Our Services                                             

Creative Strategists specializes in managing a book project and providing a full range of services from manuscript to final product. Whatever your publishing needs, we're here to help. We endeavor to make the publishing process as convenient and efficient as possible. Whether you wish to take advantage of our full book project management services, or would prefer to choose individual services, you will receive the same quality commitment and professional services. For more information on the services that we offer, select the options that interest you below, or scroll through this page.

Individual Book Services
Combined Book Services
Individual Publisher Services

Project Evaluation & Manuscript Critique

Editing

Proofreading

Indexing

Registrations

Art Creation

Cover Design

Typesetting

Printing

Digital / ebook Conversion

Marketing Plan

Full Book Production - Print Run

Full Book Production - Print on Demand

Full Book Production - Digital / Electronic

Family & Friends Private Collection

Logo Design

Publisher Identity

Distribution

Fulfillment

 

 

 

 

Individual Book Services                                                      

 

Project Evaluation & Manuscript Critique

The decision to publish your own book is often both an exciting, and also a bit frightening prospect. There is nobody more passionate about your books than you, and moving forward to self-publish is a commitment to that passion, and to the book that you have written. However, before you get too involved in the publishing process, it is wise to have a professional evaluate and critique your manuscript to make sure that you are heading in the right direction.

 

Creative Strategists will provide you with professional feedback about your manuscript or ideas and provide you with a written evaluation citing strengths and weaknesses, and also offering suggestions about how to improve your manuscript, and how our services could help you to meet your goals.

Editing

How often have you looked at the same mistake and not realized it until someone else points it out? Catching these little oversights is crucial for printed books so that your work is not considered amateurish and unprofessional. Authors are often passionate and invested in their book, but they are often too close to the subject to objectively edit their own manuscripts. At Creative Strategists, we provide our clients with two options for editing, Copy or Creative Editing. As our editors work with your manuscript, they pay attention to detail to make certain that the book retains your style, and that what you are trying to achieve is not edited out.

 

Copy Editing (or Light Editing) includes reviewing a finished manuscript for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and consistency.

 

Creative Editing (or Major Editing) includes reviewing a finished manuscript for spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistency, and sentence structure (potential rewording, reorganizing, writing transitions, eliminating wordiness, and reviewing content to ensure proper tone & approach for the intended audience).

Proofreading

Many times a manuscript can go through numerous revisions, edits, and updates. Every time something is changed within the book, it is possible that the correction could alter the initial intent and meaning of the author, the format, the structure, or numerous other inconsistencies. Rather than simply edit your manuscript and assume that everything is correct from there, we offer to have a different individual provide a formal proofread to ensure the manuscripts textual correctness.

 

At Creative Strategists, our proofreaders will help to ensure that all inconsistencies, formats, and alterations have been properly incorporated into the manuscript. We would assess the accuracy of the editor and make sure that all edits have been correctly incorporated into the pages. We then reexamine all elements of the book to confirm consistency and meet the requirements for the final publishing specifications and design. Finally, any minor corrections due to formatting or slight alterations would be caught and corrected in a professional proofread.

 

If the proofreader sees any inconsistencies in the manuscript or materials being reviewed, they would alert the project manager, and any suggestions to improve upon the manuscript would be relayed to the client. 

Indexing

The process of creating an index can be a long and arduous one. For our non-Fiction clients, Creative Strategists offers to provide professional indexing services to our clients in conjunction with our editing and production services to guarantee you with the most accurate and custom index as the manuscript is being examined. Our editors work alongside of our detail-oriented indexers to design an index that will meet the needs of the audience while being as functional and user-friendly as possible.

 

Since indexing requires such a thorough and analytical exploration of your book, we must thoroughly review your manuscript to take into account the complexity of material, the density of items per page, and the level of indexing requested before making a final estimate.

Registrations

Creative Strategists can obtain your book's copyright; Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN) for sales to libraries; International Standard Book Number (ISBN) which is a mandatory sales tool providing the basis for identifying books in all industry wide systems; and the Bookland European Article Number Scanning Symbol (EAN Barcode) which is necessary for sales to bookstores.

