The Book Production process is a CLI program focused on editing and designing the manuscripts of authors who have completed two semesters of the Poetry Publishing Class and are in the process of completing their manuscript.
Book Production occurs over an eight-week period during both fall and spring semester. During this time, authors are expected to collaborate with and respond to the CLI Book Production Team within 24 hours.
At the end, authors will receive all design files (cover and interior), one printed proof of their book, and one final edit meeting (after the proof has been printed). Additionally, authors have the opportunity to pitch their work to publishers at CLI's annual conference in Los Angeles in June of each year. At the Author Draft, authors will have six minutes to pitch and read their work to the small presses in attendance for the chance to be published. Presses will receive a copy of an Author Draft Manuscript Excerpt (to be formatted during the semester) along with contact information of the authors they are interested in.
We are excited to print your books so, if you are eligible, apply now!
What We Expect
Students are expected to successfully complete two semesters of the Poetry Publishing Class and respond in a timely manner to the CLI Book Production designers within 24 hours.
What You'll Receive
An assigned a Proofreading Editor (PE), Cover Designer (CD), and Interior Layout Designer (ILD)
Access to your Author Google folder with all design files
A final interior layout meeting for one final round of revisions
A printed proof of your book
An opportunity to pitch your work to LA presses at the Author Draft
*Please note that while a proof of your book is guaranteed, publication by a press is not.
Gather your book materials for submission using the Book Contents Checklist. Use the CLI Book Production Catalog for reference to make your selections in the application.
Learn about the CLI Application & Book Production process by reading the Book Production Overview. You can also watch a video about the process.
Email our Book Production Team at email@example.com.