Payments start once you are 100% happy with a physical proof copy and eBook files. You can choose between one-time payment or installments plan: whichever you prefer, the interior design and formatting always adds up to $1000 and the cover design adds up to $500.
1 SERIES AUTHORS: For your first book, we highly recommend starting the cover design process as early as possible, while you are still working on your manuscript. This will provide plenty of time to revise the design and make sure it's perfect. Additionally, having the cover ready before manuscript is ready is very helpful in setting the tone for the interior design. Once you send us your manuscript, we will deliver initial interior design options within about two weeks. Depending on your feedback, the process of producing the final interior design can be completed very quickly or take some time. Either way, once we have a final design approved by you, the final print and eBook interiors will be fully formatted within 2 weeks. For subsequent books, interiors will take up to 2 weeks to complete as we already have an interior design to work with.
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 that allows us to work on your book using the fully custom 'branded' design approach.
2 SINGLE BOOK PROJECTS: Unlike with series authors where we can discuss the project without seeing a manuscript, for single book projects we need to have either a full manuscript or a representative excerpt from it beforehand. This allows us to confirm with confidence that we will be able to work on it when it's ready for formatting and provide you with layout samples for print and eBook editions to choose from. We recommend starting the cover design process as early as possible, since it can take longer than the formatting. It can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to deliver the final interior files once we have your manuscript. (We prioritize first books in the series and books from authors who worked with us earlier over single book projects, so the time to format standalone book varies, but it will not exceed a month and we can confirm the final deadline once you contact us.)
To ensure our availability for series authors in this time of the year which is so important for book sales, we are not able to accept single book projects until the end of January. However, please feel free to contact us at any time to book a spot on our schedule.
3 LANDING PAGES AND WEBSITES: For each book we format we will design a custom landing page design, 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 distributed hosting (CDN), 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. For non-fiction books, we can also create an additional "resources" page where you can share links, photographs and other bonuses with your readers. An example of such a free landing page can be seen here and here.
Each landing page has one page with one full-page section. If you need a full author website with multiple sections, pages, content management system, and advanced features, we would be happy to make it happen. The price for our full website design service is a one-time $900 fee with no recurring charges (hosting included) which can be split into up to 6 monthly installments. Examples of full author 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, Nouvelle Noir, Anthony Almato, Free Worlds of Humanity.