Storyphile | Your life. Your story. For the people you love.


How book production works

Storyphile helps you transform your completed book manuscript into a beautiful heirloom book.

The sky’s the limit in terms of what your book can look like. You can choose one of Storyphile’s attractive book templates, or work with a graphic artist to create a one-of-a-kind design. You can go for a traditional look or be cool and contemporary, if that suits you better.

You can print your book in full colour, black-and-white or some combination. You can bind it in paper, hard cover, or even leather or wood. You can wrap it in a dust jacket or in a custom-made case. Or you can save a tree and produce it as an ebook.

When we start your life story project, you may not know what your book should look like. When we’re done, you may decide you don’t want to publish for a while—or even at all. You may even decide to publish independently of Storyphile.

We structure our book projects in two parts to give you the flexibility you need. Each part requires a separate letter of agreement. Having two agreements lets you start your life story work without having to make decisions about what your book will look like.

  • The first agreement you sign with Storyphile covers the preparation of your life story manuscript. It is signed before any work begins.
  • The second agreement covers the steps to transform your manuscript into a published book. It is signed when the manuscript is complete and you’ve decided how you want to design, print and bind your book.

You’ll sign separate contracts with your book designer, printer and other professionals (as needed), and pay these people directly.

Storyphile will make all the arrangements for you. We’ll manage the production process and help you with your design decisions.

What you’ll need to do

  • Follow these steps to create a book manuscript. (That’s Part One of the project.)
  • Sign a letter of agreement to launch the book production phase of the project. (That’s Part Two.)
  • Pay a 25% to 50% deposit.
  • Work with Storyphile to negotiate agreements with a graphic designer, printer and other professionals. (We have many talented colleagues we can recommend.)
  • Sign agreements with these professionals, and pay these parties directly.
  • Choose your format, colour, size, layout and design.
  • Choose paper and binding to suit your budget and your taste.
  • Review chapter layouts and book cover design options. (A graphic designer will usually prepare three cover and chapter layouts, with different fonts and styling. You choose the layout you like best.)
  • Review and approve page proofs. (Page proofs are created by your designer. They show what your book will look in its final form.)
  • Review and approve copy and design for the front and back covers and for the book spine.
  • Review and approve front matter. (This includes the copyright page, preface and acknowledgments.)
  • Review and approve print proofs of the book. (Print proofs are created by your printer. They show what your book will look like when it’s ready to go to press.)
  • Decide how many copies you’d like to print.
  • Work with Storyphile to launch your book. We’ll help you with your event plan and invitations.
  • Celebrate and enjoy!

What you’ll get

  • your story preserved as a beautiful ebook or heirloom book
  • assistance with your book launch

What it costs

Storyphile’s book projects include two parts.

In Part 1, we produce an approved book manuscript. For a full life story, manuscript development costs start at $25,000. This includes recorded interviews and transcripts.

In Part 2, we transform your manuscript into a published book.

  • Production management typically starts at $4,000.
  • A one-of-a-kind cover design starts at $500.
  • Professional layout costs start at $8 a page.
  • Printing costs can range from $10 to $100 per copy.

How long it takes

  • two to four months from the time you’ve approved your manuscript for print

Deposits and payments

The deposit is 25% to 50% of the total fee. Your letter of agreement will outline the details and installments.