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Print book design consultants?
Posted: Oct 10, 2013 3:49 PM
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This question isn't specific to KDP, but I'm hoping it will be tolerated. While I'm planning on doing a KDP book, I'd also like to have a print version for sale. Can anyone recommend book design consultants they've used and appreciated? This would be people that take the raw materials (the book itself, a cover illustration, maybe author photo) and assemble them into a completed digital package that could be sent off to a Print on Demand company. I would presume they could make recommendations about ideal book size, fonts, etc.

Thanks!
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Posted: Oct 10, 2013 3:57 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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Hi Wil,

I design jacket sleeves for createspace and other retailers, and would be happy to send you over some samples if you'd like to shoot me an email at jesrichardsonphoto@gmail.com.

Although, I do not work in illustration, but rather photo-manipulation design. What genre is your book? Generally illustration works best for fantasy and childrens books, and photo-manipulation for most other genres.

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Re: Print book design consultants?
Posted: Oct 10, 2013 4:00 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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I'm writing a book right now on 75 eBook cover design sites.

Here are a few for POD you might be interested in:

Damoza
Fiona Jayde Media
Ebook Launch
customebookcovers.com/
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Posted: Oct 11, 2013 12:24 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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Thanks folks - Jes, I'm a ways from the point actually doing the cover but I may hit you up at that point. I've taken your email down in my notes.

To be clear, I will have a cover illustration; what I'm looking for is someone to help with assembling all the elements (layout) on the exterior and interior of the book.

Cheers,
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Posted: Oct 11, 2013 1:01 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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I'd recommend Joy Sillesen of Indie Author Services: http://indieauthorservices.com/

She has designed several covers for me, and I like her work. I suspect she would be just as good on interior design and formatting.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Posted: Oct 11, 2013 1:32 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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Usually interiors and exteriors are designed by different people. Graphic artists are completely different.

I've had great success with Kit Foster, a GREAT cover designer: http://www.kitfosterdesign.com

As far as interiors, I use http://www.edityourwords.com ...she does a great job with PDF and Epubs.

Hopefully this helps.

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Posted: Oct 11, 2013 1:45 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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Looking forward to hearing from you when you're ready. Exterior design is certainly something I handle on a regular basis, however I do not handle interior layout. You would want to find a formatter for that. I would be happy to lead you to a couple that I work in conjunction with on a regular basis.
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Posted: Oct 11, 2013 3:37 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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w:

If you have a fiction, or fiction-like (memoir) book, we handle print interior-layouts. You can see some samples of what we do here: Our Print Interiors Samples Gallery. We also do ebooks. We do not do complicated or advanced print book layouts--for example, heavily-illustrated "how-to" books with a lot of sidebars, text-boxes, and the like; we don't have an adequate Graphic Design staff for that type of work. As you can see, we've done interiors for Terence Stamp's books in print through Escargot Books, as well as some other authors of whom you may or may not have heard. We have affordable pricing for the average author.

You can contact me through our website, if you need any assistance. If you have a heavily-formatted book, you will likely need a traditional print design house; they are equipped to handle that type of thing. If you drop me an email, I can point you to some firms with which I've worked (they did the print versions of a complex book, we did the ebook versions) that I know do excellent product.

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Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:09 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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Thanks everyone! I'll use this thread to track resources. I appreciate it!

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Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:27 PM   in response to: wil@wawebsites.... in response to: wil@wawebsites....
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I used createspace to do my POD paperback.

I had already got my front cover designed as I used it for my ebook, so all that I needed to do was format it for paperback rather than ebook.

On the createspace site, you pick the size of book you want, and then you can down load a sample template. Its then just a case of copying and pasting the relevant parts in. I'll be honest, it did take me several attempts to get it correct in terms of chapter breaks and page numbering but all in all I think I spent around a day in total sorting it all out, including getting my cover resize to 300dpi and the text the correct distance from the edge.

Thursday afternoon I signed off my final proof from them and by Friday morning, it was available on all amazon sites for people to buy.
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Re: Print book design consultants?
Posted: Oct 17, 2013 4:38 PM   in response to: Andrew Brown in response to: Andrew Brown
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Thanks Andrew - yeah, CS is certainly an option. I just want to get a sense of what's available.

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