Formatting

My Current Schedule

Editing: I am not taking new novels at this time. I will be available for editing novels again on December 15, 2017. I am always available for children’s books.
Formatting: I am always available for formatting.
The Book Doctor (proofreading): This service follows the same schedule as my editing.



Your formatting is the first thing a reader will see when they open your book. The “look and feel” of your book will set the experience for your readers, so you want it to have a professional touch and a clean layout.

I have experience formatting for both paperback and e-book. If you need an e-book formatted, you must already have your cover image file completed. I will need a copy of the cover for the metadata (the information about your book that is built into the coding).

If, after my work is done, you find that you want or need your files updated or revised, I will do so for free with unlimited tweaks. (This only applies to files I have personally formatted and only when the integrity of the initial format remains intact. Basically, if you would like your book redone in a completely different trim size or layout, you’d have to pay for reformatting.)

 

Paperback—$60

This formatting option will give you a Word document in .docx and an upload-ready PDF.

I will design your inner pages to create an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-read paperback novel. If your novel is part of an ongoing series, I will format to match previous releases. I recommend self-publishing authors use a 6 x 9 format, but I can easily work with whatever book size you’d like.

As a personal touch, I will also ensure that the bottom-most line of every page matches up with the page opposite it. In an update to Microsoft Word, the amount of lines on a page has been altered based on the size of the paragraphs. This results in an uneven amount of space at the bottom of each page. My formatting pays special attention to this detail to give you the most professional product possible.

 

E-book—$100

This formatting option will give you both an .epub and .mobi file of your book, ready for upload.

I use an HTML/CSS method to build your e-book from the ground up. Coding enables your book to be read across any and all devices with ease and allows your readers to have some leeway with their personal font and color preferences. It also gives them a built-in interactive Table of Contents both in the file itself and coded into the e-reader.

My formatted e-books meet all epubcheck requirements with no errors.

 

Formatting bundle—$140

This includes both paperback and e-book formats. (A $20 savings!)

 

Children’s Picture Books

Pricing Available Upon Request
$25 minimum; $100 maximum. Pricing varies by book.

For paperback books, this formatting option will give you a Word document in .docx and an upload-ready PDF.
For e-books,this formatting option will give you a Kindle .mobi file. I am not currently formatting picture book in .epub files.

Designing and building a picture book is very time-consuming. There is a lot of personal preference involved in the vision an author has for their book, and it must be put together in a way that draws a child’s attention to the words and images at a balanced pace. More so, when it comes to the paperback version, uploading can be a hassle (especially through Createspace and Ingram Spark) because even with a PDF, they may show gutter and margin errors that aren’t immediately apparent and that will require tweaking.

For these reasons, if you hire me to format your picture book, I will need to work closely with you during the paperback uploading phase so I can tackle any issues that may arise. It is just part of the process, but I will perform as many tweaks as necessary until it’s perfect.

 

Picture book formatting bundle—20% off

This includes both paperback and e-book formats, giving you 20% off the total combined price of the two.



Need a quote?

If you have any questions or would like a quote on children’s book formatting, don’t hesitate to contact me or fill out the form at the bottom of my main services page; I’ll get back to you within 1-2 business days!

 

What others are saying about me:

Crystal is a wonderful editor! I had the privilege of working with her on my debut novel, Dead by Morning. She improved it 100%! She knows exactly what to look for in all the important areas: grammar, character development, and plot. Not only did she smooth out the sentence structure in my novel, but she […]

Kayla Krantz

Crystal has edited countless short stories, blog posts, and novels-in-progress for me, and they are always edited to perfection! She’s one of my go-to editors when it comes to asking for any editing advice. I highly recommend any of her services. She is amazingly thorough and dedicated to every project she takes on. It’s obvious […]

Michelle King

Crystal edited and formatted my debut novel, Phoenix Always. I knew what to expect from her, which is why I knew that only she could be my editor, and she did not disappoint. It was challenging at times, and there were times when I wanted to curse her out, but that’s exactly what a writer […]

Jae Dawn

With my second novel, I had the opportunity to work with Crystal MM Burton as the editor. What began as a new relationship soon ended up being one of my best decisions ever. Not only is Crystal a wonderful and knowledgeable editor, but she has a talent for providing a lesson with her work. I […]

Vicki B. Williamson