Stages of a Publishing Process

The Steps in publishing processes can be summed up in six steps, namely:

Designing – is the first step in the drawing board. Here, one thinks of what the end product will look like. It means drawing something first what is on one’s mind. It can be done by asking simple questions like the following:

  • What do I want to include in my publication?
  • What things will interest the readers?
  • Will I put pictures or drawings?
  • What kind of people will read my publications?
  • Once these questions have been answered, design sketches can be created.

Layout Design – this means determining where to put pictures and drawings on the paper and where the text will appear. Some of the guide questions on layout design are the following:

  • Does the text come before an object?
  • Is the text SUPER IMPOSED?
  • How big should the picture or object be?

Adding Text – this involves the information or the exact words that one would like to be written in the publication. It answers the questions:

  • Are my sentences clear and understandable?
  • Am I delivering messages?
  • What should I emphasize?
  • Am I using the right words or terms?
  • Is it interesting?

Adding objects or pictures – this is where objects or pictures are to be inserted in the publication. Adding objects and pictures makes the publication eye – catching and attractive to the readers.

Finalizing the layout – here, one gives the final layout and decides whether one needs to add or make changes or leave it the way it is. Very seldom is a publication left unchanged or unedited at this stage for this is where other people look at the work and spot errors normally missed while working on the material.

Printing the Final Layout – having been satisfied with the layout and with all the necessary corrections, additions or changes in the publication, sample copies can now be produced. This is also where camera shots of the publication is done to make hundreds or more copies of it.

Editor – are the ones who generate the ideas for a publication. They also find authors or writers to write the content of the reading material or manuscript. The editor can change the content of the manuscript as he/she pleases but he should talk to the writer first as a sign of courtesy.

Designers – plans the size, style and number of lines per page and the arrangement of pictures and objects and other similar concerns. Usually the designer works with the artist and the typesetter.

Typesetter – sets the book in type with the use of a typesetting machine.


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