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Stories To Tell is a full service book publishing company for independent authors. We provide editing, design, publishing, and marketing of fiction and non-fiction. We specialize in sophisticated, unique illustrated book design.

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Make the Publisher Your Friend

Nan Barnes

Chris Stevenson of Stevenson Genealogy and Copy Center of Provo, Utah has a great suggestion for self-publishing authors. “Make the publisher your friend.”

Each printer or publisher has specifications for the format for submission of a manuscript for publication. The also vary in terms of the services they provide including paper quality, type of cover, and number of images. Stevenson advises, “As you work on your book, it is a great idea to contact several potential publishers. Talk with them and determine early on who you want to work with. They will be able to give you guidance and ideas to help improve your book that you can do while you are still in the editing process.”

We find that counseling our clients about choices of who will ultimate print their books is really important. Once a publisher is selected design features and submission formats can be completed to meet the client’s wishes and the printer’s specifications. Whether you are working with an editor, book designer or doing the preparation of your manuscript yourself, an early decision on the printer you will use is very important. “This will help you produce the best book at the best price,” says Stevenson. “If you wait until you are finished with your book to talk with them, it may be too time consuming or costly to make the changes to get the book the way you really want it.”

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