Need a manuscript formatted for ebook and/or print, but don’t have the time to do it yourself? Want someone else to take care of making sure the file matches the requirements of Kindle, Smashwords, or CreateSpace*?
(*Note: Most of my print edition formatting experience is with CreateSpace files, though I have done some work preparing print edition files for Ingram Spark).
I do my own book design, but I also provide formatting services to independent authors. This page has a list of what formatting services I provide. I mostly focus on fiction books, but you can contact me for a quote if your project doesn’t quite match with the options I have here (Example: Books that are more than 100,000 words, have specialized formatting requirements, such as allowing the reader to choose the path the character takes, books that have a large number of images, or if you want to do a book cover/interior design combo service).
Keep in mind, you can do the formatting yourself, and it’s much cheaper. The guides are readily available. However, if you don’t want to fight with Microsoft Word, or if you don’t want to check each guide to figure out what goes where, that’s where I come in.
I take payment through Paypal. Once the project has been agreed on I’ll send you an invoice. Half of payment is required up front, half upon completion of the project.
Now, on to the services!
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Ebook (Basic Formatting)
What I do: I clean the file of stray formatting and make the file compliant for both Kindle and Smashwords. Allows for one-to-five images, as provided by the author. I can insert a basic copyright page if needed. I also insert a table of contents and hyperlinks, where appropriate.
$50.00 for up to 50,000 words
$75.00 for up to 100,000 words
What you get: .doc file for Smashwords and a ZIP file for Kindle (or .doc, if there are no images inside the file).
I allow for 1 round of cost-free corrections to be made after the file has been approved (this is to allow for proofing), as long as the corrections are requested within two months of the original approval of the project. Note, for 50,000 word projects, I cap the amount of time put into corrections at 1.5 hours. For 100,000 words projects, the cap is 3 hours. After that, additional corrections during the first round will be $10.00 an hour. After the first round, corrections will be made at a rate of $15.00 an hour. For this reason, please provide the file that is closest to what your final product will be.
(Corrections made that are due to my errors will be made free of charge, so long as the corrections are requested within two months of the project’s approval date).
EBook (Decorative Formatting)
What I do: Same as Basic Formatting, but stylized chapter headings are available and I can insert glyphs for section breaks. Exact details will depend on the book and its genre.
This includes the creation of 1 glyph (a stock image may need to be purchased, or I may design the glyph myself. You’ll have a chance to approve the design). Alternatively, you may provide the glyph. It also includes chapter headings and title text that have been stylized in a font appropriate for your book. (Again, you’ll have a chance to approve the design). Please note that I do not embed the font–I use images to ensure that the headings will be visible on multiple e-readers.
This option also allows for the insertion of 1 – 10 images, as provided by the author.
$125.00 for up to 50,000 words
$175.00 for up to 100,000 words
What you get: .doc file for Smashwords and ZIP file for Kindle.
Print and EBook Formatting
What I do: Same as Decorative Ebook formatting, except that I also prepare a print edition for Createspace or Ingram Spark. Because the process I use to format the file for a print book starts with the ebook file, the ebook files come with the print formatting.
Note: If I have created the cover of the book (separate cost–email me for information), I may be able to design a specialty chapter background page and/or title page based specifically on the cover.
$250.00 for up to 50,000 words
$300.00 for up to 100,000 words
What you get: .doc file for Smashwords, ZIP file for Kindle, and PDF file for Createspace or Ingram Spark (Please specify which–additional costs apply when formatting a manuscript for both printers).
If you have a sketch of a map that you would like included in your book, but need the file cleaned up, I can provide a cleaner version.
Cost: starts at $25.00 and goes up based on complexity. Contact me for a quote on your anticipated project.
What you get: JPG file suitable for ebook and print editions. You don’t have to use my other services to have this done.
(Click the “Look Inside” option, then go back a couple pages to see the maps.)
Show Me the Sinister Snowman – This is an example of maps where I took the basic sketch and made a completely digital version.
Magic’s Stealing – This is an example of a map that I took the pencil version and retouched in Photoshop, then added in the lettering
.Doc to PDF Conversion
What I do: I take the file you send me (Note: You assume responsibility for having the rights to file to make this conversion) and I convert it into a PDF file. This is helpful if you want to do print edition formatting yourself, but don’t have the program necessary to make the PDF conversion.
$25.00 per file
(Note: If you have multiple files that need converting, email me to get a quote for a lower price per file).
What you get: A PDF file in the specifications you provide.
If there are errors uploading, and the fault is mine, I will reconvert the file at no additional cost to you. Otherwise, I allow for three conversions of the same file within a two month period (to allow for proofing, etc) before the same cost applies.
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Interested in one of these services?
Contact me at: bookcovers (at) sbibbphoto.com
And if you’re interested in book cover design, click here. 🙂