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print & ebook formatting

It's what is on the inside that counts

YOUR MANUSCRIPT IS COMPLETE AND EDITED. NOW WHAT?

Next, you want to design a genre-appropriate interior layout that gives your readers an amazing reading experience and allows them to get lost in your story! 

eBook Formatting

In order to sell your eBook, you need to convert your Word document into a format that can be read on all types of eReaders. And it needs to be in a format that will be accepted by all eBook distributors, aggregators, and retailers.

 

Unfortunately, when it comes to eBook formatting, one format does not work for all. Amazon, for example, has its own proprietary format called mobi, while the others (Apple, B&NNook, GooglePlay, Kobo, Smashwords, D2D, etc.) use an epub format, with a few adjustments between each one.

 

Fortunately, we can help. Our formatting service will provide you with the ready-to-publish files you will need for each one. You simply have to upload them to the retailers, distributors, or aggregators you are planning to use. 

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Print Book Formatting

Our formatting services can be applied to Print Books as well.

 

We will design the genre-appropriate layout from your manuscript, include all the elements a print book requires, and create a print-ready file. The file will be delivered as a professional quality pdf that will be accepted by all major book printers, such as Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Ingram-Spark, Lulu, etc.  

 

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FORMATTING PACKAGES INCLUDE

  • Professionally formatted epub, mobi, and print-ready pdf copies of your book (depending on which package you choose).

  • A Table of Contents (eBook will include hyperlinks)

  • Your book cover in eBook (check out our book cover design services if you need a cover to be designed)

  • Front Matter Pages:

    • Title page 

    • Copyright page 

    • Dedication 

  • Back Matter Pages:

    • Acknowledgments

    • About the Author page (includes hyperlinks to social media accounts and website)

    • Also By page (optional) to showcase other works (includes hyperlinks of your choice)

  • Decorative Elements (optional):

    • Dropcaps (Larger capital letter at the beginning of each chapter) 

    • Chapter glyphs of your choice

    • Ornamental Break glyph of your choice

  • Images with captions (includes 25 images, and $1 per image over 25)

  • Unlimited formatting changes until your 100% happy with your book. 

For non-fiction authors, Endnotes with hyperlinks and an Endnotes Page in the Back Matter can be included for an additional $50. 

Additional pages can be added, such as a Call-to-Action Page asking the reader to leave a review, for $10 each

 

WHAT WE FOCUS ON

Besides the usual formatting standards, (e.g. starting chapters on a right-hand page, ensuring Front Matter pages are present and contain the right information, and a working Table of Contents,) here's more that we focus on so that your reader has the most enjoyable reading experience.

 

The following will require consideration to strike a balance between an easier reading experience and the number of pages in the book. For instance, if the body of your text is double spaced, then the number of pages will be significantly higher and more expensive to produce. 

GENRE-APPROPRIATE TYPESETTING & ELEMENTS:

  • Line Spacing

  • Page Size & Margins

  • Indents

  • Headers & Footers

  • Fonts

  • Chapter Headings

  • Subheadings

  • Blockquotes

  • Decorative Elements (Glyphs & Ornamental Break images)

  • Hyperlinks

 

PRICING

In order to accommodate smaller works, pricing is based on the number of words. Also, when several formats are required, there is a significant savings by ordering the format bundle. 

 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a standard manuscript document?


A standard manuscript is your edited Microsoft Word document set up in the following way: ~ Pages set to letter-sized ~ One-inch margins all around ~ Body text should be 12pt Times New Roman or Courier (our software will apply the fonts we select to use for your book.) ~ Body text should be double-spaced ~ Paragraphs should be indented (instead of tabs) ~ No unnecessary spaces between paragraphs ~ Chapters should be started on a new page (after a page break) ~ Chapter Headings should be 14-18pt, centered and bold ~ Scene breaks can be identified with three asterics "***" that are centered ~ There is no need to include a Table of Contents as our software will prepare one




What is Front Matter?


Front matters includes crucial information like your Title Page, Half-Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Table of Contents. Front matter could also include other things like blurbs, preface, ISBN, forword, maps, etc.




Do you format Boxed Sets?


We sure do! They would fall into the same pricing structure above.




What is Page Layout Design?


This is the careful selection of fonts, font size, page numbering, line spacing, choice of headers and footers, decorative elements like chapter glyphs and ornamental breaks, etc. All these choices need to be appropriate to your genre so that the reader has a more enjoyable reading experience.




What size Print Books do we format?


We format for the most popular trim sizes: 5" x 8", 5.25" x 8", 5.5" x 8.5", and 6' x 9", and a few other trim sizes as well, most international trim sizes, mass market paperback trim sizes and even trim sizes for Large Print. For Large Print, we can accomodate 5.5" x 8.5", 6" x 9", and 6.14" x 9.21"




How long does it take for us to format your book?


It depends on a few factors, however on average, we will provide your formatted book files between 2 - 5 business days.




What do I do if I find an error?


If you find a formatting error, please contact us and we will fix it immediately. If you find a typo or grammatical error, contact us and we'll discuss. If its merely one little typo, then we can fix that free of charge and send you a new set of files. However, if the error is larger, we'll work something out.




If I order a single format now, can I order more later?


Absolutely! And you will just pay the difference when you need more.




What is the formatting process?


Our formatting process is simple. You provide us with a standard manuscript document. It doesn't have to be formatted. In fact, the less formatting the better. We'll start with you filling out a questionnaire that will tell us what it is exactly you'll be needing. Once that's received and we are both comfortable with proceeding, we'll send you an invoice via PayPal for the formatting fee. Next stage is where the real magic happens. We take your manuscript and load it into our formatting software. We'll fix errors and design the perfect layout for your book based on your specifications. In an email, we'll provide you with the appropriate files for your inspection. We'll tweak until everything is to your satisfaction. For larger files, we might have to send you a link to Dropbox folder where you can download them from. And then you upload the final files to your retailers, aggregators, and distributors of your choice.




Do you format Large Print Books?


Yes we do. The trim sizes we format for Large Print books include 5.5" x 8.5", 6" x 9" and 6.14" x 9.21". The pricing is the same as stated above.




What is Back Matter?


Following the main text of your book, the back matter could include pages such as Acknowledgments, Endnotes, References, Author Bio, Social Media links, Also By Page, a Call to Action such as page to invite readers to leave a review, Afterword, Appendix, Glossary, etc.





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