Frequently Asked Questions

General

Can you explain a bit more about what you do?

 

We partner with our clients to design, edit, produce, and ultimately publish their content. We particularly specialize in “long-format” content intended to be read across pages, such as books, reports, magazines, journals, catalogs, and other marketing collateral such as booklets, brochures, and newsletters.

 

Our list of services can be distilled into five components: design, typesetting (also known as composition, layout, and production), project management, editorial, and consulting. Depending on our clients’ publishing needs, we can handle any of these discrete components within a project, or we can combine any or all of these components into more of a “full-service” package.

 

Who are your clients?

 

Many of our clients are book publishers of various sizes, from large recognized companies to mid-sized, small, and self-publishers. We also work with magazine, journal, and catalog publishers.

 

Some of our clients are not exclusively publishers but have custom publishing needs, such as communications firms, nonprofit and academic institutions, and private institutions of all sorts.

 

Why should I hire you?

 

We have over 20 years of experience designing, producing, and editing content for publishers of all types. While we excel in each of these areas of focus, we are not just designers or just editors or just project managers. We have a lot of experience in all of these areas, and this gives us a broad perspective on how they interrelate. This perspective is why publishers continue to return to us for their publishing needs: we ask the right questions, we identify potential problems before they occur, we implement systems that work, and we offer solutions and insights that add value. How this translates into results is a beautifully designed, well-edited product that’s efficiently produced according to an established plan with minimal disruption.

 

Do you work with self-publishers?

 

Yes! With the affordability of printing and distribution now offered by such services as CreateSpace and Lightning Source, it’s never been easier for authors to publish their content. We work with authors to edit, design, typeset, and print their books, as well as generate eBook files.

 

We are currently developing flat-rate packages in this area. For now, feel free to contact us for a custom quote.

 

Where are you based?

 

We are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We serve many publishers in that region, but in general, geography does not pose a limitation to the work we do. We work with clients in all U.S. time zones, and we have done work for international clients as well.