Producing a book...

Books come in all shapes, styles and sizes. There are many things to consider from the size of the type to the economics of production.

There are two main types of production. The first is traditional lithographic (or litho) production using oil-based printing inks. The second is digital production using laser printed copy (in effect a specialised and high-quality photocopying process). Digital production is suited to short run books from 1 to 300, or so, copies the production method being priced at a fixed rate per page, more or less. Litho printing is suited to longer runs where the cost per copy reduces as the volume increases.

The key factors in the production of a book are:
How big is the manuscript?
Is the book to be illustrated and if so with what types of illustrations?
Will the book be hardback or softback?
Is the book to be printed in full colour, have colour plates, or be printed in black and white?
What size is the book going to be?
How many copies of the book are required?
Is editorial support is required?
Will the book be indexed?

These are just a few of the questions to address and all of them affect the cost and quality required. Most authors' manuscripts are in a format unsuited for printing direct by a printer. Some technical knowledge is needed with regard to page setup, submission of files and checking of proofs, among others. Many authors spend many months or years producing their manuscript and it is critical that the last step of publication is given proper attention.

GMP has the expertise to help, having published over 100 books for individuals, community groups and businesses. It can be done by mixing and matching services, as required, from advice through to the handling of the production of the book from design through to delivery. Although work can be done remotely, across counties, continents and oceans, George prefers to meet the author to discuss their project face-to-face.

A selected list of books can be found under Profile.