I am an author, and have signed a publishing contract with US publisher Rowman & Littlefield. The book is about finance, and my manuscript contains 22 "non-textual elements" (NTE's). These NTE's are graphs (done in PowerPoint), tables (done in Excel), and one graphic image. Most contain multiple colors, since I originally was planning for color publication.
The publisher's terms are that it is completely my responsibility to convert these NTE's to "camera ready" digital format, and that they be in black and white. The publisher has provided me with two detailed documents (one for graphs/images, and one for tables) explaining their technical specifications for "camera ready." Although these documents are too technical for me, they have been described to me as being very standard for the US publishing industry.
This project requires more than just technical interpretation and ensuring compliance to the specifications. There is a design element also. I will need someone (for example) to understand what a graph is trying to portray, and then suggest a compliant b&w design that ensures that a reader can still easily grasp the point of the graph, even without color. In one or two cases, it might even involve suggesting a completely different graphical approach. Throughout the project, we may need to go back and forth a few times (via e-mail) discussing pluses and minuses of various designs. I am under a tight deadline, and will need to turn the entire project around, start to finish, in 5 calendar days.
The publisher's two "camera ready" specification documents are attached in the "advanced" section. Also attached are a .jpg showing thumbnails to be converted. I expect this to be an "80/20" type project. Most of the images are really quite simple, and can be converted to camera ready format quite easily. I expect that most of the time required will be spent on just a few of the more complex graphs.
Publisher's camera ready specs and thumbnails of the images to be converted are attached