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7 Steps to Make Sure Your Book is Ready to Print

7 Steps to Make Sure Your Book is Ready to Print

Thinking about publishing your book? Printing your book means finalising the design, checking for errors, and getting it printed. A print-on-demand publisher can help with this, handling the logistics of printing and shipping the copies. POD services can have high setup and printing costs per copy, but they can be a good option for authors on a tight budget.

Step 1: Check Your Grammar and Spelling

Before you get to the design stage, you want to make sure your content is ready to go. Start with a thorough grammar and spell check. Spelling errors are embarrassing, so make sure you go through each chapter and check for mistakes.

You don’t need to use a Thesaurus to expand your vocabulary. If you’re not sure how to use a word, just use the one you have in mind. If there are any obvious mistakes, fix them right away. Don’t wait until the last minute to proofread.

The more time you have to review your content, the more likely you are to find and correct mistakes.

Step 2: Double-Check for Errors

You can double-check for errors in your book after doing a basic proofread by using the Grammarly app, a tool like the Hemingway app, or by asking a friend or family member to read your book for errors.

Step 3: Format Your Content

Once your content is ready to go, it’s time to format it. You’ll want to put your page breaks in the right places, make sure your chapter titles are consistent, and make sure your formatting throughout the book is consistent. If you’re formatting your book in MS Word, you can use the styles feature to make sure everything is formatted correctly. You’ll also want to make sure your table of content is correct and flows well.

Step 4: Make Sure the Design is Right

If you’re creating your own design, now is the time to make sure it’s right. You’ll want to check your cover image and make sure it’s high-quality and up to your standards. You’ll also want to make sure your interior layout is just as you want it to be.

If you’re working with a designer, this is the time to make sure you’re both on the same page. Go over your vision for the book and make sure the designer understands your intentions. Ask for a few mock-ups of different design options and get feedback from friends and family members. Make sure your book design is professional and up to your standards.

Step 5: Check the Print Specifications

If you’re planning to print your book rather than going the print-on-demand route, make sure you know the specifications for your book. Most printing companies have a guide detailing their requirements. You’ll also probably need to sign a contract outlining your obligations to the company.

Your contract will almost certainly include information about the number of reprints you’re obligated to provide. If you’re printing a small number of copies, you’ll want to make sure you have the correct paper and binding type. You’ll also want to check your margins and make sure nothing is too close to the binding or the edges of the paper.

Step 6: Run a Final Error Checker

If you’ve gone through the steps above, you’re likely to have corrected most of the errors in your book. But there’s always a chance you missed something. That’s why it’s important to run a final error checker.

There are a lot of online tools that will scan your book and report back any mistakes. You can also ask your editor for a copy of their report if you’ve hired one. These tools will catch almost everything, but you might want to check your book one last time by manually flipping through the pages.

After all, you’ve spent a lot of time writing this book. The last thing you want is to miss a few small mistakes and have to put out another edition with corrections.

Step 7: Print!

Before you order your proof copy, make sure there are no major errors and your book looks how you want. After the proof copy, you can print the rest of the books. If you’re printing at home, you’ll have to be careful with the paper and follow the instructions.

Regardless of what printing requirements you have, CAD Reprographics can provide them promptly.

Contact CADReprographics LLC to take advantage of our digital printing services in Abu Dhabi and Dubai at our website cadreprographics.com.

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