Book design coaching

Are you designing or typesetting your own book? Need help?

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J.G. Nicholson (with design coaching)

Now help is only a phone call, Skype call, or email away. Get answers to your questions about book design, make sure your files are set up properly in InDesign, and send your digital files to press with confidence!

Here are just a few of the ways I can help you:

Book design coaching

  • ideas and suggestions to create impact with your front cover
  • help with optimizing your book cover for your target market
  • effective page design for all types of books

Typesetting and image placement

  • proper setup of InDesign files
  • optimizing your work flow
  • typesetting tips and shortcuts
  • adding images and optimizing for print
  • master pages and baseline grids

Packaging digital files for the printer

  • creating high-resolution PDFs using your printer’s specs
  • ensuring your files are trouble-free
  • uploading files to your printer

I can help you as little or as much as you need. I’m available on an hourly basis at my usual rate of $80 per hour. I’ll help you get your book looking its best, and get your digital files to press problem-free.

Below are testimonials from some of the authors I’ve coached. They’ve each written a few sentences on their experience working together with me.

Please visit my Contact page and find the easiest way for you to get in touch. We’ll discuss your book and see how I can best help you. I look forward to hearing from you!

Testimonials from authors about my book coaching services

City ChicksA rare gem of a consultant
If you have a design project and would like to get help, sign up with Fiona Raven. She knows design inside and out—down to the most difficult problems. Working with her was not only fun, her style of patient coaching and really understanding what you want to do makes her a rare gem of a consultant. You won’t be disappointed.
—PATRICIA FOREMAN, author of City Chicks

Everyone's Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the UniverseAn outstanding book coach
Fiona Raven is an outstanding book coach, cover designer and page designer. She patiently and expertly guided me through the myriad steps in transforming a manuscript into a top-quality book. This is a daunting task, particularly for a neophyte. Selecting Fiona was the best decision I could have made. Feel free to contact me directly at
—ROBERT L. PICCIONI, author of Everyone’s Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the Universe

Wobbles the ClownClear step-by-step instructions
Fiona provided a terrific InDesign coaching service via telephone. Her friendly, patient manner, and clear step-by-step instructions were very easy to follow, even though I was speaking to her from the other side of the world. She quickly reassured me that I could competently do my own design work and that I could manage using the InDesign software. Fiona’s extensive knowledge of the design process and experience in submissions to printers also gave me the confidence to complete this project. Many thanks, Fiona! I look forward to working with you again some day.
—GRAEME DENTON, author of Wobbles the Clown