Cicerone Help & FAQs

How do you make a guidebook?

It’s a long and careful process involving the editorial, production and design teams working in close collaboration with the author, and finally the printer, to make the best possible guide.

The editorial team will look through the manuscript and discuss any possible improvements to the guide with the author. At the same time, the production team will begin work on the maps. When the text and maps are ready they will be edited and checked for errors. After the layout and design of the book takes place, when maps, text and pictures are all woven together. The result looks pretty much like a printed book, but it is checked again by the author and in-house team to make sure everything is OK. Once we are happy, we give the go-ahead for the book to be printed. More checking takes place at this stage too, to ensure nothing goes wrong.

The whole process takes about nine months, from delivery of the manuscript to printed book. It’s a long time, but we hope that the care we take shows through in the guides.