How Publishing Trends Are Changing Book Design

While it’s never been easier to self-publish your own book, preparing books for publication can still be a challenge. This is especially true if you’re printing several versions of your book – a traditional printed version, a print-on-demand version, and an e-book version (which, depending on how many places you plan to sell your e-book, could come with several variations itself).

Sherry Wachter details some of the complications in preparing your book for publication and how you should plan ahead for them, in a post at The Blood-Red Pencil today.

So what does this mean for self-publishers? If you don’t plan carefully, it can mean substantial additional pre-press and design fees. It can also mean a great deal of stress if you choose a designer who isn’t familiar with the production method you choose. Here’s a quick little list that might help.

1. If you’re planning on producing your book in multiple formats (and I really suggest you do) consider a press or print-on-demand service that can handle both your print on demand books and your Kindle book conversions. It’ll save you in designer fees, it’ll simplify your ISBN needs, and you’ll end up with a more reliable Kindle book.

Check out the rest of the list at The Blood-Red Pencil.

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