Our formatting fees are based on receiving a clean manuscript document from you that has already been through at least 2 levels of editing (developmental editing, line editing, or copy editing).
For ebooks, we embed your cover art, create a custom style sheet, and insert a logical advanced navigation, and you also get a Kindle book and an ePub file (an ePub is the industry standard ebook format played by virtually every ereader not named “Kindle”).
If you’ve got a manuscript in Word, WordPerfect, RTF, or some other readily workable native text format (there is an additional charge for InDesign):
Because of their additional complexity, we work up custom quotes for all nonfiction, poetry, children’s books (flowable), comic books, screenplays, and otherwise heavily formatted and/or illustrated books.
We require a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of the quoted price to hold a spot on our schedule. Once we’ve both agreed to move forward and a delivery date for a first pass has been decided, we’ll issue an invoice to hold your date and consider the date booked once we’ve received payment.
We accept valid debit/credit card payments via PayPal or Square, certified bank checks, or ACH only. Cash, electronic checks (eChecks), and personal checks are not accepted.
If you cancel the project at any time, for any reason, we will assess a cancellation fee equal to the amount remaining on the invoice or $85 per hour for the number of hours worked on the project to date, whichever is less. We reserve the right to waive this deposit for authors with whom we have an existing relationship.
One round of corrections is included in the fee.
Correcting errors caused by us and/or our process are done at no additional charge to you.
During the production process, author-initiated alterations—including but not limited to re-writes and revisions, correcting typos, and other fixes or updates that originate from the manuscript as submitted to us—are billed accordingly:
In cases where an author has extensive alterations, it may be faster and less expensive to start the production process again using a new, corrected manuscript. Depending on the types of alterations, this tipping point can be as few as five pages. If, during your review, you think you’re going to reach that tipping point, stop the review and contact your designer and project manager to discuss the best route forward.
If your manuscript has images, tables, number/bullet lists, a linked bibliography, index, or other formatting elements, we calculate those items accordingly: