Book Production Primer

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Where To Start?

Step 1: Invest in an Editor

Is there anything worse than publishing a book and finding a typo? Yep, it’s finding two typos. Don’t let typos happen to you. And watch out for haphazard storytelling, uneven plots, and forgettable characters. These can all derail your book, and cause readers to lose faith in your storytelling.

Before you publish your book, get a professional reader to give you an honest critique of your work. While you should self-edit your book, remember that there are limits to self-editing. You’re too close to the material and you will miss both glaring and subtle mistakes. Not just typos, but also characterization, plot holes, perspective changes, and tiny details that you’ve gone blind too but will annoy your reader to no end.

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There are 3 types of editing

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A Manuscript Critique

A manuscript critique should always be the first step.

  • Also known as developmental editing
  • An entry level edit done first before tackling grammatical errors
  • Looks at the big picture and asks the big questions
  • Focuses on plot, pacing, people, point of view, perspective
  • A broad, comprehensive assessment
  • Concerned with overall theme and consistency
  • Tackles weaknesses within your story
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A Comprehensive Edit

A comprehensive edit is generally the second step.

  • Also known as paragraph level editing
  • Done after the manuscript critique
  • A line by line analysis of your manuscript
  • Deals with language of your story, including rhythm, transition, and wordiness
  • Editor searches for clumsy or awkward sentences
  • Editor focus on the elements and devices you can use to craft a more compelling story
  • Editor meticulously scours your manuscript for any weakness, line by line
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Copyediting

The copyedit should always be the last step.

  • Also known as sentence level editing
  • Focused on grammar, spelling, typos, syntax, and consistency errors (fieldsboro vsfieldsborough)
  • Checks for potential legal liability
  • Focuses on both the small details and the big picture
  • Checks for technical consistency in spelling, capitalization, font usage, numerals, hyphenation
  • Checks for continuity errors and makes sure that all loose ends are tied
  • Checks for factually incorrect statements and potential legal liability

Step 2: Format Your Book

Once your book has been vetted by a professional editor, then you'll need to format your book for the platform you’ve chosen.

Platforms

Hardcover / Paperback / Fiction / Non-Fiction

  • Art Books
  • Biography Books
  • Booklet Printing
  • Business Books
  • Children's Books
  • Christian Books
  • Coloring Books
  • Comic Books
  • Cook Books
  • Fantasy Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • History Books
  • Magazines
  • Memoirs
  • Mystery Books
  • Photography Books
  • Poetry Books
  • Romance Books
  • Sci-Fi Books
  • Science Books
  • Self-Help Books
  • Spiritual Books
  • Text Books
  • True-Crime Books
  • Year Books

Through our printing partners, Springwater Press offers all the available trim sizes & binding options for every book type or genre.

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Choose Your Book Style

Producing print copy versus electronic copy use different processes and design methods.

If you're producing only a print edition, then this section will provide you with categorical and style considerations.

However, please note: for eBooks, the simpler the eBook format, the easier it is to read on a wide range of electronic devices. The Amazon Kindle and other ePub devices can override formatting so it is recommended to keep your content format as basic as possible.

A professional, smart PDF is an ultimate edition but it does take more skill, time and cost to produce. We include a professionally produced PDF within our Professional Bundle.

If you're creating a print edition then you'll want to choose your size, type, etc. If you're creating a digital edition, you'll want to decide on 1 or all of these 3 editions: Amazon's Kindle, ePub & PDF. The Kindle app is available for all devices and most people use the Kindle application. However, Barnes & Noble and Apple's self-publishing platforms default to the ePub format. To do the eBook really well, with a robust table of contents, links throughout, even an index, you should first create your digital book as an ePub. Creating a professional eBook as a PDF is optimal but it's requires high-level skills and time.

Platforms

Hardcover / Paperback / Fiction / Non-Fiction

  • Art Books
  • Biography Books
  • Booklet Printing
  • Business Books
  • Children's Books
  • Christian Books
  • Coloring Books
  • Comic Books
  • Cook Books
  • Fantasy Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • History Books
  • Magazines
  • Memoirs
  • Mystery Books
  • Photography Books
  • Poetry Books
  • Romance Books
  • Sci-Fi Books
  • Science Books
  • Self-Help Books
  • Spiritual Books
  • Text Books
  • True-Crime Books
  • Year Books