Book Design

When it comes to book design, Riaan makes sure to harmonise book cover and interior. Robert Bringhurst put it so succinctly in The Elements of Typographic Style: ‘discover the outer logic of the typography in the inner logic of the text’ he wrote. Riaan follows this approach not only for typography, but book design as a whole; resulting in a book with consistency of style from the cover to the interior, all of which is based on the ‘inner logic of the text’. Riaans approach is the same for academia, trade, or self-publishing. 

Book Cover Design

Academic Book Cover Design
Trade Book Cover Design
Self-publishing Book Cover Design
Self-publishing Book Cover Design Costs
Self-publishing Book Cover Design Process
  1. The author sends an enquiry through the Enquiries page on this website stipulating the cover category he or she is interested in.
  2. In response to the enquiry, Riaan asks a number of questions about the manuscript through email. Riaan also requests the completion of a literature analysis form; fiction, non-fiction, wherein he asks more in-depth predetermined questions.
  3. Riaan sends a quote for approval.
  4. On approval, Riaan sends the invoice for a 50% deposit.
  5. Riaan requests the manuscript or a chapter so he can get a feel for the material.
  6. Once the deposit has been paid Riaan starts by acquainting himself with the material and while doing so creates approximately five thumbnail sketches of potential front covers and sends this to the author.
  7. The author makes a selection of 1 to 3 front cover options and gives a few design suggestions.
  8. Riaan creates a draft design for each cover option and presents this to the author.
  9. The author makes a final selection and gives design recommendations. Riaan reworks the draft design up to final cover design and presents this to the author.
  10. Riaan and the author refine the final cover design until the author is satisfied.
  11. Riaan sends the invoice for the remaining amount and receives the final payment.
  12. Riaan sends the final files to the author.
  13. After the manuscript has been typeset the cover spine can be calculated using the page count as well as paper and ink type.
  14. Riaan adjusts the spine and resend the final cover.

Interior Formatting and Typesetting

Interior samples
 Self-publishing Book Interior Formatting and Typesetting Process with the Author
  1. The author sends an enquiry through the Enquiries page on this website stipulating the interior formatting and typesetting category the author is interested in.
  2. In response to the enquiry, Riaan asks a number of questions about the manuscript through email.
  3. Riaan also requests the completion of a book interior design questionnaire.
  4. Riaan requests the final edited manuscript.
  5. Riaan sends a quote for approval.
  6. On approval, Riaan sends the invoice for a 50% deposit.
  7. Once the deposit has been paid Riaan starts with the interior formatting as explained in the following section.
  8. Riaan sends the interior file to the author to upload to Amazon KDP for review.
  9. If any changes need to be made, the author informs Riaan about the necessary changes.
  10. Riaan and the author work together to get the file approved by Amazon KDP.
  11. On approval, Riaan sends the final invoice.
  12. Riaan keeps the final files and does not share it with any third parties.
Self-publishing Interior Formatting and Typesetting Design Process
  1. Researching the book genre and reader audience.
  2. Identifying the book cover typography and general look and feel if designed by another designer.
  3. Completing layout sketches to plan the book.
  4. Working with the book feature in Indesign to create documents for each section and link that to the main book file.
  5. Creating front matter, back matter and the main body text.
  6. Setting up a baseline grid.
  7. Working with master pages.
  8. Setting up margins.
  9. Adding folios (page numbers) and running headers (chapter and book title).
  10. Using character and paragraph styles.
  11. Creating chapter and part openers.
  12. Inserting drop caps (large initials at the beginning of a chapter) by using Indesign’s character styles.
  13. Creating a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings by using Indesign’s paragraph styles.
  14. Creating a classical, modern or characteristic look and feel depending on the nature of the text.
  15. Flowing text throughout each chapter.
  16. Adding images, sidebars, lists and extracts/quotes.
  17. Eliminating orphans and widows.
  18. Adjusting the spacing between characters (kerning)
  19. Avoiding word stacks which are consecutive rows of text which start or end with the same word.
  20. Eliminating double spaces.
  21. Preparing the file for print.

Photobook Design