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Editing & Design

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Editing

Editing services are available to authors who sign under the Best or Pro levels.

The main goal of the editing phase is to polish your book and make your message as clear as possible for readers. Our book editor will approach your manuscript with a fresh perspective and a keen eye for detail. If you speak with other authors, they will tell you that a professional editor is vital to the production process. Following is information about the various editing steps:

  • Editor – The editor looks at the overall content of the book and works to improve the flow of the text while correcting any grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors. The main goal of the editor is to improve the readability of the manuscript by adding transitions, tightening writing, or rewriting sentences to enhance what the author has written.
  • Copy Editor – The copy editor looks only at the paragraph level to correct any grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.
  • Proofreader – The proofreader is responsible for reading the manuscript and looking for any grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors normally after the design and layout (typesetting) has been approved.

TEACH Services handles editing and copyediting during the initial editing phase. Unless an author has paid for proofreading, he or she is responsible for secondary copyediting (verifying sources other than the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy and looking for grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors) after the editing phase and is also responsible for proofreading after typesetting is complete.

The role of our editor is to make your manuscript shine and help you prepare to share your work with the world. Although professional editing is not a guarantee that your book will sell, it is an important step in putting your best foot forward. Our editors will do the following:

  • Correct grammatical, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation errors
  • Ensure that your writing follows The Chicago Manual of Style* and publishing industry styles and standards, including using gender neutral language
  • Ensure that the writing and organization of the book is cohesive and consistent throughout, enhancing it where necessary
  • Check all Bible texts and Spirit of Prophecy references to ensure their accuracy
  • Check other facts that need to be verified
  • Delete repetition that detracts from the book and its message
  • Remove unnecessary words or weak phrases
  • Ensure that proper transitions are used to guide the reader through the book
  • Check for plagiarism, improper documentation, and permissions

Our editor will utilize the tracked changes feature in Microsoft Word so that you can review and approve all of the changes that are made to your manuscript. Upon completion of the editing process, you will receive a PDF of your manuscript. At that time, you will review the changes and work with the editor to make any further corrections to your manuscript before it is sent to typesetting.

If your manuscript includes remarks about an individual or organization that could come across as unflattering, please visit Major Injury Law for information about libel (defamation of character in written form).

TEACH Services offers economical editing services. If you were to have to hire a professional editor for a 35,000 word manuscript you might find the charges to be quite high—one thousand to five thousand dollars or more, depending on the complexity of the manuscript and the extent of the editing needed.

While a friend who took an English class in college may be willing to do your editing, we will only accept manuscripts for the TEACH Services imprint that are professionally edited that follow the strict guidelines as listed in the Chicago Manual of Style.

While TEACH Services’ editing charges are typically quite a bit less than what is quoted above, only after an evaluation of your manuscript can we give you an actual estimate.

*Please note: The Chicago Manual of Style does not capitalize pronouns such as He, Him, His when referring to God, but TEACH Services does. Also, Chicago capitalizes major religious events such as the crucifixion, the ascension, the incarnation, but TEACH Services lowercases these events. See our Guidelines (PDF) for details.

Design

What is the first thing that catches your eye when you are at a bookstore filled with thousands of books? Of course, the cover! People are attracted to well-designed covers that are clean, sleek, and present the main idea of the book in a visual format. All of our publishing levels benefit from the front cover design service built by our graphics department.

And once they open the cover, you will continue to hold their interest if the interior text is laid out in an organized and professional manner with consistent headings, chapter titles, easy-to-read typefaces, appropriate spacing, and other design features. (Cover layout and design services are available to authors who sign under the Better, Best, and Pro levels.)

