Bookcraft (Covers & Publishing Files)

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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.

Print Book Interior Design and Files

Book formattingBook 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 $395*

I design the interior of your book using Adobe InDesign or other tools, normally 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 get 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 are responsible to 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 technical requirements of all the major companies and guarantee the body of the book file will pass their technical “preflight.”

To get a fixed quote (no surprise price increases later), let me know your finished book size (6 x 9, 8.5 x 11 or whatever it may be), your word count, whether or not your manuscript has already been carefully edited, the number of interior images (if any) and if they are at least 300 dpi each. This information will enable me to confirm that I can do the book for the minimum price.

*There is an extra charge if your book has more than 250 finished book-sized pages or has more than 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 finished PDF. Mobi, EPub or the JPGs required 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.

Contact me today with your questions.

Need a print book cover? See below.

*** 10% discount on all bookcraft fees when you have me create your print book and eBook at the same time. Cannot be combined with other discounts. ***

Ebook Design and Files

Book Formatting for Ebooks– $299. Ask about my special pricing when you have me do both print and eBook at the same time. I use the edited, proofread Word file you send us (or RTF file if you use another word processor) and create the different eBook formats you need for:

  • –  I use Amazon’s KINDLE FORMAT 8 (KF8) which is a more sophisticated way of formatting eBooks than the old Kindle MOBI method. It is a far better format for both legacy Kindles, the new Kindle HD format, and for all tablets using a Kindle App.
  • Barnes and Noble/Nook and others – EPUB.
  • Apple’s iStore – EPUB. (Note: Client to supply eBook ISBN required by Apple or contact us about getting one)

Virtually all eBook stores (including Google Books) use one or both of the files listed above. Get the eBook file formatting you need to help make your eBook a success. You get all the file formats you need at no extra charge. Need an ebook cover? See below.

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.

If you have a cover, I’ll include that cover image at no extra charge. Otherwise, I use a text title page or a properly sized cover image you supply.

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.

Covers – Print and Ebook

Print covers from $299 (standalone price)*

Complete design including one stock image

book formatting print book

 Front, back, properly sized spine. The file is formatted to be the exact requirement of your printer.

Ebook covers from $249 (standalone price)*

Complete design including one stock image
Book formatting - ebook cover

Includes a flat image for your ebook file and Amazon or other retailers. Plus a 3D version for your website or other marketing purposes.

*If you do both Print and Ebook at the same time, the ebook version is only $49.

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