Contact Lorie by email and tell her about your book: Do you want to publish your book in print? as an ebook? Is your manuscript finished or does it still require editing?
For print, what size would you like your book to be? Do you know which printer or print-on-demand service you might be using?
And very important for design and typesetting - What sort of formatting does your book require? Are there illustrations or graphics? Does it include tables or textboxes/pull quotes? Does it have footnotes, endnotes, or outlines?
An estimate will be provided for your specific project. (It's ok if you don't know the answers to some of these questions. Lorie can provide guidance, as needed, too.)
Typically within about 5 to 10 business days, you'll receive several page design samples from Lorie to begin the process.
These samples will typically include the front matter of the book through the first chapter or section. Sometimes more will be provided to accommodate key design elements.
You'll be asked to decide what you like or dislike about the samples - fonts, general layout of chapters, images, headers/footer or other elements that may be included in your particular book.
Elements between samples can be mixed and matched at this point or new ideas explored until the final design is determined.
Start at $250 for simple formatting of books less than 100 pages (text-only books - no images, tables, etc.)
Illustrated Children's Books
Start at $500 for 24-28 pages with illustrations provided.
Note: Lorie is not an illustrator and cannot provide original illustrations. As a graphic designer, she can work with any images you provide and/or assist you in finding appropriate stock photos/imagery.
Phone consultations are NOT included in pricing and are only offered occasionally at a premium rate. Over 10 years of book design, Lorie has found online communication to be much more effective for the work required and for overall project management.
Prices for print projects generally range from $250 to $1500, depending on level of formatting required, number of images/illustrations, and other factors.
Please contact Lorie for an estimate specific to your particular project and/or for samples of previous work.
You will receive a contract for the project and be asked to provide more information about your book and how you'd like it to look. Lorie often pulls inspiration for your pages from your book cover. Whether she's designed it or not, doesn't matter, but it's always a nice touch to have elements carry over from your cover to the pages of your book.
Beyond your cover, how do you want the book to look? This is when you'd let Lorie know your ideas for the interior pages.
The final edited manuscript and any illustrations/images you'd like included will need to be provided to Lorie before any progress can be made toward Step 3.
With the final design direction decided, Lorie will apply the design/formatting to your manuscript.
Once the book layout is complete, you'll receive a print-ready PDF for final proofing and review. You'll provide notes indicating any final revisions that may be needed. Thirty revisions per 100 pages are typically included in the contract.
You'll be provided with your final print-ready files for print (PDF). Source (InDesign) files are also available upon request.
Your pages will now be ready to submit to your printer/print-on-demand service and/or to be converted to ebook.
Lorie will remain available to address any final changes desired upon review of your print proof copy.