M-Graphics Publishing carries out a complete range of services associated with production of single books, book series, catalogs, and periodicals. We will create a book from the ground up or only execute discrete tasks, such as consultation on content and/or design of a future book, the selection of optimum format, proof-reading and editing of your finished manuscript, design and layout of a book and its cover, ISBN and LCCN registration, writing annotations, printing and so forth.
Book publishing is a complex process, which includes several important stages:
Preparation of text and illustrations
Experience shows that, for the most part, authors send their completed, typed material saved on floppy discs, CDs, or through electronic mail; very rarely do they deliver paper versions. A manuscript can include tables, drawings, diagrams, formulas. Frequently, there is a need to scan photographs, figures, and text. We know how to do this competently, in order to publish a book well; therefore, we professionally prepare any text and illustrations for print.
Proof-reading and book editing
Proof-reading—correction of both grammatical and technical errors made in the process of typing up text, and especially, during its scanning. A second proof-reading is usually necessary after the recieving printing proof: spelling errors and hyphenations are checked, each page is checked for uniformity of titles, length of text, formatting details, and so forth.
Editing takes care of various contradictions and disagreements within the text. Depending on your source text, a more or less in-depth level of editorial work may be necessary. This is an important stage of the process, since our common goal is publication of a book that is pleasant to read.
Design and layout of the book
This stage includes design of internal book pages, cover, supplementary sheets, and all other book parts, as well as computer layoutn. Depending on the format of the published book, the computer layout can be developed either in the simplest version, or with a color cover, color illustrations, the author's photograph, etc. After the book layout is done and approved, another proof-reading is recommended.
To publish a book, it is necessary to correctly design output information, namely: to place the necessary information on the title page and the copyright page, assign ISBN, create and place a barcode on the back cover, and register the publication with the Library of Congress (to obtain Library of Congress Control Number). It is also possible to register your copyright with the US Copyright Office.
Pre-press and Printing
Pre-press preparation is direct preparation of the computer layout for output to printing equipment in the printing house taking into consideration specifics of technology of two types of press: offset or digital. Due to collaboration with different printing houses, we can offer you diverse methods of order fulfillment: printing on different types of paper, book binding in paperback or hardcover, etc.
Mandatory book deposit
M-Graphics Publishing does the required book deposit with the Library of Congress in accordance with rules for subsequent distribution of bibliographical information to libraries, scientific and informational establishments, and organizations.
You can read detailed answers to frequently asked questions concerning book publishing process
in the Q&A section of the site.
Below you can find detailed descriptions of services we provide, and their approximate pricing:
Book Editing and Proof-Reading:
Editing is one of the most important and fundamental stage of book publishing. If you plan to self-publish your book we strongly encourage you to use help of a professional editor. Traditional publishing houses usually have more than one staff editor whose main responsibility is to edit and prepare book for publication. In case of self-publishing the responsibility is yours—you should delivery the best quality book to your readers. Even if spelling and/or grammatical errors do not bother you, they could confuse and dissapoint your readers and reviewers…
And it does not matter if you wrote a hot novel or autobiography, cookbook or book of children fairy tales—it is very important that your book should be error free—nobody wants to read a book with typos… However even the best writers could make grammar error ocasionally. That's why we offer our authors editorial services to help them to make their books as best as possible and at the same time preserving
their unique style…
Editing – Level I
An experienced editor will very carefully verify your manuscript. You will be offered corrections and/or alternatives for errors such as wrong words, wrong spelling, punctuation, word and tense consistency. This level of service does not include correction of character inconsistencies, dating or factual inaccuracies. Service included:
- correction of grammatical and punctuation errors
- minor syntax errors (Editing – Level II is recommended for large number of syntax errors)
- correction of phrases and words, considered to not match the theme or audience
- verification of material requiring permission for use: quotes, images, song lyrics, etc.
Editing – Level II
Some manuscripts require more attention than others.
Service includes everything from Level I, as well as:
- suggestions for changing badly structured, or badly worded sentences and paragraphs for consistency in the characters and the time line of the story
- an overview of the story itself
- any dating inaccuracies within the story's timeframe will be checked (it will not include "rewriting" a manuscript)
- a second reading will be done if necessary.
