A few weeks ago we shared a step-by-step guide for creating a daily planner. Dates and deadlines for creating one for the year 2022 were provided, but our tips will work for any date, and even undated planners. Feedback was great, so we wanted to dig in a little deeper to discuss the steps in detail.
Step 1 was understanding your timeline. For instance, if you are planning to launch a planner for 2022, the final date to submit your files for printing is Oct 15, 2021.
Moving on, today we wanted to talk about the next important steps – deciding how your planner will look and function. A really great planner should provide the perfect mix of attractiveness and functionality. Your customers want it to look good and help them achieve their goals, so this step is very important. Find that sweet spot and you’ll create fans who keep coming back for more.
Choose Your Topic
There is an unlimited potential pool of ideas for daily planners. The sky is the limit when it comes to topics and types. Ask yourself: Who is your audience and what type of planner would best serve their needs?
Next, you’ll want to decide on the size and specs for your planner, starting with cover and binding. We’ll outline some options below, but please also check out the Vervante Video Vault where we highlight many different options for planners, including size, binding, and types and treatments for covers.
Custom printed 3-ring binders (any page size)
Punched for Disc Binding
Cover options Hardcovers (for wire-o, spiral or case binding): For a 12-month planner we recommend a sturdy cover that will hold up to daily use. Our most popular cover is a hardcover with either a printed design, faux/vegan leather, or linen treatment. We have color charts on our site for faux/vegan leather, linen, and customer favorite LaCreme vegan leather that feels like suede.
Laminated Covers: Another durable cover, and a great option for a 12-month planner, is our laminated covers. These can be wire-o, spiral bound or punched for disc binding.
Board Covers: These are a 2-ply softcover that creates a board-like cover option. These are sturdy and will hold up to daily use for 12 months.
Softcovers: If you have a short term planner such as a 30-60-90 day planner, a softcover would be fine. We also offer a poly plastic overlay to help protect the covers.
Foil Stamping: We offer a wide variety of foil stamp colors that you can see here. We can foil stamp hardcovers (printed, faux leather and linen), board covers, laminated covers, and softcovers.
Metal Corners: These are a popular add-on for hardcovers. They are available in gold metal.
Elastic Strap: These are a very nice addition to a hardcover planner or journal.
Ribbon Marker: We can add a ribbon marker (or two, or three, or more) to your casebound planner or journal.
Helpful website links
You can see all of the color choices and other options on our website, here:
Design & Functionality
Design matters. If you want to do it yourself, you can use programs like Canva or InDesign to create your planner pages. Or you can hire a professional graphic designer. Just make sure your planner design is both beautiful and functional for a high-quality look and feel. Be sure to watch our videos about creating planners and add-on options on the Vervante Video Vault page.
Are you ready to create and sell your own daily planner? We can help you make that dream come true! Here at Vervante, we believe in living an intentional, productive, and beautiful life – and we’re proud to help people like you make the world a better place. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule a call using the link on our Contact page for questions, quotes, and any help you need.
Card decks are a very popular product, with many Vervante customers creating their own versions to use for so many fun and valuable ideas like tarot, recipes, fitness, mantras, study guides, writing prompts, daily prayers, and more.
We know you love card decks. We’ve shared lots of ideas in the past for creating and using card decks, and now want to talk about the step-by-step process to follow for creating a card deck of your own.
Step #1: Card size and specs
First, you need to decide your card’s physical specifications. When we say custom, we mean it, and offer lots of variations you can use to create the perfect card deck for your purposes. We can print card decks:
In any size
Any number of cards in each deck
Variety of paper options
With square or rounded corners
Each card can have unique designs on either side
Color or black & white (or both)
Step #2: Get a Quote
Use the “Get a Quote” link on our website home page or send an email to email@example.com sharing the specs for your new card deck to receive a free quote for printing and production costs. If you send an email, please include the following information:
Size of cards
Square corners or rounded corners
How many cards in the deck
Color, black-and-white, or a combination of both
Step #3: Design
Now it’s time to create your card deck masterpiece. You can hire a professional graphic designer, or you can do it yourself using a program like Canva. If you need a template to work with, we offer free downloads from our Templates page for card decks and tuck boxes. (Be sure to click on the small PDF icon on the list to access the template.)
