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 minor resizing, and other manipulation of images supplied. (scanning and more advanced manipulation of Images will be changed at an hourly rate of $65)
  • 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:

Online using Zoom. $35 an hour. 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.