Arrow Graphics, Inc. is a Massachusetts based
Since 1988, we have been offering consulting and complete publication design
and book production services nationally to the publishing industry and
the academic and self-publishing communities.
Book production process starts with the finished manuscript: edited, proofread, fact-checked, with graphic elements like photographs, maps, and drawings, if applicable.
Book Design & Typesetting
All book page elements, such as chapter opening, folios, graphics, charts and tables are designed and approved. The book is laid out, paginated and finalized.
After manuscript review and consultation, cover concepts are developed; design drafts reviewed; back cover elements are finalized; final cover design is approved.
Pre-Press & Printing
Final stage of book production process is the preparation of print-ready files for short-run, traditional press-run, or Amazon print-on-demand KDP submission.
Initial free and no obligation consultation of up to 30 minutes, involves discussion of the book project, including the genre, the specific needs, art and graphics requirement, printing needs. We will then evaluate the level of complexity of the project and submit a detailed cost estimate that will serve as an agreement to be signed by both parties.
Costs vary depending on the complexity of the book project. For example, a hardcover book will be more expensive than a paperback; a how-to book with several bulleted text, icons, graphics and tables, will be more costly than a simple novel. See Book Cover and Inside Book Design tabs below for average pricing.
For a complete book production package including printing, we would require 1/3 of the total cost at the start of the project; 1/3 upon approval of final cover and inside layout before going to press; and the balance upon receiving the sample book prior to shipping.
For all other services, which do not include printing, our terms are 1/2 of estimated cost at the start of the project and remaining balance upon approval of final layout before releasing final press-ready files.
Successful book production project starts with a clean manuscript. Professionally edited and proofread manuscript guarantees a trouble-free and cost-effective production. Along with the manuscript submission, the client provides the finalized title, back cover text, blurbs if any, about the author text and author(s) photo if desired. All images and graphics are submitted separately.
Starts with rough design ideas for the front cover only. After experimenting with typefaces, colors and images—based on client preferences and likes, an initial concept is developed. After feedback from client, front cover design is finalized and spine, back cover and ISBN barcode added to the full cover spread layout. Usually, two to three rounds of soft proofs conclude the cover design. After client sign-off, final press-ready files are generated.
Average Book cover pricing:
Simple cover: $299 - $399
(4-color, paperback or hardcover, either no image or image provided by client)
Medium complexity: $400 - $699
(4-color, paperback or hardcover, includes graphic elements or a royalty-free stock image)
Complex cover: $700 and up
(4-color, paperback or hardcover, right-managed stock image or commissioned art)
Extensive alterations and any post approval changes are charged at $65 per hour.
Starts with sample page design including, folios, chapter opening, representative pages, layout of images, graphics and other special elements if applicable. After client approval of inside book design, the final manuscript is flown into the final design template. The entire book, including front and end matter is paginated and soft proofs sent to client. Corrections and alterations are sent back by client for another round of proofs. Usually, two to three rounds of soft proofs conclude the inside book typesetting process. After client sign-off, final press-ready files are generated.
Average Book interior pricing:
Simple layout: $2 - $4 per page (fiction, poetry and straight text non-fiction)
Medium complexity: $4 - $8 per page (includes placement of up to 20 tables and graphics, up to 200 footnotes/endnotes, end matter such as bibliography and index—all content and graphics provided by client)
High complexity: $8 - $15 per page (includes complex page layout with wrap-arounds, multi column sections, multi-level headers, unique icons, etc., placement of up to 50 tables and graphics, up to 500 footnotes/endnotes, full end matter—all content and graphics provided by client). Commissioned art or stock images charged additionally.
Extensive text alterations and any post approval changes are charged at $40 per hour.
Final stage of the book production process starts with preparation of press-ready files for short-run, traditional press-run, and Amazon print-on-demand KDP submission, and concludes with printing, binding and delivery of books.
We can provide short-run (up to 300 books) and traditional press-run (up to 25,000 books) printing service, should you decide to have us manage your print production. Printing and binding services include, trade hard and soft cover, children’s picture books, printed case and jackets.
