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What is typesetting?
Modern day typesetting gets its name from the Gutenberg-era process of arranging the lead-lettering used to print the paperback books of yester-year.
Fast forward to the modern day where designers have kept the term although typesetting now refers to the modern Desktop Publishing Process. The process of typesetting can be thought of as digital alchemy. In this version a gifted designer transforms copious amounts coffee into a professional book interior. Typesetting is only concerned with your manuscript interior. No new wording is added to your manuscript. Most professional typesetters transform your manuscript into a work of art using software from the folks at Adobe called InDesign.
The result of typesetting is a book interior that is indistinguishable from the best sellers lining the shelves at your favourite bookstore.
Why is typesetting so important?
Without the help of a talented typesetter your book’s pages will shout “amateur!”. This process helps you separate your book from a sea of competition. With the barriers to self-publishing being lower than ever the smart author understands that being average is simply not acceptable.
Certain genres need the talented-touch of a typesetter more than others. Trying to design the layout of your illustrated children’s bedtime story book would be a bad idea for most authors.
How much does typesetting cost?
There are three main factors influencing the quote for typesetting:
- Typesetting is normally a per page charge. The longer your book, the steeper the invoice.
- The intended destination of your book also affects the cost. If you are only looking for a paperback version versus if you would also like a book accepted in the print on demand section of the Amazon online shop. Amazon and Createspace both have unique requirements for the book layout that your local print-shop doesn’t.
- The genre of book is final factor determining how large the number is that appears at the bottom of your invoice. Compare the formatting needed for your text-heavy novel with a wonderfully-illustrated children’s story book.
We have not yet worked out an accurate once-size fits all price for typesetting as yet (let me know if someone has!) Here are closest per page calculations we can safely share. Please note that these are rough prices using the worst-case scenarios, they will evolve as time and our experience advance. Consider still emailing us your typesetting requirements for a quote rather than relying solely on this calculation.
- Typesetting of fiction (novel) interior: Up to R40 per page. (Minimum cost of R4500)
- Typesetting of non-fiction interior: up to R80 per page.
- Typesetting of children’s book interior: Up to R200 per page.
Examples of typeset interiors
Children's book example
How does the typesetting process work?
The author delivers the raw manuscript in its final form. This would most commonly be delivered as a Word document. As mentioned, the typesetter does not add new wording, so please ensure that all required front and back matter appears where you need it!
The author gives the designer as much detail as possible as to what they would like to see in the typeset book. Ideally every designer needs to see examples of book interiors that the author likes. This also includes the size of the book itself, click here for the recommend book trim sizes.
Stuck? Go into your local bookstore and start snapping pictures…
The designer gets to work on the layout. This will involve styling elements such as:
- Font type, size and colour.
- Styling of the front and back matter.
- Updates to how the chapter headings are displayed.
- Creating and updating the table of contents to reflect accurate page numbering.
- Adding images.
- Adding headers and footers.
The designer then delivers a draft of the typeset manuscript to the author. This is normally delivered in a PDF format.
The author gives feedback - avoiding multiple emails - the author sums up the updates they would like made.
The quantity of updates we accept will naturally need to reasonable. We want to avoid scenario where the designer remains chained to the whims of an author for months. Fresh updates sent our way after 14 days will be treated as new work and quoted accordingly. So please ensure you send us comprehensive feedback on your typeset interior asap 😊
The author takes the fresh new book interior (in PDF format) together with a print-ready version of your cover (again in PDF format) to the local printer. The printer then quotes the author on the printing of the paperback. MYeBook will not get involved in this printing process as this is not our speciality.
- Just to reiterate – MYeBook does the design work - we do not get involved in the actual printing of books.
- The author is should obtain multiple quotes to make sure they get a fair price.
- Wherever possible print black and white interiors to save on the cost of printed copies.
Typesetting for Print on Demand
Print on Demand is the literary equivalent of having your cake and eating it.
Imagine your paperback being available to readers in every country around the world. Now imagine not paying a cent to have your book printed and shipped directly to their homes. Imagine a happy reader and a very happy author 😊
Now stop imagining and drop us an email.
The only investment an author would need to make would be the once-off design costs associated with updating your manuscript cover and interior to meet Amazon’s strict paperback-specifications. Let us turbo charge your writing by leveraging the power of Amazon’s print on demand model.
What do you need to have ready before typesetting starts?
- The final draft of your manuscript in Word format. This needs to contain all front and back matter you would like to appear in the final paperback.
- Interior examples that can be easily shared with the designer. These can be in the form of images from Google or even images snapped with your camera phone from the local bookstore.
- Know your desired book size - Click here for the recommed book trim sizes.
What normally happens after typesetting is completed?
- Local copies. The author approaches a preferred printer to have of the paperback printed and sold locally.
- We publish your paperback on Amazon. The smart author also has the paperback published on Amazon to benefit from the popular print-on-demand model. This would mean the paperback is available world-wide at zero printing and shipping costs for the author.
- eBook Conversion. The fresh new interior of the book can now be converted into eBook formats destined for Amazon.
We often have authors asking who we would recommend they visit to have copies of their book printed, here is a list of our preferred printers. It should go without saying that we cannot guarantee the quality of the work that the printer might deliver. I sincerely recommend that every author first have a sample copy printed before deciding on who to award their business to.
When contacting printers from this list I would really appreciate it if you mention that you were referred from our website – Nothing makes us feel better than appreciation from the print-community. (Oh and presents, don’t forget presents!)
Live near Durban? Give Pinetown printers a call.
Live near Johannesburg? Give SA Paperback a shout.
Inhabitant of Cape Town? Suggestions of reliable printers would be welcome!