Design and formatting

Formatting for Print

I offer a design for print service, using industry-standard software to typeset manuscripts and documents. Typesetting allows for more control of page and text layout, ensuring text fits the line length and the page properly, and produces a higher quality design than Word or similar word processing packages. The file is created in print-compatible PDF format, ready for uploading to any Print On Demand service such as Createspace or BookBlurb.


A straightforward manuscript layout, including an author photo if required, costs £95.00 for up to 150,000 words. A more elaborate manuscript layout, including up to twenty images through the book, costs £190.00.


I am happy to discuss fonts and design with you, and provide samples for you to choose from. For a more elaborate layout, or for shorter documents, please ask for a quotation. I offer a discount service to ALLi authors, and I may be able to offer a reduced price to groups seeking to produce a book to raise money for a charity, or as a small, limited-interest project.

See my article on book formatting for more details of this service.


Creation of the full cover, from a supplied front cover design, costs £20.00. Alternatively, you can request your cover designer to create the full cover artwork once the number of pages is confirmed, as the size of the spine is dependent on the page count and the printer used.


Formatting for eBook

I also offer an ebook creation service, for ePub (iBooks/Nook) or mobi (Kindle) formats. I will ensure that your document flows properly, opens to the correct page and any graphics appear correctly. Please note that ebook readers do not generally support use of a specific font or size, and the options for displaying text differently within the book (excerpts, quotations, letters etc) are limited.


Cost for ebook creation is £50.00 for one format or £60.00 for both, and includes checking on multiple devices for correct performance. Again, I offer discounts to ALLi authors.


Proofreading is a final chance to catch any errors, whether they are spelling errors, punctuation problems or grammar issues. It does not involve editing the work, but will ensure that it is as clean a copy as possible. While I check any formatting thoroughly, a proofread also provides a further chance to ensure there are no font or layout issues or any problems with the headers or footers.


Why not ask for a proofread with your formatting? £6 per 1000 words.


Formatting usually takes one working week.

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