E-book or Print Covers
A custom e-book cover designed from the ground up costs $100. That includes one stock image, interior and cover layout, and type design. For print books, the price is $125, and includes all of the above plus spine, back cover, and any dust jacket flaps. If more images are required there may be some minor extra costs but we'll discuss this with you before any commitment is made. Provide us with a cover image to work with and we'll cut the price by $50.
Want original custom photography or illustrations? We can provide that too. Contact us for a quote.
Fiction E-book or Print Interiors
Most short stories and novelettes (up to 17,500 words) are $75. Longer works range up to $200. This price includes a decorative title page image as well as chapter and scene break graphics if desired. Exceptions to these basic prices might include books with many chapters and scene breaks, and any items that require special formatting, such as images, tables, and poetry. We'll do our best to stick to the basic pricing and if exceptions arise we'll work with you to come up with a fair price before any work starts.
For e-book interiors, our basic package includes two formats: EPUB and Mobi. EPUB is a standard format used by a wide variety of reading devices, including Apple's iPad and iPhone, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Sony Reader. Amazon, the biggest e-book retailer, uses Mobi as the format for their Kindle. Our e-book files are fully compliant with these standards and are functional on all compatible reading devices.
Our package for a full-length novel, which includes the two e-book formats and an e-book cover, is $250. If we design covers and interiors for both print-on-demand (hardcopy) and e-book editions of the same book, the price is $450. Other packages and volume discounts are available. Give us the details of your project, and we'll negotiate a fair price.
Nonfiction E-book or Print Interiors
Nonfiction formatting is also available. Because of the complex nature of most nonfiction books, we offer price quotes on a case-by-case basis, but in most instances they will fall between 50 and 75 cents per page. Please contact us for a quote.
Smashwords formatting for a novel is $75. A short story or novella is $25. Please be aware that the output from the Smashwords "meat grinder" won't look anywhere near as nice as the beautiful e-books we can create for you by hand, but your book will be fully functional and presentable. We know that some authors want to distribute their books through Smashwords so we offer this service, but you shouldn't expect superior results.