Design

Design Process
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BookDesigners start every project with a detailed "design brief" with you to make sure we understand your vision. After that we enter a stage of research and thorough exploration of the subject and visual metaphors that would best define your vision to your target audience. We thrive on a healthy spirit of collaboration and involvement all the way through the design process until we arrive at the desired destination: a book that exceeds all your expectations and communicates it's message clearly and effectively.

Research
In-depth exploration into your project’s market positioning and competition takes place prior to any design. We take research seriously and make sure we start every project with a well organized and structured plan to make your book successful.

Layout
Page layout is just as important to us as the book cover—after all, it’s the main thing people will experience as they read your book. From simple text-driven books to more evolved and dynamic layouts, we are your one-stop shop for getting it done on time the right way. Typically we design books from cover to cover and this level of involvement from start to finish allows us to give a book a consistant feel throughout.

eBook Design/Conversion
Need an eBook (e-book)? We offer conversions for all major eReader file formats. Are you bypassing the whole print process and simply offering your book in digital form? We can help you position your book in the best possible way for display on all major readers. The future of publishing is eBooks and we are committed to innovative ways to make your book stand out in any digital environment.

A Full Range of Editorial Services
We know words. Whether your best-seller-to-be needs copy editing or you’re struggling to put words down on paper, theBookDesigners are your solution. We offer developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading by experienced wordsmiths.

Copy Editing and Proofreading
A well edited book means that it can be read smoothly and has a solid, consistent voice and message. A well proofread book means that your book won’t have spelling and grammar issues. This is crucial to your book’s success in being taken seriously. We take it very seriously.

Photography

We can arrange it, shoot it, scan it, fix it and color-adjust it. theBookDesigners will take on any photo assignment, including digitizing, color correction and touching up your photos for optimum reproduction. We also have access to photo vaults and libraries of images to fill in any gaps, and to source appropriate images.

Illustration

A brilliant illustration can make all the difference in a book’s design. From simple spot art to elaborate digital compositions and every medium in between, we are happy to explore the wonders of what a great piece of art can do for your book’s appeal.

Production

Book Production
theBookDesigners are your production experts, from color correcting, preparing your files for press, page layout, press checks and beyond. We're here to assist you in every aspect of getting your book to the printing press.

Technical Manufacturing & Sourcing
"A book is a book" is simply not our motto. We thrive on considering ways that your book can be packaged: From clamshells, slipcases, tip-ons and die cuts to elaborate binding solutions and eco-friendly options that will dictate how your book is experienced by the reader, we present you with samples of ways to make your book truly shine. We've pretty much manufactured almost every kind of book possible, except yours.

Photo-manipulation and Retouching
A picture is worth a thousand words. True, but not if it prints too red, has scratches or aging spots. Photo retouching can make all the difference for making your images beautiful.

Scanning
We scan for perfection. Your artwork and images should be printed just as beautifully as the original. We scan all of your artwork on high-end drum scanners for incredibly sharp detail and perfect color matching.

Production cont...

Pre-flight and Prepress
Every book project eventually makes it to that anticipated moment: We are ready to go to press!

Not so fast. How a book prints is defined by how the files are supplied to the printers. If there is a mistake or an overlooked detail, it will print that way. At TBDs we have a systematic process for preparing your files for press. It starts with a thorough prepress checklist and accountability process with your approving every step and ends with our seeing your project off safely to a qualified press house.

Self-Publishing

Publishing your own book has become easier than ever. Unfortunately that often means there are many substandard design solutions for your book cover and book interior design needs. We work closely with you, the author, to help guide you through all the steps needed to achieve a professional quality book design. There are many websites that offer printing solutions for self-publishers such as Lulu, CreateSpace, Lightning Source and Ingram Spark that we are versed in working with to get your book printed and into a distribution channel that suits your needs. Sites like The Book Designer (not associated with us) also offer indispensable advice for authors looking to publish and maintain control over their work. We look forward to working with you on your book!

Printing

Book Printing
theBookDesigners work with both local and overseas printing partners. We offer beautiful award-winning offset printing at affordable rates. We do it all, from photography-driven books and limited editions to basic text layouts.

Print Quotes
Take a moment to fill out our online form and we’ll provide you with a printing quote within a few business days.

Press Checks
theBookDesigners offer top-quality press checks for those who want to give their book that extra special attention it deserves. During our press checks we pay close attention to consistent ink density, color matching, varnish coverage, registration adjustment and so much more.

Preflight
Need help getting your files and assets ready for press? Do all your pages have enough bleed? Are all of your images CMYK and high enough resolution? Whatever state your book project is in we can fully assist in properly preparing it for press.

