Your book is special. Use a specialist.

book design by saso

is a specialist publishing services agency spearheaded by award-winning book designer, Nanette Backhouse.

We've worked with some of the largest (and some of the smallest) publishers in Australia and New Zealand (and Germany, and the USA, and the UK ...) for almost 20 years.

We pride ourselves on our creativity, versatility and all-round knowledge of the publishing process.

Your book is special. Use a specialist.

book design by saso

is a specialist publishing services agency spearheaded by award-winning book designer, Nanette Backhouse.

We've worked with some of the largest (and some of the smallest) publishers in Australia and New Zealand (and Germany, and the USA, and the UK ...) for almost 20 years.

We pride ourselves on our creativity, versatility and all-round knowledge of the publishing process.

Just because we're specialists, doesn't mean we're not versatile.

We pride ourselves on tackling every brief with the same enthusiasm and dedication as we would a potential bestseller or award-winner.

Sure, we'd love to get our teeth into the next literary sensation, but we're equally happy with yet-another author-celeb-cover-shot or re-jacketing your backlist. Not every cover can be a glamorpuss, right?

And we don't shy away from the not-so-glamorous grind. Like flight-checking. And hard proofing. In fact, we're often praised by production departments for the thoroughness and press-readiness of our files.

Maybe that sounds a bit old skool, but it ensures you get the job you briefed at the standard you should expect.

Fiction

Cookbooks

Memoirs

Sport

Australiana

Illustrated

Young adult

Current Affairs

Bestsellers

All publishers great and small.

As a business we've been working with publishers of all sizes for more than 20 years; collectively we have more than 40 years' experience in the publishing business across design, production, marketing and editorial.

We work with some of the biggest brands in the industry, and have won their ongoing trust with consistent, quality work, attention to detail, mindfulness to deadlines and, we hope, a sunny disposition.

We're just as comfortable with boutique publishers and authors whose needs and resources may be different to those of larger trade publishers.

If you've got a book, we've got a cover. And maybe a little bit more ...

Layout and typesetting, too.

From the reaction we get from other book designers this sometimes feels like our dirty little secret — but we love typesetting and layout. There's something strangely zen about it.

But it's not just a flirtation: we've typeset and laid out hundreds of books, from narrative to illustrated to texts and reference.

We like it. We're good at it.

And we want your typesetting business. We're willing to bet we can give you a better job, at a better rate, than you're currently getting.

Because when we typeset a book, it's us who do the work. We do not outsource to a third party. Which means you benefit from our editorial and design experience: fewer orphans and widows at first pages, better hyphenation, fewer typesetting errors for you to mark up.

A better job at a better rate. From 0.02/word, or from 0.015/word for ongoing contracts. (Oh, and we do eBooks, too.) Get in touch to discuss.

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Tel: (02) 6656 4625

Office hours: Mon–Fri, 8.30 am–5 pm (and often later)

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