Book Creation: In addition to being an author of science themed women’s fiction, Roy Baldwin provides pre-publication book services to indie writers, authors, self and small publishers through his digital publishing company, Creative Gateway.
All my published books, following final manuscript editing, are creatively typeset, designed and produced by me and then digitally published for sale together with the design of my creativepubtalk writer website, using hosted WordPress with a Graphene theme and the Creative Gateway publishing services standard website. Work will be undertaken to the same standard and care as my own books and sites. I am continually improving, networking and trying out new creative ideas and methods for book creation, and indies will benefit from this on an ongoing basis.
Details of a selection of books created by me can be clicked on via the ‘Others’ submenu in Creative on the site menu bar
Ebook: A fully edited and proofed Microsoft Word manuscript can be formatted, typeset and then converted into a mobi book format for Amazon Kindle and an ePub format for Nook, Kobo and other online book retailers including Apple iBooks and Google Books. This will include proof reading within the job process in order to ensure as professional a finished product as possible. The content files will then be ready to upload and submit to the appropriate retailer online account with accompanying metadata.
Print: Same as for eBooks, including proof reading, but the finished product will be converted into a commercial print publishing PdF content file. Writers can choose from a range of fonts, size layouts, styles, drop caps etc. The completed PdF file can then be submitted for printing to Amazon CreateSpace or Ingram Lightning Source or to any other commercial printer using digital print-on-demand or traditional litho processes.
The above services apply to any black and white books, fiction and non-fiction, with colour covers and a limited number of interior black and white images. I have now successfully undertaken typesetting and interior design for colour books with images, for both print on demand and Kindle eBooks. This is more demanding and will require detailed individual online liaison on the type of book and the specific content first.
Example of a typeset black and white 5” X 8” fiction book, done to CreateSpace specifications with initial chapter pages, done in Minion Pro 11 pt font with 14 pt leading (spacing) and drop caps.
Covers: Apart from interior typography design, a separate book cover can be designed, suitable for use as an eBook cover, to accompany a completed content file for submission to Amazon, Nook, Kobo or other online book retailers. In addition, this can be extended, if required, to become a full back page, spine and front page cover for a printed paperback book. Covers are designed to meet the print specifications of both Amazon CreateSpace and Ingram Lightning Source. Images, chosen from a selection by the writer, are obtained copyright secure and royalty free from stock photo sources only, or individually commissioned illustrations could be created if required.
eBook covers are supplied ready to use in JPEG file format using an RGB colour scheme and print paperback covers are supplied in commercial PdF file format using a CMYK colour scheme.
Example of a full print cover, designed to Lightning Source and CreateSpace specifications of a 5”X8” fictional paperback complete with ISBN barcode.
A basic writer website with up to half a dozen menus and related pages can be produced from supplied images and text. This would include home, about, books and contact pages. The finished product will be a folder of HTML files suitable for simple FTP uploading to a hosted server account of the writer, using transfer software like FileZilla. These files are not appropriate for a content management and blogging system such as WordPress. Initial advice can be provided to writers if they wish to alternatively set up their own WordPress site.
Example of a designed page from the Creative Gateway website with fully customisable menu, built-in Twitter feed, updating on the most recent four posts and social media link buttons in the footer.
Contact and Communications: Return to the menu and use contact or for more information and prices look over the Creative Gateway website on http://www.creativegateway.com and use contact from there. All communications are done online by email and payments made via PayPal, usually 50% up front and the rest on satisfactory completion.
Advice and recommendations of suitable expertise through my extensive indie book and publishing network can be offered if writers require developmental editing, copy editing, final proofing or Beta reader services. The same applies for book and social media marketing, book reviews, creative writing and other writer support requirements. I regularly send out interesting posts on books and publishing through Twitter. I can also provide more extensive consultancy on all aspects of book creation and self or indie publishing over Skype, pre-payment by the hour.
Why wait any longer? I look forward to hearing from you