the book design packages we offer

the first step is to choose the book design package that best suits your project.

our packages include

the whitman package

price: $800

typical turnaround time: 8 –10 weeks

  • Typesetting & Interior Design
    • Custom interior design for up to 120-page poetry manuscript or chapbook.
  • High-end Custom Cover Design
    • Our designers merge your vision with current industry trends to create the perfect cover. Looping you in throughout the entire process from mock-ups to final retail spread.
  • eBook file Preparation for Kindle
    • As well as guidance on uploading your files to Amazon and setting up your accounts with Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) as an indie author.
  • Assistance with Filing Copyright
    • In a market where piracy runs rampant, we will advise you on how best to protect your work.
  • Marketing Brainstorming
    • You will receive a 1-hour marketing brainstorming session with a senior member of our team during which you can ask your questions regarding the industry and start to put together a plan to place your book successfully in the market.
  • File Preparation for the Print Edition
    • Our consultants will help you navigate the printing options available to you to find the one that best suits your model and budget. We highly recommend either Createspace (Amazon’s self-publishing option) or IngramSpark the leading Print on Demand solution for indie authors. Once you choose your platform, we can provide you with materials and videos to help walk you through the process of setting up accounts with either Createspace and Ingramspark.
  • Preparation of Galleys
    • A PDF e-Galley or e-ARC (Advance Review Copy) suitable for reviewers and hi-res JPEGs of the cover for marketing purposes.

the thoreau package

price: $1000

typical turnaround time: 8 – 10 weeks

  • Typesetting & Interior Design
    • Custom interior design for up to 60,000 word manuscript
  • High-end Custom Cover Design
    • Our designers merge your vision with current industry trends to create the perfect cover. Looping you in throughout the entire process from mock-ups to final retail spread.
  • eBook file Preparation for Kindle
    • As well as guidance on uploading your files to Amazon and setting up your accounts with Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) as an indie author.
  • Assistance with Filing Copyright
    • In a market where piracy runs rampant, we will advise you on how best to protect your work.
  • Marketing Brainstorming
    • You will receive a 1-hour marketing brainstorming session with a senior member of our team during which you can ask your questions regarding the industry and start to put together a plan to place your book successfully in the market.
  • File Preparation for the Print Edition
    • Our consultants will help you navigate the printing options available to you to find the one that best suits your model and budget. We highly recommend either Createspace (Amazon’s self-publishing option) or IngramSpark the leading Print on Demand solution for indie authors. Once you choose your platform, we can provide you with materials and videos to help walk you through the process of setting up accounts with either Createspace and Ingramspark.
  • Preparation of Galleys
    • A PDF e-Galley or e-ARC (Advance Review Copy) suitable for reviewers and hi-res JPEGs of the cover for marketing purposes.

the tolstoy package

price: $1400

typical turnaround time: 10 – 12 weeks

  • Typesetting & Interior Design
    • Custom interior design for up to 120,000 words (*Projects that exceed 120,000 will still be accepted with a $30.00 fee per 1,000 words.)
  • High-end Custom Cover Design
    • Our designers merge your vision with current industry trends to create the perfect cover. Looping you in throughout the entire process from mock-ups to final retail spread.
  • eBook file Preparation for Kindle
    • As well as guidance on uploading your files to Amazon and setting up your accounts with Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) as an indie author.
  • Assistance with Filing Copyright
    • In a market where piracy runs rampant, we will advise you on how best to protect your work.
  • Marketing Brainstorming
    • You will receive a 1-hour marketing brainstorming session with a senior member of our team during which you can ask your questions regarding the industry and start to put together a plan to place your book successfully in the market.
  • File Preparation for the Print Edition
    • Our consultants will help you navigate the printing options available to you to find the one that best suits your model and budget. We highly recommend either Createspace (Amazon’s self-publishing option) or IngramSpark the leading Print on Demand solution for indie authors. Once you choose your platform, we can provide you with materials and videos to help walk you through the process of setting up accounts with either Createspace and Ingramspark.
  • Preparation of Galleys
    • A PDF e-Galley or e-ARC (Advance Review Copy) suitable for reviewers and hi-res JPEGs of the cover for marketing purposes.

cover only package

price: $500 – 800 depending on complexity of design

typical turnaround time: 3 – 6 weeks

  • High-end Custom Cover Design
    • Our designers merge your vision with current industry trends to create the perfect cover. Looping you in throughout the entire process from mock-ups to final retail spread. Including front cover, spine and back cover.
    • After a consultation on overall design-direction and themes, our designers set about the task of designing 3-4 mock-up covers for you to consider. After receiving feedback, the final design for the cover will be drafted.
    • The cover files will be provided in Indesign, PDF, JPEG, and PNG formats—everything you will need to publish.
    • *If you desire commissioned artwork for the cover, the price of the design may vary.

ebook only package

price: $250

typical turnaround time: 1 – 2 weeks

  • Custom eBook Design
    • For up to 120,000-word manuscript.
    • eBook file preparation for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook Editions. As well as guidance on uploading your files to Amazon and B&N ebook platforms and setting up your accounts with Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) and Nookpress (Barnes & Noble) as an indie author.
    • One 2-hour marketing brainstorming session with a senior member of our team during which you can ask your questions regarding the industry and start to put together a plan for placing your book in the market.

media kit only package

price: $250

typical turnaround time: 1 week

You can add-on this service to any of our packages or opt for it as a standalone commissioned service.

