Thank you for selecting this option. I’ll be glad to help you.
Here’s what I will do for you:
1: I’ll work with you to get the cover you are 100% happy with.
2: I’ll format your manuscript to Smashwords, The Amazon Kindle Store and, if you want, KDP for your Print on Demand book. If you want the book to be in bookstores, we can use IngramSpark for print instead of KDP, but you will need to purchase an ISBN.
3: It’ll show as being published by you, but I will take care of processing the files and will upload them for you.
What is this going to cost you?
The cover is $50.00.
I charge $25.00 per hour to format the manuscript and process it. Depending on the length of the novel, if you send it to me in Word format, I can probably format it to Smashwords and The Kindle Store formats in about 20 minutes. It takes a little over an hour for the print version. So my guestimate is around 2 hours depending on the size of the book.
What I need from you:
1: Let me know your vision for the cover.
2: The completed edited manuscript in Word format. If you only have Open Office, save it in .doc format. If you only have WordPerfect, leave it in WordPerfect format. Saving in Word format in WP will ruin your document. My version of Word will read WP format without any problems. If you have Works, save it in Works format. Trying to save it in Word format in Works will also mess it up. My Word will take care of it.
3: Please include a brief description for the “back of the book”.
4: Go to PayPal.com and set up an account if you don’t have one. Be sure to use a password you don’t use anywhere else. (I do not need this password, so don’t share it with anyone).
5: Go to Smashwords.com and create an account using a password that you don’t use anywhere else. Set up your Profile information so they can pay you. They will pay you through PayPal, however, if you want a check, you won’t get paid until you have $75 in your account. If you don’t have a good picture of you, get one because you will need to put it on your author page at Smashwords. (I will need the username and password for this account, but I’ll get it from you later.)
6: Go to kdp.amazon.com and create an account using a password that you don’t use anywhere else. Set up your Profile information so they can pay you. They will pay you by direct deposit into your bank account. (I will need the username and password for this account, but I’ll get it from you later.)
7: If you want your novel in bookstores, go to ingramspark.com and create an account using a password that you don’t use anywhere else. Don’t follow through with payment yet, you can do that when I have the files ready for uploading.
7a. Go to Bowker.com and purchase your ISBNs. If you plan to have more than one book, you’ll want to get a block of 10. If only one book, you’ll need three ISBNs, one for the print editon, one for the Kindle edition, and one for the eBook editions, however, Smashwords will supply a free one for the eBooks, but it will show Smashwords as the eBook publisher. Amazon uses their own AISN for Kindle, but we’ll put the ISBN inside the mobi file. ISBNs are currently $125 each or $295.00 for a block of 10.
8: After your books are published, you will need to set up an Amazon Author Central Account, create your profile and pull all of your books into it. I’ll explain how to do all that later and you won’t be able to create the Author Central Account until your book is released.
So, as a recap, we’re looking at:
1: Cover – $50.00
2: If 2 hours of formatting: $50.00
3: If you don’t want a POD you can probably subtract $25.00 from number 2.
4: If you want your books in Bookstores:
$49.00 to IngramSpark for setup. Plus however many books you want plus shipping and handling. However, you can always order those as you need them later. Currently, IngramSpark is offering a deal (which may be all the time, but I’m not sure) where if you order 50 books within 60 days of the title release, they’ll give you the 49.00 back (basically just give you a 49.00 credit on the order).
If you get the block of 10 ISBNs 295.00, if only one 125.00 each but we will need three, so the best option is the block of 10.
Even if I don’t take more than 20 minutes to format the manuscript, I’ll charge for a full hour.
So we’re looking at anywhere from $75.00 to about $450.00 before ordering books from IngramSpark.
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