OUR FOUR-STEP PROCESS

Once you've completed the writing process, there are four steps for us to take before your book is sitting on a shelf at a bookstore or available for people to order online:

1. EDITING

Even if you're a great writer, your book can probably use another set of eyes for editing and proofreading. You are more than welcome to hire someone you already know and work-with, or you can have one of our professional editors offer suggestions to make the book easier to read. They also check your manuscript for grammar and spelling mistakes, tense usage, flow, and structure. The cost to have your book reviewed and corrected by an editor is on a sliding scale depending on how heavily it needs to be edited. Editing is charged by wordcount, not by page. If you're not sure what your word count is, simply open your document in Microsoft Word, for example, and under "Tools" in the menu bar, select "Word Count..."

As soon as Step 1 is complete and all of the editing to the interior text is done, it's time to decide what your physical book is going to look like (dimensions, sections, chapter headers, table of contents, page numbers, dedication page, introduction, etc.).

2. INTERIOR LAYOUT

While Microsoft Word is great for writing the manuscript, it's the worst software with which to attempt formatting the interior (if you've ever tried messing around with styles and section breaks, varying margins and gutter spaces, then you know how tough it can be). We use Adobe InDesign, which is specifically made for book layouts, and charge a very modest hourly rate of only $15 until we get it looking just right (4-8 hours on average). The less formatting your book requires (the less styles and formatting you use in your manuscript), the easier this transition will be for us, and the less time we will spend cleaning it up. Keep in mind that all formatting is stripped of books when they are converted to e-books because no two e-readers will display your book the same way (iPads, kindle, nook, etc.), since people can change the font size, margins, and dimensions to best fit their individual preferences on their handheld device.

3. COVER DESIGN

This step is important because people judge books by their covers: from the image on the front to the author headshot on the back, your bio, and blurb. Our aim is to delicately balance creativity with shelf appeal, as well as the highest standards of quality and professionalism. In most cases, there is no charge for this step. If you've hired an artist to create your front cover, we will format and incorporate your design to fit the dimensions and stylistic requirements of the front, back, and spine.

4. PUBLISHING

This is the moment we've been waiting for, and it's amazing how quickly it can happen! It only costs $50 to set up each book, $25 for each ISBN, and if you choose to have an ebook edition published simultaneously with the printed version, there is a $0.75 per page conversion fee. That's it! After the interior and cover are finalized, it's just a matter of us uploading metadata and files to the printers (don't worry, we take care of all that). We will decide on the retail price of the book according to how much you want to earn in royalties from each sale, which we'll be able to calculate after we know how many pages the book is going to be, as that's what determines the actual cost of printing the book (hardcover being more expensive than paperback, of course). And while traditional publishers offer authors anywhere between 10% and 15% in royalties from the sale of each book, we not only give you at least five times more than that (a minimum of 50%), but you get paid every single month, not just twice a year the way other publishers do it. Now.. THAT is cool!

That's all there is to it! If all of the above sounds acceptable and even exciting to you, then let's begin the process. Contact us with as much information as possible (including what part of the writing process you're currently working on), and we'll schedule a free consultation on where to go from here. 

Please continue reading this website for information about the amount of 
determination you will need to go beyond publishing your book to having people actually buying it.

We look forward to working with you!

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