Xcel Graphic Services, LLC

Xcel Graphic Services, LLC Xcel Graphic is a full-service publishing services company offering typesetting, cover- and interior design, copyediting, proofreading, project management, and so much more. Xcel's mission is to produce quality books and journals "on time and on budget!"

We are a full-service composition house located in the metropolitan Washington-Baltimore area. With over 40 years of experience in Typesetting and various Publication Services, let us be your one-stop shop for your next project. From manuscript to print-ready PDF or e book and everything in between, we expertly handle every aspect of your job while meeting all of your expectations…and deadlines, no matter how tight. Our areas of expertise span many disciplines, such as: Educational, University Press, Trade, Legal, Reference, Medical, Religious, Scientific, and Technical. Xcel stands behind and guarantees every page we produce, we will deliver a quality product "on time and on budget".

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Today marks the first day of school for many students, with a large majority engaging in virtual school versus in-person...
09/08/2020
9 ways to make virtual school easier on your family

Today marks the first day of school for many students, with a large majority engaging in virtual school versus in-person learning. Here's how to make the transition as seamless as possible for your family:

Central Floridians are heading back to school this month and many parents may be turning to virtual school or distance learning due to the pandemic.

This year has been tough so far on workers and employees of all kinds. Stay safe, kick back, and relax today! 🇱🇷
09/07/2020
How to safely celebrate Labor Day weekend during a pandemic

This year has been tough so far on workers and employees of all kinds. Stay safe, kick back, and relax today! 🇱🇷

Whether you're traveling or hosting a backyard cookout or social gathering, here's how to enjoy Labor Day and the long holiday weekend safely.

It will be interesting to see how the 2020 report turns out, with it being such a unique kind of year.
09/04/2020
US Market Statistics: The AAP StatShot Annual Report for 2019

It will be interesting to see how the 2020 report turns out, with it being such a unique kind of year.

Having risen by a slim 1.1 percent over 2018, the US book industry logged $25.63 billion in revenue in 2019, according to the AAP Statshot annual report.

While screen time has increased for most during the pandemic, there are pluses and minuses to using screens versus books...
09/03/2020
This is your child's brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time

While screen time has increased for most during the pandemic, there are pluses and minuses to using screens versus books and old fashioned ways of educating during the first 5 years of life.

Scans of preschoolers' brains show a stark difference in brain development when read to by a parent as compared to when they are playing on screens alone, studies show.

Your choice, on whether to have the margarita before, or after,  writing the perfect paper!
09/02/2020
The perfect margarita and the perfect scientific paper

Your choice, on whether to have the margarita before, or after, writing the perfect paper!

Everyone needs a summer project (or sixteen), and among mine was mixing the perfect margarita. In pursuit of the perfect margarita, I read a lot of recipes, and a lot of opinions. I finally made …

It's not just the text that teaches; there's so much purpose in the job of illustrators as well. Take this article, for ...
08/28/2020
16 medical illustrators doing groundbreaking work

It's not just the text that teaches; there's so much purpose in the job of illustrators as well. Take this article, for example: Creative Boom has rounded up some really incredible illustrations.

Once upon a time, working as a medical illustrator might have seemed like a quirky niche. This year, however, that's all changed.

What roller coaster are you heading on today? Hopefully one such as this!
08/20/2020

What roller coaster are you heading on today? Hopefully one such as this!

Relying on authors "isn't enough," and fact checkers should be required as "an insurance policy" to avoid sloppiness, sc...
08/17/2020
It’s a Fact: Mistakes Are Embarrassing the Publishing Industry

Relying on authors "isn't enough," and fact checkers should be required as "an insurance policy" to avoid sloppiness, scandals, and malpractice.

Errors and controversies involving several high-profile books are forcing writers and publishers to reconsider how they handle fact-checking.

08/14/2020

You feel that? Yeah, we do too. Enjoy the weekend ahead!
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Could Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women's Hospital have created the face mask of the (no...
08/13/2020
MIT engineers designed an affordable, reusable face mask that's as effective as an N95 — take a look

Could Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women's Hospital have created the face mask of the (not so distant) future?

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have a created a new type of face mask that could be a game-changer for healthcare workers. The new design is reusable, and can easily be sterilized. Plus, in tests, it performed as well as the standard N95 respirators. Take a look at the innovatio...

Whether you dream of opening a bookstore or just need a little chuckle, check out these catchy bookstore names! Do you h...
08/11/2020
40 Catchy Bookstore Names

Whether you dream of opening a bookstore or just need a little chuckle, check out these catchy bookstore names! Do you have any to add to the list?

Do you love reading and entrepreneurship? Then maybe you should consider opening your very own bookstore! Check out these 40 catchy bookstore names to give you inspiration.

