This is the 5 step process in book publishing

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Whether you are planning to become a self-published author or working with a publisher, it’s important for you to have a good understanding of how the book publishing process works. Coming up with the manuscript may be the most important part, but the steps that follow are crucial in determining whether your book will be a success or a flop. Ed Corvelli, the owner of Easy Street Print in NYC, wrote the below article to help newbies in book publishing.

Let’s look at the 5 step process in book publishing.

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#1 Typesetting, proofreading and editing

This is the first stage in the process where your manuscript is typed that’s if you had not submitted it in soft copy. The font type and size are set at this point as well as the proper style and pagination. Once the typesetting is completed, the book is proofread to check for any errors. It’s also at this point that any necessary editing will be done.

#2 Production of the mechanical and filming

Once proofread and all the necessary edits done, a camera copy or mechanical is produced. This is basically a very high quality print of the typeset pages which are printed on very high quality typing paper. Once the mechanical is ready, each of the pages are photographed using a high quality camera which then produces what are referred to as page negatives which is essentially areverse view ofwhat is to be printed. These negatives will then be checked for any errors that may affect the final print. In the event the content of your book has more than one color then different negatives will be made for each of the colors.

#3 Stripping and making of blueprints

The stripping process involved laying out the negatives on a large sheet referred to as a flat which is designed to hold 32 or 64 pages. Usually the stripping process involves using flats that are equal to the total pages your book will have. This process is essentially used to ensure that all the text as well as illustrations have been properly lined up and are in the correct sequence. Once the flats are ready, blueprints of each of the flats are made which the publisher or editor will use to do another check for possible errors.

#4 Plate making

Once the publisher is satisfied that there are no errors, each of the flatsare photographed and burnedonto what is referred to as a plate. This is basically a thin sheet of aluminum. Every part of the plate that contains illustrations and text is treated using a chemical designed to attract ink. This is what ensures that the illustrations and text will be printed when on the press.

#5 Printing and binding

Once the plates are ready, they are sent to the press where the printing is done. The typical method of printing used is offset printing. Generally, if the book only contains a single color, the plates will only go through the press once however if the book has more than one color, the number of times the plates will go through the press will depend on the number of colors used. Once the printing is completed and the ink on the pages has dried, the book is then bound. This is mostly an automated process.

In some instances, these 5 steps may be split into smaller steps especially if the servicesare not being offered by one vendor.

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Alternative book store – 3 main methods of printing books

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If you are an aspiring author looking to learn how you can finally get your manuscript published, it’s important for you to familiarize yourself with the process of printing books because it’s a hurdle you will need to jump. In this article, we are going to look at the 3 main methods of printing books to give you an idea of how this process has evolved over time.

#1 The letterpress printing method

The letterpress method of printing was the preferred method that was used for over 400 years from the 15th to the mid-20th century. The printing method involves using the photographic originals to make metal plates which are then inked and pressed on paper thereby transferring the image and the text engraved on the metal plate onto the paper. It’s this printing technology that actually gave birth to the large automated printing presses that were in use after the mid-20th century.This method is still used mostly in the production of limited edition books particularly in areas with unreliable electricity.

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#2 The offset printing method

The offset printing method was an innovation at the start of the 20th century that proved to be a better alternative to the letterpress method. The materials used to make the printing plates used in offset printing allowed for sharper images when transferred on paper. Offset printing also made it possible for printing to be done one sheet at a time or in rolls of paper which would then be cut into individual sheets. This is the most commonly used printing method today.

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#3 The digital printing method

Digital printing which is mainly computer driven is quickly gaining today. It’s essentially the merging of a computer with a high-speed copying machine and a binding machine, and the entire process is automated and very fast. Some high-end digital printers have the capability of producing a whole book including the cover and binding in under seven minutes.

What is the key difference between offset and letterpress printing on one side, and digital printing on the other side is that whereas the latter will allow you to print single copies of your book at a time, the two other methods enable you to do the printing of your books in stages therefore they are only practical if you are planning to print multiple copies at once.

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Alternative book store – This is how a book is printed

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In our previous post we went through the process of book publishing and briefly mentioned printing as one of the processes. In this post, we would like to delve a little bit into what exactly the printing process entails.

Here is a breakdown of the 4 steps involved when printing a book.

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#1 Preparation of the plates

Once the text and illustrations to be used in a book have gone through final editing and proofreading, it’s now ready for printing. This process begins by preparation of plates. These are basically thin sheets of aluminum metal where the text and illustrations to be printed are burnt onto. Every part of the plate that contains illustrations and text is treated using a chemical designed to attract ink. This is what ensures that the illustrations and text will be printed when on the press. Generally, different printing presses will have different specifications on the number of pages that can be contained on a single plate.

#2 The actual printing

Because publishers will often opt to use different paper types for different books, the printer will load a reel of paper that is as per the publisher’s specifications that is type, color, weight and width, and so on. The reel of paper will then go through the print units, where the plates which have ink sprayed on them will press against the reel of paper thereby pasting the text and illustrations onto it.Once this process is through, the paper reel will be cut depending on the size of the pages of the book, folded, and stacked in sequence.

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#3 Preparation of the book cover

Book covers will often be printed by a different printer because on most occasions they will require more specialized printing because of the material to be used, the type of finishing and so on. In many cases, the printing of the book cover will be going on simultaneously with the printing of the book or it will even be done earlier so that biding can take place as soon as possible.

