Pre-work process

If you wish to hire me as your book formatter, here’s the process:

1. Contact me
Either by using the contact form below or by email to

2. Discuss book details
We will chat about your book to discuss what you are looking for. This is a free consultation and the opportunity to see if we are a good fit. After this discussion, I will send you an estimate for the job.

3. Quote & Agreement
If we decide to work together, I will send you a quote as well as a Book Formatting Agreement.

4. Payment plan
A deposit of 50% of the fee is due previous to the start date.

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Turnaround times

The info below applies to novels & shorts stories that only require standard formatting:

Books in black-and-white, with mainly text.

For other types of manuscripts (non-fiction, poetry collections, guides, etc.) and complex formatting please request a custom quote by filling this short form.

Turnaround times:

Short stories or Novellasmin 7 days*min 5 daysmin 8 days
Novelsmin 10 daysmin 8 daysmin 11 days

Turnaround time is for the first delivery (initial design), the duration of the entire project will depend on how long the author takes to provide feedback between the rounds of revision.
* Business days.

For more info on…

  • what the process of working with me looks like
  • info on which files you will receive
  • what software I use
  • what to do next

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Custom quotes & estimates

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Book formatting & Book layout design

What’s the difference?

Book formatting and Book layout design both refer to the process of designing the interior of a book, according to its genre and the printer’s specifications. There are details that will impact the readability of a book, such as: fonts, margins, line spacing, chapter headings, etc. However, they are not the same thing:


Formatting means literally format the content of your book – which includes selecting fonts, setting line spacing and arranging headers, footers, chapter sections, etc. This is something that, most of the time, authors already do themselves when writing the manuscript.


This refers to page layout design and it is a bit more complex. It’s all about preparing the book for publication: making sure it matches specific publishing standards, as well as the printer’s custom specifications.

“I have seen too many books with great covers but horribly designed content. It’s like great packaging, but when you open it, the food inside looks brown and boring. It may still be nourishing, but my appetite is gone.”
— Erik Spiekermann


Formatting and converting a book to an EPUB or MOBI file can quickly become a complex process.

Formatting for Print and eBook are two completely different processes. Readers will all see the printed version the same way because they all get the same format when buying the paperback. However, for the digital book the viewing of the pages will change depending on what device is being used, what font, margin size, line spacing, etc. the reader chooses in their custom settings.

For that reason, it is important to prioritize the reader’s experience and ensure the eBook will display properly in all e-readers devices.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions:


Are you looking to hire a team of professionals to work on your book?

Please find below (in no particular order) peers from this industry, who would be glad to help you with other steps of the publishing process:

Author Consultations:

Kerrigan W. |
I offer author consultations that provide professional guidance at any stage of the writing process. Whether you are still dreaming of writing or have a full manuscript written, an author consultation, ranging from a phone call to a full manuscript evaluation, provides you with the action steps you need to get your manuscript to the next level. I offer three main consultations: Where to Start Consultation, Plot Consultation, and Full Manuscript Consultations. I love working with authors and helping their stories come to life! I also love that freelancing allows me to travel (I have lived on four continents!) and connect with writers around the world.


Abigail L. |
With many years of experience in the performing arts and literary worlds, I provide insight to many different writing styles and adhere to publishing standards both national and international. I provide services in the areas of: editing, proofreading, and writing, whether the goal is for personal use or for publication. I have an MFA in Creative Writing and won several regional awards for my stage plays. I understand the long process it can take to meeting one’s personal goals, but the road toward it can certainly be fulfilling.

Callie W. |
I am a proofreader specializing in books to be self-published. I have the final fresh pair of eyes that look for those pesky errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and consistency that get overlooked by authors, editors, and anyone else who has seen the manuscript countless times. Those errors, though seemingly minor, can discredit you. As a writer myself, I know how difficult it can be to hand your “baby” over to a stranger. With that in mind, my corrections and comments are always gentle, yet firm. Check out my website for more info or to get a quote.

Hannah B. |
I help authors through all stages of editing, from developmental edits down to copy editing. With two degrees in writing and editing, almost a decade of experience, and being a writer myself, I know how daunting the editorial process can be. That’s why I provide friendly, gentle feedback to show you both what’s working and what can be improved in your manuscript. Your editor should support your vision while still helping you put out the best book possible, and that’s what I strive to do for every client. I can’t wait to be part of your team!

