BOOK DESIGNER

I have often been asked, ‘If you don’t do the pictures, and you don’t do the words, then what do you do?’ To which I reply, “Well, I ‘do’ the fonts, Editing, the format, and the cover design. But actually, my most important role is to extract wonderful, story-telling illustrations from the artists.

When I read a text, I have a very strong sense of what the illustrations on the page should be. I usually have a feel for the layout even before I’ve commissioned the illustrator, and to let you in on a secret, sometimes I even thumbnail out the entire book before briefing the artist, so I know what to suggest when we first meet to talk over ideas for picture content.

From the first briefing meeting to delivery of the final product, it’s my job to support the artist and of-course the author through the book-making process: it’s all about good personal working relationships. Each book is a different journey that can have highs and lows, laughter and tears (though hopefully tears of joy, and usually mine, when a beautiful piece of art is sent in, something that actually happened a week or so ago). I recently likened my job to that of the Traveler, from the moment an artist is commissioned, through to publication. I am there to reassure, mop brows, calm panics, install confidence, and to make sure after a sometimes long and painful labor, a beautiful book is delivered. And rather like a baby, a book that everyone involved loves, is immensely proud of, and that everyone else will want to pick up!

 

WHAT they SAY

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“Abenav made me realize my dream and helped me release my book in no time. We had several rounds of calls, script revisions and finally we did it. From 65 pages of manuscript word file, we published both E-book and Paperback. There is a lot, which went into it. Cover design, Formatting, Proof reading and setting the correct tone as well as flow. Without him, this book would not have been possible”

shrruti

 

Abenav open the doors of his memories in this autobiographical book. The reader is skillfully taken through moments of life that the author has experienced. Everyday challenges are part of everyone’s life and Abenav has made with beauty the difficult exercise of capturing and gathering them into this short but profound book. The expected clichés are brilliantly avoided which makes Omoide a text in which anybody can recognize himself. Wisdom is everywhere in Abenav’s hand, not forgetting the poems and the drawings.


SEBASTIAN

Reader of OMOIDE

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There are so many pros of self-publishing a book.

A rOOm without bOOks is like a body without a soul.

No Gatekeepers

There are no gatekeepers—no literary agents or publishers standing in your way. This allows for diversity to flourish and for underrepresented voices to finally have a space to share their work.

Higher Margins

Not only are the barriers to entry lower, but the margins are higher. When you work with a traditional publisher, they have to take their cut. By self-publishing your own book, you can earn more for each book that you sell.

More Control

When you self-publish, you own your work and have complete control over the publishing process. For a lot of authors who have poured their hearts and souls into writing a book, it’s very important for them to have power to make decisions throughout the publishing process.

Equal Quality

As technology has improved, self-published authors now have access to high-quality printing and book distribution networks similar to traditionally published authors. Your self-published book will look like the other books on the shelves.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s learn more about how to publish a book yourself.

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