#1: Copyright Your Manuscript!
Before you send your manuscript out to anyone -
even to your proofreaders, get it copyrighted!
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#2: PURCHASE ISBN CODES
What's an ISBN?
INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER (ISBN) is a
How many Codes will I need?
numeric identifier intended to be unique for each book and
each of its formats. Publishers purchase ISBNs from
a legitimate affiliate of the International ISBN Agency.
The internet is full of companies posing as the ISBN Agency.
To answer that, I must ask you this:
What formats do you think your readers will use?
Here's a list of possible formats:
eBooks - Electronically Formated Books include two major tpes:
4- A Reflowable Layout- read by an e-reader such as Publick Library's EPUBs. Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iBooks, Barns & Nobles, or by any other app.
5- Fixed-Layout - usually a PDF, accessable by computer, tablet and SmartPhone
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We purchase these codes in bulk, passing on the savings to our Authors!
#3: STANDARD COPY EDITING
Copy Editing is editing to ensure correctness, accuracy, consistency, and completeness.
Our editors use the standards set out by the
What they look for:
Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)17th Edition.
When the editing is complete, the Marked-Up copy is returned to the Author for approval.
- Grammar (e.g., lack of subject–verb agreement, misplaced modifiers, incorrect pronoun case).
- Punctuation (e.g., comma splices, misplaced colons, incorrect apostrophes). And allow for exceptions when acceptable (e.g., in fiction or advertising copy).
- Spelling (e.g., typographical errors, errors arising from homonyms and similar-sounding words).
- Word usage (e.g., words commonly confused, such as imply/infer; incorrect use of idioms and phrases, such as "to hone in").
What makes a book a best-seller?
But what draws a reader to your book?
- A compelling story?
- Believable Characters?
- The writing style?
- Or all of the above?
The cover of your book can literally make or break the sale!
A half naked man and woman in a passionate pose has become cliché for sleazy romance, gruesome images for a murder mystery, and so on.
How do our Graphic Designers create something new?
A good Graphic Designer who knows standard design theories combines a trilogy of major elements – Imagery, Typography and Color – in new or different combinations.
Although one imagines a picture relating to the story when one mentions this word, however, Imagery here refers to the complete appearance of the book cover which must include the title and author’s name – Typography.
But Typography does not have to be an aside, an “also ran” or ho-hum. It can be front and center, or it can play "hide-and-seak" with imagery of what is to come.
Typography can blend in, compliment or contrast with the cover's color.
The Color of the book cover is often the last thing one thinks about, and might wrongfully dismiss it as unimportant. But it’s actually extremely
important in the psychology of the cover design because: Colors have meaning! And in publishing, colors have been established for different genres: black, white and red for thrillers, pastels for period romance, lush colors for adventure, etc. A break in this pattern can be unsettling, but also attention- getting!
your book's cover and any other graphics!
#5: TYPESETTING THE PROOF
Preparing the manuscript for printing is a craft in itself. Thankfully, we now can use special software instead
of hand-setting letter by letter. However, it still take experience and understanding as to how the process works.
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