Books can be beautiful
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.
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.
My Book Design Process
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.
Book Design Rates
How much book design costs depends on the size and complexity of the project. Novels start at $250. A full-color cookbook would be a bit more. Once I have had the opportunity to review the manuscript, I can give you a fixed bid.
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
Ready to get started?
Send me some information about your book, what services you’re seeking, and whatever questions you may have, I’ll get back to you with some answers and an estimate. If it seems we might be a good match, we can set up a time to talk in more detail. It all starts with a conversation.