Rachel O. |
I help independent authors by providing personalized copyediting and proofreading services. With an MFA in Creative Writing and more than ten years of writing experience behind me, the result is a professional and polished piece of work that stays true to my clients’ voices and encourages them to keep writing, keep dreaming, and keep pushing themselves to accomplish their goals.

Val C. |
I’m Val Cervarich, a nonfiction editor and word nerd at heart. I started Writing Help KC to assist authors in creating compelling and polished manuscripts. While getting my master’s degree in Teaching English, I deepened my knowledge of grammar and writing. This has translated into comprehensive developmental and copy editing services for authors who self-publish. I love taking a constructive approach to empower authors to refine their writing skills and their voices. My teaching background has shaped my communicative and flexible approach when working with clients, especially novice authors. I’d love to support your journey to publication!

Whitney M. |
Whitney and Travis McGruder each have 10+ years of editing experience. We each have English degrees and editing minors, plus 20+ years of writing experience. Whitney recently published her debut novel in 2018 and will publish again in 2020; since we’ve been on both sides of the publishing process, we strive to build up our community to help other writers to succeed. We provide proofreading, substantive editing, copy editing, developmental editing, and beta reading services for indie authors. We primarily work with sci-fi/fantasy writers but are ready to edit romance, historical fiction, LGBTQT+, and mystery novels.

Cover Design & Illustration:

Amanda G. |
I help authors and publishers with cover design across a range of genres and styles. My focus is on photo-manipulations and type-based covers. A cover should hit that sweet spot for artistry, audience appeal, and fit for the story/content, and that’s exactly what I help clients achieve. I’m a huge bookworm on top of being a designer – let’s talk books!

Carole C. |
I’m a graphic designer and published illustrator with a fun and colorful style and a love for cats, Miyazaki movies and baking delicious treats! I always enjoy helping authors to bring their stories and characters to life using a lot of imagination and a touch of magic. I also love creating beautifully hand-crafted typography for book covers and titles, which gives them a unique feel and style. Can’t wait to get started on your book!

Diana C. |
I specialize in Romance (all sub-genres), YA, Fantasy, PNR, Mysteries, and Thrillers. I help publishers and authors with their book covers and promotional materials, such as bookmarks, 3D mockups, box sets, and ads. My huge love for books and art led me to launch my website where you can find a variety of reasonably-priced premade covers as well as my custom book cover packages. If you’d like to chat about your book cover with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.

Elle M. |
I specialize in the flat style of digital/vector illustration that’s currently trending for 2020, particularly popular for book covers in the Romance, Young Adult, and Women’s Fiction/ChickLit genres (among others). As a cover designer, I bring something unique to the table: I’m an indie author myself! I approach all of my design work for authors strategically, in the same way I do for my own books, staying up to date on best-selling and popular trends. At the end of the day, I know there’s so much more at stake than a pretty picture, and I never lose sight of the ultimate goal: getting an author’s book noticed by readers and help increase sales!

Jasmine M. |
Colour, illustration and graphic design are a few of my favourite things. Luckily, my day-to-day life focuses on all three. I’m a graphic designer and illustrator working across a range of disciplines but specialising in design for print and colour theory. I love to immerse myself in each project and provide design outcomes that are unique, effective and valuable to every client.


Denis C. |
I help fiction authors sell more books using two simple methods. With over a decade of experience in digital marketing, I understand it can be overwhelming with so much outdated or misinformation available online. I specifically designed my ‘Simple Two Method Book Marketing System’ to be budget and time friendly while still exposing your writing to thousands of readers a month. Click the link above and let me show you how!

Sara-Jayne P. |
I help authors, small publishers, and bookish folks build their brand & find their readers on Instagram. I am a publishing industry veteran, a digital marketer, a teacher, an authentic Instagram blogger with a dedicated following, and an aspiring author writing a very silly romantic comedy. Basically my whole career has funneled me into this specific service for this specific audience—and I can’t wait to share my years of experience and knowledge with you!

Other services

I format books but also…

As a Formatter I’m always open to work on different projects that might require my formatting skills: thesis, marketing documentation, manuals, guides, photography books, etc.

I also have experience working as a Multilingual Desktop Publisher for translation and localization projects. I am currently offering DTP services as a freelancer as well.

To work together or for more information, feel free to check my LinkedIn profile or send me an email.