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Production Timeline


This timeline is approximate and does not include editorial, illustration or special design services that will require additional time to complete. We will do our best to avoid any delays. If a delay should occur, we will inform you of the issue as soon as possible. Likewise, if you need additional time to complete a task, please let us know.

Step 1: Sign up to publish

Step 2: Submit materials

Introductory call (1-2 business days of signing the publishing agreement): Your Concierge or check-in coordinator (CIC) will contact you to discuss what we need to publish your book and how you can submit that material to us.

Provide book information and upload manuscript: You can use our online submission tool to provide the information and files we need to begin the publishing process

Content evaluation (10-14 business days): We will review the content of your manuscript to ensure it meets the standards outlined in our publishing agreement

Review of supplied materials (up to 5 business days): Your Concierge or CIC will ensure that your files are ready for layout and design.

Step 3: Layout and design

During this step you will be assigned your Concierge or publishing services associate (PSA) to help you.

Prepare for design work (3-5 business days): Your Concierge or PSA will prepare your materials for the designers to start their work creating your book.

Cover and book interior design (2-3 weeks): The designers on your team will create the first proofs of the cover design and interior layout for your book

Design quality assurance check (2 business days): Your Concierge or PSA will review the designers’ work to ensure you receive the highest quality proofs that reflect your requests.

Proofs provided for your review: After receiving the design work, your Concierge or PSA will send you your first set of proofs to review.

At this time, you can approve the design or request revisions. Please review the proofs thoroughly to ensure your satisfaction. If you need to make changes, your publishing package includes one set of changes to the cover. After reviewing your first proof, you may also make up to 50 author changes to the interior layout in your first round of revisions. Formatting changes to the interior will be completed at no cost. You can request one round of revisions to the cover as part of your package.

Step 4: Proof revisions

BOOK INTERIOR

Submit interior revisions: If you need to make changes to the interior, you can submit your changes to your Concierge or PSA using our interior revision form.

Interior revisions (7-10 business days): Your book’s interior designer will implement the changes you sent to your Concierge or PSA on the revision form.

Interior revision quality assurance check (2 business days): Your Concierge or PSA will review the designer’s work to ensure your revisions were properly completed.

Proofs provided for your review: After reviewing the revised work, your Concierge or PSA will send you your revised proofs to review. Once you are satisfied with your proofs, you will provide your approval to your Concierge or PSA.

COVER DESIGN

Submit cover revisions: Your book’s cover designer will implement the changes you sent to your Concierge or PSA using our cover revision form.

Cover revisions (7-10 business days): Your book’s cover designer will implement the changes you sent to your Concierge or PSA on the revision form.

Cover revision quality assurance check (2 business days): Your Concierge or PSA will review the designer’s work to ensure your revisions were properly completed.

Proofs provided for your review: After reviewing the revised work, your Concierge or PSA will send you your revised proofs to review. Once you are satisfied with your proofs, you will provide your approval to your Concierge or PSA.

Step 5: Sent to print

Approval of cover and book interior: After the approval for your interior and cover are received, the process of sending your book to HarperCollins Focus for printing and distribution can begin.

Final quality assurance (1-2 business days): The design team will perform a final quality check to ensure that everything is in the proper format.

Printer processing (3 business days): Your PSA will submit your files to HarperCollins Focus, and it will be processed by them. Once the printer set up is complete, your book will be made live and available for purchase.

Author copies (7-10 business days): Any free books included in your package will be shipped to you at the address we have on file and should arrive by the On Sale Date for your title.