We will design a media kit for your book including launch poster, event poster, sell-sheet, bookmarks and Social Media package. We will print your first round of materials (4 launch posters, 20 event posters, 500 bookmarks, 50 sell-sheets) and then provide you with the PDF files for additional printing and tell you where to print your products for the best results.

website design package

packages starting at: $500

typical turnaround time: 2 – 4 weeks

A professional online platform is more than desirable, it is a necessity. Every author has a different vision for their website. Our web designers are here to help you fulfill that vision. We have basic web design packages starting at $500.

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additional consulting time

price: $50/hr

Feel like you’re going to need more consultation time with our staff than your chosen package allots? You can add on a few sessions and ask questions to your heart’s content.

chart a course for your book design

Once you choose your package from the above menu, we will guide you through the process. Explore how it works….

 

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Write Us

Are you ready to bring your manuscript full circle? Drop us a line, tell us about your project and the services you’re interested in, and we will get started! As a first step, we will guide you through securing your copyright and speak with you about the indie printer best suited to your project. (For print, we highly recommend Lightning Source, the world’s leading print-on-demand service, for its POD solutions or CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing solution.) Worried you can’t afford to set up an account with Lightning Source or Create Space? Let us break down the costs for you.

 


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Send Us the Manuscript

Once we’ve agreed on your chosen package and printer, it is time to send us your final draft at which point you will arrange a conversation with your book designer so that he or she can get an idea of your sensibilities and how you envision the book’s final appearance.

 

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Mockup Review

We take our cover and interior designs very seriously because, we know that despite the old adage, people absolutely judge a book by its cover. Our Director of Design, Leslie M. Browning, comes to us with over 20 years experience in graphic design, the last 10 of which has been spent focusing solely on book design. After gathering your impressions of what you’d like the book to look like, our designer takes your vision and merges it with the latest trends in marketability to create something that simultaneously meets your expectation and will sell well within the market. We will design 3-5 mock-ups for the cover and 2-3 for the interior then send the PDFs to you for your review. At this point, we can polish the mock-ups to suit your vision (or you can send us back to the drawing board for another round of mock-ups). While the design is a commissioned process (i.e.: you’re in charge) and we want more than anything for you to love your cover, we also like to weigh in on this process to make sure we’re giving your book its best chance of success in the current marketplace.

 

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Cover Design

Once you’ve approved the cover mock-up, your designer sets about the task of creating the final hi-res coverspread–front, back, and spine.

 

 

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Interior Design

After we’ve finalized the cover and you’ve approved the interior mock-up, your designer takes your manuscript and typesets it. With an arsenal of typefaces and flourishes and seasoned design sensibilities, our designers are equipped to create an original interior to elevate the experience for your reader.

 

Proof Review

Review of Final Designs

Once the cover and interior are complete, we will send you PDF proofs for your review to you can make sure everything appears as it should. Whether you take 2 days or 2 weeks it doesn’t matter to us. Once you’ve reviewed your files, we can make the necessary edits to clean up lingering errors.

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File Preparation 

With the final revisions made, we bring together your entire book package to ensure you have all the files you need to get your book into print. All files are upload-ready to suit your chosen printer’s specifications.

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Your Upload Your Book and Start Printing

After we give you your files, you upload them to your chosen printer and order a printed proof. (We have videos and instructional memos to help the upload process go smoothly for you, and our staff is here to guide you in your decision.) For print, we highly recommend Lightning Source or IngramSpark, the world’s leading print-on-demand service, for its POD solutions or CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing solution. Both of these outlets charge minimal fees for set-up and distribution (well under $100. Learn more here). Once you’ve reviewed your printed proof and reviewed the final appearance for your book, you approve the title for distribution and you’re in print!

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Marketing Brainstorm 

While you’re waiting for the printed proof of your book to arrive, you can arrange a phone or skype meeting with a senior member of staff to ask all those questions stored up inside of you regarding the publishing industry and what you can do to make your book as successful as possible. Whether it is Amazon reviews, social media networking, which awards to enter, the etiquette for setting up bookstore events, etc. we can give you insights so you can hit the ground running.

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The Safety Net

We give all our authors a 6-month safety net with regard to revisions. Meaning, if you find a couple little things you need to revise in your book down the line, we will complete a set of revisions for free and prepare you a set of updated files.