Pricing and guaranteed delivery deadlines for final upload-ready files are the only differences between ZEN and CLASSIC options. The quality of the files and the support provided along the way are exactly the same. Whichever option you prefer, if you want to meet a specific publishing date, please let us know, and we will confirm whether we can guarantee it.
Payments start once you are 100% happy with a physical proof copy and eBook files. Payments for website design and lifetime hosting start after all installments for the book formatting and cover design are paid, according to the chosen service option.
1 ZEN: We will create the first cover options within 4 weeks. The deadline for delivering all upload-ready files is usually 10 weeks from the manuscript submission date. There are two guaranteed ZEN spots left in 2021: one for October 28th (manuscript submission by August 23rd) and the second for November 26th (manuscript submission by September 20th). Currently you can reserve ZEN spot for your book only if you plan to publish* at least two other books within 12-18 months after the first one.
2 CLASSIC: We will create first cover options within 2 weeks. Once you send us your final manuscript on a pre-scheduled date, we will start work on the interior of your book and the print-ready interior PDF file for your novel will be completed within 2-3 weeks. This includes the time needed to create a layout sample for your approval and then apply the approved design to the rest of the book. When the print version is finished and you wait for your physical proof copy to arrive, we work on eBook files (which takes about a week). Once the spot in May is booked, the next CLASSIC spot will be available in September. Currently you can reserve CLASSIC spot for your book only if you plan to publish* at least one other book within a year after the first one and a third within 12-18 months after the second one.
* You are under no obligation to use our team for book formatting and cover design for your future books, but your intention to publish more books in the future is a prerequisite to book spot on our schedule. Once we help you publish your first book, we will always be able to work on your next one as these availability limitations only apply to first-time projects.
These availability limitations do not apply to illustrated children's books. If you wish to publish a different type of book before these deadlines, we can still create a great cover design for you (see pricing below).
3 WEBSITES: We will create a custom design for your author website, focused on driving desired results (mailing list sign-ups, book sales), integrated with an email marketing service, and we will host it for you forever on our San Francisco-based server, at no extra charge. We will also set up your author email inbox. The design and setup process is hassle-free for you (we do all the work), but you still keep control of your domain and website files if you ever decide to host it yourself. Any updates to the website are free, whenever you need them. The installments for this service start after all installments for the book formatting and cover design are paid, according to the chosen service option. Once the total for the website is paid, there are no other fees, whether fixed or recurring, ever. Examples of websites designed and hosted by us: Alex Dunlevy, Larry Vance, Jeffrey Buchanan, freely available online version of The Economics of Discontent by Jean-Michel Paul, Anthony Almato.
Website Satisfaction Guarantee: If you decide, by the time the first website payment is due, that the website designed and hosted by us is not a perfect match (in any way) for your needs and it turns out we can't change it to meet those needs (highly unlikely), you can decide to "cancel" the website and you won't need to pay us anything for this service (in that case, we will keep the website we created online for the next 3-6 months, free of charge, to give you enough time to transition to your new website, without any interruption to your book marketing activities).
The website design and hosting are only available as an addition to our full service (CLASSIC and ZEN) for your first book. It's not provided as a standalone service or as an addition to cover design.