No book goes from the author’s Word file straight to the store. Wait, let me clarify: some books go from an author’s Word file straight to the store, but they shouldn’t. The fact is, there is a lot more that goes into a book than just the story. It’s a whole process, usually involving at the very least one or two other people aside from the author. That’s what it takes to create a beautiful, readable book. So let’s break it down.

Editing/Proofreading

Fixing plot, grammatical, spelling, and syntax errors.

Cover Design

Making the pretties to wrap around the books.

Formatting

Making the book readable on the page or the screen.