AUTHOR / WRITER Book formatting Services
We understand that the last thing self-published writers want to do is format their manuscript for publication. Not only does it take away from writing, but it is darm confusing. We take away the confusion, offering validated, clean EPUB and MOBI files for direct upload to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service and Barnes & Nobles PubIt!, as well as professionally designed layouts for POD and OFFSET printing.
FAST, PROFESSIONAL AND AFFORDABLE
If you purchased our DIY Formatting Kit, you qualify for our First Time Buyers DIY Kit Guarantee discount.
Fast, Easy and Affordable
Professional, Hands-on Help
We have years of design experience in graphic design, web design, marketing and promotion. And now e-book formatting. We take special care to ensure your file is the best it can be.
We'll discsss your needs via phone or email to make sure we are the right fit for your project. After your free consultation, we'll send a detailed invoice and time-frame for your project.
No Hidden Fees or Costs
We will never add hidden costs to your project. We answer all questions, even after the project is completed. Our goal is to help you self-publish your work and provide professional design services.
AUTHOR'S FORMATTING CHECKLIST
To create an ebook requires converting your manuscript into an HTML format. And to make the process as painless as possible, there are certian Do's and Don'ts you should be aware of.
This file refers to Microsoft Word, but you can use any word processing program you prefer, such as Open Office.
Download our formatting checklist
Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott (pronounced Fear-EE or Fury) I am the owner, cook and chief bottle washer at Unruly Guides / First Steps Publishing.
I started my career in Graphic Design in 1981 with a degree from the University of Washington, and have designed and formatted hundreds of books, annual reports, calendars, flyers, brochures as well as designed, formatted and coded over a hundred websites in PHP, Flash and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), which is the backbone language of EPUB and MOBI ebooks.
As an expert in HTML/XHTML coding (since 1998), I can take your raw MS and produce a professional e-book file, ready for publication to Amazon, Barne & Noble and iBookstore.
We only format your manuscript for publication. We do not supply editing services, so please make sure your final manuscript is free from typographical and grammatical errors.
We do correct blatant mistakes as they are discovered and will note the changes in our final report when completed.
- We accept Fiction, Non-Fiction, Adult, YA, Childrens Lit.
- We do not format for the following genres / themes: erotica, sexually explicit content, hate or racist themes
- Copyright information
- ISBN number (optional)
- Graphics and photos
- Book cover
- Professional author/bio photo
NOTE: for OFFSET or POD printing, please supply all graphics in high-resolution (300 dpi)
PRICING - EBOOK
For the typical, straight-forward FICTION novel we use a a flat-fee system based on the size of the book, as long as no formatting complexities are required. Many designs include a map or a photo at the beginning or end of the book. To keep our rates low, we allow up to 10 images (basic layout) for each eBook conversion at no additional cost.
Cost include both epub and mobi files.
Novellas or Short Stories
- Less than 17,500 words $49
- Up to 80,000 words (about 320 pages) - $99
- Up to 150,000 words - $159
- 150,001 and up - $219^
^ Approx. 65 Chapter headings.
Coding your book cover image in the ebook conversion is included and not part of the following count limits. If you use a graphic for each chapter, we allow for up to 10 images at no extra charge.
- Allow up to 10 images at no extra charge
- Titles with 11-30 images will be charged an additional $30 fee.
- Titles with more than 30 images will require a custom quote for conversion.
- Special formatting, such as embedded fonts, special indents, are subject to additonal charges.*
NON-FICTION typically requires special formatting requirements due to graphics, photos, tables and layout specifications. Price for non-fiction ebook formatting starts at $199* - additional costs may apply depending upon complexity.
Memoirs and Histories: Basic narrative non-fiction titles without lists, footnotes, tables or other major complexities.
Business Books, Theology, Self-Help: Standard trade non-fiction titles with a mix of lists, footnotes, unique paragraph formatting, tables, images, sidebars, pull quotes, and/or other complexities throughout.
Cookbooks, Poker / Chess manuals, technical, medical, scientific, mathematical, bible commentaries, excercise, etc. Complex titles that include formatting on every page, (multi) two-column formatting, extensive foreign language or symbols, and/or other complexities.
PRINT / POD (print on demand)
We can create a professionally designed print book for you to enjoy, share or sell. Price for Layout and Design starts at $299* - additional costs may apply depending upon complexity of book. Please contact us for a quote.
* Special Formatting Services
With everything in life there are always exceptions. If your novel requires special formatting, such as poetry, screenplays ,floating images ,embedded fonts or other formatting that is not your typical novel, we reserve the right to charge higher rates than stated above, or switch to the per-page rate as with Non-Fiction titles.
- Epub & Mobi Ebook Formatting
- Print (POD) Book Layout and Design
- Consulting Services
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