Frequently Asked Questions
Cover Design, illustrations and More
- What is covered in the cover design service? What add on services do you offer?
- How will the designer know what I have in mind for the cover?
- Can I have direct communication with the designer who is working on my book?
- What information do I need to submit for the cover?
- What are the different types of cover designs?
- What if I provide the cover design? What will be the cost then?
- How many options will I get for the cover design?
- Who owns the digital files for the book cover once the same is finalised?
- Before I approve my cover, what do I get to review?
- What is the difference between the Standard and Custom layout?
- What all do I need to submit for the layout/pagination?
- What is a recommended sequence in a standard book?
- I want some images/line drawings/illustrations/maps/diagrams inserted in the book; how do we do that?
- Can I use an image that is not my picture or illustration?
- What are CMYK and RGB color schemes? What do you work in?
What is covered in the cover design service? What add on services do you offer?
The cover design service includes the design of front cover, spine, and back cover. Should you want the inside front cover and inside back cover designed, additional charges are applicable.
How will the designer know what I have in mind for the cover?
We have a comprehensive cover design brief. Once you fill out the same and send it across, we will get working on delivering your vision for the cover of the book. We have been able to deliver several high quality covers for books.
Can I have direct communication with the designer who is working on my book?
No, the process will work over emails and our project management systems are overseen by our project manager.
What information do I need to submit for the cover?
- Duly filled cover design brief, which would contain the title, subtitle, references, about the book, about the author, etc.
- Anything specific you need on the cover – such as Author’s photograph, any special art work already designed, etc. (The images you submit, if any, need to be high resolution, i.e., 600/300 DPI)
What are the different types of cover designs?
We offer three types of cover designs.
In Basic cover design service, we use suitable typography in plain backgrounds. In case you have any high resolution images to be given, we will put as is on the cover.
In Standard cover design service, we use suitable typography along with free stock images available in the public domain. We will be happy to use any images you may have clicked for the cover as well.
In Customised cover design service, we create a work from scratch, be it art or illustrations or paid images from reliable vendors, for something very specific in a given brief.
What if I provide the cover design? What will be the cost then?
Should you provide the cover design and we just need to make it adaptable to the book’s cover in our format, we offer the service at a 50% discount of the standard book cover design service.
How many options will I get for the cover design?
Who owns the digital files for the book cover once the same is finalised?
You do. We hand over the same to you once it is finalised.
Before I approve my cover, what do I get to review?
You get to review the digital files if you are taking stand-alone design services. If you are taking our publishing packages or design and printing services, we help with a digitally printed proof as well (Here digitally printed refers to the technology used in the printing and not the nature of the soft copy).
What is the difference between the Standard and Custom layout?
We have well-designed standard layouts/templates suitable for most books which just need the text to be laid out. Our page layout templates ensure a clean and readable copy, and a uniformity of presentation.
In the custom layout service, we create a customised page layout for your book, in keeping with the theme of the cover design. This includes choosing the right font style and size that match the cover design, and ensuring a unique look for the entire book.
What all do I need to submit for the layout/pagination?
All material in the order you want them to appear in the book needs to be submitted in one word file. Please do mention the title and author’s name which need to go on each page of the book. Please do understand that if the sequence of the material is not proper, the same amounts to extra work from our end, which results into additional expenditure from your end. If certain images, diagrams, etc., need to be inserted, please supply them separately and clearly mention the sections where the insertions need to take place on a separate sheet.
What is a recommended sequence in a standard book?
Style guides such as Chicago Manual of Style and Oxford Style Guide provide a recommended sequence. However, it is not mandatory to follow the same for every book. One can pick only the relevant points.
Chicago Manual of Style, recommends this:
1) Half title page (just the title),
2) Series title, list of contributors, frontispiece or blank page,
3) Title page,
4) Copyright page (including publisher information, permissions, editor names, illustrators, etc.),
5) Dedication page or epigraph,
6) Table of Contents,
7) List of Illustrations,
8) List of Tables,
11) Acknowledgements (if not part of the preface),
12) Introduction (if not part of the text),
13) List of abbreviations or chronology,
14) Text of the book,
19) List of Contributors,
21) Author biography and/or photo
I want some images/line drawings/illustrations/maps/diagrams inserted in the book; how do we do that?
The creation of all the above, and the charges for the same, can be worked out after understanding the requirements clearly.
Can I use an image that is not my picture or illustration?
You may, only if you have the rights to the same from the copyright holder, or the same is in the public domain.
What are CMYK and RGB color schemes? What do you work in?
CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, black. RGB stands for red, green, blue. Both of them are colour schemes used in different mixtures to create colour images, whether they be on your TV, computer screen or on paper. Most computer screens use RGB mode to produce a picture, while most printers prefer CMYK to produce great quality printing. We produce the files in CMYK files to help produce high quality printing.
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