- fact-checking, which includes partial checking of easily found quotations, names, known dates and so forth.
(pre-requisite: any level of Editing Service from M·Graphics)
Any person familiar with the publishing process knows that the process of transformation of a manuscript into a book is not free from typos and spelling errors. Even the best editors or the most thorough authors miss them. In actuality, traditional publishing houses usually carry out proofreading twice; the first time is done after editing, the second follows completion of book layout. Service included:
- thoroughly checking your manuscript for grammar, spelling, hyphenation and origination issues (such as widows and orphans lines). We offer 50% discount for second proofreading after book layout is completed.
We urge all authors to seriously consider the importance of proof-reading, and to not skip this process of checking the text, letter-by-letter, to avoid annoying misprints.
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Book Design and Layout:
So, you are ready to publish your book. It is written, polished, and edited… To publish your book means to offer it to others, to the largest number of people possible, so that they could delight in your imagination, resourcefulness, knowledge, and skills; all that, which you are ready to share with them. You must draw them in to pick up your book off a shelf in a store, to purchase it, and read it!
For this very reason the professional design of cover and book pages is simply necessary.
The designer of the book will select easy-to-read fonts, determine best-suited margins that are not very narrow and, at the same time, not so wide that you would not have to pay for additional pages. If your book has illustrations or photographs, they will be scanned, if necessary, and inserted into appropriate locations of the text pertaining to them.
The cover designer uses colors, illustrations, fonts, etc to create an eye-catching book cover design, and one that corresponds to the book's content.
Text Design and Layout
- Consultation with a designer to determine general ideas for the text design and layout, and fonts to be utilized in the book
- Design of title and copyright pages
- Creation of “Dedication”, “Acknowledgement”, “Introduction”, “Preface” and “About the Author” pages
- Creation of table of contents
- Layout the text of the book (up to 320 pages) with the running headers and the folios from your manuscript, typed in Microsoft Word
- 2 cycles of corrections (up to 25 corrections)
- Final PDF of proof for approval prior to sending it to the printer
- Final press-ready PDF for the printing house
Book Cover Design
- Consultation with a designer—discussion of cover particulars
- Scanning (if necessary) of a photograph for the front cover, the author's photograph for the back cover
- Any selected photo from www.istockphoto.com site for use in the cover design
- Basic processing of images (creation of collage of 2-3 photos and color-correction)
- 2 original designs to choose from, as PDFor JPEG proofs
- Up to two cycles of corrections
- Final PDF of proof for approval prior to sending it to the printers
- Creation file for stamping front cover and/or spine if necessary
- Creation file for dust-jacket if necessary
- Original illustrations per your specifications
- Non-exclusive rights to created images (the author can use them in the book and for advertising purposes, the artist retains image copyright and ownership)
Additional services (for an extra fee):
- Tables and diagrams
- Scanning pages of printed text and conversion into editable MS Word document for subsequent editing (including basic proofreading)
- Scanning of images; color correction and retouching of images
If you need any design services not indicated above, please contact us with your inquiries; we will be happy to help you.
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Printing is one of most expensive components of book production. Different printing houses use different types of printing technology, and respectively, equipment. The cost of printing can depend on the selected printing technology, type and format of binding, presence of color in the text and on the cover, the quality of paper, and certainly, the size of print run.
Different kinds of printing presses are:
Digital press, due to its relative novelty, attracts considerable attention.
Advantages: speed of performance, possibility of small print-runs for relatively low, affordable prices.
Drawbacks: more-or-less constant price per printed copy, regardless of quantity.
Traditional sheet-fed presses are still used in contemporary book printing, although the cost of printing with their use is higher than with web presses.
Advantages: possibility of print on coated paper and higher quality of half-tone images, as compared to other printing presses.
Web press prints on a roll of paper, which is cheaper than sheet paper, and the output is a folded notebook, 32-48-64-128 pages of text, which unites two technological processes into one. The speed of these presses reaches 25000 impressions an hour and higher; this is considerably faster than the traditional sheet-fed presses. Advantages: high speed and low prime cost.
Drawbacks: the process of output to operating conditions of such presses is rather expensive, which makes them economically advantageous with print runs of above 5000 copies.