Step #4: Sending print files
Once your design files are ready, you can upload the print-ready PDF to your Vervante author account. For card decks, we need one PDF for the entire card deck. For example, if your card deck consists of 40 cards, we need an 80-page PDF. Once you have your print files ready you can upload these from the Send Files link via your Vervante Author Dashboard.
Our team will download the files, review your specification document and let you know if we have any questions. If there are no issues with your files, we will add the card decks to your Vervante Author Account. You will receive an email notifying you that your card decks are now available for ordering.
We have an expert guide detailing these steps and more, “How to Create Custom-printed Card Decks,” on the Vervante website Expert Guide page.
Step #5: Packaging & Presentation
Great card decks deserve great packaging. We can package and present your custom card decks in unique ways that increase their value in the eyes of customers.
Custom printed tuck box
Custom printed rigid 2-piece box
Plastic “pop up” box
The custom printed boxes are available in minimum order quantities of 250. You can send us drawstring bags, metal tins or other creative containers for card deck presentation and storage. For an even more creative presentation, you can send us items such as crystals or stones that can be packaged and shipped to customers with the cards.
Need to include instructions or a guidebook with your card deck? We can do that too. We can print small perfect-bound or accordion-folding instructional booklets the same size as your deck to fit in the same packaging.
If this has inspired you to create your own unique card deck, we're here to answer any questions and help you get started right away. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule a phone call with our publishing experts by clicking HERE.
When it comes to the details of publishing books, planners, card decks and other products, some of the most frequent questions we hear are about things like ISBNs, LCCNs, and copyrighting. We know, all those acronyms can get confusing! So we put together this quick guide for understanding what they are and how they apply to your products to help you with this important part of your next publishing project.
ISBN: An ISBN number (International Standard Book Number) is a unique identifier that is assigned to your book or product. The barcode is required to sell products in a physical bookstore. If you are planning to sell your product on your site and on Amazon, you do not need to print or include a barcode on your product. The ISBN is only required for creating the listing on Amazon. You can easily purchase ISBNs through your Vervante author account or directly from Bowker.com. When you purchase an ISBN from us and we list the product on Amazon, Vervante must be listed as the publisher. You are welcome to purchase and supply your own ISBN purchased from Bowker.
Including the price in your barcode or printing the price on your book/product is not required. In fact, we don’t recommend printing a price on your book. This gives you flexibility to change the price, if necessary, without effecting the printed product.
LCCN: Libraries use the Library of Congress database to stay up-to-date on available titles. You can make it easier for libraries to purchase your book by registering for a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) - a unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns and uses for cataloging and other book-processing activities. You need an LCCN if you have a book that you would like to be carried by a library. You can file for an LCCN online, or Vervante can provide that service for you. Click on the link that says "LCCN Assignment" on your Vervante author home page.
COPYRIGHT: We are often asked if its necessary to copyright books and information products. Technically, under U.S. copyright law, your self-published work is protected as soon as you put the pen to paper. Official Copyright Registration, however, gives you a higher level of security when it comes to protecting your work. When you register your work with the U.S. Copyright office, you create a public record of your authorship and are officially recognized as the copyright holder in a court of law. (You can find more details about copyright requirements and protections here.)
Filing for copyright is not a requirement to publish with Vervante but we recommend this step to protect your work. You can register for a copyright yourself or we are happy to provide this service for you. Just click on the "Copyright Registration" link on your Vervante author home page to learn more. You do not need to wait for the application to the US Copyright Office to be accepted in order to include the copyright protected statement on your document.
COPYRIGHT PAGE: This is not a requirement, however it is a commonly-used page in your product to collect and provide elements such as: full title, subtitle, author’s name, editor, illustrator, etc., published date, ISBN, LCCN, date of publication and copyright.
Printed in the United States of America
First Printing, 2021
Your Publishing Name*
123 Main Street
City, State 00000
* As a Vervante customer, you are welcome to list Vervante as your publisher, it is not required. Our products are printed and distributed from our printing and distribution facility in Utah, all products proudly made in the USA. If you use Vervante as your publishing name, you can use the following address:
224 South Main St #202
Springville, Utah 84663
For more information about copyrights, check out these articles:
The biggest thing to remember is that we provide services for all of the above. Just log into your author account home page and click on the links under the "Product Labeling and Professional Service" section to get started. Or send us an email at email@example.com, we're here to help!