Finding the Right Book Designer for Your Indie Publication

The Eyes of the Moose was written by David Ranking Johnson and published by the Graham Publishing Group.

If you have invested the many hundreds of hours that go into writing a book, be it a novel, biography, business book, or self-help book, then you owe it to yourself to find exactly the right book designer to provide both excellent design work and smart publishing assistance.

With that in mind, let’s break down seven important factors that you will want to consider in finding the best possible book design firm.

Consideration # 1.  Make certain that your book designer explains every step in the process in a way that makes sense to you.  These steps include proofreading and book cover design as well as the proper interior layout of both your print book and e-book and the exact files you will need to implement your marketing programs.

Consideration # 2. If anyone, including your book designer, tries to tell you that you’re trading away the rights to your book when you publish, get away from those people as fast as you can. You own the rights to your book. The copyright is in your name. You own your book cover.  Always, always, always.

Consideration # 3.  You should not have to ask your book designer for a contract. Yes, book design is straightforward in many ways, but you must always have a contract.  Moreover, you must know what’s in the contract, even if you have to show it to an attorney.  Make sure the terms of completion are spelled out to your satisfaction.  Make sure there is a termination clause that fits your needs.

Consideration # 4.  Acknowledging your book designer on the publication page of your book or in your Acknowledgments is very common, especially if they’re done a good job, but it is not a given.  Think about the pluses and minuses of doing this and be up front about this with your chosen design group.

Consideration # 5.  This one sounds simple, but it isn’t always so. You should have the final say-so on your book cover, the interior layout, the size of the book, even the quality of the paper. At Graham Publishing Group, we always solicit the input of our clients. After all, it’s your book.  Never settle for anything less than what you want.

Consideration # 6.  In the end, it’s all about communication with your book designer. If you don’t see the potential for a fun and creative relationship with the book design process, look elsewhere.

Consideration # 7.  A great book designer knows the world of publishing and should be willing and able to share his or her knowledge. At Graham Publishing Group, we want you to be successful.  The more you know, the more likely you are to succeed.

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