Read on to know how content development services can help publishers right from planning through pre-production, production, and finished product in publishing.
Successful publishing involves many different tasks. No matter the type of content that is to be published, many different activities from creating manuscripts, editing and proofreading them, organizing artwork, design page covers and illustrations, and many more need to be done as part of production before the final draft can be submitted for printing. Publishers may not often have necessary resources or manpower to carry all of these tasks in-house. As a result, they could outsource one or more parts of the publishing work to a content development service provider. This helps the publisher focus their time and energy on more important things, and also ensure that the entire project gets completed on time. Budgets too are honored. If you are publisher who would like to outsource the publishing activity, here are 4 different types of content development tasks that such service providers can help you out with.
1 - Creating a production plan
A work well begun is half done. Exactly why content developers first work on the production plan before they get working on anything else. The team works with you or any publisher to first understand what the requirements are. They take into consideration the budget, standards, timelines and so on, before arriving at a well-defined plan for the upcoming publication.
2 - Preparing manuscripts
A well-developed content is what any good manuscript banks on. Content developers who assist publishers liaise with the authors and editors to establish a proper workflow for best publishing results. The editors scan religiously through the manuscript to check for quality, authenticity, and correctness. From simple check such as grammar and spelling to more advanced ones that scan the copy for coherence and clarity of the idea presented, the team takes them up all. They communicate with the authors from time to time, take up queries respectfully, and work on revisions in a time bound manner so that each iteration is prepared well within the defined timeline. Many a time, the content developers also compile manuscript survey results into a final report that helps tune the manuscript. This helps in improving the writing, and setting an editorial style for new publications. These style guides are distributed to different editors, and monitored throughout the development process. In the end these are compiled into the final manuscript, ensuring all the elements are submitted.
3 - Working on art programs
A good manuscript is well supported by the artwork that goes into it. Content development service providers handle multiple aspects of the art program management. This begins with searching for the right photos, images, and artwork to accompany the text. The team gets illustrations and necessary drawings done when the content is of the educational kind, or needs such artwork to go with it. The developers also obtain copyright permissions for borrowed artwork so that publishers don’t need to worry about infringement or reproduction rights. Event through the artwork program, the content developers ensure that all quality checks are done in a timely manner so that only the best goes into publishing.
4 - Developing layout and cover designs
The layout of a published work and its cover design have an important role to play in making the published book a well-received one. Some publishers may already have a layout in place, especially when the project involves reproduction of an original work, or one that is recurrently published. On the other hand, some manuscripts need layout and cover designs to be worked on from scratch. Content developers help publishers in this aspect as well, and ensure that whatever is designed fits into the standards set by the publisher, and are of impeccable quality.
A content development service provider is capable of producing content - be it a book, journal, report, test assessment, website, DVD, or a combination of all of these - and moving it through the writing, editing, pre-production, production, and finished stages while keeping a strict check on quality and timely delivery.