Publishing Support Services
Still in the idea stage? Have a manuscript in hand? Need a book cover designed or interior illustrations? Ready for that final polish? We're prepared to work with you and your book at any stage. You can submit manuscripts for an honest evaluation of strengths, weaknesses, and potential. You can work with one of our writers to put your ideas on paper. You can even have one of our graphic designers help with turning your book into a visual masterpiece. Or, you can come to us to make sure your book really "shines" and is ready for production. Take a look at what we offer:
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One of the first steps to take toward publishing your book is ensuring your manuscript is the best that it can be. The ideal way to achieve this is by having your manuscript evaluated by a well-qualified Five Star professional. When we receive your manuscript, we will assign it to an editor best suited for your book's subject matter who will carefully read your manuscript in order to provide you with a written evaluation, pointing out areas of strengths and weaknesses, as well as offering some specific suggestions for needed improvement. (Be prepared. With some manuscripts, our recommendations may include the need for extensive rewriting in order for it to achieve its full potential!). We promise to be candid, yet diplomatically honest, while offering constructive feedback in our evaluation.
You give us the concept for your book and as much research and reference materials as possible, and we will assign a writer who is the most knowledgeable in the book's subject matter and intended audience. We will send you an outline for your approval and then provide you with a draft of the completed manuscript. You will be given an opportunity to revise this draft, and we will incorporate your revisions before you receive a copy of your final manuscript.
Every manuscript must be edited. If you already have a finished manuscript, we can provide you with professional editing assistance. This can range from "substantive rewriting" (in which there is some rewriting and reorganizing of the manuscript and, in some cases, fact checking) to "copyediting" (in which the manuscript is edited for syntax, grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and consistency of style).
Perhaps an unglamorous component of book publishing, proofreading is one of the most important stages a manuscript goes through on the way to publication. The finest prose and the most expertly researched and written text are both rendered suspect in the eyes of readers if they contain errors, be they egregious or simply careless mistakes. Our proofreaders have the breadth of knowledge and experience to assist you with ensuring that your manuscript truly shines.
What is indexing? It is the process of analyzing the information presented in a book, learning the nature of the audience (readers), and then writing entries which will lead the reader to the appropriate information. Often, numerous words will lead a reader to the content, and the thorough indexer uses as many words as possible to try to anticipate a reader's thought processes. Our indexers take pride in writing indexes which help readers find the information they want as quickly as possible.
Graphic Design and Illustrations
What would a book be without a striking cover, compelling illustrations, attention-grabbing chapter headings, and interesting page designs? Every aspect of your book is important—not only to complement your subject matter, but also to urge potential readers to pick it up and take it home! Our team of talented graphic designers and illustrators has been creating integrated, eye-catching designs to make our books stand out from the rest. Whether your book needs a cover design, a format for the interior pages, typesetting assistance or illustrations, our team of top-notch graphic designers and illustrators can transform your manuscript into a visual masterpiece. We are also able to help with any of your other graphic design requests, such as logo design, business cards, or marketing materials. Just let us know what you need, and we'll promptly provide a plan and an estimate.
P.T. Barnum once said, "Without promotion something terrible happens.....Nothing!" The same could be said about publishing a book. You may have a very captivating, well-written manuscript on your hands, but if you do not plan and budget for marketing and promoting your book, no one else will know about your gem. Fortunately, whether your book is a work in progress, self-published or even has been published by another publisher, Five Star is available to help! Check out the Book Marketing section of our website to find information about the award-winning marketing services we offer to help you promote and sell your book.
P.T. Barnum also once said, "The possession of a perfect knowledge of your business is an absolute necessity in order to ensure success." That is why Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., has made herself available to share her more than 3 decades of award-winning publishing and marketing expertise with anyone who desires to learn about the world of publishing. A variety of Consulting and Publishing Workshops options are available. Use the Consulting link on the left to find out more about these services. What are you waiting for?
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Reserve a free 15-minute introductory consultation or a paid 20-minute or 45-minute consulting session with Linda F. Radke, Publisher. Call 480-940-8182, e-mail or use the Consultation Form to schedule your appointment today.
"...Larry Corbett and I went through an extensive process to select a publisher for our book. We talked with fifteen and selected Five Star for many reasons. First, Linda's personal attention to detail and introduction plan. Second, her efforts to ensure a high-quality edition and a very clear message to potential readers. Third, Linda's personality of "can do" attitude and great customer satisfaction. Fourth, her most cost-effective printing and editing effort....we are delighted with our choice. Linda continues to meet or exceed all of our expectations. I am eager to enjoy the results of our partnership with an outstanding person and publisher."
—Jerre Stead, Former Chairman and CEO, Ingram Micro
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