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Editing & Design



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).

In you were to hire your own editor, according to the Editorial Freelancers Association, following are the associated editorial costs for a 37,500-word manuscript. Please note that TEACH Services’ editing charges are typically quite a bit less. The low end for editing is $1,350 and the high end is $9,000, depending on the complexity of the manuscript and the extent of the editing needed. The low end for copyediting is $450 and the high end is $3,750, depending on the level of fact checking. The low end for proofreading is $345 and the high end is $580.

*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.


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.

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, may only be made available for iPad, Nook Color, and Kindle Fire. 

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. If you purchase your own ISBN, it will cost $125.


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