“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”

Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

About Chapter One Book Production

I’m Catherine Williams, an avid reader from an early age and owner of Chapter One Book Production. 


Writing a book is on many people’s wish list of things to achieve. Your book can be an aid to marketing your own business, get you speaking opportunities and help to spread your message or story to a much wider audience. But once the writing is done, how do you get it into a publishable format? 

Perhaps you have already tried to format the text using Word or other software but it’s a struggle to get the layout how you want it.


I can help by taking your edited script through the design and production process resulting in print-ready files that you can send to the printer of your choice – and I can advise on the printing options too. I can give you referrals to trusted collaborators for proofreading, cover design, indexing if needed and ebook conversion; or simply deal with the content design for printed books. 

Fiction or non-fiction, text only or illustrated, I can help take you from writer to published author. 

I have over 20 years experience of designing the content for and managing the production of books, both for independent authors and trade publishers, outputting the files to print-industry standards, and I’d love to help you with your book and make that wish come true. 

… We were so happy with everything: quick, painless—she gets it—exactly what we wanted. But she also went above and beyond in helping us with production questions we were having trouble with. …

Laken and Carlissa King

Elle & Cee World Girls

A bit of background:

I spent eleven years as Publications Manager at Able Publishing, a small family-run company, producing books and promotional items mostly for self-publishing authors.


Next came seven happy years as Design and Production Manager at Robert Hale Ltd where I was responsible for the production of trade fiction and non-fiction titles, including commissioning cover artwork, reprographics on images, typesetting and layout, arranging proofreading, managing the work flow of out-of-house designers, and outputting the final files for the printers. After Robert Hale ceased trading towards the end of 2015, their imprints were taken over by The Crowood Press and I was able to complete works in progress for them as well as continuing to produce print-ready files for new titles published by The Crowood Press under the Hale imprint.


From February 2016 – April 2017, I worked as a Production Editor in the Life Division at DK on an extended maternity cover contract, ensuring that all files were correctly set up for co-editionable illustrated titles including template checking, liaising between creative teams and print producers, pre-flighting files according to DK standards and archiving. While DK is a fabulous publisher to work for, I missed the creativity of my previous role and hence Chapter One Book Production came into being in April 2017.

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