Creating Your Book

The step-by-step process of creating a print-on-demand book.
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1. Writing starts with:

• Your Manuscript
It’s best if the manuscript is a word processor document. When no computer document is available, we can create one by transcribing handwriting or using optical character recognition of typed pages.
• As told to our ghostwriter
As an alternative Book Services can provide a ghostwriter who will write the manuscript based upon interviews.

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2. Editing is important if you want your book to effectively communicate with your readers. Book Services provides a range of editing services, from simple and extended proofreading, to overhaul and rewrite (most authors never need the latter).

Editing looks at:
• Structure of the manuscript
• Clarity of the writing
• Clichés
• Aptness of word choice
• Credibility of characters
• Inconsistencies in timelines
• Continuity

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3. Proofreading is the last look at the text of a book before it enters production. This looks primarily for misspellings or improper punctuation, grammar or formatting.

• Spelling mistakes and inconsistencies
• Typos
• Punctuation
• Capitalization
• Incorrect or awkward grammar

4. Art, Graphics, Photographs

• Original artwork
• Original graphics
• Original photographs
• Scanning pictures & documents
• Image preparation for printing
• Copyright clearance

5. Layout & Design not only assures your book meets the requirements of the distribution format (print or eBook), but also assures the reader of a positive experience. All elements of the layout contribute to that experience.
Book Services offers a variety of layout & design packages for prose, non-fiction , fiction, illustrated and children’s books.

Books, Magazines, Newsletters, Brochures
• Layout – fonts, margins, paragraph style
• Cover & dust jacket
• Photoshop and InDesign services
• Original graphic art services
• ISBN numbers
• Print on Demand ready files
• eBook ready files

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6. Print on Demand Upload to the print-on-demand service and/or eBook distribution channel.

Printing on demand using:
• Lightning Source (Ingram Spark)
• Create Space

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7. Proof Copy A final look at the book is done just before it enters distribution. An electronic proof confirms the accuracy of the print-on-demand upload.
For eBooks the actual ePub file downloaded from the distributor is proofed.
For printed books, before releasing the book for distribution, a physical proof is printed and reviewed to confirm that all visual concepts of the book work on paper as intended.

• Electronic proof (PDF, ePub)
• Physical book

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8. Marketing & Public Relations In addition to a Facebook page, a page is added to the Book Services web site to support online orders that result in higher author royalties.

• EMail
• Website
• Festivals & Events
• Press Releases
• Social Media & Blogging
• Testimonials

9. Distribution Important database entries are made and confirmed for online and print retailers. Special content files are uploaded to support front & back cover images, and previews such as Amazon’s “Look Inside the Book.” In addition to a Facebook page, a page is added to the Book Services web site to support online orders that result in higher author royalties.


  • Domestic & international distribution:
    • Ingram
    • Amazon
    • Baker & Taylor
    • Barnes & Noble
    • Many others
  • Facebook page
  • Book Services web site shopping