Book Interior Design and Typesetting

Designing a successful book interior includes transforming your final edited manuscript (text, MS Word or WordPerfect file) into a PDF file of your book that looks professional, is attractive and is ready to upload at any print-on-demand service such as Amazon, B&N or Ingram Spark.

Rates to typeset and format a standard length print novel of around 50,000 to 90,000 words can run from $450 to $950. If your manuscript is longer than 90,000 words or it contains tables, charts, extensive illustrations and other formatting challenges, I ‘ll review it to estimate the time and work involved and provide a final quote for you. In general, novels are easier to format, while cookbooks and picture books will take more time and effort to complete.

For more information, or to set up an online consultation, please use my contact page. For more information on the specifics, here’s a page with the actual steps that will happen when we do a book project together.

At your preference, I can also work on an hourly basis at $25/hour and invoice you in weekly increments based on work completed.

E-book Creation

Once your manuscript is designed and formatted for print (see above), I can then also create a custom e-book file in Mobi, ePub or other format. Rates depend on the complexity of the interior design. Some e-devices require a “flowable” e-book design, so that the reader can resize the text, mark places, etc. Books with extensive illustrations, tables and charts won’t format well in that flowable matrix, and may need extensive work to look like their print counterpart. The work-around for this flow issue is to publish this more complex type of book in a “static” design which will look very much like the print version. The drawback is that some devices won’t accept that static file. Novels, since they are mostly text, translate the most easily to e-book files. I explain in greater detail on this page. Or you can contact me for more information or to set up an online consultation.

Cover Design

Covers include the design of the front, spine and back cover for print-on-demand books, and the front cover for ebooks. My standard rate to design and build a custom book cover from scratch is $179 for two designs, plus the cost of any images or special fonts purchased for each design.

Other Services

I can also provide other services that you may need. For example, I can help with:

  • setting up your books on publishing platforms such as Kindle Direct Publishing, and/or Ingram Spark.
  • building other custom print/online products (courses, etc.)
  • setting up a website (i.e, your selling platform)
  • obtaining a ISBN and barcode
  • setting up a PDF of your book to sell from your website directly to your readers.

If you have questions about book services I haven’t mentioned here, please contact me with your questions. I’m flexible and happy to discuss your needs.