Full-stack book production services
Let’s set a release date for your book!
Your manuscript is finally finished!
The novel you’ve lovingly labored over for months or even years is ready to be released to the world. You know you’ve done something amazing, and you want as many people as possible to pick it up and give it a chance! Over a million books are released onto the market every year – how do you get yours to stand out, and turn readers into loyal fans?
Become a “sure thing” to readers
Readers are spoilt for choice, and they’re likely to invest their time and money only in books they can trust – books that are a sure thing for them. Traditional publishers have already earned the trust of their readers: whenever you see a book that is published by one of the “Big Five” publishers, you know that it’s been produced to a high standard, right? You can be sure that the book has been well edited, and you can see that the cover is slick and eye-catching and the typesetting is top-notch.
You want that kind of high quality production for your book, too.
What you need to become a sure thing:
- Thorough and thoughtful copyediting
- An eye-catching cover
- Easy-to-read print layout
- Flawless proofreading
- Hassle-free ebook conversion
In short, you need your very own production department.
Your very own production department
You’ve probably done a web search for cover designers or editors by now, and page after page of results has come up. You may have even found us that way. But where do you start? Who can you trust? And what services do you actually need to produce your book to a high standard?
Then you have the hassle and frustration of coordinating the different vendors that you choose for editing, cover design, book formatting and so on. Now you’re spending not only money, but another precious resource: time. Time that could be better spent writing your next book, or marketing your upcoming novel and connecting with your readers.
That’s why we have created our comprehensive production packages: to provide you with your very own book production department. We’ll take care of it all, and produce your book to professional standards while eliminating all the hassle that comes with using multiple vendors.
All this, at a fixed, once-off price based on the word count of your novel. What you see is what you pay: we don’t ask for a cut of your royalties, ever.
Sound good? Then we would love to work with you! Take a look at the packages on offer below, and let’s set a release date for your book!
Why choose us?
- We’re a one-stop-shop: eliminate the hassle of dealing with multiple vendors
- We’ll never claim ownership rights to your novel or ask for royalty payments – ever
- Our packages are fully comprehensive and based on the word count of your novel
- Unlike our competitors, we don’t believe in holding your files hostage. Once we have completed your book, we will turn over all PDFs and open files to you
What you get
When we’re done with your manuscript, you’ll have a book that is edited, formatted and designed to traditional publishing standards, so you can give your readers the best possible experience and turn them into fans. We offer two packages, tailored to the formats in which you’d like your novel produced. These are charged at a once-off price based on your word count.
Every book we work on goes through a series of rigorous checks to make sure that the text and formatting are error-free. In fact, we are so confident in the quality of our work that if you do happen to find an error in your book after you sign-off on the project, we will fix it at no extra cost for up to two years after the sign-off date.*
*Please note that this does not include changes to the story or plot of the book; only grammar, spelling, punctuation and formatting changes are covered.
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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
How long does whole book production process normally take?
This depends on several factors, such as how long your book is and how quickly you can get feedback to us as the project progresses. Because we offer comprehensive service packages and do everything in-house, we work more efficiently: for example, we can make a start on your cover design while your book is being copyedited. However, to be on the safe side, you should allow a minimum of three months for your project to be completed.
I am interested. When can we start working together?
This depends on how busy we are, but onboarding a new author usually takes one to two weeks, so that is the earliest start date for any project. We will let you know about our availability once we have started the onboarding process.
How does the onboarding process work?
Once you have submitted your name and email address to us, we will send you a short questionnaire to fill out so we can learn more about you and your book, how long it is, and how ready you are to proceed with production. We use this information to create a comprehensive proposal, which we will then send to you for your approval. In addition to detailing our fees and terms of service, the proposal also includes a welcome packet which gives you an insight into how we work and what will come next. Once you have approved the proposal and paid for the package of your choice, the project can begin. We don’t ask for your manuscript until you are 100% ready to work with us. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Will my manuscript be treated confidentially?
Absolutely. We understand that you might be nervous about sending your manuscript to us. Rest assured that we are professionals and will treat your work with the respect that it deserves: it belongs to you, and you alone. We will acknowledge your intellectual property rights, and never share your manuscript with anyone else without your knowledge and permission – ever.
I need my book released as quickly as possible. Can you do it in less than three months?
