Pre-production Services

AdministrationITF administration oversees each step of the process to assure the project progresses in a timely manner and at the highest quality level.


Book ResearchIt does not matter whether a book project is fiction or non-fiction, there is some degree of research needs to be done. In fiction, using inaccurate facts turns the storyline from believable to unbelievable very quickly. Even if your intent is fantasy, some measure of research of current accepted industry standards is needed to make the fantasy believable.

In non-fiction, all facts must be substantiated, resulting in a need to thoroughly research the project.

Market Research – Gets your book in the hands of the readers. That is what market research is all about.

Grant Research – Some book projects may be eligible to receive a grant from government, business, and other foundations. Grant applications require research to help increase the potential of receiving an award.


Story Writing – Writing is the craft of storytelling and telling it in a structurally written form, it doesn’t matter if the story is fiction or non-fiction; there are accepted forms to telling any story and our writers uses those as part of their craft.

Grant WritingThere are numerous grant opportunities available from local, state and federal agencies, as well as from civic organizations, businesses, and family foundations. Receiving one of these grants can greatly benefit any book project. IFT grant writers understand the ins and outs of writing grant applications and are available to pursue available funds for our customers.

GhostwritingIf you have a story to tell but your writing skills are lacking, ITF ghostwriting services will work with you to make sure the story is written professionally and ready to be put into book form with the client’s own by-line. 


Full Edit – How important is editing? It’s huge. The editor looks at the material presented and makes sure it is presented effectively. Each paragraph and each sentence is looked at to be sure the meaning is clear and conveys the proper message as intended. Is the sentence structure correct? Does the idea belong with the others in the paragraph? Does the paragraph belong in this place or would it be better placed elsewhere? These are all questions an editor keeps in mind while editing. Of course, spelling and grammar play a big role in editing as well.

Proof Reading/Copy EditingProof reading is best described as a mild form of editing in which the proofreader checks for spelling and grammatical mistakes only and corrects them. 


Photography Not all books require photography. Fiction books rarely need a photo for anything other than possibly the cover and even then graphic artwork is often chosen over photos to serve the purpose. Non-fiction books typically use some form of illustration to help clarify the story. Photos can be a major part of those illustrations or they may be secondary. ITF’s professional photographers know how to produce the high-quality photos needed in a quick and efficient manner. 

Also our experienced graphics department can work with any photos to scan them and touch them up to make them fit for publication.

Graphic DesignWhether a book requires just a catchy cover or charts, illustrations or other artwork, ITF’s graphic designers can provide everything needed to complete the job.

Layout Once the text is completed, edited and illustrations all approved, it’s time to assemble the book. In layout designers place all aspects of the book in the proper order. Pages are numbered, table of content, bibliographies, appendices and indexes are created. The result is the final copy of the project ready for formatting into the next phase of the project.

FormattingPrinters and e-book distributors require the finished manuscript be submitted in any of a variety of formats. The ITF design department is capable of converting the manuscript into the required formats to work with those service provider’s specifications.

ISBNInternational Systems Book Number (ISBN) is a number assigned to both printed and electronic books so that sellers can easily identify the book. The book’s ISBN is used to generate a bar code for retailer use. A separate ISBN is required for printed books and e-books even though they are the same publication.

Production Services

PrintingITF works with outside printers to provide this phase of the book making process. All of the printers used offer high quality finished products at reasonable prices. Decisions that will affect the final cost of printing include the total number of pages, the amount of color pages in the book (black and white printing is much less inexpensive than color printing), and paper weight, book, size, hard or soft cover and style.

BindingITF uses outside bindery services for printed book projects. The types of bindings available include perfect binding (glued), stitch binding (stapled), comb binding (both metal or plastic) and wire spiral binding.

CopyrightingBy law, all works created by an author or artist are copyrighted automatically when the work is completed. Simple steps can be taken to ensure the copyright date of a work. Some authors may choose to file their copyright with the federal government to support their claim. This process is fairly simple and ITF can help an author through the process. The copyright filing includes filling out a form, submitting two copies of a printed book and paying a processing fee.

Post Production Services

MarketingMarketing is perhaps the most important part of any book project. There are many, many variables in this process. Discuss options with a ITF representative to determine a viable plan and implementation. .

DistributionGetting the final product out to customers is important. Local, regional, and federal outlets can be tapped for both print and e-book products.

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