So, what’s a book designer?
Well, I’m sure you figured out a book designer is someone who designs books. But, what exactly does that mean?
Do I need a book designer?
If you’re working on publishing a book, you need a book designer. They put your illustrations and story together not only to make it look nice, but also to make sure it meets printing requirements.
In a previous blog post, I discussed the importance of having a great front cover (if you missed it, click here to check it out!).
Well, to have a great front cover you also need a great book designer.
Book designers are awesome at making sure the front cover, back cover, and spine of your book are legible and attractive to a potential buyer.
They know exactly where to put your name, book title, etc., to make sure your book is looking and reading its best.
But your whole book needs to look great, not just the outside.
Luckily, book designers take care of the inside, too. Once you have your illustrations and text ready to go, a book designer will work alongside you to put the inside of your book together and make sure it’s appealing to the eye and easy to read.
What Do You Mean By "Printing Requirements"?
To make sure that your book is still looking and reading its best after it’s printed, a book designer will check for things like margin sizes, gutter* sizes, and printer specifications.
* this is the part of the page that pulls in toward the binding
By meeting these requirements, the book designer makes sure that, when you hold your printed book in your hands, it’s surprise-free.
No cut-off illustrations, no illegible text, no surprises.
One Last Thing...
I often use the terms “graphic designer” and “book designer” interchangeably.
But, when you’re hiring a book designer, make sure they have experience working with book design.
Every book designer is a graphic designer, but not every graphic designer is a book designer.
Always ask to see a book designer’s previous work before hiring.