“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
How I can help you
I’m Catherine Williams, an avid reader from an early age and owner of Chapter One Book Production.
With over 23 years’ experience designing the content for and managing the production of books, I am passionate about helping my clients to get their books ready for publication.
Having worked with both independent authors and trade publishers throughout my career at publishers including Able Publishing, Robert Hale Ltd, The Crowood Press and DK, I have both breadth and depth of experience to help people who dream of becoming a published author.
Writing a book is a fantastic achievement. Getting it ready for publication if you are self-publishing can seem like a daunting prospect so let me guide you through the design and production process. I have been responsible for all aspects including commissioning cover artwork, reprographics on images, typesetting and layout, arranging proofreading, managing the workflow of out-of-house designers, outputting final files for printers and ebook conversion.
I have a passion for all kinds of books, and reading for both pleasure and knowledge. I share that love of books and reading too through my book recommendations blog posts, and membership of a couple of book clubs.
I genuinely love taking an author’s words and transforming them into a lasting visual form, so that their expertise or story can be shared, enjoyed and appreciated by others. Let me help you realise that dream.
I pride myself on my unflappable approach to my work. Friends, clients and former colleagues have described me in this way, and I am often complimented on my ability to meet deadlines with composure and calm.
Respect is very important to me. I care about each and every book that I work on; knowing how much effort the author has put into it. Wanting to do the best job possible to get their book ready for publication is a huge part of what I do.
Producing a book is a team effort – even for those who choose to self-publish – and that’s why collaboration is so important to me. I believe that it takes more than one person to achieve a great book – teamwork is crucial. I simply love making the connections between each and every aspect of book design and production, which are such fundamental parts of the publishing process.
… 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 for self-publishing authors.
Next came seven happy years as Design and Production Manager at Robert Hale Ltd where I was responsible for the design and production of trade fiction and non-fiction titles. 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 design and 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 some of DK’s signature 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.