Typesetting

Stage 3. Typesetting

Typesetting is the process of converting a copy-edited manuscript to a printed book. As typesetting is quite complex, I do not go into detail here, but there is plenty of information on the Web, and some useful books available. Suffice to say, typesetting is a skilled job, generally carried out using desktop publishing software (although word processing software can be manipulated to do it). To gain an understanding of typesetting, pick up a paperback book and study the inside. How does it differ to an A4-size typescript?

How I work: I used to offer a typesetting service, using the templates available from Kindle Direct Publishing – other self-publishing providers are available! – but rarely do this for new clients. I now contract out typesetting to a colleague who is a professional graphic designer, whose website can be found here. I pass her the electronic copy-edited version of the typescript; she does her magic, and sends me back an electronic copy of the typeset document. I also recommend her for book cover design. (Examples of her work can be viewed on her website, and on my Portfolio page: namely, Rupert's Diary, The Death Certificate. Look out for the upcoming revision of The Marriage Certificate.)

How long will it take? In the hand of an experienced typesetter, using the relevant software, it may only take a few days to produce the first proof copy. Once my colleague has sent me an electronic copy of the typeset document, I quickly check through to ensure that certain elements of the text are displayed as they should be. If not, I request that changes are made. As there may be some back and forth between me and the typesetter, I suggest between 1–2 weeks for this stage.

How much will it cost? The fee is generally arranged between client and typesetter, although I may be able to provide a rough estimate at the outset. In general, cover design and typesetting packages (paperback and Kindle e-book) start at £350–£400.

What happens next? After typesetting, a proof copy of the book is printed and sent to the proofreader. See 3. Proofreading
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