Steps for making a book

      "Open Christianity"

      From manuscript to book

      Here is a general outline of the steps involved to create your book:

      We can help organize your thoughts, pinpoint your focus, and break down the various sections of your manuscript with a brainstorming session.

       Since we will be unfamiliar with your manuscript at this point, we will rely on your determination of whether your book needs a written analysis (to determine its structural and organizational integrity).

       Once you have reviewed our feedback from the written analysis , you will let us know which of our suggested changes (and perhaps some of your own) you want us to make (developmental editing).

       After the structural and organizational changes have been made through the analysis, copyediting will begin.

       When your manuscript is ready for interior design, our formatting service will prepare it for the page-layout program.

       Before we set up the interior pages, we need to make sure that our files will be compatible with the printing vendor.

       We will create interior design samples for your review. It is always helpful if you have design ideas; if not, we can design your book for you. Once you've approved the samples, we will lay out all of the interior pages of your book. Please view our portfolio for samples of our work.

       During the interior design process, you will determine whether you want to include cross-references ("see pg. 24").

       With our graphics assistance service, we will analyze your graphics and discuss special concerns, such as quality of art or missing files. Scanning is also offered if necessary.

       You will let us know if you want a simple index (e.g., a Table of Contents) and a subject index (mostly used in nonfiction books).

       We will create the cover design for your review. It is always helpful if you have design ideas; if not, we can design your book for you. Please view our portfolio for samples of our work.

       You will decide whether you want us to reread or scan all of the pages (proofreading options) as a final quality check.

       If you have no more changes to the interior and cover pages, you may send us your final approval via e-mail. We will upload your final files to the selected printing vendor and help you set up your printing vendor account.

       If you have chosen to produce an e-book, we will either refer you to an e-book conversion vendor or handle the process for you. If you want an electronic alternative, we can also create an Adobe PDF version of your document.

      Would you like us to train you?

      We encourage you to participate in the process and can provide training, if you decide to do any of the work yourself.

      Let's make a book together!