Rate Sheet - Detroit Ink Publishing, LLC

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Important Note:
Detroit Ink Publishing gives no guarantees of sales of your book. If you choose, we will help you to set up marketing components and tasks and activities for marketing, but the number of books sold depends on many factors beyond our control.

Self-publishing your book (including editing, cover design, marketing, and publishing) is a detailed process that takes between three and six months after your initial manuscript is completed. It is better to complete the process correctly the first time; there are no shortcuts to success.

Of course, you can attempt to complete all of the following elements yourself, but by investing in using the services of the professionals of Detroit Ink Publishing, you can be sure that your publishing journey is more smooth and complete. You will have control of every step of the process.

We have changed our publishing services offerings based on previous experience and on changes made by Amazon and our recommended print-on-demand service company.

If you would like a hardcover print book with a variety of cover options (dust jacket, spiral bound, etc.), then we will work with you on this additional and higher-priced option. This hardcover process also includes a free “Book Shop” with linking to your own website and to Amazon, iBooks, Nook, eBook conversation options, and distribution to libraries.

The fees that follow include publishing your softcover print and/or eBook to Amazon and Kindle, the most popular global outlets for books.

Whichever option you choose, you will be charged a “project fee,” not a per-page or per-hour fee. We do not accept “future payments” via royalties or references. Repeat clients qualify for a special discount; there are no other discounts available or applicable. We may from time-to-time offer special sales to celebrate a milestone or holiday. For further information, please view our “Terms and Conditions” and “Payment Policies” at this link.

Pricing is determined by the number of words in the 8.5X11-inch manuscript submitted electronically in a MS Word-compatible document. The number of words and number of pages in the final draft of the manuscript will probably change.

Editing, proofreading, and formatting are very detailed and time-consuming projects. Our fees reflect not only the estimated time needed for completion, but also the skillset and software applications included in the process.

The pricing here represents the standard fee guidelines; each project will be customized. We reserve the right to adjust the project pricing depending on additional factors, including unforeseen additional work needed on the manuscript overall or any component of the project.




OUR RATES

Back Cover Copy

$199.00

The copy for your back cover is just as important as the visual is for the front cover. Book viewers generally look at the front cover first, then immediately turn the book over to read the copy on the back cover. Our team includes experienced marketing specialists who will write the copy for you that can also be used as the online product description for your book. Our team will provide for you:

  • A thorough review of your book, your author biography, and any endorsements that you have.
  • A professionally written book synopsis and sales copy that can also be used on your website, in your marketing materials, and on your other online outlets.
  • Further suggestions that will help you to have maximum results when selling your book (although books sales are not guaranteed by Detroit Ink Publishing).




Indexing

Indexing is usually a desired component for many types of nonfiction books. Indexing is a process that demands an experienced and highly-skilled professional, and it not a service offered by Detroit Ink Publishing. If you would like your book indexed (after the final editing and before the remainder of the publishing process), please let us know and we will recommend an experienced book indexer that we work with. You will work with and pay the indexer separately; the indexer will work with us to keep your project on track.




Enhanced Formatting

$199.00 plus an additional $5.00 per interior picture/graphic after 5 graphic elements.

Many books, especially nonfiction books, have special design elements that are used to enhance the presentation of information. For these types of elements, our team will use a special design software package and work directly with our graphic designer to ensure that your more complicated page layout is exactly as you envisioned and intended. You will need the Enhanced Formatting option if your manuscript includes one or more of the following:

  • Complicated tables
  • Higher proportion of images to text
  • Recipes
  • Poetry
  • Borders around the text
  • Shaded boxes around the text
  • Sidebars
  • Call-out quotes
  • Graphically enhanced bulleted or numbered lists
  • Equations




Manuscript Assessment

$299.00 (Up to a 400-page manuscript; additional $50 for each additional 100 pages of the manuscript.)

A manuscript assessment of your draft is mandatory for first-time clients. A 50% credit will be given if you decide to invest in one of our editing packages.

The manuscript assessment is necessary to help you make the best decisions possible for all of the subsequent steps you take towards completion of your publishing project.

The manuscript assessment is provided after you have completed your self-edits and before you decide on a professional editing package. The manuscript assessment is not meant to be a book review, an editing component, or an endorsement of your manuscript. Our editing team reads your entire manuscript, researches similar titles already on the market, and analyzes your potential book from various viewpoints.

Your manuscript assessment is designed to be a tool for you and includes:

  • A suggested editing level based on the review of your manuscript.
  • A summary of any potential liability and/or copyright concerns.
  • Recommendations of the proposed title and subtitle of your book based on research on comparable books on the market.
  • A detailed summary of the publishing and marketing packages we recommend to maximize your book’s potential.


Print Publishing Plan: $999.00

(Editing, Cover Design, and other ala carte publishing services are additional)

The print publishing plan is the foundation of your book project. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing and holding the print edition of your book in your hands! A customized project plan will be set up for our so that we’re all always on the same page through every step of your publishing journey.

  • Online access 24/7 to our project management app.
  • Communication by phone, text, Skype/Zoom, and email Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm ET.
  • Dedicated account with the POD (print-on-demand) company, if applicable.
  • Customized interior layout and design (please review the requirements for interior layout, formatting, and enhanced design, if applicable).
  • Manuscript preparation for upload to Amazon.
  • Back cover copy.
  • Amazon ISBN and barcode.
  • Physical and electronic proofs of your book before final proofreading and publishing.
  • Final proofreading.
  • Final publishing.




