Book Layout Design Services
Congratulations! You’ve written and edited your book, and got a shiny, marketable cover* to go with it. This is an incredible and worthy accomplishment, and I tip my hat to you, brave author.
Now comes the trickiest part. Interior formatting. A lot of indie authors (myself included) have tried to format their own books using their writing software, like Scrivener, Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and so forth. Some authors are patient and savvy enough to succeed in making those programs produce a professional design without the frustrating widows, orphans, page numbers on blank pages, etc. But most aren’t.
In my own frustration, I bought and tested several different site-based and local PC programs and plug-ins to get the job done. Most fell short of claims, and nearly all took a lot of time to learn and implement.
Then I found THE software. Heard of Vellum? It’s perfect. Professional, easy to use, faster than most to lay out just so. There’s just one downside… It only works on a Mac. Not to be deterred, I rented a cloud-based Mac and tried out the trial version. And I fell in love.
I ultimately bought an iMac just for this software. Yup, I swallowed that large chunk of money with no regrets. And now you can benefit from my decision. I can format your book for you, if you won’t want to spent that kind of dough. To be frank, you can get the same services from freelance formatters on Reedsy, but they charge a tad more than I do. Some of them are worth it, as they can create gorgeous interior wraps and fancy chapter title graphics that I can’t. If you have the money to spend on hiring one of those pros, DO IT. Absolutely!
If you’re not in a position to spend so much cash, I can offer a basic, professional, pleasing interior book design with stock image headers, a table of contents, interior maps, appendices, dedications, acknowledgments, author bios, ‘also buy’ pages with affiliated linked, etc. All those vital things, formatted for your e-book and paperback to MATCH each other, and at a very reasonable price, with fast turn-arounds and three rounds of minor changes** to get it looking just right.
After you’ve sent your deposit and completed the form, email your interior .docx file to [email protected] or [email protected] and we can get started. This is a first come, first served service, so wait times can happen, but I try to take no longer than two weeks to get your book just right.
**Included in every package is lifetime access to fix typos or update back matter (to add new book links, etc.) at no additional charge.
*Don't have your book cover yet? No sweat!
If you don’t quite know how to go about getting that perfect book cover, here’s a few tips to help you out!
There’s a lot of help for authors across the internet…but it’s scattered far and wide, and some things are hard to get your mitts on. Then, there’s the factor of money. Everything costs something, and not all of it is worth spending your dollars on. As an indie author, I’ve dived into the dark and mysterious waters, and come up for air, clutching knowledge and – even better – hard-won resources. Now my investments can help YOU without nearly the cost I had to swallow.
I don’t have the artistic eye to create beautiful book covers, but I strongly recommend them. Spend money on getting a GOOD cover. Despite the old adage, readers do judge a book by its cover. Don’t cut corners here.
Rather than design a subpar cover of your own using KDP or Canva (please don’t stoop to that), you can find fantastic premade covers OR pay someone to make you a custom cover entirely unique to you and your vision. Check out these phenomenal websites to get started! (A. N. There are a lot more options than these, but I can personally recommend these sites from my own experiences.)
1. The Book Cover Designer (For all your premade visions from hundreds of designers.)
2. Whimsy Book Cover Graphics (Gorgeous custom covers for fantasy fiction. The covers for Crownless and my Record of the Sentinel Seer books are through Whimsy.)
3. B Rose Designz (Combination premades and custom covers available.)