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Instructions for Requesting Quotes
RWe recommend that you read all the information provided in this menu to learn about the options available for your book and choose the options that best suit your project.. If after reading all the topics you still have questions, please send us a message with your question and we will be pleased to assist you as soon as possible.
Title of Your Project
You need to provide a title for your project, even if you need to change later.
Number of Pages
Cover – The cover original is the format in which you are supplying the cover to the printer. It's more standardized than it used to be, normally consisting of an application file (InDesign) along with all necessary fonts and high resolution image files, a PDF file or both.
Cover Printing – A typical brochure cover is printed in the process of 4 colors only on the outside, em 10 pt. C1s and laminate stock. Other options may also be available: we offer other interesting options.
Print Ready Original Text
A print-ready PDF is normal, but you can also provide pages to scan, as single pages or as a bound book. Additional costs for layout may be charged if your text does not match the standard print sizes or needs adjustments..
Except in extremely rare cases, ink colors can be black (in other words, black and white) or process of 4 cores (which means images can be printed in color). You can also specify pages of text to be printed in black., with designated groups of pages — inserts — printed in color, either in the same material as the main part of the text or in a different page material. If most pages print in black, but some are printed in color, the use of inserts can save a considerable amount of printing the entire book on a printing press. 4 cores. Please note that inserts must be an even number of pages and, on an offset printer, may also need to have a minimum number of pages.
The most cost-effective choice is to opt for the patterns offered to keep costs low., instead of specifying the paper in a specific manufacturer's catalog. The most frequent ones are: 10en for cover and 50# for indoor. The second most common option is 12pt for book covers with more than 250 pages, and white paper 60#. The beige paper can be used for any quantities with weight of 70#.
Bleeding or Bleeding means that images from inside the book extend beyond the edges of the book after it has been cut., an excellent option for those who want to insert large color images. Requires special quote, because the type of paper and labor involved will directly influence the production.
For a standard 5.5” x 8.5” book with less than 50 pages, up until 100 pages it is recommended to use saddle stitch (double stapling), books above 50 pages can be bound with perfect bind (perfect binding or glued) binding process in which the book is printed slightly larger than the specified size, glued together with the cover and then cut so that the images look perfect hence the name perfec binding. Consult us for other options such as casebinding, case wrapping, wire-o, etc.
Prototypes or Proofs
After we receive your original materials, and a budget is approved, we will proceed with the preparation of a printed test (prototype) of your book. Usually these prototypes are produced in a digital printer without binding and lamination on the cover.. The purpose is that the writer can verify his book before signing the Final Printing Authorization Form.. In possession of the prototype, which is normally shipped overnight, you can check the shades, Format, letters (font type and size), images, etc. Proofs are submitted for both cover and text. VLM Press provides proofs produced on the actual presses that will print your book, that are, therefore, more accurate representations of how your books will look. Although a PDF proof is often used, we do not recommend it as a final exam, as it is not possible to evaluate colors for proofing purposes on a computer screen and it is more difficult to find variations or errors that can only be noticed with a hard proof.
VLM Press provides shipping prices along with the final quote for your book. We have the best shipping deals within the United States, therefore, Requested quotes already include shipping costs. If you have multiple destinations, indicate the number of books that go to each. If the shipping destination has a loading dock, specify this in the shipping instructions: with larger shipments, we can reduce shipping costs considerably. Consult us for more details..
Deadlines for Your Project
It is important that you specify a date, as close as possible, for printing your book. This prevents your request from ending up at the end of the queue.. Requests have been growing a lot lately. We give priority to the most complete requests. Therefore, we recommend that you completely fill out the Quote Request Form, and specify an approximate date of when you expect to have this budget with you and what your release plans are. This will speed up the quotation process., giving priority to your order and we will send it to you as soon as possible. If you need more information, send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What If the Specifications Change?
It is common for finished, print-ready books to keep their budgets intact.. But it happens more frequently in the production of books changes like: content changes, page insertions and additions, paper changes and quantities, delivery address, etc. Between the time a book is initially quoted and production, ready to ship, quoted price will only change if any changes are requested or required. For this reason, we provide, according to the progress of the project, quotes updated as specifications change, at least if they are important changes that directly influence the initial budget, such as: number of pages, color image inserts, or even the removal or addition of content. Query the latest quote by number when submitting a quote review request: this will speed up the process and make it more accurate than if we have to start from scratch for each revision., this way you will avoid surprises when you receive the final invoice for your book/publication.
Finally, It is important to note that the actual communication between VLM Press and the writer begins with the quote request., quotes, job confirmations, evidences, etc. Any communication made via telephone could very well get out of control and jeopardize the smooth running of the production process.. Therefore, VLM Press considers it imperative that all requests be made via email, even if they were communicated by phone or WhatsApp: this is for your benefit as much as it is for VLM Press.