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Finding Outside Design Help

General Book Design Help

If you know what you want done but just need someone to follow your instructions, with either Elance or Upwork (formerly oDesk)you can find inexpensive contractors to hire for practically any individual aspect of book writing, designing and conversion between print and all e-formats.

Numerous self publishing companies provide services in addition to their Print on Demand capability. For example, CreateSpace and Lulu have both general and cover design services as well as proofreading and editing. However, we believe that often these services can be obtained elsewhere on line with better quality and lower price.

HelpPublish.com offers cookbook editing, typesetting, book page layout design, illustration, book cover design, and many other services to help you publish your book. This group allows you to only pay for the services that you need as opposed to a package-type deal.

Jennifer Barry Design is a full service company that guides clients on all design issues, editorial matters, packaging and marketing. Depending on how much assistance you need, they offer their services both individually or in a package.

If you are looking to create a stunning, full-color cookbook, Life Rich Publishing (an imprint of The Reader's Digest Association) offers a choice of five publishing packages ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. These packages also include cover and interior book design and layout but do not assist with the writing portion of the cookbook.

Another high-end full-service company is Dog Ear Publishing that offers a selection of five packages from $1,000 to $8,000. Unlike Life Rich Publishing, Dog Ear offers support with writing and proofreading the text in addition to designing the cover and general layout.

Cover Design Help

In our How to Design a Cookbook Cover section we suggest several outside cover design help options.

Adazing the "super awesome book marketing" website specializes in designing cookbook covers for $450 to $650, non-illustrated and illustrated respectively.

Illuminating Graphics specialize in designing book covers and backs for both print and eBooks. They also have consultants who can help with inside layout issues.

This in depth 9-part DIY series on how to design your own book cover by Jason Gurley is posted on his website. He takes you by the hand and steps you through the entire nitty-gritty process, piece by piece. Gurley is an author and blogger by night and a software designer by day.

eBook Design Help

eBook DesignWorks offers custom ebook design and conversion. They are geared to help authors develop professional-quality cookbooks and e-cookbooks. They also have a blog on their website that presents a lot of helpful information.

With books and technology being two of Lisa's passion, it is natural that ebook design would become her niche! Instead of an employee group, at ideastylist she offers individual service and attention. Her strength is turning an idea into a visual representation. In addition, her portfolio includes successfully designed cookbooks.

Another ebook design and conversion company is Digital Dragon Designery who also offers assistance with the full line of print book and cover design.

Contractor Recommendation Help

In addition to personal contacts, it's nice to start with a contractor recommendation from someone who used them before. Here are two great places to get possible recommendations on who to hire to help you with needed tasks and who to avoid.

Absolute Write Water Cooler is a writers forum for self-publishers. This huge community of writers can offer conversation, discussion and enlightenment on many writing-related topics.

The Independent Book Publishers Association is aimed at "helping each other achieve and succeed".