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Pre-Press (check in):
All material that arrive must be confirmed as (or made into) camera ready manuscript(s).

If the publishing project is for a reprint or reissue without a final manuscript - materials submitted are converted into a camera ready manuscript.  This processes may include, but are not limited to: cutting the spine off an existing, printed book; converting pages printed on both sides into a one sided manuscript (from bound or unbound materials); updating halftones in provided manuscript; fully digitizing (scanning); making new edition corrections or additions.  Different services carry different fees.

If a book arrives as separate elements that we are to combine into a final book manuscript, the book goes through manuscript preparation  first.

If a manuscript includes photos: the check-in  person makes sure the photos/files are marked and notes any sizing they deem necessary or that has been requested.  Then depending on their format:

Regardless of manuscript pre-press format, all photos that are converted into halftones undergo light restoration and balancing, free of charge as a value added service.


trimming halftones for printed manuscript

In a digital book publishing, the digital halftones are placed in the manuscript file(s) before production - directly from data files.

When printing is done from a hard copy manuscript, the digital half tone photos are produced and then returned to the check-in person. Then the half tone photograph prints are trimmed and placed into the hard copy manuscript to help complete the check-in process.
Placing and attaching picture halftones on manuscirpt pages by hand - individual attention to detail

We realize that each book is the end result of a lot of work and, many times, years in the making. We want each project to be the best possible, while also being economical. Once check-in is complete and all questions are answered:

Time: clock face clip artBecause each book is special and projects are fluid, we feel "first in, first out" is the best policy rather than scheduling blocks of time for projects that may be delayed for a wide range of reasons. However, due to this policy, we can not even estimate total production and delivery time until after pre-press. Even then, while we strive to meet time estimates, so many variables make guarantees impossible. While production time can range from a few weeks to a few months, we annually suggest any Christmas projects arrive at our offices by August. For summer projects, allow at least two months lead time due to bindery restraints.

We are different in this regard from many other commercial manufacturers - they block out time and can give you "exact time" estimates.  However, few have any policy for dealing with getting off-schedule for any reason.  Many businesses that block time in preparation actually charge the author if the manuscript misses this time.  If this company scheduled press time for many manuscripts we receive when they arrive, the manuscripts themselves would not make the scheduled time - due either to problems found during check in or author initiated changes once it arrives.  Additionally, highly automated manufacturers have quicker "turn around" due to the fast machines do most of the work on the publication.  Many of these processes do not have the quality checks and balances we do.

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