No. We don’t accept rush jobs as we want to do the best possible work we can for you, and this takes time.
What are your payment terms?
We require all payments to be made 100% upfront.
Why do you require payment in full upfront?
Book projects take a long time to complete (at least three months), and so we ask that each of our clients pay us in full upfront. In this way, you can take as long as you need getting feedback to us and we can focus fully on getting your book produced in the best possible way, without having to worry about our cash flow, and you don’t have to worry about any further costs. It is a win-win!
How do you collect payment?
We collect payment securely via PayPal. All fees are quoted in US Dollars.
I already have a cover design that I like. Can I still work with you?
On rare occasions, we will work with authors who have already had a cover designed for them by another designer, but we would rather be involved in every step of the production process to ensure that the outcome is as good as it can be. If you really are in love with your cover but want to work with us, too, then feel free to contact us and we can talk further.
What sort of file format do you need my manuscript to be in?
We only work with editable Word doc or docx files. We cannot work with scanned documents or PDFs.
What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading? Why do I need both?
Copyediting, or line editing, addresses problems with grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, ineffective or awkward dialogue and description, and other stylistic inconsistencies. Our in-house editors will use track changes in the Word doc version of your manuscript, which will then be sent to you for approval. This takes place before the novel is typeset or formatted.
Proofreading is a final check of the formatted/typeset version of the text. A proofreader only looks for things like inconsistencies in the formatting and other small errors which may have crept in during the production process or missed during copyediting.
In order for a novel to be produced to the highest possible standard, it needs to be both copyedited and proofread. As you can see, these are two very different processes: copyediting is a thorough editing process that ensures that your writing is clearly expressed and grammatically correct, while proofreading is the final “polish” of your novel.
Will copyediting change my story or the style of my novel?
No – quite the opposite, in fact! This is a very common concern for authors, but rest assured that a good copyeditor will not alter the plot of your novel or your writing style. Our approach to copyediting is to ensure that your story is conveyed in the most effective way possible, while highlighting – rather than hiding – what makes your authorial voice unique. Our aim is clarity and consistency. If you’re still worried or unsure, please contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with a sample copyedit of the first 1,000 words of your novel before you commit to anything.
I have had my manuscript read over by lots of people. Do I still need it copyedited?
Most likely, yes. We want to be involved with every step of the production process to ensure that the outcome is as good as it can be. But if you have had your manuscript professionally copyedited and still want to work with us, then feel free to contact us and we can talk further. We’d also be happy to provide you with a sample copyedit of the first 1,000 words of your novel, if you’re unsure.
What size paperbacks do you suggest?
We generally suggest either a 6×9 inch or 5×8 inch paperback size. These two sizes work well for most novels, and are also supported by most printers.
How do I go about choosing a printer?
We recommend using a print-on-demand supplier, like Amazon’s Createspace or Ingram Spark. We are also open to working with a printer local to you, but we generally don’t recommend this option if Createspace and Ingram have a local presence in your country.
Can you do hardcover books with dustjackets?
Yes, we can! Hardcovers require a few extra steps and generally cost around $80 extra to create. You can indicate you are interested in this option on the onboarding questionnaire.
What files will you give me upon completion of the project?
This depends on what package you chose.
For the ebook-only package, we will supply you with the open cover files (a Photoshop file, for example), as well as two reflowable ePubs, one optimized for Amazon and the other for iBooks.
For the print and ebook package, we will supply you with packaged InDesign files of your book cover and interior, print-ready PDFs set up as per your printer’s specs, and the ePub files.
Unlike our competitors, we don’t believe in holding your open files hostage, and will always make those available to you once the project is complete.
Will you upload the files to Amazon and other online retailers for me?
No, but we can give you a step-by-step guide on how to do this yourself.
What is an ISBN? Do I need one to self-publish?
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number – a unique number that identifies a particular edition of your book. It is technically not required if you are only going to publish an ebook version of your novel, but it will be required if you want to make use of Ingram Spark’s expanded distribution features. We have written an article for the Author Secret Academy about ISBNs, and you can read it here.
Can you get an ISBN for me?
No. You will need to obtain an ISBN yourself if you want to use one. Print-on-demand vendors like Ingram Spark or Amazon’s Createspace can assign an ISBN to your book for you, but we don’t recommend going that route. You can read more about ISBNs here.
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