The role of the designer is to make the interior of your book look its best. Our designer will do the following:

  • Update any web-links to forwarded web-links
  • Select fonts and font sizes
  • Place pictures, graphics, and tables
  • Create the table of contents and cross link the pages
  • Insert footnotes and cross link them
  • Create pull quotes
  • Build chapter layout
  • Select proper margins and trim sizes
    Trim sizes within either group will have the same cost. Remember that smaller trim sizes means more pages, and larger trim sizes less pages (greater or lesser number of pages will not change the authors's cost to publish, but will either increase or decrease the Suggested Retail Price).
      Group A Group B
      4.00 x 6.00 inches 6.690 x 9.61 inches
      4.00 x 7.00 6.625 x 10.25
      4.25 x 7.00 7.000 x 10.00
      4.37 x 7.00 7.440 x 9.69
      4.72 x 7.48 7.500 x 9.25
      5.00 x 7.00 8.000 x 8.00
      5.00 x 8.00 8.000 x 10.00
      5.06 x 7.81 8.000 x 10.88
      5.25 x 8.00 8.250 x 11.00
      5.50 x 8.25 8.268 x 11.693 (A4)
      5.50 x 8.50 8.500 x 8.50
      5.83 x 8.27 8.500 x 9.00
      6.00 x 9.00 8.500 x 10.75
      6.14 x 9.21 8.500 x 11.00

At TEACH Services, our designers work closely together to create a beautiful, professionally designed book that will grab people's attention. 

Chapter Title Page with Image Page with Pull Quote and Footnote Page with Sidebar

 

This design includes the back cover, which will include a description of your book, the ISBN barcode, and a short biography and/or photograph if you desire and if there is enough space (any jewelry for adornment will be edited out). If artwork is desired or required, we have many artists we work with who specialize in a variety of styles.

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If you shop for a designer outside of TEACH Services for you cover or interior layout and design, you may find the prices might range as little as $250 and up to $1,000, depending on the quality and complexity of the work. Please note that TEACH Services’ interior design and cover charges are typically less than the high end mentioned above. However, they are more than the low-quality beginner too. As we make our profit on sales of your book, we wish you to have the highest quality and eye appeal possible to achieve the highest sales.

E-Book Conversion

The e-book market is growing at an astonishing rate. More and more individuals and publishers are supplementing their print books with e-books. TEACH Services has invested time and money into learning the ins and outs of the e-book market and the different formats and requirements of the major e-book distributors—Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Apple. In addition, all e-books are listed with more than 40 independent e-book sellers. To see a list click here.

When we convert a print book to an e-book, the finished product will have the following components:

  • Front book cover design
  • Table of contents
  • Copyright and front matter
  • Body text

Subject to an additional fee are the following components:

  • Tables, photographs, or graphics
  • Footnote and/or endnote hyperlinks
  • Index hyperlinks
  • External hyperlinks

If you are a publisher who is interested in outsourcing your e-book production or an author who has already published your book but would like to convert it to an e-book, please contact us at 800-367-1844, extension 3.

Audiobook Conversion

GoodEReader reports that the audiobook format has the highest growth rate in the entire publishing industry. To help you keep your book relevant in today’s market, TEACH Services offers Audiobook conversion. TEACH will help you procure the right reader--insuring that you are happy with the sound, feeling, and emotion the reader gives. For more information about audiobook conversion please contact our publishing department at with questions or to schedule an appointment for an Author Advisor to call you at your convenience: https://tsibooks.youcanbook.me/

Children's or Graphic Books

If you have or are writing a children’s book, we follow a slightly different procedure to build and create your book. Click here to view our process. Please note: Children’s e-books are normally produced in a “fixed format” in color and, therefore, are designed to be best viewed on iPad, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, and other tablets. Please note that illustrations are a major cost in production of any illustration-heavy book. A standard 24-page children's book should have a minimum additional budget of two to three thousand dollars over the base publishing cost to produce, depending on your art requirements (Standard, Advanced, or Premium Quality).

Proper Coding for Your Book

The publishing industry uses the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to trace your title back to your publisher. In addition to our design services, TEACH Services handles obtaining the ISBN for your title and registering your title with R. R. Bowker, a bibliographic tool for libraries, booksellers, and publishers. We will also obtain a LOC (Library of Congress) catalog number for your book, and assign a BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) topical code.

 

Following are samples of some of our book covers:

Dying with Jesus Spiritual Warfare Many Faces of Life Captured Through Poetry 945-6745.jpg A Short Time Future of Israel What Does It Mean for the World to Have One Mind? Unholy Rage History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century I Hear Footsteps