Publishing Checklist

When you've finished writing your masterpiece, there are several things you need to do before it's ready to submit. The following is a list that will help you streamline the process.

• Send your manuscript to an editor to be polished. If you need help finding an editor, contact us and we'd be happy to provide you with the names of editors we work with.

• Be sure all edits and changes have been made before sending it to us — after the book is formatted is not the time to decide you need to edit or make major changes. This will prolong the process and can result in additional charges.

• All artwork must be the size you wish it to appear in your book (or larger) and 300 dpi in order to print clearly.

• If your book includes artwork/images, be sure you have clearly labeled the images and indicated where they go in your manuscript. This can be as simple as naming the first image "image1" and then adding a bold line in your manuscript that says: Insert image1 here. Be sure the caption for this image (if there is one) follows this bold line and is separated from the rest of the text.

• If your manuscript is not contained in one file, i.e. each chapter is a separate file, please be sure to name the files clearly to indicate what part of the book they represent — prologue, foreword, chapter 1, etc.

• If you have specific requirements in mind for your book, be sure to include an instruction file. These requirements could include book size, right hand chapter starts, no hyphenation (not recommended), larger point size (we don't recommend going larger than 14 point for books other than children's books), etc.

• Be sure you are finished making changes to everything before submitting, and be sure to submit everything at the same time. It's much easier for us to plan your book design when we know all the components involved.