Print and Manufacturing Sourcing
Looking to wrap your book cover in green Astroturf or textured rubber? Want a hand-painted polyresin Statue of Liberty included with your New York book? We can do that too. theBookDesigners specialize in sourcing any materials you can imagine to make your book distinct.

CTP-Ready PDFs
We specialize in preparing your files so they are Computer-To-Plate ready. Once your book layout is finished we will create press-ready PDFs so that the printer has everything they need to begin printing your book smoothly.

Specialty Printing and Binding
We do it all. Laser die cuts, metallic inks, foils, book-plus items, slip cases, clamshells, spot UV and varnishes, and the list goes on.. Be bold, be distinctive. Collaborate with theBookDesigners!

Eco-friendly Printing
From post-consumer paper and organic soy-based inks, to seed paper that grows when planted, we would love to show you all the new options available to you.

Website/App Development

Author and Publisher Websites
We have years of experience in developing websites and are happy to help you achieve your online goals whether they be a personal author site for yourself or a new/or redesigned publisher website to sell and showcase your books in the best possible way.

Packaging

Customized project development and publishing
Sometimes your vision is very unique and needs to be approached in a non-traditional way. We thrive on these types of challenges and will work to create an appropriate package to best suite your publishing goals.

 

 

 

Songs of Willow Frost>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Songs of Willow Frost>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
The Complete Sherlock Holmes>AD: Jodi Warshaw>Amazon Publishing
The Complete Sherlock Holmes>AD: Jodi Warshaw>Amazon Publishing
James Bond Collection>Amazon Publishing
James Bond Collection>AD: Megan Katsanevakis>Amazon Publishing
Joseph Anton>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Joseph Anton>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Confessional Crises>Penn State University Press>AAUP Winner
Confessional Crises>Penn State University Press>AAUP Winner
From Rum to Roots>Lloyd Francis
From Rum to Roots>Lloyd Francis
Vatican Waltz>AD: Christopher Brand>The Crown Publishing Group
Vatican Waltz>AD: Christopher Brand>The Crown Publishing Group
Under the Wide and Starry Sky>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Under the Wide and Starry Sky>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation>Penn State University Press
Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation>Penn State University Press
The Mark Inside>AD: Megan Wilson>Vintage/Anchor
The Mark Inside>AD: Megan Wilson>Vintage/Anchor
Dangerous Ambitions>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Dangerous Ambitions>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Enchantments>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Enchantments>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Duel with the Devil>AD: Cardon Webb>Vintage/Anchor
Duel with the Devil>AD: Cardon Webb>Vintage/Anchor
Bosnia's Million Bones>AD: David Rotstein>Palgrave Macmillan
Bosnia's Million Bones>AD: David Rotstein>Palgrave Macmillan
B&N Classics>AD: Jo Obarowski>Fall River Press
B&N Classics>AD: Jo Obarowski>Fall River Press
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen>AD: Jodi Warshaw>Amazon Publishing
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen>AD: Jodi Warshaw>Amazon Publishing
The Complete Beer Course>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
The Complete Beer Course>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence>AD: Anne Winslow>Algonquin
Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence>AD: Anne Winslow>Algonquin
Cleopatra the Great>AD: Robbin Schiff>HarperCollins
Cleopatra the Great>AD: Robbin Schiff>HarperCollins
NYX>Self Published
NYX>Self Published
Rousseau Among the Moderns>Penn State University Press
Rousseau Among the Moderns>Penn State University Press
Catherine the Great>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Catherine the Great>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Children of the City>Vintage/Anchor
Children of the City>Vintage/Anchor
Malice of Fortune>AD: John Fontana>Doubleday
Malice of Fortune>AD: John Fontana>Doubleday
The Plantagenets>AD: Paul Buckley>The Viking Press
The Plantagenets>AD: Paul Buckley>The Viking Press
The Story of Mankind>AD: Albert Tang>W.W. Norton
The Story of Mankind>AD: Albert Tang>W.W. Norton
1775>AD: Paul Buckley>The Viking Press
1775>AD: Paul Buckley>The Viking Press
Graven with Diamonds>Short Books
Graven with Diamonds>Short Books
Spilt Milk>Self Published
Spilt Milk>Self Published
Breakpoint>AD: David Rotstein>Palgrave Macmillan
Breakpoint>AD: David Rotstein>Palgrave Macmillan
This Is How You Fall>Amazon Publishing
This Is How You Fall>Amazon Publishing
Losing Julia>Self Published
Losing Julia>Self Published
The Sandcastle Girls>AD: John Fontana>Doubleday
