Laura, thank you for your help in designing my manuscript. Your insight was invaluable in helping me get my book over the finish line. It has been met with really nice reviews from both advisors and home office employees and I literally couldn’t have done it without you. I hope to work with you in the future on other projects.
I picked up the books last week. They look awesome. The printer said people who saw this run commended it for its great looks.
Laura’s layout, art direction, even cartography have proved vital to the professional look of my books.
Katherine M. Lawrence
Quality typefaces spaced just the right amount. Pages perfectly aligned. An elegant touch here and there.
The layout of a professionally laid out book is rarely noticed, but an indifferently laid out book almost always gets attention—of the wrong kind. The best design does not distract but rather serves the book. The text is what’s important. Readability. A balanced aesthetic that is easy on the eye. We want a book that, when the reader opens it up, the only thing she notices are the words themselves, all she thinks about is the story or the ideas revealed by the words.
I work from your manuscript master document—Word format preferred, but I can accept a variety of document formats—and lay it out in print book format, with front matter (title page, copyright page, dedication, acknowledgments, index), main text, and back matter (about the author, glossary), maps and illustrations, tables, graphics—all with careful attention to the details. You receive a press-ready PDF master file you can provide to your printer.
Centuries of printing have taught us much about what goes into producing a quality book. Page size and margins are only the start. The tools available in professional layout systems like InDesign allow the book designer to get the details right.
Ebooks can be tricky, especially in getting them to look good in a variety of e-readers. Ebooks must work on a wide variety of devices and apps. We have no idea how any particular reader might be accessing the book. An ebook might be read on any ereader, tablet, or app. Or on a big-screen TV. Or a computer screen. Or [fill in the next hot new platform here].
The difference resides within the code
My approach to this challenge centers on producing clean mark-up and effective, efficient styling. The old concepts of web design apply here. We want an ebook that is consistent in how it presents the content, with readable text and images on all devices and apps, and that is accessible so that people using screen readers can also enjoy the content.
Far away and up close
People buy books online and off the shelf. The most effective book covers not only intrigue readers holding the book in their hands, but also catch the eye when the book is a postage-stamp-sized image on a crowded website.
Powerful composition and rich detail and texture combine to convey the emotion and theme of the book.
I design covers for all formats—hardcover dustjackets, paperback covers, and ebook covers.
If you already have artwork you want to use, I incorporate it into the cover design you need, ready for delivery to the printer, ebook platform, and audiobook vendor.
How much book design costs depends on the size and complexity of the project.
Print design for novels starts at $300. A full-color cookbook would be more. I do offer package rates for print design and ebook design. Once I’ve had the opportunity to review the manuscript, I can give you a fixed bid.
Cover design rates depend on the concept, complexity, and what you’re after. Let’s talk, and I can give you a fixed bid.