Author Marketing and Website Development

“If you build it, they will come…” (famous line from the “Field of Dreams” movie). Uh, no. Marketing your book is just as important as writing your book, and how will people know to buy your book if you don’t tell them about it and make it as easy as possible to purchase?

The professionals at Detroit Ink Publishing are ready to work with you in the marketing of your book, including social media marketing, email marketing, and a customized author website.

Please view our separate website and marketing package here. A customized package will be developed for you.

Important Note:

Detroit Ink Publishing gives no guarantees of sales of your book. If you choose, we will help you to set up marketing components and tasks and activities for marketing, but the number of books sold depends on many factors beyond our control.
 


Customized Cover Design

Up to $399.00 per title; discounts may be given for multiple titles from the same client.

We have a professional graphic designer who is also an experienced cover designer on our team.
You will be dealing directly with her and paying her directly. She will coordinate.




Metadata Optimization

$99.00 per title.

Book metadata is what search engines such as Google use to list your entry (book) so it can be found by using the search feature on Amazon and on Google Search. There are detailed procedures for properly filing your metadata for optimum indexing: title, subtitle, series title, author, contributors, book description, categories and keywords. Every metadata item must match for print books and eBooks and be consistent.

All of these fields are metadata, and they will be indexed and used to make your book more discoverable online.




eBook Publishing Plan: $599.00 (or $199.00 if combined with Print Publishing Package)

(Editing, Cover Design, and other ala carte publishing services are additional)

Publishing your eBook on Kindle is a separate component that can stand alone or be combined with your print publishing project. A customized project plan will be set up for our so that we’re all always on the same page through every step of your publishing journey.

  • Online access 24/7 to our project management app.
  • Communication by phone, text, Skype/Zoom, and email Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm ET.
  • Dedicated account with the POD (print-on-demand) company, if applicable.
  • Customized interior layout and design (please review the requirements for interior layout, formatting, and enhanced design, if applicable).
  • Manuscript preparation for upload to Amazon.
  • Electronic proofs of your book before final proofreading and publishing.
  • Final proofreading.
  • Final publishing.
 
Important Note for Print and/or eBook Publishing:
Any changes needed during the final proofreading stage will be for typos, layout errors, etc. NO changes to the actual manuscript copy will be accepted. If you wish to add/subtract/change your manuscript, that will be done before the editing phase is completed and will incur additional charges.




Ala Cart Services

Editing: Each level of editing includes two rounds; additional rounds of editing will incur an additional cost. For definitions of the different levels of editing, please see this page on our website.

  • Copy Editing $0.08 per word
  • Line Editing $0.10 per word
  • Developmental Editing $0.12 per word
  • Final Proofreading $0.05 per word

Ghostwriting: Rates vary and are customizable; charged by the page and based on the type of document and/or book.

  • Ghostwriting is a specialized skill best performed by writing professionals who are experienced in bringing ideas to life and producing fiction and nonfiction documents for clients, and who are also proficient in journalism, research, interviewing, organization, editing, and project management. A ghostwriter is just that, a “ghost” who works closely with you to produce an excellent document, article, bio, memoir, autobiography, or other document that will bear your name. You own the rights and the copyright. The ghostwriters at Detroit Ink Publishing do not work for royalties or promises of any kind of “future payment” arrangement. Unless you opt for the “as told to” option for your book, the name of the ghostwriter is not mentioned.
 


Interior Formatting

All manuscripts submitted for interior print and/or eBook formatting must be submitted in an MS Word-compatible document. Do not pre-format your manuscript with any elements such as borders, page numbers, headers or footers, fancy graphics, or more than 5 interior images. There will be an additional charge for more than 5 images/tables, etc.

The formatting process begins after the final round of editing.

All images must be submitted separately; labeled and numbered to correlate with placeholders within your manuscript. Do NOT submit images within your document.

Chapter/section headings must be submitted as H1, H2, and H3 tags so that a proper table of contents can be generated. If the heading tags are incorrect, there may be an additional charge to correct the heading tags.

Please use an MS Word-compatible style guide to enter paragraphs and indentations. Do NOT use tabs to format your paragraphs or center your pages.

Please use ONE space after each sentence, not two spaces.

Page breaks and section breaks will be added during the formatting process.

We reserve the right to adjust the pricing of the interior formatting for any unforeseen challenges or failure to submit your manuscript as described.

If your manuscript has additional or graphics-heavy needs, there will be an additional charge for formatting in InDesign, plus an additional charge per picture/graphic.




eBook Formatting

(Add an additional $50 per level if there is no coordinated print formatting for the same manuscript) Final eBook manuscripts will include formatting for ePub, Mobi (Kindle), iBooks, Kobo, B&N Nook, and Google Play (Android).

Novel (up to 400 8.5X11-inch pages): $49.00

Nonfiction:

Under 60 pages: $49.00

Under 80 pages: $69.00

Under 100 pages: $89.00

An additional fee of $20 per additional 20 pages.

There will be an additional fee for any changes after your manuscript is formatted.




Print Formatting (up to 400 8.5X11-inch pages)

$199.00 per title.

An additional fee of $20 per additional 20 pages.