Book Layout & Design

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 can be darn confusing. We remove the frustration by offering validated, clean EPUB and MOBI files for direct upload to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble’s PubIt!, and Apple iBookstore as well as professionally designed layouts for POD and OFFSET printing.

Formatting and Design (Book / eBook)

Professional Service

With years of design experience in graphic design, web design, marketing, and e-book formatting we take special care to ensure your file is the best it can be.

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Free Consultation

We’ll discuss 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.

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No Hidden Fees or Costs

We 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 & provide professional design services.

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We only format your manuscript for publication. We do not supply editing services, so please make sure your final manuscript is error-free. We will correct blatant mistakes as they are discovered and will note any changes in our final report when completed.

Formats accepted

  • Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Open Office
  • RTF, Text
  • *PDF – PDF converting is more labor intensive in some cases, so an additional charge may be applied. You will be notified of any additional costs PRIOR to formatting. You may also attempt to reformat the file prior to sending to us. Here are options your can use to get your manuscript back into a word format.

Acceptable Genres

We accept Fiction, Non-Fiction, Adult, YA, Children’s Lit.
At this time we do not format for the following genres / themes: erotica, sexually explicit content, GLTB, hate or racist themes


  • Manuscript *required
  • Book cover *required
  • Biography
  • Testimonials
  • Synopsis
  • Copyright information
  • ISBN number (optional)
  • Graphics and photos (separate)
  • Professional author/bio photo

NOTE: for OFFSET or POD printing, please supply all graphics, images and photos separately in high-resolution (300 dpi)


Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott (pronounced Fear-EE or Fury) is 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, Barnes & Noble and iBookstore.

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