Typesetting for College and University Presses
Formatting text is my specialty and I’m very good at it. A particularly interesting project for a college press was one volume with more than 2600 pages. The project manager had this to say to me:
“Our copy editor and I have looked through the PDF and came away very impressed with your work. You have done a very good job of laying out the text as economically as possible, given the complexity of the material.”
Please contact me to discuss your book design project needs.
Irresistible Book Design for Self-Publishers
You’ve spent countless hours perfecting your manuscript. Let the rest of the book publishing process be easy, and know that I won’t take a cut of your book sales. You keep all the profits, you retain the rights to your book, and you are the publisher.
I’m Jennifer Omner, owner of ALL Publications and an award-winning book designer, helping writers become published authors. After your book has been professionally edited, I offer the following services.
- Interior book design: making the pages of your book look pleasing to read and formatting the file correctly for offset printing presses or print on demand (POD). I follow the rules in The Chicago Manual of Style to ensure a quality, professional product. Interior page design and typesetting is my specialty.
- Cover design: making your book cover shine above the competition so it’s the one purchased. Take advantage of my marketing background here.
- E-book design: creating Kindle and ePub files so your book can be read on Kindles, iPads, Nooks, and other e-readers. This service is only available when I’ve designed the print book first.
- Book publishing numbers: helping you obtain the appropriate numbers for your book including ISBN, bar code, and Library of Congress Control Number. Please visit my Resources page and see the links under Book Publishing Numbers.
- Book printing: ensuring the files of your book comply with printer’s specifications and meet prepress standards. Matching your specific book with a compatible, quality book printer and coordinating the process through delivery to you. Or recommending sources if your print run is under 1,000 books. If you are planning to use Amazon CreateSpace, Lightning Source, or IngramSpark, I know their file specifications.
- POD account set up: offering my book design clients account set up on Amazon CreateSpace or IngramSpark.
- Marketing material for authors: designing business cards, bookmarks, and postcards to promote your book.
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Please take a look around my site and contact me regarding your project. I look forward to hearing from you!
Click here to view books I’ve designed: interior pages, covers, e-books, or all. Great books, great clients!
Book Design Tip
In book design, a widow is a short line ending a paragraph that appears at the top of a page. An orphan is the first line of a paragraph at the bottom of a page or column. Per The Chicago Manual of Style, widows should be avoided. Orphans are okay because they are always a full line, never a word or two.
When I was presenting a book design workshop at a Willamette Writers Conference years ago, a woman said that the house style of her publisher, the Penguin Group, was to allow widows if they were a full line.
“Self-published books don’t usually look this professional,” was what my client Pauli Halstead was told by the traditional publisher who picked up her book. My goal is to make a book look as professional as possible so it can easily compete with traditionally published books. I follow the rules in The Chicago Manual of Style and I work with kerning or the number of lines on the page to eliminate widows in the books I design.
Award-winning Book Designer
I designed the interior and co-created the cover design of Michael Hagedorn’s Post-Dated: The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk. The book won first place in the 2009 Publishers Association of the West Book Design Awards recognizing superior design and outstanding production quality. For more book design awards, please see the About page.