With over 13 years experience in the publishing industry, VMC Art & Design works with authors, marketing agencies, and all sizes of publishing houses to create customized design solutions for their next project. Whether it be in the manuscript/developmental stage, a book cover, design for the interior print layout, typesetting, eBook production, marketing materials, an author website, or social media images, VMC Art & Design is there to help you get your book ready for publication and in the hands of readers.
Take a look at our list of services that we offer our publishing clients and don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to talk with you about your individual needs and goals.
STARTING WITH AN IDEA AND A MANUSCRIPT
Book Consultations & Planning
When you first start your book, there can be a lot of questions and concerns. Sometimes, it all just gets a bit overwhelming. Taking more than 10 years experience in the publishing industry and the knowledge she gained by publishing her debut novel, Victoria Colotta is now offering authors a way to put out a plan together for their release that will best suit their schedule, budget, and book.
Depending on the level of support that you need, VMC Art & Design can be there every step of the way or just to help you get started. We are always available for questions and pride ourselves in caring just as much as you do about your next release. Contact us today to find out more about our Book Planner program.
For most of her life, Victoria Colotta has spent her free time with her nose in a book. No matter what the genre, she has added countless titles to her To Be Read list and methodically checked them off one by one. In recent years, she has taken her love of reading to a whole new level, by launching a blog where she reads, promotes, & reviews books. Now, she is offering her bookworm experience to writers in order to help them with their manuscript.
The VMC Art & Design Beta Reading service will offer a reader’s perspective with the intent of looking over the material improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. It is our goal to work with you and help get your manuscript to the best place it can be.
Developmental Editing is an in-depth edit for authors who want help with the big-picture of their book. It is an intensive form of editing used to evaluate problems of structure, organization, if the story makes sense, and consistency. With this service the author will work one-on-one with Victoria to revise, refine, and expand upon your manuscript. In some cases, this could lead to an overhaul when suggestions for rewrites are made.
It is important to know that your voice as an author is always respected. Even though the editing process can be intense, Victoria will do her best to keep true to your idea and style of writing.
MOVING ONTO THE DESIGN AND THE PRODUCTION
Book Cover Design
Like it or not, people do judge a book by its cover. We understand that a first impression can be lasting, so it is important to us that we start each project by talking with you about your book and finding out if you have any ideas about what you want. Then we move onto the research stage where we will read the manuscript and look into industry trends within your genre. Finally, the fun begins. We provide you with a few options to start and use that as a jumping off point to get to a final product you can be proud of.
Book Layout Design
The interior of book is just like the interior of your home. You want to make sure that all the elements work together. It is the same for a book. The interior layout should reflect the style of the cover while allowing the book to readable and easiy to follow. We pay special attention to chapter openers, section breaks, ornaments, and all the little elements that will make you book look as polished as possible. If you have a book with tables, graphics, photography, sidebars, and pull quotes, then our attention to detail will bring the layout to a whole new level. VMC Art & Design takes satisfaction in making the interior of your book a perfect extension of your cover and your story. See what we have done for some of our clients by clicking here.
Typesetting & Print Production
Once the design, styles, and overall look of the book have been decided, it is time to make your manuscript into a book. This is the stage when VMC Art & Design layouts out the text. We pay careful attention spacing, kerning, hyphens, and flow of the interior as well as following the guidelines set by your printer.
In addition, we can help our clients choose the best printing options for their needs and budgets. If you are doing POD (print-on-demand) or digital printing or offset printing, we can walk you through the process from getting the estimate to receiving your books.
eBook Design Conversion & Production
It is important to us that your book look just as good in eBook format as it is in print. This is why we not only test your book on all various devices and platforms, but we take the time needed to carry the look and styles into the digital format. We make sure that all visual elements are carried through to this format so that your readers don’t loose out on any of the experience while reading your book. Just because it is digital, doesn’t mean it can’t be well designed and look amazing.
ALWAYS OFFERING A CREATIVE PERSPECTIVE & SOLUTION
Illustration & Photography
VMC Art & Design has always been proud to bring a level of artistry to all projects that we work on. From beginning to end, it is our goal to blend together the technical elements of graphic design with the more creative ones. Having received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Victoria Colotta has studied both figurative and abstract drawing/painting, printmaking, photography, as well as a full range of other mediums.
She is now taking her extensive background and using that to work with clients to develop illustrations that range from custom hand drawn coloring books to computer generated characters to original design elements within books to custom typography. She has even been known to provide original artwork for a variety of marketing materials as well as pieces for sale in her client’s online shops.
WORKING WITH YOU TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK & YOUR BRAND
VMC Marketing Assistant
VMC Art & Design is now offering a way to help you market your books. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to figure out how to promote your next project. There are so many options out there and it can be overwhelming. Well, guess what? We are here to help! Whether it is assisting you in setting up a Google form for bloggers, sending out ARCs, updating your website, or working with you or your PR company to design whatever you need to spread the word, we have a way to help.
The truth is that there is no magic formula to get you a bestseller or thousands of followers. VMC Art & Design would never promise that. What we can do is help you put your best foot forward with a consistent brand, customized teasers, eye catching banners, and an online presence that will help you get there. Contact us today to talk about how we can assist you in making your next blog tour, cover reveal, or book blast a little less stressful.
Social Media Marketing
Online marketing is the place to be. We see more and more authors having the need to develop teasers, banners, and promotional images that allow their work to stand out in your feed. It is important to us that we take the time to talk with you about what you want, to see what is out there, and who your competitors are. Armed with this information, the design magic begins as we take all the creativity and years of design experience to help you have insta-envy moments.
Having a website as an author is crucial in this age of online searches, social media, and blogging. By giving your readers a place to go, they can find out more about you as well as learning about what events you will be at, your latest releases, and all of your books that are available. It is important that the website represent you in the style and design while still being easy to navigate, well organized, and able to engage your audience.
We want you to get that one-click! VMC Art & Design can design your site, take care of all the initial set-up, help you organize all your content, give you a blog, and even help you maintain it.
As an author, you may not think that you need a brand. We get it, but if you think about it a little more, you might realize that creating your own personal brand is a good thing. It is important for you to define who you are to your readers and give them a place to go to find you. This could be accomplished as simply as setting up a website, Facebook page, and Twitter handle with the same name. However, you could kick it up a notch with a logo, a tagline, and a consistent design throughout your entire marketing plan. No matter what level of branding you think will work for you best, we are ready to create a customized brand just for you.
Expand your reach with customized designs for print, apparel, and more.
How many times have you thought that something would make a great saying on a mug or a t-shirt? Do you want to make a lasting impression at your next event? It could be time to expand your reach with print materials, clothing, posters, and more.
VMC Art & Design can help you create designs business cards, postcards, brochures, posters, event banners, pens, and a variety of other printed materials based on your brand. We can even take it one step further by taking your ideas and turning them into a marketable product. With custom typography and illustrations, your ideas can come to life.