Getting your manuscript ready for publication can be a complex task, and this is why many authors use a professional formatting service to get the job done. Prices for this can be from $50 up to $1500 and above (depending upon the complexity and the experience of the person working on your book of course).
So, if you are looking for a formatter, where do you start?
Well, there certainly is a lot of choice available for self-publishing authors, and if you feel like going on a bit of a learning curve, you can always opt to do the formatting yourself, however, if you do decide this, it will take time and patience, but in this article, we’ll take a look at services who will format the book for you.
Here are our top five formatting services that you should be aware of
Started back in 2010, this company has helped many authors with their book’s interiors for both print and eBook, they prepare files for all of the major book publishers and their prices start from $125/
They work with both fixed layouts for eBooks and of course reflowable files too, they even offer a scanning service to convert printed books to eBook (the prices of this service will vary depending on length and complexity).
This husband-and-wife team are based in Tasmania (Australia) and have been formatting books for indie authors for many years (we have worked with them in the past and always had a good experience with them too).
Pricing for their service does depend upon the book itself, however, they quote prices for novels starting at $40 (for a book under 10,000 words) for one format, $50 for two and $60 for three formats, rising to books of up to 240,000 words being $130 for one format, $190 for two and $250 for three formats. For books with a higher word count, or with images, are poetry books, non-fiction, or compilations etc. they will give a specific quote per book.
They offer formats for most publishers for both eBook and print and prefer the file of your book to be in Word format (but will accept most others too).
eBook or Print
eBook or Print are a US based formatting company who help authors with the formatting of their books, as the name suggests, they create interior files for both eBooks and print, they have also worked with all of the major POD services for indie authors too.
Pricing starts from $50 (a further $2 per 10,000 words) although prices still may vary depending on the complexity of your book.
Most authors will know Kirkus from their review service, but you may not be away that they also format books too.
Using your manuscript (from a Word document) they can format it to work with the majority of publishing platforms such as KDP, IngramSpark and B&N etc. They offer two packages for formatting with a standard and custom version, they both offer a great deal to the author, however, the custom version is better if your book has images with bleeds, sidebars, pull quotes, and other custom requests.
A big name within the self-publishing world, Bookbaby publish and promote books from indie authors and have been doing so for many years, so it should be no surprise that they also offer a formatting service too.
As with most formatting services, the price will depend upon the complexity and length of your book, however, they offer the service for both print and eBook (they even offer an eBook conversion service too).
This is certainly a good option if you are publishing your book with BookBaby.
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