Photo: Zace Photographic

Sarah Abel

how do I get from manuscript to bound book?

The production process involves the following steps:

1. Copy edit manuscript and prepare for typesetting (plus images/captions, if illustrated).
2. Design cover (or case and jacket, if hardback).
3. Typesetter sets text (reproduces illustrations) and supplies page proofs.
4. Proofreader checks page proofs and marks corrections.
5. Typesetter produces revised proofs for final check and approval for press.
6. Typesetter provides print-ready files to printer (plus images/captions, if appropriate).
7. Print cover/jacket
8. Print pages (and illustrations).
9. Manufacture case (hardback only).
10. Bind printed text/illustrations in cover (or case and jacket, if hardback).