Get to know each other, what you want to achieve, what services you will need, who is your audience? What level of editing will be required.
Either structural editing, copy editing and proofreading. Proofreading is critical to the end result, it is a fresh set of eyes reviewing basic but important details.
The all-important layout or typesetting. This includes the size of the book, the layout of images if they are required and making sure there are no ‘widows’ or ‘orphans’ i.e. keeping sentences intact and not leaving a few words all on their own. And the cover, every book needs one.
Ensuring key elements are in place i.e. an ISBN and barcode. A final proofread and format check.
Title registration and legal deposit. Publicity and marketing advice. Assisting with a book launch and the distribution setup, if required.