Professional Book Designer | Get A Look Inside The Cover

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Often writers come to me at the end of the writing stage of their project. They’re usually excited to take the next step, and rightfully so. They have a completed manuscript and are ready to self-publish, but most are unsure of the steps between. This is the place where a professional book designer comes in, when you need your manuscript to become a book, and that book to look its best.

Part of what makes a book a book is the look and feel of it. If you’re a writer then you probably understand the joy of picking a book up off the shelf, or the coffee table, and leafing through the pages. If you’re like me, before reading, you really explore the book, checking out the table of contents, the forward and afterward, and the “Also By The Author” section that lets you know everything else our potential new favorite author has written.

In order to bring this level of polish to your manuscript, and really compete with the other books out there, you need a professional book designer to bring it to life.

WHAT THE WORK OF A PROFESSIONAL BOOK DESIGNER LOOKS LIKE

Pictures are the best way of understanding what a professional book designer can do with your completed manuscript. Words alone would not adequately capture the professional look. For these examples, I’m showing you some Amazon eBook pages from my novel, Permanent Shadows.

If you want to see examples of print pages, please feel free to inquire. 

In the image below, you can see the first page of Chapter #1. A clear delineation between the book’s many chapters is a critical element of professional book design. Look at the perfect spacing between chapter number and the first words, which are “illuminated” in a traditional sense. 

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In this image, you can see the “Publication Page” which shows the reader all of the book’s many pertinent details, from date of publication to the key contributors. This is among my favorite pages in any book. I also know from experience that many of my clients really respond to this page as it represents the book becoming official.

 

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Have you ever read the first book in a series that you absolutely loved? What’s the next step? You want to click right over to buy the next one in the series. With a properly formatted “Also By The Author” page like this one, you’re not only able to show your reader the cover of the next book in your series, but add a clickable link for them to follow. Sell through is key to book series success, but without a page like this one, you can’t convert your readers into fans. 

 

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One page that brings a book to life for me is the “About The Author” page. With a wide range of readily available options, a professional book designer can showcase both the author’s smashing photo and compelling bio as well as a series of links to social media accounts, websites and mailing lists that are invaluable to building a long lasting readership.

 

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What Else Can A Professional Book Designer Do For You?

Of course, these pictures represent just a few of the basic interior design possibilities. Fonts can be changed to give a book an entirely different feeling. A professional book designer can implement a host of additional elements. I can everything from in-line pictures and tables, to citations and a compelling forward.

Novels and novel length books are the baseline products a professional book designer creates. There are a host of other intriguing possibilities as well. Amazon and other on-line retailers have thrown the doors wide open on the possibilities. For my own book series and publishing ventures, I create and release high quality short stories, chapter excerpts, novellas and box sets. 

Anything is possible!

Do you want to get started? First you need a finished manuscript. In this day and age, the only limits on what you publish comes from your imagination. There are on-line readers out there right now looking for new content, and the Amazon/self-publishing landscape is broadening the possibilities of what that could look like.

Whatever vision you have for your book, an interior book designer is an integral step toward bringing that to life. You’ve worked that hard to write your book – bring in a professional and take it the rest of the way.

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I hope this blog addressed some of your questions about a professional book designer. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. 

Your guide to writing a memoirHave you always wanted to write your life story? Do you ever sit down to write but find you get lost? Do you struggle to get the story down the right way? If you answered yes to any of these questions, memoir ghostwriting may be the best solution for you. 

I believe every one of us has a book in us. If you’re trying to write a memoir, or considering it, now is a great time (actually, it may be the best time). I have written a book, Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know to help you get off the ground. 

Don’t wait. Get your free eBook Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know by clicking here to download today.

I created this volume to be short and easy to read. My goal is to help you understand everything you need to know, from getting started, to all the reasons why now is a great time to write that book.

Contact For A Service Quote

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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Book Layout Design Matters | Reasons To Invest In A Pro

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Independent publishing has opened the doors for authors in ways nobody could have imagined. A decade ago, the idea of indie author success seemed nearly impossible; even five years ago, reaching an audience seemed highly unlikely. Today self-publishing authors have firmly placed their mark on the book world, a trend that doesn’t seem likely to reverse. An often overlooked element of that is solid book layout design. 

If you’re an indie or self-published author, you’ve probably read a lot about how to write. Everything from character development to world building are staple articles. You’re probably aware that, once your story is written, you’re going to need an editor. 

How does your book get that professional look though? Professional design layout transforms your manuscript into a real book.

Book Layout Design Terminology

books with pages openBefore going any further, let’s establish some basic vocabulary. Here are a few terms you need to understand before exploring the book design layout process.

The first term you need to know is manuscript. A manuscript is any written material, usually hand written or in computer file form, that has not been published. If your book file is still on your computer then you’re working with a manuscript. 

The second term is format. You can’t simply upload your manuscript from Word (or whatever program you use) into Amazon. Take a look at some indie books on Amazon. Even first time self-publishing authors produce books that look professional (think of interior graphics, a table of contents and a smooth print layout, to name a few). Your book needs to be in the proper format before uploading to Amazon, or any other platform. 

The last term is publishing. This one may seem obvious, but it’s worth defining. By publishing your book, you’re making it available to the public. In self-publishing, you’re doing the work of a publisher in order to make your book available to readers. 

How To Get A Professional Look

woman holding book with light bulb drawing behind herThere are a lot of readers out there that love indie books. I’m one of them. I find that independent and self-publishing authors create unique material, stuff that conventionally published authors do not. 

Regardless of our taste in what we read, however, readers want a professional looking book. They want to open a book, print or eBook, that feels every bit as polished as their conventional counterparts. 

You simply cannot expect to have any success as an independent or self-publishing author without a professional looking product. If someone told you that, they were wrong. 

I provide high-quality book design layout for a rate any independent and self-publishing author can easily afford. The book files I create work on every on-line eBook platform and can be used to publish print books through every major retailer. 

When I design and layout your book, your readers won’t know the book was self-published. Offering quick turn around times and revisions, I can give you a book you’ll be proud of.

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I hope this blog addressed some of your questions about book layout design. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. 

Your guide to writing a memoirHave you always wanted to write your life story? Do you ever sit down to write but find you get lost? Do you struggle to get the story down the right way? If you answered yes to either of these questions, memoir ghostwriting may be the best solution for you. 

I believe every one of us has a book in us. If you’re trying to write a memoir, or considering it, now is a great time (actually, it may be the best time). I have written a book, Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know to help you get off the ground. 

Don’t wait. Get your free eBook Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know by clicking here to download today.

I created this volume to be a short and easy to read. The goal is to help you understand everything you need to know, from getting started to all the reasons why now is a great time to write a book.

Contact For Ghostwriter Services

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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