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Book Design and Editorial Services

Book Cover Design

Remember the old cliché about not judging a book by its cover? Forget it!

According to the Wall Street Journal, your book cover has eight seconds to capture browsers’ attention. If the front cover gets them to pick up your book, the back cover copy has another fifteen seconds to turn browsers into buyers.

That’s where Words Plus Design comes in. Your book deserves to stand out in the crowd, and we’re here to make sure it does. Our clients consistently experience brisk sales for their books, and have even been featured guests on Oprah and The View.

Our cover designs are economically priced for the publisher on a budget. After discussing your project in detail, we’ll present you with two initial design concepts that can be tweaked until one is exactly right. The price includes your choice of stock art/photography, if desired, and one barcode at no extra charge (you supply the ISBN).

And, most importantly, every single design is original. We don’t rely on clichéd templates like some of our competitors. Your book is unique; its cover should be, too.

Page Layout (Typesetting)

In addition to an attention-grabbing cover, your book also needs a dynamic interior. Our years of experience will help you avoid common design pitfalls that cost you extra at the printer.

A first-class page design:

  • reflects your book’s purpose
  • emphasizes the tone you wish to convey
  • blends seamlessly with your text
  • makes it easy for your reader to navigate the book
  • doesn’t call undue attention to itself – it isn’t distracting.

We can design any type of book: fiction, nonfiction, self-help, memoir, poetry, reference, children’s picture books, cookbooks, coffee-table books, even math textbooks and music notation. (You name it, we’ve done it!)

We’ll work with whatever trim size you have in mind – 5″ x 8″, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 6″ x 9″, or nontraditional sizes – and can create interior pages in one color, multiple colors, or full color. Just like our covers, all our interiors are original and custom-designed to suit your project’s needs – no templates here.

Editing & Proofreading

What can a professional editor do for you that your brother-in-law or best friend can’t? First of all, we can be objective. When you’re ready to present your writing to the world, it’s in your best interests to engage a truly neutral “second pair of eyes.”

Secondly, we’re trained to see the typos, transpositions, and omitted words that untrained readers skim right over. We catch common grammar and usage mistakes that others miss, such as dangling participles and modifiers, subject/pronoun is in agreement, who versus that, farther versus further, and if versus whether. Whether your book needs a thorough critique or a final polish, our language experts are here to help.

We are also trained to help with deeper structural issues such as organization and flow; style and voice; and elements specific to fiction such as plot, characterization, dialogue, and point of view. If your project is still in the development stages, we can act as coach to ensure its structure is the best it can be.

Skillful communication includes three main attributes:

  • It’s clear. Your reader gets your point quickly and easily.
  • It’s concise. Your reader doesn’t have to sift through irrelevant or extraneous information.
  • It’s captivating. Your text grabs and holds your reader’s attention.

Express yourself skillfully with the help of Words Plus Design. We’ll take your manuscript from “pretty good” to perfectly polished!

eBook Creation Services

Many people now prefer to read books on a mobile device rather than on paper. That means eBooks are an easy, cost-effective way to tell your story and share your work. If you want to capture this segment of the market, we can create flawless eBook files in the format of your choice.  We will work with you to determine the format you need based on the devices your audience uses.  From there we’ll create the cover and layout to make your book a pleasure to read.

Let’s talk about your project!

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