Different forms of book binding:
Perfect binding—the most common form of book binding. It presents the book in “soft cover”, which is attached to the text block with the aid of glue. The major advantages are relatively low cost (compared to hardcover) when combined with small print runs (up to 300-500 copies). The laminated cover (glossy or matte) gives a book a professional appearance.
Hardcover is made separately, by wrapping a cardboard template with cloth, special paper, or leather (or its imitation); then, the finished cover is fastened to the book block (which has been sewn or glued in advance). In addition, the front cover or spine can be stamped with ink or foil. Frequently, a dust jacket is added for protection of this binding.
Laminated hardcover is one of the forms of rigid binding, when a template is enclosed in a cover (usually, color) printed on thick paper and wrapped with laminating film. This type of solid binding is somewhat cheaper than the traditional and, at the same time, looks very attractive.
The cost of press also strongly depends on whether the book contains color illustrations. Since the text is usually printed in black, the presence of black and white illustrations does not present problems. Color requires usage of other printing equipment and, as a rule, higher-quality paper, which causes price increase of press. At the same time, however, the use of color on the cover makes it look more attractive with a very insignificant rise in price.
The cost of press also can also be lowered by decrease of the size of the book. This can be achieved by removal of inessential text, reduction of quantity of illustrations and photographs, increase in book format, reduction of font size. However, with the latter it is necessary to be especially careful; the book should be convenient to read!
An increase in print run also contributes to reduction in the price per copy, although it increases the sum total of expenditures. As you can see in the table, the cost of book production per copy decreases with an increase in print run.
Consequently, the decision is yours.
Due to the fact that cost of press is determined by such a large number of variables, it is impossible to determine instantaneously how much it will cost to print a certain book. If you are interested in specific details, please contact us, and we will prepare a detailed price estimate for your project.
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ISBN and EAN (barcodes)
ISBN (International Standard Book Number)—a unique 13-digit number, which identifies each book or edition from a certain publisher. ISBN allows publishers, libraries, and book dealers to locate books. Having an ISBN means that your book will appear in bibliographic databases. Booksellers go to these databases to help them locate the publisher of a book so they can order it.
ISBN can be ordered via US ISBN Agency (www.isbn.org) and the minimal order is set of 10 numbers. If you do not wish to fill out paperwork to purchase at least minimum set of 10 ISBNs for your books yourself, we can offer you an ISBN for a fee and register your book with the ISBN agency. This is cheaper and easier; however, there are certain caveats. Please contact us and we discuss the best solution for you.
ISBN can be easily converted to EAN barcode—system utilized in the entire world. Barcode scanning is used in the USA by practically all book-trading companies.
It is not mandatory for a book to have an ISBN. If you do not plan to sell your book you do not need it. However, if you plan to distribute your book through book stores, you must have an ISBN and a barcode on the back cover of your book. A majority of trade organizations do not accept books for sale without an ISBN and a barcode.
If you have an ISBN for your book, we will create the appropriate barcode and place it on the back of the cover of your book to be printed. We will do this free of charge. You can indicate the price of your book in the barcode or not; whichever you prefer. In general, you do not have to indicate the price. Later, it is always possible to change it in either direction, depending on book sales results.
Library of Congress Control Number
The Library of Congress implemented a unique system for creating a database of all upcoming publications. Many libraries subscribe to it to obtain information from this database, and supplement their collections on the basis of obtained information.
Obtaining Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is not required. This number is necessary only if you plan to offer your book to libraries. You also cannot obtain it if your book has less than 50 pages (with the exception of children's books or books dedicated to genealogy).
Forms for obtaining LCCN must be filled out and sent to the Library of Congress prior to book printing, and this number cannot be assigned to a book, which has already been published. One requirement is deposit of at least one copy of the book at the Library of Congress.
As part of our publishing service (free of charge), we can fill out this special form for obtaining LCCN for your book, and the number will be indicated on the copyright page of the book.
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The law establishes your copyright automatically from the moment you complete your work. The line declaring your copyright is usually placed on the reverse side of the title page (a copyright page) and must contain the name of the owner of copyright, the year of publication, the word “copyright” and/or symbol ©. You, as the author, have the right to place this line about your copyright on any of your unpublished works or part thereof. You can state copyright on text, photographs and figures made by you, but not on names, book titles, or short phrases you devised.
