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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is pre-press?
Pre-press refers to preparing a ready-to-print book or other product from a more rudimentary form, such as a hand-written story.
We prepare a typeset manuscript that meets all industry standards. If you want drop caps at the beginning of your chapters—or anywhere else, for that matter—we will provide expertly crafted drop caps. The kind you used to see in high-quality books, but which hardly exist today

They aren’t really that hard to do, it’s just that few people bother anymore. This kind of craftsmanship is rapidly disappearing from the American scene. We’re here to see that it does not become entirely extinct.
2. What about typefaces?
All of our manuscripts, whether a flyer, a brochure, a business card, or a lengthy book, are set in high-quality typefaces. We present several alternative typefaces from which you can choose what you think will work best for your publication.

We do copy-editing also, but if you wish we can subcontract to a very good professional editor. The cost for this is a pass-through; we do not charge a fee for subcontracted services of any kind.
3. What is your process?
The finished manuscript, or other material such as a business card, is transferred to a Press Quality Adobe PDF (portable document format) file. This PDF file is ready to print on today’s digital printers, or we can send it to an offset printer for large runs if that is what you want.

Offset printing is relatively expensive because of the large set-up charges and is only cost-effective for print runs of around 1,000 copies or more.

One of the best solutions is print on demand. You can do this for almost no cost (you have to pay for proof copies of your book, but they generally only run a few dollars).

The POD printer then prints copies whenever people order them. The POD printer gets a royalty, but you get one as well—on each and every copy that is sold.
4. Do you design book covers?
Absolutely. If you have an especially difficult book to make a cover for, we suggest subcontracting it to a cover artist. There are many available who do outstanding work on book covers.
5. How do I get a book printed on demand?
This process is not as difficult as it may sound. Once your book has been through the pre-press process, you simply contact a POD printer and send them the finished PDF files (one for the book cover, the other for the interior pages).

We recommend CreateSpace, an Amazon company, as the best choice for the POD process. Once we’ve done the pre-press for you, we can guide you through getting your own CreateSpace account (it’s free) and submitting your book for publication.

Once it has been processed and approved by CreateSpace, your book will be available for purchase on Amazon.com and, if you opt for extended distribution (again, free, but adds a few restrictions on book size and cost), in other places as well (such as brick-and-mortar bookstores).

You set the price your book will sell for, and the CreateSpace calculator will show you what royalties you will get per copy sold in various venues, including the UK and Europe.
6. What kinds of photo defects are repairable?
Defects such as streaks, spots, scratches, creases, chips, or folded corners can generally be removed or fixed. Faded or underexposed pictures can be restored, within limits. Photos that are slightly blurry or out of focus can often be sharpened.

Color pictures where the balance has shifted causing unnatural colors can often be restored (like the first one in our restoration examples); in the event that the correct color gamut cannot be restored, the picture can usually be “rescued” by converting it to grayscale (so-called “black and white”).
7. What kinds of defects cannot be corrected?
Unfixable pictures tend to fall into one of four general categories:
  1. pictures that are too badly faded or so dark that they don’t contain any restorable detail;
  2. pictures that are unevenly faded (one part of the picture is badly faded, but the rest of it is not faded);
  3. pictures where major portions of a person’s face are missing or badly damaged (restoring such a picture is creative art, not photo restoration); and
  4. pictures that are badly out of focus or blurry because of camera motion when the photo was taken.
8. What if I have a photo that seems to fall in between repairable and non-repairable status?
If it is a print or slide, describe it for us and we’ll give it a whirl. If it is already digitized, send us a copy and we will tell you whether we can fix it and give you a cost estimate at the same time. See FAQs 4 and 5 for more.
9. What kinds of photos can you work with?
We can work with original prints or color slides, which we will scan into digital form, or we can work with digital pictures in just about any existing format. We prefer to work with high-quality JPEG or TIF files. Bit-mapped files (.bmp extension on Windows machines) work just as well, but they are generally so large that they are burdensome to upload. If in doubt, ask.
10. How much will it cost to get my photo restored?
We charge $80.00/hour for photo restoration work. Many pictures can be fixed in half an hour (our minimum charge), and few fixable pictures will take much more than two hours. We can give you a not-to-exceed estimate once we see the picture or pictures you wish to have restored.
About David Thayer

Desktop Publishing for the Twenty-First Century

G. David Thayer

Below are examples of covers that Rapidsoft Press has designed. All books are for sale on Amazon.com.

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Nutter Chronicles Cover
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Beelzebub Cover
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Mind of Christ Cover
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1169 Carmella Cir
Sarasota, FL  34243-1102

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