Design Rates

Interior Design & Ebook Conversion

Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction

For interior layout with ebook conversion: $2,350 flat up to 75,000 words; $20 per 1,000 words over 75,000

This service includes:

  • A custom-built book interior that meets the quality standards set by the Chicago Manual of Style and used by major book publishing companies
  • A design review of your files by one of our editors to ensure the layout conforms to the above quality standard
  • Up to two rounds of author corrections
  • A print-ready PDF of your book’s interior formatted to fit the specifications of your chosen printer
  • Delivery of your interior files to your printer
  • Two ebook files (one for use on Amazon, the other for use on all other major ebook sellers) formatted to the standards of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the standards required by most ebook stores and distributors
  • A comprehensive code check to ensure proper display of text across various e-reading apps and devices
  • Validation of your files by the IDPF
  • Delivery of your ebook to your chosen ebook distributor or ebook store

For interior layout only: $1,600 flat up to 75,000 words; $15 per 1,000 words over 75,000

This service includes:

  • A custom-built book interior that meets the quality standards set by the Chicago Manual of Style and used by major book publishing companies
  • A design review of your files by one of our editors to ensure the layout conforms to the above quality standard
  • Up to two rounds of author corrections
  • A print-ready PDF of your book’s interior formatted to fit the specifications of your chosen printer
  • Delivery of your interior files to your printer

For ebook conversion only: $750 flat up to 75,000 words; $5 per 1,000 words over 75,000

This service includes:

  • Two ebook files (one for use on Amazon, the other for use on all other major ebook sellers) formatted to the standards of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the standards required by most ebook stores and distributors
  • A comprehensive code check to ensure proper display of text across various e-reading apps and devices
  • Up to two rounds of author corrections
  • Validation of your files by the IDPF
  • Delivery of your ebook to your chosen ebook distributor or ebook store

Nonfiction 

For nonfiction book, I must first assess the manuscript to see if it qualifies as either standard nonfiction or complex nonfiction (both defined below).

For standard nonfiction, add $300 to the above rates for interior layout or interior layout with ebook conversion; add $150 for ebook only.

Complex nonfiction (defined below) requires a custom estimate. Graphic heavy books, such as guidebooks and art book, are considered complex.

Standard nonfiction generally contains the following:

  • Basic lists
  • Block quotes
  • Footnotes or endnotes
  • Bibliography
  • 1–2 images per chapter (including figures)

Complex nonfiction generally contains all the above, but adds more elements, including:

  • Exercises
  • Call outs and sidebars
  • Tables
  • Heavy reliance on lists
  • Hyperlinks (in ebooks)
  • Nonstandard lists (nested lists, etc.)
  • Heavy reliance on images or figures

Children’s Picture Book Interiors

Children’s picture books are billed hourly at $75 per hour. Most picture books take 5–7 hours to layout. Cover work for children’s picture books requires an additional estimate.

Poetry Book Interiors

Print layout for standard poetry: $600 for up to 50 poem; $10 per poem after 50.

For visual poetry or ebook conversion, a custom estimate is required.

Book Covers

Simple Covers

Simple covers include either one stock image or public domain image for your book with the title and author name added.  For simple full paperback covers, the designer will create a spine (formatted to your printer’s size specifications) and back cover (with marketing copy you provide) that complements the front cover.

Front cover/ebook cover only: $375 + image licensing fees

Full paperback cover: $600 + image licensing fees

This service includes:

  • Working with the author to find the best image for the cover
  • Up to three title placement mock-ups containing the author-approved image
  • Up to two rounds of author corrections
  • A PDF of your cover formatted to your printer’s specifications (for full covers)
  • An image of your front cover prepared for ebook embedding according to your distributor’s standards
  • A high-quality image of your front cover to use in print marketing
  • A web-quality image of your front cover to use in online marketing

Custom Covers

Custom covers are for authors who have a cover idea in mind that requires either multiple images, multiple mock-ups, or the creation of a custom image not available as a stock image. Customer covers are billed hourly at a rate of $75 per hour. A typical custom cover takes 10–15 hours ($750–$1,125).

This service includes:

  • Cover mock-ups for the author to choose from (generally starting with three)
  • Up to two rounds of author corrections
  • A PDF of your cover formatted to your printer’s specifications (for full covers)
  • An image of your front cover prepared for ebook embedding according to your distributor’s standards
  • A high-quality image of your front cover to use in print marketing
  • A web-quality image of your front cover to use in online marketing

General Design

For design services not listed above, I charge $75 per hour.