Art Creation

The art for your book's cover is one of the biggest attention-getters for an author. The art in effect is the book's first salesperson. It must be captivating and alluring to potential readers, drawing them over to pick the book up and seeing what it is about. To help provide our clients with truly magnificent and engaging covers, we have both in-house artists who can handle most every cover requirement, as well as a highly-developed Artist Network, providing our clients with the ability to have a variety from some of the most talented and award winning artists today. Our network continues to grow daily, providing the best possible service to our clients.

 

All artwork is completely original and unique, designed specifically for your project. Artwork can be designed both for our client's book covers, as well as fulfilling any internal artwork requirement that you may have. Please contact us via mail at P.O. Box 6460, Holliston, MA 01746 with your desired art requirements to begin a dialogue on finding the perfect artist and quote for your project.

Cover Design

The cover design of your book may not be as flashy or appealing as the illustration, but is every bit as important, if not more so. Here at Creative Strategists, our talented Graphic Designers would take the cover illustration, picture, or cover image and coordinate all cover components to insure that the client has a captivating cover that meets the needs of the client and also adheres to the strict requirements of the book publishing trade.

 

The Graphic Designer personally will select the fonts, layout, and design of the cover to make it as appealing as possible. This includes all components, such as the book's title, subtitle, series name, and author name on the front cover; all book spine materials; and back cover matter, including any blurbs, reviews, EAN Barcode, ISBN, and price box; and finally all materials included on the dust jacket sleeves, if applicable, as well as the author photo.

Typesetting

Once all aspects of the publication process has been complete, it is time to pull together all of the materials and put it into a format that the Printers can use to manufacture your book. Here at Creative Strategists, we do it all for you, beginning with typography, page design and layout, all the way to a complete typeset camera ready proof in the format required for the printer that is manufacturing your project. We also will scan and manage any photographs, illustrations, tables, or graphs to ensure that they meet the specifications of the printer.

Printing

Printing a book can vary tremendously from printer to printer, including the requirements and specifications for each, as well as quality and price. Creative Strategists handles all printer negotiations and then supervises the print job, a process that involves dozens of decisions and a tremendous amount of attention to detail. Throughout the entire printing process, we monitor quality control for you, checking and rechecking every detail.

 

We also offer a wide selection of book sizes and binding choices, full color or black and white. We will make sure that the printer we select to manufacture your book will provide a final product that meets the specifications that you desire for the book project.

Digital / ebook Conversion

Digital and ebooks are growing at tremendous rates with various readers and tablet devices. Creative Strategists will take your final manuscript and convert it into the format required to place your book on these platforms.

Marketing Plan

When it comes to marketing your book, Creative Strategists has worked hard to design an impressive and efficient variety of promotional vehicles so you can customize your Marketing Plan to meet the needs of your specific project. Marketing and promotions are very often crucial to the success of a book project. We will help you to promote to the trade through proven means, and to also provide you with materials to promote to the general community. Our marketing and promotional offerings include the following:

Design Press Kit: Creative Strategists will write and design a Press Kit comprised of both a formal Press Release that you can submit to both local and national media, as well as a Mock Review that you can provide to any potential reviewer as a guideline and sample for their review.

 

Promotional Bookmarks: Creative Strategists shall design and print 5000 2 x 6" promotional bookmarks (4/C glossy, 2 sided, 10 point card) that you can use to hand out for all promotions and include with all book orders.

Informational Handout: Creative Strategists shall write, design, and print 5000 4 x 9" informational handout cards (4/C glossy front, Red/Black matte back, 14 point card) that you can hand out to generate awareness and information about your book.

Promotional Postcards: Creative Strategists shall design and print 5000 4 x 6" promotional postcards (4/C glossy front, Red/Black matte back, 14 point card) that you can use for any direct mailing campaign to family, friends, and trade locations to announce the upcoming release of your books, as well as hand outs for all promotions.

Combined Book Services                                                        

 

Full Book Production - Print Run

Under our Full Book Production - Print Run program we will take your project from beginning to end. Your manuscript will be edited, proofread, typeset, have the cover designed, receive all registrations, and be printed in the format and in the quantity that you desire through the normal printing press process (minimum 500 books required for order). Please complete the Price Quote Request form and mail it to Creative Strategists (P.O. Box 6460, Holliston, MA 01746) to receive a quote on full book production.

