Page Count (known in the trade as “Extent”)
The minimum page count possible for this package is 18 pages and the maximum is 600 pages or 180,000 words. If your word count is above this, please add £1.50 per additional 300 words. If paying for additional pages, then the maximum a book can handle in printing is 1050 pages. A page can be defined as being one side of a leaf of paper in the book. A leaf of paper has two sides, which makes up two pages.
A mandatory requirement by our printer is to reserve two pages at the back of the book for technical printer information. If your book is produced with 80 pages, the final page count will be 82, once the printer pages are included at the very end of the book. For other technical reasons, the final page count must be divisible by 2.
Typesetting alterations after marking up first PDF proofs
After you have submitted your manuscript it will be sent for typesetting. It is critical that your manuscript is as clean, checked and proofed as well as possible, because the scope for changes following the typesetting stage are restricted. Once the manuscript is typeset, you will receive a set of PDF page proofs to check that all your content is there, correctly laid out and in the format requested. It is also an opportunity to check any last minute minor errors.
With the cost of typesetting we include 20% additional time (above what it took to typeset the book) for corrections, so if it’s a 240 page book this gives us roughly two hours work for corrections included in the package price. We find this amount of time is sufficient to make the average amount of corrections. However, if the author wants to make quite expansive corrections that go beyond the 20% of total time to originally set the book, then the author will be advised of additional labour costs. Where a manuscript has been professionally proofread before typesetting, the amends are usually minimal and more often than not, fit within the 20% additional time.
In this example, estimated for a 240pp book, for every hour beyond the first two hours of corrections, we charge £30.00 per hour. For this reason, it is critical your manuscript is as clean as possible from errors when submitting it for typesetting. It is unreasonable to request expansive adjustments following first proofs that can escalate in time and costs that are beyond the budgets set out in these packages.
Following receipt of the first set of proofs, any subsequent rewrites of paragraphs or long sentences, wide scale manual repetitious changes, or re-setting the book completely from scratch, means additional costs, which will be quoted upon request.
The final proofing is intended to spot small grammatical and spelling errors, and not for wide scale editorial adjustment.
Submitting first proof amendments
Proof amends can be supplied either using the review tool in Adobe Acrobat Professional, or listed in Microsoft Word or .txt file in the following structure as a way of referencing your amends:
• PDF page no.
• Which Paragraph. (1st, 2nd 3rd, 4th?)
• Which line in the paragraph (1st, 2nd 3rd, 4th?)
So, as a fictional example, you would present two amends like the following:
Page 1, 3rd para, 4th line
Amend slipery to slippery.
Page 10, 2rd para, 1st line
Add full stop at end of the sentence, so it reads: The cow jumped over the moon.
[icon icon=”0072.png”][/icon]Hard Copy Printed Page Proofs: If you prefer printed page proofs to mark page errors up by hand, these are available at a cost of £0.05p per page plus postage.
Images & Illustrations
For black & white interiors, you can supply as part of your package up to twenty photographs or illustrations, which should be of sufficient resolution and clarity to be suitable for reproduction. These will be reproduced in grey scale. For professional quality, please supply images at a resolution of 300dpi (dots per inch) at the size you wish it to appear in the book. The minimum we can accept is 150dpi, which can interpolate up to 300dpi. But this isn’t the same quality as submitting at 300dpi, especially if the 150dpi version was poor quality originally. If you have any concerns, we can advise you during the process. Please contact us if you need to specifically work with colour images and illustrations.
We are able to produce a variety of book sizes suited to your preference.
Common Trade Formats Available
5 x 7″ (178 x 127mm)
5 x 8″ (203 x 127mm) Perfect Bound
5.25 x 8″ (203 x 133mm)
5.5 x 8.5″ (216 x 140mm) DEMI Perfect Bound
6.14 x 9.21″ (234 x 156mm) ROYAL perfect Bound
6 x 9″(229 x 152 mm)
All Paperback, Perfect Bound Formats Available (with b&w interiors)
5 x 7″ (178 x 127mm)
5 x 8″ (203 x 127 mm)
5.25 x 8″ (203 x 133 mm)
5.5 x 8.5″ (216 x 140 mm) DEMI
5.83 x 8.27″ (210 x 148 mm) – A5 FORMAT
6 x 9″(229 x 152 mm)
6.14 x 9.21″ (234 x 156 mm) ROYAL
7 x 10″ (254 x 178 mm)
8 x 10″ (254 x 203 mm)
8.25 x 11″ (280 x 210 mm)
8.5 x 11″ (280 x 216 mm)
8.268 x 11.693″ (297 x 210 mm) – A4 FORMAT
Hardback formats (currently not available on our packages – contact us if you want it)
5.5 x 8.5″ (216 x 140mm)
6 x 9″ (229 x 152mm)
6.14 x 9.21″ (234 x 156mm)
7 x 10″ (254 x 178mm)
8.5 x 11″ (280 x 216mm)
A Note About Colour Books
At present, the price of printing and distributing colour books via our print-on-demand model is prohibitive for making realistic sales through commercial channels. We can produce trade standard colour books, but they are not part of our distribution package. The same applies to any colour inserts you may want inside an otherwise black & white book. We cannot include colour inserts with our distribution package. If you would like colour books please contact us with your requirements, and we will happily review your project.