive.
What goes into designing the interior of a book? A lot more than most expect. Here are just some of the decisions that must be made:
The book designer must also attend to certain details and is the last one alongside your proofreader to catch common errors, such as:
But that’s strictly academic, one of the main reasons people overlook good interior layout and design is because nobody really wants to do it. Interior layout is hard, tiring, tedious work, and requires a lot of hours from someone with at least strong baseline of design skills. That’s really the bottom line.
At GM Studios, we are prepared to package interior and eBooks services. Giving the client the proper production files needed for publication and print production. Cyrus of Cyrusfiction Productions is an educated publishing production specialist with years of experience in the publishing industry and in multiple genres.
THE PROCESS EXPLAINED:
Additional Costs the author my need to consider and are responsible for:
Every book has to have what is called an identifier. It is a 13-digit number known as an ISBN #.
Deliverable: Professional Interior Production pdf prepared to meet most digital, POD, and offset printers needs. This might be one single file, or in the event of black and white vs color options for say like Hardcover books, Or printers other than CreateSpace, like Lightning Source, may include files for each.
Price for Print Interior Layout and Design $225
eBook Construct and Design
What is one of the key elements that sets apart a professional eBook release from that of an amateur? Technical presentation of the book!
Sure, anyone can write a document in a word processor, run it through some export tool, use a fully automated conversion utility or a do-it-yourself online service, but the sad fact of the matter is that none of these approaches typically results in production-level, code error free, fully functional, and visually appealing digital book. They are amateur and not professional. A badly formed eBook has the same impact on the reader as a badly designed interior. It makes it hard to take the book seriously.
So why would Authors use such services? There are a few reasons why.
First, the author is uneducated concerning eBooks or simply doesn’t know better. Or he or she doesn’t feel they have any other option for one reason or another. He or She spends months, even years perfecting their craft and writing their book, editing, proofing, perfecting and now they just want to get it done, get it out there so they will look for the cheapest, easiest, or fastest solution.
YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ONE OF THOSE AUTHORS.
You have read and re-read your book countless times, cleaned out typos and grammatical errors, sent it through developmental editing, copy editing, worked over your style and structure, grinding away in the wee hours of the night alongside holding a daytime job and maybe having a family. You did not get here just to break a cardinal rule in book publishing which is to get sloppy before you reach home base. It WILL reflect poorly on your work, again you do not want to be one of those authors.
Here’s a fact that can be verified. In most cases publishers sell more print than eBooks. But time has proven that for the Indie Author eBooks tend to be the big seller.
In 2011 eBooks started outselling print. This eventually evened out but eBooks still consistently make up a huge part of the market. http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/gaming.gadgets/05/19/kindle.outsells.books/
The Second reason why many authors never take the time to create proper, optimized eBooks is that they are perhaps intimidated by the process. It is a technical process after all. eBooks are packages with many files in them coded to idpf standards and are like mini websites with many html documents, style (css) documents, and coded play orders. Most software today that generate eBooks from word document leave behind coding errors that need to be fixed. These errors can at times cause a bad read for customer. These error need to be fixed.
Author’s shouldn’t have to deal with all that. However, to be an independent author these days sometimes means wearing some of the hats the publishing value chain previously provided. When it comes to the very technical stuff, it is always best to hire those that specialize in it.
More Concise reasons you should have your eBooks professionally built:
NOTE-if you have already submitted your word document and cover files for Print production, there is no need to submit more. The designer will wait until the final proof of the print book is accepted then generate a source document from the indesign file he/she creates to build the eBook.
If you are submitting only to have your eBooks done, then please refer to the Print Interior submission section and submit as though you are submitting for print.
EBOOK PROCESS EXPLAINED
Additional Costs the author will need to consider:
For Amazon eBooks do not require an ISBN, but if you intend to use the completed eBook files for other publication and distribution platforms an ISBN for the eBook is required and must be different than the ISBN for the print version.
Deliverable: Professionally constructed eBooks with Branding customization in both ePub and Mobi formats, fully validated code error free.