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.
#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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