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Front cover
Books are judged by their cover, so this is a very important feature. Good design stands out and a strong front cover will get your book noticed.  The title and subtitle (if applicable) will feature, along with your name as the author, any quotes or descriptives that might help to sell the book and photographic image/s. We will always work with you to get this right, depending on your vision, the genre of book and readership.  We can work in different media to produce illustrations for the front cover too and are happy to discuss this requirement.

Back cover design
Just as important as the front, the back of a book can provide further information about the content, you the author and how the book has been reviewed. It can also incorporate additional images, making the book more attractive. Done well, it really does help to sell your book, converting a browse to a sale.

Inside page layout
It’s important that your book reads well, is easy to follow and holds the readers interest in its pace and delivery. Well designed layout can enhance this. Equally, you may wish to include colour or black & white images, illustrations, footnotes, tables, decorative flourishes, an index, colour plates.

Incorporated into body text, images really help to illustrate your writing and bring it to life for the reader. These might be photographs you have, drawings, illustrations or even maps.  If you don’t have the correct images, we can source them for you using stock photography or produce them ourselves using our own professional photographers. All images should have correct permissions, be supplied separately to the text as 300dpi JPegs or TIFFS, in electronic format – however, if you need help with that, we can do that too!

Once you are happy with the cover and internal designs, the body text needs to be placed.  The best way to supply this is in digital format as one file, with un-formatted text, no illustrations or photographs embedded, edited and proof read - this way we can pour it in and format it with the correct headings, spaces, chapters etc., quickly and easily.

We work hard at this stage to make sure you are completely happy with the book by giving you electronic proofs to have a look at, re-check and then say, yes, this is how you want it to be. However, you do have one round of author proof corrections at this stage if it is not 100%.  After any amendments, the book will be prepared for the printers in industry standard format. Electronic proofs are provided from the printers to check their set up is correct at this stage, however if you are more comfortable checking actual sheets of paper proofs, we can arrange that for you but there will be a small charge.  Changes can still be made at this late stage - if necessary, but it is better to invest the time and effort checking beforehand, as any corrections or alterations you make may be charged for by the printer. If any changes need to be made due to an error on our part, then of course you are not charged.

We use different printers for different titles, depending on what you want, how many copies, price and quality. Printing has changed considerably with digital formats, so if you want a limited number of books at a time we can do this by using our short-run digital printer. This saves a large initial investment, as well as the need for an extra room to house 1000s of books! If you want a larger print run, then it is more cost effective to use a traditional printer, and if you want a print run in the 10s of thousands, then we have overseas contacts who not only do a beautiful job, but also work out very competitive for these kinds of quantities. We will negotiate the best price, let you know at the outset how much that will be and manage the whole process, including delivery.

Publishing & Distribution
Tricorn will give you an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), so that your publication can be sold through book shops and on-line. From that we will create a unique EAN barcode that will be art-worked in the correct position on the cover. Details and copies will be registered with the bibliographic services. We can also organise national sales & distribution.

Photography, Graphics & Marketing
As well as a comprehensive design and publishing service we are also able to offer a full photographic service and marketing support, as Tricorn Books is a trading name of 131 Design Ltd - see This might include promotional material for in-store and point of sale, direct mail, PR or even a web site, including 'blog' and content management facilities, for you to market your own work. Have a look at our photography website -

Specialists in self publishing
All you pay is a one-off design fee and competitive print prices. There are no royalties, no hidden fees, no print fees, no long-term commitment and we never use templates in our design - unless you specify it. You order as many or as few books as you want, when you want - from 1 to 10,000 - at great rates.