Redesign books. It is just one of the ways we help indie authors and small publishers to become more successful.
To redesign books, we find that an author typically brings us their finished book, or what they believe to be their final book design. We smile and do not wish to insult, but we can often clearly see that significant improvement can be made. Ask us to about a redesign before you proceed with printing!
Cost to redesign books … be better than your competition!
Yes, it costs more to redesign books, but usually not as much as starting from scratch. In fact, it can be very little extra expense if the book is correctly done in InDesign, and only style sheets and master pages need to be tweaked.
Frankly, that never happens. Anyone who really knows their way around InDesign to that extent, is likely an accomplished book designer. Most amateurs find the task too daunting, whether it is the technical aspects of InDesign, typography, photos and images as they apply to print matter, color theory, good design principles, or previous experience in book design.
These are the reasons why you need a professionally designed book. Better yet, you should actually make more profit on a redesign.
Use the unit cost of your book
Think of in terms of the unit cost to redesign books. A typical 200-page coffee table book needing an interior page redesign, is likely to run around $1,000.
Although we print as few as 1,000 hardcover or 2,000 soft cover books, a run of 3,000 books is quite common. A retail price of $50.00 a book is a mid-range coffee table book retail price. There are many variables that affect production cost, and therefore retail book price.
An extra $1,000 fee to redesign books can be spread out over 3,000 copies, and it is merely 33 cents per book!
Ah, but you were probably thinking that the redesign is just an extra cost to make your book look pretty. Yes, but not only is a book judged by it’s cover — the interior is also judged — especially as compared to other competing books.
We’ve all clicked on the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon. Potential buyers are influenced by a professional look and the readability of a book they may be willing to purchase. A book’s interior pages are not the author’s words alone. You need a professional book design and a file that prints well. This is absolutely critical for a coffee table book, art book, or photography book.
How much more can you sell your new title, when we redesign books?
Compare retail cost to comparable books printed with the same features. Can you sell you book for $5.00 more, $10.00, even $20.00 more than you anticipated when you have a new redesign?
How much more profit can you make per copy, or for the entire initial book run?
Let’s once again look at the unit cost, using the same example of 3,000 books. You spent 33 cents per book extra, which was the $1,000 redesign fee.
If you charge only $5.00 additional per book, your extra profit on your 33 cent investment is $4.67. Multiply that by the 3,000 books, and your extra profit is over $14,000.
The actual cost to redesign books
At this writing, our current rate is $80 an hour, with a $350 minimum fee. However, we can provide a written flat fee in a formal agreement, so you will know the maximum cost. If there is any question, we will state the possible extra costs clearly, in writing.
We need to see either a PDF of the book, or the InDesign or Word file, in order to give you a quote to redesign books.
Making a lot more profit when you hire us to redesign books
We say it all the time. When you self-publish with Star Print Brokers, you make more profit than with a traditional publisher or packager. Never settle for only royalties. You also get higher quality books with Star Print Brokers than you do with print on-demand or short run printing at PODs. It may really pay you to invest in a low-budget, high-quality professional to redesign books; your books.
We’ve been in business since 1999, we know of no one with a basement full of books.
More often than not, our self-publishers do one or more reprints with us. We have a lot of return business. In fact, we’ve done many reprints adding up to more than 100,000 books for some authors. To be clear, that is the exception. We encourage you to start small. It is the realistic thing to do. Get a printing quote today!