The Sandcastle Girls>AD: John Fontana>Doubleday
The Ageless Generation>AD: David Rotstein>Palgrave Macmillan
The Ageless Generation>AD: David Rotstein>Palgrave Macmillan
Destiny of the Republic/River of Doubt>AD: John Gall>Vintage/Anchor
Destiny of the Republic/River of Doubt>AD: John Gall>Vintage/Anchor
Living with Other Creatures>Baylor University Press
Living with Other Creatures>Baylor University Press
It's A Jungle in There>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
It's A Jungle in There>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
The Rational Optimist>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
The Rational Optimist>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Flourishing>AD: Andrew Smith>Penguin Ireland
Flourishing>AD: Andrew Smith>Penguin Ireland
Don't Know Much About History>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Don't Know Much About History>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
The Secret World of Sleep>AD: David Rotstein>Palgrave Macmillan
The Secret World of Sleep>AD: David Rotstein>Palgrave Macmillan
Iconic>Baylor University Press
Iconic>Baylor University Press
How We Live and Why We Die>AD: Albert Tang>W.W. Norton
How We Live and Why We Die>AD: Albert Tang>W.W. Norton
Rhetorical Darwinism>Baylor University Press
Rhetorical Darwinism>Baylor University Press
Stumping God>Baylor University Press
Stumping God>Baylor University Press
The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders>Penn State Press
The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders>Penn State Press
American Immigration After 1996>Penn State University Press
American Immigration After 1996>Penn State University Press
Openings>Baylor University Press
Openings>Baylor University Press
The Public and its Problems>Penn State University Press
The Public and its Problems>Penn State University Press
The Roots of Sorrow>Baylor University Press
The Roots of Sorrow>Baylor University Press
Buried on Avenue B>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Buried on Avenue B>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Death and the Maiden>AD: David Rotstein>Minotaur Books
Death and the Maiden>AD: David Rotstein>Minotaur Books
Burning Man>Thomas & Mercer
Burning Man>Thomas & Mercer
The Rule of Four>The Dial Press
The Rule of Four>The Dial Press
Spitting Devil>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
Spitting Devil>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
Dead Low Tide>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
Dead Low Tide>AD: Robbin Schiff>Random House
The Nearest Exit>AD:David Rotstein>Minotaur Books
The Nearest Exit>AD:David Rotstein>Minotaur Books
Ashes to Dust>AD: David Rotstein>Minotaur Books
Ashes to Dust>AD: David Rotstein>Minotaur Books
Secrets of the MoneyLab>AD: Andrew Smith>Portfolio Penguin
Secrets of the MoneyLab>AD: Andrew Smith>Portfolio Penguin
Bounce>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Bounce>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Escape Velocity>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Escape Velocity>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Birdseye>Vintage/Anchor
Birdseye>Vintage/Anchor
Island of Vice>AD: John Gall>Vintage/Anchor
Island of Vice>AD: John Gall>Vintage/Anchor
Anatomy of Injustice>Vintage/Anchor
Anatomy of Injustice>Vintage/Anchor
Egypt>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Egypt>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Sins of the House of Borgia>AD: Mallory Kastor>Sourcebooks
Sins of the House of Borgia>AD: Mallory Kastor>Sourcebooks
Film Encyclopedia, 7th Ed>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Film Encyclopedia, 7th Ed>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Handwritten>Short Books
Handwritten>Short Books
Escaping into the Open>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Escaping into the Open>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
If You Knew Suzy>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
If You Knew Suzy>AD: Archie Ferguson>HarperCollins
Dog Days>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
Dog Days>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
Hundred Hit Wonder>NaNoWriMo
Hundred Hit Wonder>NaNoWriMo
The 100 Best African American Poems>AD:Mallory Kastor>Sourcebooks
The 100 Best African American Poems>AD:Mallory Kastor>Sourcebooks
Magickeepers>AD:Greg Avila>Sourcebooks
Magickeepers>AD:Greg Avila>Sourcebooks
Tastes Like Human>Self Published
Tastes Like Human>Self Published
Double or Nothing>Annick Press
Double or Nothing>Annick Press
The Road from Home>AD: Greg Avila>Sourcebooks
The Road from Home>AD: Greg Avila>Sourcebooks
The Oregonian Cookbook>The Oregonian
The Oregonian Cookbook>The Oregonian
Get the Led Out>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
Get the Led Out>AD: Elizabeth Mihaltse>Sterling Publishing
Queen>Voyageur Press
Queen>Voyageur Press
San Francisco Giants: 50 Years>AD: Raoul Goff>Insight Editions
San Francisco Giants: 50 Years>AD: Raoul Goff>Insight Editions