Flying books


Poetry with Images

Title page for Caw

Michael Waters | Shoestring Press

Young Adult Fiction

Title page for Festival of Time: Book One: Escape

C.L. Peache | Self-Published


Title page for A Lucky Life

Neil Roberts | The Conrad Press

Biography with Photos

Title page for Norma Procter – Her Life In Music

Lucy Wood | Aswell House

"[The Book Typesetters] are, I swear, the best in the business, a joy to work with." - John Lucas, Shoestring Press

Cover Designs


Cover for The Lotus and the Tiger

Lizzy Shortall | The Conrad Press


Cover for The Credit

Augustus Young | Menard Press/The Duras Press


Cover for A Lucky Life

Neil Roberts | The Conrad Press


Cover for Bloodlines

Andy Brown | Worple Press

"You've been fantastic in your meticulousness and patience typesetting my book… many thanks again." - Christine McNeill

Our Services

We offer practical knowledge and creative flare in typesetting and cover design to transform your manuscripts into print-ready books which make you want to shout about them to the world.


Typesetting is the process of positioning text and images on a page to ensure your book appeals to your audience.

We will:

  • help you select the correct page size for your book
  • set accurate margin widths
  • work with you to choose the right typeface(s) and font(s) to fit the genre and style of your book
  • set the appropriate spacing between words, lines and paragraphs
  • ensure your book has an accurate table of contents and page numbering
  • remove typographical and layout errors so your words shine through

Once we've finished our work, the look and feel to the book will complement:

  • your book's genre
  • your book's content
  • your style of writing (voice)
  • you as an individual and as an author and publisher

Cover and Graphic Design

We create cover designs which set the appropriate tone for your book and match you as an author and publisher.

We ensure:

  • image quality suits its purpose
  • the size of the cover matches the size of the book
  • the correct spine width is applied
  • the requirements for professional printing are met

We offer additional graphic design services such as:

  • creation of logos and other graphics to appear in your book
  • production of printed marketing materials such as posters, flyers, postcards and bookmarks
  • designing web and social media graphics to advertise your books

Our Online Course

Want to format and design your book yourself?

Check out our new course:

  • Affinity Publisher v2 desktop publishing software included
  • Short video tutorials
  • Theory and practical
  • Watch at your own pace

To find out more, visit our Format Your Book course on Thinkific.

"…so good to deal with someone who really knows what they’re doing." - Christopher Southgate

Our Packages

Build Your Own

From £250

We offer the following bespoke services:

  • Typesetting a printed book or ebook
  • Conversion of book we have typeset from printed to ebook or vice versa
  • Cover design
  • Print-ready marketing and promotional materials and digital artwork for social media and websites

Please contact us for a free, no obligation chat about your unique requirements.

BLaDE Service


If you have typeset and designed your book yourself, then our Book Layout and Design Evaluation (BLaDE) service is perfect for you.

We will evaluate the layout, design and typesetting of your book and provide a report with suggested improvements to give your book that professional edge.

Please contact us to discuss your timeframes.

"[I] wanted to thank you for doing such marvellous work on [my book]. The cover looks superb - I really am so pleased with every aspect of it. Couldn't have asked for more." - John Levett

Our Family

The Book Typesetters offer typesetting and cover design services to self-publishing authors, presses and publishers. It is run by Rachael and Nat from their home in Newark, Nottinghamshire.


Rachael Ravenlock

Creative and Communications Director

Rachael loves chatting to publishers and authors about their books, requirements and timescales to ensure projects run smoothly and meet expectations.


Nathanael (Nat) Ravenlock

Creative and Technical Director

Nat is passionate about transforming manuscripts into polished publications which publishers and authors will love.

"Many thanks again for all your dedicated work. I couldn’t have asked for a more helpful typesetter and designer to work with." - Ian Gordon

Contact Us

"I’ve never had such a good set of proofs! I must say this has been one of the easiest and pleasantest publishing experiences I’ve ever had." - Jan Owen

Lovely People

The lovely people we've had the pleasure of working with over the years include:

Achill Management | Advocatus Publishing Limited | C.L. Peache | Damocles Press | | East Lane Books | eBook Partnership | Fosseway Writers | Greenwich Exchange | | Legal Sustainability Alliance | Light Reading | London Business Conference Group | Lucy Wood | Malcolm Carson | Menard Press | Mogzilla | Newark Book Festival | Panshard Event Consultants | Planet Pod Productions | Plas Gywn Books | Quakers in Britain | Rebecca Masterton | Rod Madocks | Shearsman Books | Shoestring Press | Sovereign Capital Partners | The Conrad Press | United Reformed Church | Wayne Burrows | Western Front Way | Worple Press