If you're stuck at home or remaining cautious of the public, pick up one of these titles for some nostalgia of the good ...
08/10/2020
Time for a Literary Road Trip

If you're stuck at home or remaining cautious of the public, pick up one of these titles for some nostalgia of the good ol' road tripping days.

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the quintessential summer vacation, pick up one of these books.

Like it or not, digital textbooks are going to be booming while schools have virtual-only or limited in-person instructi...
08/07/2020
Theory on Exploring Acceptance and Adoption of Digital Textbooks: A Guide for the Book Publishing Industry

Like it or not, digital textbooks are going to be booming while schools have virtual-only or limited in-person instruction.

An uncertain world due to the Covid-19 pandemic embarks the publishers to find the best solution when designing the digital textbook to meet the student’s new norms. Therefore, understanding the theories of user acceptance and adoption of technology is very critical. Thus, this study aimed to anal...

There's a balance to be met between postponement from the Spring, while not overwhelming the Fall season with too many c...
08/06/2020
How Book Publishers Decided To Move Publication Dates During The COVID-19 Pandemic

There's a balance to be met between postponement from the Spring, while not overwhelming the Fall season with too many concurrent publications.

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing many bookstores to close indefinitely, publishers have had to decide whether to change publication dates. Representatives from Simon & Schuster, Red Hen Press and Quirk Books share how they made those decisions and how new pub dates can benefit authors.

Reporting on 5 publishing categories' revenue between 2015-2019 and looking deeper at online vs physical, print vs digit...
08/04/2020
US Market Statistics: The AAP StatShot Annual Report for 2019

Reporting on 5 publishing categories' revenue between 2015-2019 and looking deeper at online vs physical, print vs digital, and audio segments.

Having risen by a slim 1.1 percent over 2018, the United States' book industry logged $25.63 billion in overall annual revenue in 2019.

08/03/2020

Time for some Monday Motivation 💪 And who better than a motivational piece of toast to offer it?
Happy Monday everyone!
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The New York Times has compiled a list of tantalizing reads to look forward to this August. Which will you be picking up...
07/31/2020
13 Books to Watch For in August

The New York Times has compiled a list of tantalizing reads to look forward to this August. Which will you be picking up first?

Stephenie Meyer’s retelling of “Twilight,” Isabel Wilkerson’s examination of American racism, a biography of the drug kingpin El Chapo, and plenty more.

While many events have been canceled or postponed, book festivals are working hard to host their festivals online, while...
07/29/2020
How Book Festivals Are Adapting to All-Virtual Events

While many events have been canceled or postponed, book festivals are working hard to host their festivals online, while keeping costs down for all (including free- or extra-reduced costs for furloughed and salary-reduced library professionals.)

By Andrea Ruggirello Book festivals and literary conferences have long been a place for writers and book lovers to come together as a community to share ideas, swap recommendations, and support the…

In need of a good laugh? Pick up one of these titles to get you through.
07/24/2020
15 of the funniest books ever written

In need of a good laugh? Pick up one of these titles to get you through.

Rib-tickling fiction, biting satire and memoirs from certified Very Funny People

Not to mention, many schools still haven't made final decisions on whether they will even be reopening for the Fall seme...
07/23/2020
Back-to-School Shopping Is Off to a Rough Start

Not to mention, many schools still haven't made final decisions on whether they will even be reopening for the Fall semester.

Retailers are facing the prospect of another disappointing season as schools dial back reopening plans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In both children's and adult ebook categories, sales jumped due to quarantining and ebooks' ease of attainment.
07/22/2020
US Ebook Market: NPD Sees a 31-Percent Jump in Unit Sales in April

In both children's and adult ebook categories, sales jumped due to quarantining and ebooks' ease of attainment.

NPD PubTrack Digital data shows a big jump in ebook unit sales when April's lockdowns were ordered–children's fiction jumped 78 percent that month.

African American educator, and owner of endasbooktique (now a Texas bookstore, but once a GED prep program for adult lea...
07/21/2020
Black-owned Bookstores Step Up to Educate Texans about Black History — Local Profile

African American educator, and owner of endasbooktique (now a Texas bookstore, but once a GED prep program for adult learners) says she wants to increase the amount of Black- and diverse literature sold in independent bookstores, as a way to promote positive change now and always.

As a teenager, E. Jean Pemberton Jones attended a Dallas public school with a primarily Black student population. Though she remembers having access to

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We are a full-service composition house located in the metropolitan Washington-Baltimore area. With over 40 years of experience in typesetting and various publication services, let us be your one-stop shop for your next project. From manuscript to print-ready PDF or e-book and everything in between, we expertly handle every aspect of your job while meeting all of your expectations…and deadlines, no matter how tight. Our areas of expertise span many disciplines, such as: Educational, University Press, Trade, Legal, Reference, Medical, Religious, Scientific, and Technical. Xcel stands behind and guarantees every page we produce; we promise to deliver a quality product "on time and on budget.”

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