Bookcraft (Covers & Publishing Files)
Bookcraft is the process of turning a manuscript into a book suitable for publishing.
I have been doing bookcraft (book formatting) for many years because I enjoy doing professional quality work.
Book formatting includes interior book design, including layout and typography. I will complete your book to the technical specification of your target POD or other printers. Most print books are $295*
I normally create books in 5.8 x 8.5 or 6 x 9 trade paperback format. Other dimensions are available. My work includes professional page design, pagination, and typography. The work includes front and back matter and individual chapters. Completed project files are usually available for your review in 5-7 business days or less.
The Print Book Process
I receive your edited book manuscript file in Word format or RTF if you have used another word processor. Changing your book content in the proof attracts an additional fee. Be sure your book has been thoroughly edited before you send it.
I create a couple of sample designs, and after I receive your approval, I complete the project based on that. No material changes are made for the stated price after the approval.
Once I have done my work, I send you a low-resolution PDF proof for you to proofread. One round of proofreading corrections is made as part of the fee. You must check all aspects of the book before it is printed. I then deliver the book in the approved high-resolution digital format layout requested by the book printer you designate. I am familiar with the major companies’ technical requirements and guarantee the book file’s body will pass their technical “preflight.”
*There is an extra charge if your book has over 250 finished book-sized pages or has over 5 interior images, charts, or graphs. Also, there is an extra fee for some types of back matter, like an index. Please contact me for pricing if your book exceeds these limits. Once I quote a price, it will not change unless you make a material change to your requirements. Important: We supply you only the finished PDF and EPUB files to publish the book for our fee, not the native files we used to create the end product. Our native files contain proprietary information that we do not sell.
Need a print book cover? See below.
Book Formatting for Ebooks–$199. Ask about my special pricing when you have me do both print and ebook simultaneously. I use the edited, proofread Word file you send us (or RTF file if you use another word processor) and create an EPUB file. This is now the universally recognized ebook format.
The Ebook Process
Click here and tell me briefly about your needs. I’ll get back to you promptly. I’ll have your formatted files ready in 5-7 business days or less. Price includes 2 runs so you can make minor corrections if needed.
Once I have formatted your file, you can follow the upload instructions at Amazon or other sites where you want to sell your book. Use this hourly consulting link if you need further marketing instruction or advice.
Print covers from $269 (standalone price)*
Complete design, including one stock image. Custom images are extra.
Front, back, properly sized spine. The file is formatted to be the exact requirement of your printer.
Ebook covers from $239 (standalone price)*
Complete design, including one stock image
Includes a flat image for your ebook file and Amazon or other retailers. Plus a 3D version for your website or other marketing purposes.
Summary of Bookcraft Fees (Typical)
Example Standalone Print book
Interior design and required PDF file ready to publish: $295
Cover design and configuration, including front, back, and spine: $269
Example Standalone Ebook
Interior design and EPUB file ready to publish: $195
Cover design, front only: $239
Example When Print and Ebook are Completed Simultaneously
Interior design with PFD and EPUB files, total for both print and ebook: $350
Covers for print and ebook editions: $318
Bonus when I create your covers. Get promotional displays like this at no extra charge. Use on your sales site or on social media.