top of page



How do you transform a manuscript into a
published and printed book?

Here are the basic stages:

1.     Advice on the manuscript

2.     Editing

3.     Design

4.     Origination for print

5.     Managing printing services

6.     Handling the printed books

7.     Post-publication sales support


The following sections are provided as extracts only. A bespoke publishing contract for each author will be drawn up following detailed discussions on requirements.

·       Review the manuscript and associated artwork for completeness and suitability. 

·       Provide recommendations to the Client.

·       Create the Editing Draft.

·       Read, edit and mark the manuscript for textual errors.

·       If necessary, advise on matters of style.

·       Achieve a final agreed text by exchanging Editing Drafts with the Client.

·       If required, commission and obtain artwork and illustrations for body chapters and book cover.

·       Select suitable images, scan photographs (if appropriate), photo edit, add captions.

·       Prepare plate section drafts (if appropriate), exchange with the Client and agree changes. (Where there are no plate sections, the inclusion of text page images takes place in the Design stage.)

Design, Origination and Proof Reading

·       Create and exchange Design Drafts (Book body text with images; Cover; Endpapers, if appropriate).

·       Commission professional proofreading if required.

·       Return Final Proofs to Client for final checks and printing sign-off.

·       Create Print Files and send to printer.


·       Commission an initial print run of an agreed number of copies.

·       Manage print services.

·       Client proof checks if required (additional charge).


·       Receive printed books in bulk.

·       Arrange delivery to the Client.

·       Make the legal deposit of one copy of the book with the British Library, at the Client’s expense. [NB. Under the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003, there is also a requirement to place a copy in five other Deposit Libraries but in the case of small print runs the Publisher will seek a waiver from the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries.


·       Allocate ISBN if required.

·       Advise on book selling price.

·       Notify UK National Book Listing Agency and appropriate library services.

·       List the book at and make available for other sales outlets.

·       Circulate press releases if appropriate.

·       Feature the book on our Books website (includes purchasing link for buyers).

·       Commission advertising materials for Client if required (supplementary charge).


·       Retain agreed quantity of books at the Bannister Publications’ premises for retail, internet-based, sales.

·       Fulfil internet sales orders.

·       Transfer sales receipts (less charges) to the Client.

·       Advise the Client on continuation or cessation of sales.


·       Advise on the suitability of the work for creation in e-Book format.

·       Design the e-Book, where possible from the print version design. Where a simple conversion cannot be achieved for technical or artistic reasons, the e-Book will be designed from scratch. 

·       Provide design proofs as necessary.

·       Create the work in e-Book format as a Kindle book for sale on Amazon.

·       Manage the Amazon hosting and sales process.

To achieve the best start, we need the author or client to provide a manuscript and images in one of the following ways:
The Text:

·       Digital text files in MS Word format and provided on email, CD or USB memory stick.

·       Hard copy, printed A4 sheets (must be suitable for scanning into digital format) in a common-use typeface: Times New Roman, Verdana, Arial, etc and no less than 12 points per inch.

·       Handwritten manuscript for digital preparation by an external typing service.

The Images/Artwork:

·       Digital image files as high resolution in JPEG/TIFF format, provided on CD or USB memory stick.

·       Original artwork for scanning into digital format.

·       Original design ideas for professional work up.


Learn more about our Publishing Services

bottom of page