#4 Binding of the book

We mentioned after the printing process that the paper reel is cut, folded and stacked. Essentially at this point, you have the book ready just awaiting the book cover and binding to be done. This process is usually automated therefore each stack will be picked, merged with a book cover and bound mostly using glue. The machine will also trim the books to ensure they all come out with a perfect uniform shape and size.

Once these processes are completed, your book should be ready to hit the shelves.

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5 tips on how to choose a good book to read

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Many people desire to start reading more however they can never be able to decide what the best book to read is. This article is meant to share with you tips on how to choose a good book to read. These are tips that should come in handy whether you are looking to start a reading culture or you already enjoy reading but you are trying to find new things to read about.

Here are 5 tips on how to choose a good book to read.

Have some form of idea on what type of book you want

The first step to you being able to choose a good book is having some form of idea on what type of book you want. This could be the genre of the book, the author, your interests, whether there is a specific type of book you heard of that you have always been thinking about checking out, and whether there is a series of books you have read before and there is an addition to the series.

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Take time and search your house

Take some time and search your house, you’d be surprised at the number of good books you are likely to find gathering dust. You may have bought or borrowed a book a couple of years back and forgot all about it, or someone was at your house and left behind a book. Some of these books may end up being really interesting reads.

Ask for book recommendations from friends and family

It’s usually not easy deciding what a good book looks like therefore it’s a good idea to ask someone who has had the opportunity to read a couple of books to recommend to you a good book to read. If you have friends and family who you know enjoy reading, it’s a good idea to ask them to recommend a book you can check out.

Take time and go through book reviews

There are a number of magazines, newspapers and websites that will have regular book reviews. It’s therefore a good idea to take time and go through these reviews to find out which books are receiving good reviews and why. If you like the reviews you can check out the books.

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Consider joining a book club

One of the most rewarding ways to get yourself reading and have access to good books is by joining a book club. In such clubs, members get to share their experiences with the different books they have read and they will always push their fellow members check out books they found to be very interesting. The additional benefit is that you may even find the books for free because you are reading from the personal collections of your club members.

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Important terms you need to know in book publishing

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When in the process of getting your book published whether you are doing self-publishing or working with a publisher, there are basic terms which you need to be familiar with because they will determine the direction you want to go with your project. This is especially with regards to printing and distribution of your book.

We take a look at 3 of the terms in this post.

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Offset printing

We have covered the term offset printing in some of our previous posts therefore we won’t spend much time getting into it. This is the most popular method of printing being used in print presses today because it’s a very fast and cost effective method of producing thousands of high quality copies of your book. The benefits of this method of printing is that it’s cost effective when doing multiple copies, allows you to use almost any paper type, cover type or book dimension, allows for high quality printing and all your books are available up-front. On the negative side of things however, you will be forced to incur the printing costs before any of your books are sold, and it’s only cost effective if you are producing thousands of copies of your book.

Short-run printing

As the name suggests, short-run printing will limit you to producing a predetermined number of copies of your book. Mostly you will be limited to a specific size as well as paper type, and the printing is done digitally. The benefits of this especially for new authors is that it allows you to cost effectively produce a few copies of your book and if you are happy with the response of your readers then you can invest in producing additional copies. The disadvantage however is that you will end up incurring a higher unit cost per book in comparison to offset printing and you have to incur the printing costs before any of your books are sold.

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Print-on-demand

Print on demand shares some similarities with short-run printing in that it’s also done digitally and involves printing just a few copies of the book at a given time. The major differences being that as an author you only print once your books have been paid for therefore you don’t incur any of the printing costs. Usually, the author will be told up front what the cost of printing each individual copy of the book will be therefore when they place the book on an online bookstore, the price indicated is inclusive of the printing and shipping costs so once a reader pays for the book, it’s printed and shipped to them without the author having to incur any cost. This is a method ideal for first time authors. The main disadvantage however is the unit cost per book will be very high.

Be sure to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each of these approaches before you decide which will work best for you.

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Factors that influence the printing method for your book

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If you are an author looking to publish your book you need to be familiar with the different methods of printing and why and when each method is preferred over the other. In our previous post, we gave you a brief overview of the three methods of printing and we now want to look into the factors that will influence you to use one over the other.

Let’s look at the factors that influence the printing method for your book

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Letterpress printing

The letterpress printing method has been reserved for printing limited edition books that will mostly need to be printed in a very specific type of material for instance lavish material, fine textures and so on which will be impossible to print using the other available methods. This makes the process expensive when compared to the other printing methods.

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Offset printing

Offset printing is the preferred method of printing today therefore it’s the method that has been used to produce many of the books and magazines you see today. The benefit of the offset method is that it enables you produce large quantities of your work in fact, the more copies you produce the cheaper it becomes per copy. It also allows you to produce good quality prints in a wide range of sizes and paper types.

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Digital printing

Digital printing is increasingly becoming popular especially for people looking for print of demand services. Because publishers can produce one book at a time within a very short time, they no longer have to incur the costs associated with mass production such as warehousing and shipping. A book will only be printed when a reader has ordered for it and in most cases the printing and shipping costs will be transferred on to the person making the order.

As you decide what method to use for printing your book, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each vis-à-vis the nature of the book you are publishing.

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