David Emery, Book Designer, Self-Publishing Consultant and Book Cover Illustrator
DAVID EMERY is an MFA Graphic Designer with over twenty-five years of experience. He's the author of five books: three novels, a memoir, and a popular guide to self-publishing. Though he doesn't care to edit professionally, he has a good eye; he often finds details that editors overlook.
As a publishing consultant, Dave offers guidance through the maze of options and around the many pitfalls you'll encounter. He'll answer your questions about copyright, ISBN Numbers, choosing printers, getting distribution and marketing your work. Expect straight talk about bookselling expectations.
As a designer, Dave loves old-school typography. Big publishers print in huge volumes; they use tiny type and thin margins to save paper and ink on huge print runs. By leveraging the advantage of print-on-demand technology, you have the opportunity to produce elegant books that are easy to read—like those produced with hot metal type in the early twentieth century. Whether you need something classic or a more contemporary design, book typography is a specialty.
A good cover involves more than slapping centered text with a drop-shadow on top of a stock photo; it requires the artist to become familiar with the message and spirit of your book. An experienced designer will also steer you past design clichés that may inspire a sense of false security to the untrained eye. An understanding of printer's specifications is just as essential. Have you written a remarkable book? Don't settle for anything less than a remarkable cover.
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Book Layout: This includes converting the manuscript from MS Word to Adobe InDesign, striping out errant tabs and double-spaces and going through the book page-by-page to get rid of widows and orphans.
Revisions: One round of minor revisions is included before the type is adjusted to eliminate widows and orphans. After that, additions or deletions that cause the text to repaginate will incur an added cost (usually $2 per affected page). Some changes may only affect a few pages of a chapter; larger changes can cause an entire book to shift by several pages, making it necessary to completely rework the bookblock page-by-page.
Book Illustration and Special Typography: Need illustrations, diagrams or special text elements like sidebars, running chapter heads or callouts? E-mail me to discuss your project. Work is priced according to the complexity of the job.
Cover Design: Most covers can be designed for $5–600. Others require special graphic work, 3D modeling and rendering, custom photography or other detail work that can affect costs. All cover designs are delivered set up to your printer's specifications.
Pat Howard, Book Designer
PAT HOWARD is a book design professional with 25 years of experience.
Book Design Services
Book Design Services include:
- Cover Design
- Interior Page Design
- Production and Composition utilizing Mac-based software and PrePress
- Cpub conversion
- Illustration Services
- Photo Research
- Graphic Design
- Art Creation
- Mac-based production including 1 color through multi-color book covers and complex four-color interiors for:
- Education: Pre-K through college level, multi-subject books including student textbooks, teachers' editions, ancellaries, readers.
- Trade: covers and interiors for photo-essay books, cookbooks, instructional books, coffee-table books, inspirational books and self-help publications
- Quark 4-9
- Adobe CS2-CS6
- Acrobat Pro
- York's Math
- Microsoft Office
- Ability to work with client-supplied templates, stylesheets and master pages
- Epub and electronic reader options
Reader's Digest, Watson-Guptill, Random House, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Grolier, Sadlier-Oxford,
Scientific American, W.H. Freeman and Company, Triumph Learning, Harcourt, Flocabulary, Friedman/Fairfax,
Lyon's & Burford, Elsevier, Stenhouse Publishers, It's About Time-Herff Jones Education Division,
Buckle-Down Publishers, Sunburst Graphics Publishing, TIAA-CREF, SDP Publishing, and others.
Cathy St. Amand, Illustrator and Book Designer
CATHY ST. AMAND is a New York-based illustrator and book designer with a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. She specializes in Children’s Book, Middle Grade, and YA novel covers. Cathy has experience working with several self-publishing authors, as well as Iconic Publishing, Girlebooks Publishing, Jerk Magazine, and several non-profit groups. She has interned with Illustration House in New York, and the Florence International Theatre Company in Florence, Italy. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrations, and the Central New York Watercolor Society.
EDIE ZIEBEL, Book Designer, Art Director
From baby books, to chapter books, through middle grade readers and young adult books, Edie Ziebel has designed and art directed over 1,000 books. Edie has worked at several major publishing houses and has always been a freelance designer throughout her career. She has collaborated with outstanding, award-winning illustrators as well as newcomers to the field, helping them to create compelling books for young readers. To help nurture talent, Edie volunteers with the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature One-on-One Conference, which she has co-chaired for the past 3 years.
With experience in trade, mass-market, and educational publishing, Edie will bring the appropriate design to your project. Specializing in books for very young children, Edie can help you develop illustrated books, guiding the development of the artwork itself, as well as the layout and pacing to make your story jump off the page. Edie's also has collaborated on many different types and formats of novelty books, she can really think "outside the box".
Her experience working with licensed properties can help you create a character that stands out in the crowded license marketplace. She can develop style guides to help keep characters consistent whether you continue to create their books or have others extend your line.
Edie's time in educational publishing helped develop her informational graphic skills, helping authors bring home their point to readers in a clear, graphic manner. She has also designed books and materials targeted towards teachers.
Bringing a sensitivity to typography and layout to all her book projects, Edie Ziebel can bring the best out of you!