book design

Book Design

I specialize in designing children’s books, although I love helping all kinds of authors. Making a book is exciting, and every project is different. Depending on where you are in the process, some books need a lot of extra love to get to print, and some are a breeze. Check out the services below to see which are a good fit for you and your book. Please note these prices only apply to children’s picture books up to 40 pages.

“Margaret is a true professional and I couldn’t be happier with the quality and creativity she has brought to my children’s book series. It’s her expertise, customer service, and integrity that have made my publishing experience so great!”
L.A. Fielding, www.thextails.com

So, what do you get?

Cover Design

Your cover is the first thing a potential buyer sees, so it should knock their socks off! Whether in an online store or on a bookshelf, I’ll make sure your cover stands out.

Includes:

Full cover wrap design

  • Unique, professional front cover design and text layout

  • Spine design; this can include text or graphics

  • Back cover design and text layout

Dust jacket design if desired

$197
*Please note the cost for front cover design only is $100.

Interior Book Design

Every page in your book should sell your brand, even the often ignored copyright page. Book design combines your art and story to create a beautiful, finished product that is worthy of your readers. This service applies to books with a max. page count of 40. For longer books, please contact me for a quote.

Includes:

Interior book design

  • 1:1 consultation to establish your product “look”

  • Professional, easy-to-read text formatting

  • Reuse of your existing art and/or creation of simple graphics to embellish extra pages (such as dedication and author biography)

  • Made to your printer’s specifications

End sheet design if desired

$797

Manuscript Editing

Clean writing, a solid plot, and well-developed characters are a must. Don’t be caught without these staples! This service covers up to 2000 words + 15 cents per word over 2000. If you need a chapter book, easy reader, or YA novel edited, please contact me for a quote.

Includes:

Proofreading

  • Correction of mechanical errors such as punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc.

Content Editing

  • Suggestions on character development, plot flow, pacing, theme, world-building, diction, etc.

$225

Odds & Ends

There are a few odds and ends most authors need to complete their books, including purchasing ISBNs, filing a copyright, and LCCN registration. All of this can be done by you, but this service takes care of all those little nuisances so you are free to focus on the fun stuff! *Please note the cost for this does not include the fees for the actual cost of the ISBN(s) and copyright registration. Those will be charged separately by Bowker and the US Copyright Office.

Filing your LCCN

  • completing your LCCN application

Obtaining Your ISBN(s)

  • choosing the ISBN block that’s right for you

  • completing the ISBN purchase

  • setting up the metadata associated with your title’s ISBN

Filing your US Copyright

  • creating your US copyright account

  • completing your copyright application

  • sending in your digital book files to complete your copyright process

$147

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