Full Book Production - Print on Demand

Under our Full Book Production - Print on Demand program, you receive all of the services of the Print Run program, but can order smaller quantities of your title (no minimum order requirements, though Print on Demand could limit book size and quality offerings). Please complete the Price Quote Request form and mail it to Creative Strategists (P.O. Box 6460, Holliston, MA 01746) to receive a quote on full book production.

Full Book Production - Digital / Electronic

Under our Full Book Production - Digital / Electronic program, you have chosen to make your book available on a device reader or tablet and not necessarily in print. However, just because the book is not in physical print doesn't mean that the quality should be lessened. Your manuscript will be edited, proofread, typeset, have the cover designed, receive all registrations, and converted into the format required to place your book on a device reader. Please complete the Price Quote Request form and mail it to Creative Strategists for review (P.O. Box 6460, Holliston, MA 01746) to receive a quote on full book production.

Family & Friends Private Collection

Did you ever want to see your book in print, to be able to hold a finished copy of something you created, but have it only for yourself, family, and friends? Creative Strategists has designed the Family and Friends Private Collection Plan just for you! Since the book is for a Private Collection and not for sale, we can provide you with a finished product in your hands for a fraction of the time and cost of an entire project (editing, proofreading, registrations, and things like that can be skipped when not reselling the book). You can have as few as five books (paperback binding), or as many as you would like. We can even provide you with additional services, such as our talented artist network, cover design, and editing services so that your book looks just like one from a real publisher, only it will be yours for your private collection. With the Family & Friends Private Collection Plan, you no longer have to wish that you had your own book in print, now is can be a reality.

Individual Publisher Services                                                    

 

Logo Design

As a Self-Publisher, you are the publisher of your own book. You want every aspect of your book to look professional, just as if you did not publish it yourself, but as if you had a large publishing house publishing the book for you. This includes your logo. It is an often overlooked symbol by most self-published authors, but it really creates the image of your company, the publisher of your book, as credible, trustworthy, and professional.

 

Here at Creative Strategists, we'll make sure that your logo design is polished and distinctive, and is designed specifically with your book's spine placement in mind.

Publisher Identity

As a Self-Publisher, a logo for your book shows the image of the publisher, you. However, you are in effect creating a new publishing company, even if that company only publishes a single book, yours! Nothing makes a business look more professional than well designed business cards, letterhead, mailing envelopes, and shipping labels. Each is a reflection upon you and your new company.

 

Here at Creative Strategists, our Business Development experts can assist you with the image of your company, by designing these customized materials for you. We will take the custom logo that we designed for your company and create these materials with the same look and feel throughout each piece. Upon completion of the design of each piece of your Publisher Identity materials, we will coordinate and manufacture each in whatever quality and quantity you desire.

Distribution

Distributors and wholesalers are companies that would take your books and then sell them to various book stores, libraries, and other locations interested in purchasing your books. Some distributors and wholesalers require exclusive arrangements where only they can sell your books, whereas others will simply offer your book and place orders with you or your fulfillment company as they come in.

 

Here at Creative Strategists, we know how important it is for you to find a distributor or wholesaler to carry your books. Unless they agree to do so, it becomes very time consuming for you to try and get your books into stores. Most major book chains will only deal with distributors or wholesalers, making it imperative for you to be represented. As such, we have designed two options for our clients to utilize:

Option 1: We will provide contact information and recommendations for you to attempt to foster relationships with distributors, wholesalers, and book chains; or

Option 2: We would complete and submit your application packet for representation by key distributors, wholesalers, and book chains.

Fulfillment

Fulfillment companies are places that warehouse your books, take orders, and ship books for you.  While Creative Strategists is not a fulfillment company, we would be willing to maintain small quantities of books that can be sold through an online store (see Marketing Plans) that we would design for you. Larger quantities and responsibilities could be explored if desired by you. To provide the best service possible, however, we can connect you with reliable fulfillment companies that could provide more complete storage and order taking services.

 


Creative Strategists

P.O. Box 6460, Holliston MA 01746

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