Self-publishing has become hugely popular, offering individuals the opportunity of having their work published practically immediately as a finished book with the advantage of ordering as many copies as one wants. As a graphic designer, I am able to take your writing, illustration and ideas and bring them into one beautiful, cohesive product ready to go to press.
What Will I Need?
For authors looking to self-publish, you will need several things – a finished manuscript, photographs and/or illustrations, and ideally, for picture books, a rough dummy or an idea where you would like the text and images to go. I realize not everyone may have the latter, but your level of preparedness is a factor in determining your design costs.
Where Will I Be Published?
I recommend publishing online through Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) if this meets your needs. They print soft cover only, and have the advantage of offering your new book immediately on the Amazon website in a print-on-demand basis plus numerous other marketing opportunities. Learn more about KDP and see if this is a good fit for you. If you prefer a hardcover book through another online printer or to work with a standard printer, I can discuss options with you and will happily prepare your project to their specifications.
How Do I Get Started?
The first step, of course, is to have a completed manuscript! The next is to fill out a short form that tells me a little about you and your project. This will help me understand your needs and develop an appropriate quote for you. As mentioned, I am currently working with picture books up to 40 pages (32 pages is the industry standard) and chapter books. Please request this form, fill it out and return to my e-mail address on the form. I will review and get back to you promptly. But first! Please read my Working Together section to make sure that my way of working is right for you.