BOOK DESIGN COST ESTIMATE

All Book Design Projects Include

  • Page layout to format your nonfiction, novel, poetry, or children's book for publishing using Amazon KDP (printed and/or e-book) or IngramSpark.
  • One 45-minute Zoom remote support / design discussion.
  • Finalized layouts provided to the author for review and approval.
  • Most simple format adjustments or corrections are included in basic price.
  • Extensive revisions, such as substantial changes to the text, will be an additional cost of $45 an hour.

Novels or other black-and-white interior text-based books.

Professional page layout using your edited text.

  • Base page layout cost: $400 for first 250 pages with additional pages at $2.00 per page.
  • To also format for e-book: add $150.

Poetry or other 24-50 page black and white interior text based book.

Professional page layout using your edited text. Includes simple cover design at no extra cost.

  • Base cost: $175.
  • To also format for e-Book: add $75 (Note: Not all page formatting designs will exactly translate to e-book format.)
  • Simple standard cover design using stock graphics or your own picture is included in Base Cost

Children's picture book or other 24-50 page full color interior book

Professional page layout using your edited text for interior text and using graphics supplied by author. Cover design using graphics supplied by the author.

  • Base cost: $350.
  • Per Image Cost: $2.50 per image for scanning, resizing, and other manipulation of images supplied.
  • Cover design using author supplied graphics included in base cost.

Complex Books with Pictures, Tables, etc

Professional page layout using your edited text. Includes simple cover design, or I can use your own cover design.

  • Per Page Cost: $3.50 per finished page
  • Per Image Cost: $2.50 per image for scanning, resizing, and other manipulation of images supplied.

Estimating the Finished Number of Pages

The final page count for a project depends on size of the book, choice of font / font size and any pictures or illustration that are on the pages. A good rule of thumb is that a standard 5.5x 8.5 novel will have an average of approximately 300 words per page. To that add 3-6 pages for the title pages, copyright page, etc.

Individual Support:

In person or online using Zoom. $35 an hour. If travel is required, cost of travel cost and time will be additional. This can include information and assistance uploading and finalizing your book with Amazon or IngramSpark or other training and assistance with your independent publishing project.

Covers

Many self-published authors contract with a cover designer for their book cover. While I have a graphic arts background, I do not consider myself a professional cover designer. But I can provide nice looking covers using your art or stock art and your cover / back-cover text. The starting cost for a simple cover design is between $100 and $200 depending on the design and number of revisions required.

Here are a three examples of covers I have done.