The Book Typesetters

*conditions apply

Our Family

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


Rachael Ravenlock

Communications and Marketing Director

Rachael loves chatting to authors about their books, passions and aspirations to ensure projects run smoothly and meet expectations. She'll guide you through the process of self-publishing.


Nathanael (Nat) Ravenlock

Creative and Technical Director

Nat is passionate about transforming your manuscript into a polished publication which you'll fall in love with every time you pick it up.


The Micro Managers

The Micro Managers

Mr R, Mr L and Miss E provide the family with never-ending inspiration, motivation and laughter.

Our Services

We offer practical knowledge and creative flare in typesetting and cover design to ensure your self-published book is one which makes you want to shout about it to the world.

What is typesetting?

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

We will:

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

What does cover design involve?

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

We ensure:

What about other services?

We can create marketing and promotional materials for you and also provide information about the UK publishing industry to aid you with self-publishing your book including:

Our Portfolio

Shi'i Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century

Cover for Shi'i Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century

Rebecca Masterton | Light Reading

"Thank you so much for typesetting my book. I appreciate that you were so accommodating of my frequent final changes, and your calm, speedy and highly professional method."

Non-fiction | Collection of Talks | B format [US] (203x127mm/5x8in) | 240 pages

Norma Procter – Her Life In Music

Cover for Norma Procter – Her Life In Music

Lucy Wood | Aswell House

"I chose you because I knew you could interpret what it was I wanted. Thank you so very much for your patience and skills beyond anything I could ever have achieved alone."

Non-fiction | Biography with photographs | Royal format (234x156mm) | 370 pages

Festival of Time: Book One: Escape

Cover for Festival of Time: Book One: Escape

C.L. Peache

"Thanks so much for all the work you’ve done on the book so far, looks amazing."

Fiction | Young Adult Fantasy | B format [US] (203x127mm/5x8in) | 230 pages

Cover designed by Christine Goldschmidt

187 Kilometres, turn left

Cover for 187 Kilometres, turn left

C.L. Peache

"If you want to have your book typeset, I can highly recommend [The Book Typesetters]. They did an amazing job on my travel book... They were professional throughout and guided me through the process."

Non-fiction | Travel Literature | B format [US] (203x127mm/5x8in) | 224 pages

Cover designed by Christine Goldschmidt

The Brinwade Chronicles

Cover for The Brinwade Chronicles

Fosseway Writers

"It looks bloody fab." – N.K. Rowe

"Looking wonderful Nat." – Anne Howkins

"Love the typesetting/layout Nat – excellent!" – Ric Millen

"Looks fantastic… Well done – love it!" – C.L. Peache

Fiction | Gothic Short Stories | B format [UK] (198x129mm) | 300 pages

Cover designed by Ric Millen

Mum and Me Adventures

Cover for Mum and Me Adventures

Sara Bullimore

"This looks perfect thanks... Really looking forward to seeing the finishing pieces"

Non-fiction | Autobiography | B format [US] (203x127mm/5x8in) | 100 pages

Cover designed by Christine Goldschmidt

Our Prices

Book Typesetting

From £100

For typesetting a printable book, we charge

  • £2 for every 300 words for the first 90,000 words
  • £1 for every 300 words thereafter
  • £1 for every image
  • a minimum charge of £100

For example, a 150,000 word biography with 20 photographs will cost £820.

eBook Typesetting

From £100

For typesetting an eBook, we charge

  • £1 for every 300 words or £100 total charge if ordered alongside the printable book
  • £1 for every image
  • a minimum charge of £100

For example, a 150,000 word biography with 20 photographs will cost £520 or £120 if ordered alongside the printable book.

Poetry Typesetting

From £100

Please contact us for a quotation on typesetting poetry collections.

Cover Design


Cover design includes

  • Front cover content
  • Back cover content including an ISBN barcode (if required)
  • Spine content

*Additional charges may apply if you require us to source or create images or graphics to appear on the cover.

Contact Us

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Lovely People

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

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