Step 4 - Typesetting and layout

Let me summarize: at this point we have a written, edited and illustrated children's story. Now we "only" have to bring the the whole thing together and complete a proper book for kids. Something with real flip-able pages! This requires a lot of expertise and craftsmanship, that is why Step 4 - Layout, is usually done by a Graphic Designer but we are lucky to have our talented Debby on board :-) 

First, the illustrations are scanned professionally at the highest resolution and together with the text they are compiled and edited using software (i.e. InDesign). Then page after page of text with the appropriate image is assembled, as a single page, a double page, or sometimes as a vignette. Inconsistencies are reworked with Photoshop, the font shape and color is set, the book's spine and sleeve are designed, all incredibly important factors for the effect of the book and the purchase decisions of potential readers. Apart from the actual story, a book includes the following information: the imprint - the author, the publisher, the publication, the year of publication, the city of publication and last but not least: an ISBN number. The International Standard Book Number allows the book to be ordered and sold in any bookshop. The final print file will be re-examined by the Editor (i.e. Proofs) and then sent to the print shop ...