Setting the lead

The printed page delivers your story. Since the invention of the press, the presentation of words on paper has been refined to perfection. Your readers demand a comfortable experience and will immediately notice any layout issues. Our team will take your raw manuscript and turn it into an effortlessly readable book.

Page layout questions answered: +44 (0)1206 585200.

“A delight to work with and the finished product was beautifully produced”

Chris Scott
Author of Goodbye to God

“They listened, knew what I wanted and delivered it”

Nick Onyemem
Author of Haunting Demons

Impressive characters

If you are writing your book in Microsoft Word or a similar software package, you’ll know that creating a great story and creating a great layout are two different tasks. Most of the self-published authors we work with have printed copies of their books available to buy, so it’s essential that the page layout be created to a professional standard. To make a book comfortably readable, consideration needs to be given to text tracking, leading, font size, style, chapter breaks, contents, front matter pages, index, glossary, footnotes, and not to mention graphs, diagrams, and illustrations where necessary. What may seem like a simple case of changing the page size to a standard paperback format is a complex project in its own right.

We are professional book designers and have the skills to transform your raw manuscript into a beautifully laid out book file that not only looks as good as any book in Waterstones but is prepared for print in the right way. We work extensively with major print facilities for print-on-demand (POD) and traditional lithographic printing presses. So, we have the experience to create a brilliantly designed book that passes all the pre-press checks and prints beautifully. As well as beautiful novels, we create specialist titles, such as business books, coffee table books, cookbooks and children’s books.

“It is a pleasure to find such a courteous and speedy service in this day and age”

Bridget Beresford
Author of Knights Without Armour