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Book Production

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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 Proofreader (PR), Cover Designer (CD), and Interior Layout Designer (ILD)

  • Access to your Author Google folder with all design files

  • 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. 

Getting Started

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Step Three


Complete your Book Production Application for the Season 11 Spring 2024 Session. Use the Application Overview to prepare.

Step Two

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.

Step One


Learn about the CLI Application & Book Production process by reading the Book Production Overview. You can also watch a video about the process.

Have questions?

Email our Book Production Team at

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