Book-Build Steps

Let’s Book-Build Your Book!

Book-Build Steps to Publish Your Book

Step 1) General Information

Please put something in the Astrid Fields. Type whatever you think may be right. There are no wrong answers. This information will help us see where your book is at this point of development in your book-build process.

Subtitle ( type "non" if not )

Search YOUR Book BISAC Subject Heading or book CATEGORY

Register Your Work with Library of Congress at

Step 2) Print Book Interior

Your E-book iNerior

One complete interior book file (formatted as .pdf): Do Not save each chapter as an individual file.

Every page that you see when you open a physical copy of a book. This includes any blank pages, whether they are numbered or not, from beginning to end. Individual PDFs of each chapter or parts do not make a “complete” book.

File Checklist
The following lists contain basic guidelines to help avoid the most common causes of file rejection and delays for content formatted for publishing and printing
Interior Files
Must be uploaded as a separate file from the cover
Use single-page format (1-up per page)
Do not include crop, registration, or printer marks
All fonts must be embedded
The final page should be blank. If there is no blank page, we’ll add one for you.
Margins must be a minimum of 0.5” (13mm) from final trim size on all sides. This includes page numbers and non-bleeding text and art. We allow for a 1/16” (0.0625 in / 2 mm) variance in printing. If text/ images are too close to the trim edges, they could be cut in the printing and binding process.
Gutter Margin (no ink area):0.125” (3mm) is recommended on the bind side of interior
Saddle stitch books (anything less than 48 pgs) do not require gutter margins
Bleed: B&W and Color interior – Full 0.125” (3mm) past final trim size, except on bind/spine side
Spot Colors: B&W interior – Do not include spot colors or ICC profiles and all images should be converted to grayscale
Color interior: Must include CMYK images at/72ppi or higher. 300ppi is recommended. CMYK value should not exceed 240%. Elements should not be built in “Registration”. All spot colors with/without transparencies must be converted to CMYK.
For revisions, the entire file must be re-uploaded. Partial pages cannot be accepted.

Step 3) Print Book Cover

Your E-Book cover

Cover must be submitted separate file and be at least 300 ppi and at their exact size.

One complete book cover file (formatted as .pdf): This means all the information (text and images) on the front cover, back cover, spine and flaps (if cover is a dust jacket) assembled into a single PDF. A PDF of the front cover alone is not a complete cover PDF. Books below 80 pages will not include text on spine.

It is the writer’s responsibility to secure the appropriate copyright permission for imagery you provide.