Writer’s Package

This Writer’s Package covers the production of your book from edited manuscript to finished paperback file and ebook file.
The package includes the following:

Typesetting

The three typesetting/interior formatting style options are classical, modern, and expressive.

Cover Design

Cover designs can be predominantly photographic, typographic, or graphic.

Ebook

A reflowable ebook in epub and mobi format.

Website

An author website and book ads for social media.

Get a Quotation

You are welcome to use the contact form below to express your interest in the Writers Package or ask for a quotation.

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Example

The Writers Package offers interior formatting or what is known as typesetting, a book cover, an ebook, an author website and book ads for social media.

Tasks

Self-Publishing Book Cover Design Process; the Designer and the Author's tasks
  1. The author sends an enquiry stipulating the cover category he or she is interested in. The cover categories are Basic, Medium and Advanced. You can read more on the cover categories here.
  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 and better understanding of 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 makes a few design requests.
  8. Riaan creates a draft design for each cover option and presents this to the author.
  9. The author makes a final selection and makes design requests. 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 type.
  14. Riaan adjusts the spine and resends the final cover. This cost is included in the cover design fee.
Self-Publishing Typesetting Process with the Author
  1. The author sends an enquiry through the Enquiries page on this website stipulating the interior 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 typesetting as explained in the following section.
  8. Riaan sends the 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 Typesetting Process; the Designer’s tasks
  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 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.
Web Design Process with the Author
  1. The Client expresses his or her interest through the Enquiries page on this website.
  2. Riaan sends a Brand Design Questionnaire which the Client complete and submit.
  3. Riaan sends a Web Design Quote Questionnaire which the Client complete and submit.
  4. Riaan asks questions based on the enquiry and the questionnaires and sends a quote for approval.
  5. On approval of the quote, Riaan sends an invoice on the deposit.
  6. Once the deposit has been paid Riaan starts by working on the wireframing and look and feel
  7. A mood board is presented to the client and a look and feel are decided upon.
  8. Based on the look and feel Riaan develops a number of directions the brand can take.
  9. The concepts are presented to the Client.
  10. The Client decides on a design concept and makes design requests.
  11. Riaan discusses and integrates the requests and sends the design concept back to the Client.
  12. The Client and Riaan go through a reasonable number of steps to refine the site’s identity.
  13. Once the identity has been finalised the wireframing is completed and presented to the Client
  14. The Client and Riaan go through a reasonable number of steps to refine the web site’s wireframe.
  15. Once the wireframing is finalised the static design is completed and presented to the Client.
  16. The Client and Riaan go through a reasonable number of iterative steps to refine the web site’s static design of all the pages.
  17. Once the static designs for all the pages are finalised, the website is designed online and presented to the Client.
  18. The Client and Riaan go through a reasonable number of steps to finalise the website online.
  19. Riaan sends the invoice for the remaining amount.
  20. Riaan hands over the files as well as the website.
  21. The Client makes contact once he or she needs changes or maintenance done.
Web Design Process; the Designer’s tasks
  1. Does the Client have an existing domain? Are the FTP/Cpanel login details available?
  2. Does the Client need Hosting?
  3. Purchase or park domain if necessary.
  4. Client to provide a business plan or fill a questionnaire.
  5. For Ecommerce websites, Client needs to subscribe to Payfast and provide merchant ID to add to Woocommerce.
  6. Site ‘under maintenance’ homepage design and upload.
  7. CMS installation.
    1. Install WordPress.
    2. Install theme.
  8. Website redesign.
    1. Mood board
    2. Layout sketches
    3. Look and feel options
    4. Wireframing
    5. Static design
  9. Banners design.
  10. Icons creation.
  11. Content upload.
  12. Permalink structure set to post name.
  13. Pages creation.
    1. Main menu pages
    2. Terms and conditions page
    3. Return and refund policy page
    4. FAQ page
    5. Blog page
  14. Pages layout implement.
  15. Menu creation.
  16. Footer menu creation.
  17. Social media links and icons embed.
  18. Search widget.
  19. Google analytics and tracking code.
  20. Contact form plugin install.
  21. Really Simple SSL plugin install (secure connection).
  22. Yoast SEO.
  23. Akismet anti-spam plugin install.
  24. Allow site crawling (robots.txt).
  25. Troubleshoot errors + inconsistencies.
  26. Ecommerce integration.
    1. WooCommerce plugin install, setup
    2. Did the client subscribe to Payfast? Insert merchant ID
    3. Payfast plugin install, setup
    4. Shipping zones? (which provinces, countries ship to)
    5. Shipping costs? (per province, country)
    6. Add products (pricing, categories, descriptions, meta tags, alt tags, keywords)
    7. Products availability; qty include? (show availability?)
    8. Payfast/Stripe/Paypal/Direct transfer/other
  27. Jetpack plugin (security).
  28. Add and enable breadcrumbs.
  29. Add social media share widget and share icons.
  30. Cross-device compatibility testing.
  31. Cross-browser compatibility testing.
  32. Build and submit a sitemap.
  33. Google site indexing with Google Search Console.
  34. Training session to do maintenance.
  35. Site handover.
  36. Maintenance at Client’s request or on retainer.
  37. Yearly domain renewal.

Got questions?

You are welcome to email design@riaanwilmans.co.za for more information.

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