An Update on Publishing: Change Notification and Book Cover Design
It’s been some weeks since the manuscript for the Brindavan Chronicle was submitted for publication. It has also been a few weeks since the initial proof of the book in Pdf format as well as the initial book cover design was sent through for us to look at and approve. We were given change request forms as well as acceptance forms for when we approved the proof copy in readiness for printing.
Inevitably, seeing the book in a different format for some reason makes the whole process a bit more real and re-reading the book – again – has taken more time as if we have just seen the words for the very first time… and yes – we have spotted some things that escaped our notice. The current package of self publication we have with Authorhouse allows us one round of editing on the book without charge. It, therefore, requires us to be extra careful in making sure we have spotted all possible errors – hence the time it’s taking.
The same can be said for the book cover design – you get one revision of changes free before iterations of changes start to cost. As a graphic designer myself – I had a certain Idea of what the book cover should look like and so after looking at the initial design, I have decided to design the book cover myself. The reason for this is purely financial – I have no doubt that the designer will accomplish exactly what I want but the perfectionist in me knows that is going to be at least two iterations of design changes for which I will have to pay. As a designer, I can do it myself and get it done straight away – and so I’m embarking on creating the front cover.
I’m hoping that in the coming week I can have that finished as well as the change requests. I will, of course, keep you updated.