Amazon no longer offers paid services for Print-on-Demand formatting. This means that all submissions to KDP (previously CreateSpace) must be in print-ready PDF files (cover and the inside book). We provide cover and inside book files per KDP requirements. We can also help with KDP submissions at no additional cost. Should you decide to have the digital edition of your book, we’ll be happy to recommend an e-book conversion service.
“Now that the ‘uncommon’ book is finished, I wanted to take a moment to say how much I enjoyed working with you. Your obvious knowledge about the intricacies of getting a book published, and your careful attention to detail, were invaluable . . . I would like to comment on one area that really was a lifesaver for me—your follow-through on each aspect of the project
. . . knowing that I could count on you to make sure things continued to run smoothly and on schedule was tremendously reassuring. My colleagues and I at Juniata College are pleased with the book. Thank you for turning what seemed like an insurmountable task into a rewarding and successful outcome.”
“I’d like to take a moment to express my admiration for the way you guided this project every step along the way. You solved all our problems, even those I’d throw your way at the last minute, and you did it with competence and expertise . . . Dealing with such bright people was an enjoyable experience for me. I look forward to repeating our success in the near future.”
“To examine any book designed by Arrow Graphics is to wish your own publisher subscribed to their services; their work is marked by painstaking attention, vitality, and originality, the sort of artistry and sensitivity to which all writers aspire and few enjoy.”
“From the moment I got in touch with you with my idea of Favorite Poems, A Family Portrait, until its final publication, you combined the professional quality services of a larger publishing house with the patient personal attention and care of a smaller organization. You provided advice that was helpful but not overbearing, using your expertise to help me make my vision into a reality. The end result was even better than I had hoped for: beautifully bound, lovingly crafted, and skillfully presented. With the able and intuitive assistance of Arrow Graphics, I put together a book that my family and I will treasure for a lifetime. Thanks so much.”
“We were lucky to find Arrow Graphics early on in the production process. In our dealings with you, you were always helpful, informative and extremely agreeable, and quick to come up with suggestions and advice with regards to the design and other matters regarding the publication of our book . . . We are planning to publish a Spanish language edition of the book, and we feel fortunate in knowing that at least its production will not present any problems.”
“On any project of this magnitude, it’s not uncommon to experience some problems and delays. I fully expected that this project would be no different. and that’s why I was so pleasantly surprised during each and every phase of our project. Not only did you produce all of the promised deliverables according to our agreement, but you consistently did so on time or even slightly ahead of schedule . . . I believe that we have a truly professional product, and one which we can be proud of. Thank you again for your support, professionalism, and assistance throughout the life of this project.”
“My thanks to your designer for putting the book together so beautifully. On all sides, I hear praise for the appearance of the book, and I am becoming somewhat miffed and jealous. Perhaps when they get around to reading the book, I will get some praise too.”
“In a cutthroat and high-pressure business, Arrow Graphics is an oasis of support and calm. They are both professional and humane in working with authors and small publishers. They offer the most current industry information and the advice of an experienced friend. along with accuracy and quality printing. Arrow’s design department is creative and obliging. Most of all, New Forge Press would use Arrow Graphics again because they listen and deliver.”
Yes, we offer book cover design services alone for new or legacy titles.
We are not. A vanity press, vanity publisher, or subsidy publisher is a publishing house in which authors pay to have their books published under their imprint. Arrow Graphics is a book production services company. We offer book design and production services to self-publishers and small presses that do not have an in-house production capability.
ISBN is the standard ID number used to identify books. If you plan to sell your book through online retailers like Amazon, in bookstores, or to libraries, the answer is yes.
Per U.S. Copyright office, "your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. In general, registration is voluntary… You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work." Read more at: www.copyright.gov/help/faq/
We provide short-run (up to 300 books) and traditional press-run (up to 25,000 books) printing service to our complete production clients. However, if you only need printing services, we can refer you to one of our associate book printers.
Yes, exclusively for our clients, we offer design and production of customized promotional material; logos; postcards; sell-sheets; posters; bookmarks; print and digital ads.