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The use of statement about the copyright is your right and responsibility as the author, and it does not require preliminary permission from or registration with the Copyright Office.
You are not obligated to record copyright with the Copyright Office. However, this is recommended to make an official entry in the registration books, in case of copyright infringement.
We can do all the paperwork for you (fee for this service is $70), as well as send the two required copies of the book to US Copyright Office, or you can do this yourself. If you wish to do this yourself, you are required to fill out all the necessary paperwork and send two book copies (along with registration fee) no later than two months after publication. Your certificate of authorship will be sent to you approximately 4-5 months after filing of paperwork.
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As addition to our publishing services, M·Graphics Publishing can help you advertise and promote your book, including the option to place advertisements about the forthcoming release of the book in various Russian-language periodical publications of the larger Boston area, Philadelphia, Chicago and others, as well as on Russian-language Internet sites.
Please contact us to inquire about advertisement services pricing.
We can design, print, and send out the postcards of the standard size (5.5” x 4.25”) to inform about the upcoming release of your book. They can serve as invitations to the author's book presentation, as well.
Bookmarks (2" x of 7"), designed and printed by us, will serve as an outstanding souvenir at book presentations; you can also ask your local book store to supply them to customers, as an advertisement for your book.
11" x 17" posters (developed by our designers and printed especially for your book) will be an excellent addition to stores and at presentations, to advertise your work. Posters are printed on glossy #80 paper.
8½" x 11" pamphlets, printed on #80 glossy paper will be an outstanding advertisement of your book. They can be folded in half or in thirds (which makes them fit into standard letter envelope). They can be printed either double-sided polychromatic, or in different color versions.
Business cards can be distributed among your friends and family to notify them of the upcoming release of your book. You can also ask your friends to give them out to their friends and family; the more people know about the upcoming event, the better for you.
All books produced by M·Graphics Publishing are placed into our online store. We will create a separate Web page for your book, where we will place the image of the book cover, information about the author (if you wish), a brief annotation, bibliographical information, and opinions and reviews about the book (if any). Visitors of our online store can purchase the book; different payment methods are accepted. The book can also be purchased by filling out and snail-mailing us the form and payment.
Self-Prepared Layout Requirements:
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If you created a layout of your book by yourself, both text and covers, please verify that it satisfies the printing company's requirements for press; otherwise, edits and changes will be required, both of which entail delay of press and additional expenditures.
Please contact us prior to completion of book layout, and we can advise you how to avoid excess and labor-consuming expenditures.
Completed pages are accepted in following formats:
Adobe Acrobat 4.0-8.0 — preferred!
Adobe inDesign CS2 or later
Adobe Pagemaker 6 or above — with the required inclusion of all fonts and images used in layout
Microsoft Word (any version): is not considered as final layout and requires modification. It is also preferred that you supply a print-out of your pages and/or cover for comparison and possible corrections related to file transfer to another computer.
Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint files cannot be accepted as original layout: conversion of such files into format suitable for output and subsequent printing is very rarely possible and, as a rule, these files are only used as a model of customer design, an example of overall look of the product and initial text.
Vector and scanned image files for covers and color inserts are required to be of the following format: Adobe Illustrator 6.0-12.0 and Adobe Photoshop 5.0-9.0, with mandatory inclusion of all used fonts and images.
Graphic (scanned) images must be placed in the layout with 300 dpi resolution, scaled at 100% (any graphic file conversions, such as flips or size distortion of size, must be performed in Adobe Photoshop (or the like), but not by means of a program for page-layout); all colors utilized in the layout must be in CMYK format. Images in RGB format, and those converted to CMYK without color-correction, all require further modification.
Images taken from the internet (with 72dpi resolution) and highly-compressed JPG files are not suitable for printing—please refrain from using them.
Files are accepted on following media:
- Compact Discs: CD-R, CD-RW
- USB pen-drives
- floppy disks (this method is undesirable due to diskettes' unreliability during copying and saving; in addition, many modern computers are sold without floppy drives).
- via electronic method—please contact us to obtain access password and detailed instructions.