Ready to Get Your Book Out into the World?

I love books, but even more, I love designing and making books. I’ve worked with publishers and I’ve worked directly with writers and artists on a variety of books, and the one thing they have in common?  They all need a designer to create a package where their words can live beautifully, and comfortably. Whether you’re looking to self-publish, create an e-book, or package up content for a course offering — I'm jazzed about it all, and ready to help you out!

I’d love to talk to you about your book project! Schedule a free 30 minute introductory chat with me, and we’ll talk through your book project.

We’ll discuss your schedule, what size and shape of book will best suit your project, how the content of the book can and will lead the way for the design, and if you don’t already have a printer in mind, we can talk about what kind of printer will best suit your needs. And, I'll answer any questions you have about the process of making a book.

RECENT BOOK DESIGNS

BOOK DESIGN PACKAGES

Book Package #1
Just the Cover
starts at $650 - $1000

  • 3-4 Cover Concepts

  • 3 rounds of revisions

  • Files prepped for press

Book Package #2
The Whole Book
starts at $1800

  • 3-4 Cover Concepts

  • Book layout design includes up to 200 pages and no interior images

  • 3 rounds of revisions for the Covers and the Interior

  • Files prepped for press

Book Package #3
The Whole Book Plus
starts at $2500

  • 3-4 Cover Concepts

  • Book layout design includes up to 200 pages with graphics, photos, illustration, charts and etc.

  • 3 rounds of revisions for the Covers and the Interior

  • Files prepped for press

 
In This Moment: Field Journal and Photo Album by Liz Lamoreux. Design & Illustration by Liz Kalloch.  A Jen Lee Production.

In This Moment: Field Journal and Photo Album by Liz Lamoreux. Design & Illustration by Liz Kalloch.  A Jen Lee Production.

Liz has a way of moving through the world with an open heart that simply makes her a joy to be around. She is a kindred spirit who deeply listens and teaches me to trust my creative intuition. When you work with her, you quickly learn that she wants to understand who you are and enhance the stories you are sharing with her creative toolbox full of colors, patterns, and wisdom.

Liz Lamoreux
Artist, designer, retreat host

 

Making a Book: A Process Timeline

Once we’ve decided we’re going to work together, I’ll begin the process by:

  • Sending you a questionnaire for you to answer and return to me;
  • I’ll read your manuscript;
  • Once I’ve received answers from your questionnaire I’ll research your audience, look at any competitive titles, and ask you to provide me with any research you’ve done on your own.

I usually plan for the research stage to run 3-5 days from the time I receive your completed questionnaire. Once that process is done, I’ll begin work on cover concepts for you to review. Typically I’ll deliver cover concepts to you 5-7 days after the research phase. We’ll go back and forth a few times to get a final choice for the cover design, and once you’ve approved a cover, I’ll create a sample interior design for your review.

Working on sample interior spreads usually takes about 5-7 days. Again, we’ll go back and forth a few times to tighten the final design and then I’ll move on to final layout, which typically takes about 2–3 weeks. Length of the Final Layout time will depend on the complexity of the overall design plus the amount of feedback/changes you have for me — most text-driven books take between 1 and 2 months from start to finish, and art books, or image-driven books tend to take a little longer.

 
Ritual & Rhythm by Caren McLellan Gazley. Photos by Andrea Jenkins. Design & Illustration by Liz Kalloch.  A Jen Lee Production.

Ritual & Rhythm by Caren McLellan Gazley. Photos by Andrea Jenkins. Design & Illustration by Liz Kalloch.  A Jen Lee Production.

Liz Kalloch is so much more than a designer to me. Her collaboration is more expansive than mock-ups or layouts —she catches my dreams and helps me imagine and shape them into reality. Her expertise in publishing, packaging and product development — on top of her gifted eye and deep intuition — converge, and I have five advisers in one. She is professional, prompt and reliable; her work is elegant and perceptive. Our partnership has taken my own work to a new level, and remains a source of deep, abiding joy.

Jen Lee
Publisher, producer and performer

 

FAQs

I want to publish a book of my artwork but I don’t have any design software skills, how do I get my art to you in a digital format?  There are quite a few studios out there that will provide scanning services for artwork. I always suggest that you look in your local area — do a Google search for art scanning services, or ask people you know in your area where they might go to have their artwork scanned. One of the most important pieces of this process is having someone scan the work that knows how to color correct and clean up dust and scratches and etc. before the files are sent on to me. I can and do provide scan clean-up services but it would be an extra fee, over the book design fees.

What if I don’t know where I want to have my book printed? We can look at a number of printing solutions for your project. I am not a printer, but I work with quite a few printers. The cost of the printing is not included in my basic fee structure.

If you’re looking to do a small print run {50 - 300}, your best bet is to use a Print on Demand (POD) service like MagCloud, Lulu, Blurb or Createspace — they all accommodate small print runs and they all have pricing pages where you can easily get an estimate on the printing costs. I also work with a few printers who are local to me who specialize in high-end custom printing, binding, and small print runs.

I want to have my book available to e-readers, can you convert for Kindle and other services? Yes, I can. You can find information about that service in the Additional Services section of the Book Design page.

Do you provide me with a barcode so my book is ready to be sold on Amazon or in a local book shop?  No, I don’t. If you’re publishing your book through CreateSpace (the Amazon service) they’ll provide you with a barcode for an extra fee, and if you want to get one on your own bowkerbarcode.com is a good resource to purchase ISBN numbers with barcodes.

Are there any additional fees that I can expect during the design/layout process? Occasionally a project goes beyond my estimated time and budget parameters and I’ll need to expand the initial budget to cover my additional time — it rarely happens. Other costs that may be incurred relate to the licensing of images (often photography or illustration) from outside sources such as stock-image agencies or commissioned independent artists. If the need arises for such work in your project, I'll consult with you and present a revised estimate before proceeding.

Have any other questions? Email me to set up a free 30 minute introductory chat to talk about your book project.

 

Live with Intention, Us!: Celebrating the Power of Friendship and Honey in Your Heart by Mary Anne Radmacher. Designed by Liz Kalloch.

Live with Intention, Us!: Celebrating the Power of Friendship and Honey in Your Heart by Mary Anne Radmacher. Designed by Liz Kalloch.

Some of the most beautiful work I’ve sent into the world has first traveled through Liz’s artful hands. Her flexibility, ease of expression and willingness to work cooperatively is Olympic level. She is intuitive, respectful and appreciative.

Mary Anne Radmacher
Author, artist and professional speaker