Contrary to the old adage, people often do judge a book by its cover. They also peek inside to see if the contents are visually interesting. To reach your target audience, you need to present your work in the best possible light. I offer several production services to help make sure your book is attractively packaged and professionally produced:
- As production editor, I develop a schedule to hit publishing targets and meet deadlines, and I may also be responsible for negotiating contracts with freelancers to perform specific tasks related to producing a book.
- In this role, it is my job to communicate and coordinate with everyone involved in the project to ensure quality control and stay on schedule; this can include author, publisher, and printer as well as freelance editor, designer, artist, indexer, and proofreader.
- In my view, it is the production editor's job to do whatever it takes to get the job done—on time and within budget. That may include stepping in to copyedit, proofread, and offer feedback to writers and other editors.
- My duties might also include balancing budgets and reviewing and finalizing materials during the production process.
- I will create the visual concepts for cover and interior based on the book's contents. There are designers who specialize in creating book covers, and that is something to consider. I am happy to design either the cover or the interior, or both.
- I use Adobe Creative Suite computer software to execute the design concept and develop the book's entire layout and production files.
- Other functions I am able to provide include image editing, preparing digital files for hand-off to a printer, and reviewing color proofs to ensure excellent reproduction quality.
- Not to be confused with the editorial services involved in manuscript preparation, proofreading is done near the end of the production process, just prior to printing.
- My job as proofreader is to read a proof copy of the final layout to detect and correct errors or mark queries regarding grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, and accuracy.
- Proofreading may be done either against an original document or without checking against another source. I have done both.