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Examples and Costs

book design costs will depend on the amount of work involved. Some designers and publish-on-demand services require you to select one of two or three set-price packages where you will be required to pay the set price even if it takes much less time to complete the work than the price justifies. If the  work begins to exceed the price,  either corners will be cut, or you will be asked to pay more.

Some designers will, as normal practice or at the request of their client, provide a fixed quote. The quote will likely be a little higher than a best-guess estimate in order to cover unexpected work. Again, if the  work begins to exceed the price,  either corners will be cut, or you will be asked to pay more.

We operate differently. We will provide you with an estimate of the upper limit of what we expect the cost will be. 90% of the time, the upper limit is not reached. Only occassionally when the client requests more work than initially submitted will costs exceed the upper limit. If, for some reason, production costs appear to be heading higher than my initial estimate, we will let you know as soon as it starts to become apparent to us.

You will be charged only for the work that is done. On an ongoing basis, you will be provided with billing summaries reflecting the costs as the job proceeds. Our billing rate is $75/hr.

Design and layout of text pages for a standard novel with relatively simple chapter pages may take only a few hours to complete. The time involved increases when we add sub-titles, lists, fancy chapter pages, tables and charts, and photos.

cover costs will depend on whether or not cover images are supplied, how much work is required to modify the images, complexity of the front and back cover design, and so on.

most authors and publishers find that the extra time spent to make their book look good is well worth it. If you hope to sell your book, it should look at least as good as, if not better, than the best books it will be competing with. Readers will want your book for its contents but, like a good meal, it must look appetizing enough to entice the diner to have that first taste.

examples below assume all editing has been completed before your manuscript arrives, and your proofing of drafts will require only a few changes to be made. The costs may seem low, but you can be assured that the quality of the work is of the highest standards. Years of experience and good tools make the work easy and efficient (and fun for me!).






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Hemingway
Short Story Books - 48 pages, 4" x 5.25"
Cover design $90
Text layout $105
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total 1st book $225
Total 2nd book $180

Cover images were supplied as photos, then scanned. Back cover text was all supplied as required.
The manuscripts provided were well-proofed beforehand and subsequent changes to drafts were minimal.
 Second and subsequent books produced at a lower cost since the cover and text basic designs are repeated.


 
ice cover    ice text
Poetry book - 120 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Cover design $75
Text layout $130
Barcode $20
Print file prep $15
Total $240

Cover image and back cover text were all supplied exactly as required.
All text was supplied in order as one clean Word file. The first proofs were approved as complete and correct. No changes were required. Print-ready PDF files were prepared and sent.
(Note: I must admit, the cost to produce this book was unusually low!)


 
Myers
Poetry - 160 pages,
5.5" x 8.5"
Cover & jacket design $360
Text layout $150
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $570

Text layout was straight-forward.
Cover design required some Photoshop work to combine images and adjustments to produce the desired effect.






 
Elphic
Novel - 242 pgs, 5.5" x 8.5"
Cover design* $180
Text layout $150
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $360

Cover image scan as required was supplied by the author; some minor adjustments to image. Inside text  layout was straight-forward.

 
Young
Novel - 202 pgs, 5.5" x 8.5"
Cover design $400
Text layout $150
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $580

Cover images obtained from stock photos and modified. Author photo taken, images adjusted and combined.

 
Hill
Novel - 202 pgs, 5.5" x 8.5"
Cover design $600
Text layout $150
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $780

Cover images obtained from stock photos, photo taken of actual pistol; combine images, image adjustments.

 
Haas
Novel - 130 pgs, 5.25" x 8.25"
Cover design $330
Text layout $315
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $675

Cover images obtained from stock photos, combine images, image adjustments, etc
Text included sub-heads and indented text styles.

 
MacRae
Social Commentary - 320 pages, 5.25" x 8.25"
Cover design $270
Text layout $675
File prep, barcode, misc $45
Total $990

Text included multi sub-heads, indented text, quotes, endnotes, index. Considerable post-layout editing.

 
Fedoruk
Memoir/History - 142 pages, 5.25" x 8.25" 11 photos
Cover design* $360
Image scans & adj $75
Photo & caption placement $110
Text layout $330
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $905

Cover images (painting) supplied, image scanning, modifications, adjustments, etc


 
Kane
Memoir - 202 pages,
5.5" x 8.5", 184 photos
Cover design $360
Image scans & adj $480
Photo & caption placement $920
Text layout $300
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $2090

Images scanned at $2 each, old and faded image adjustments

 
Mann
Family History - 192 pages,
6" x 9" 135 photos
Cover design $320
Image scans & adj $300
Photo & caption placement $540
Text layout $330
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $1500


 
Dawes
TV Show Analysis - 240 pgs.
6" x 9"
Cover & jacket design $760
Text layout $570
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $1390

Considerable composite layering and image merging required in the cover design




 
Ferguson
Self-help - 124 pages,
5.5" x 8.5"
Cover & jacket design $410
Text layout $320
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $790






 
Lunden
Self-help - 224 pages,
5.5" x 8.5", 18 images
Cover & jacket design $560
Image adj & placement
$340
Text layout $580
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $1540







 
Oakley
Business - 186 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", 20 images, index, endnotes
Cover design $60
Text design & layout $660
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $750

Cover layout only (cover design supplied)
Text included sub-heads and indented text styles, some images created & placed.

 
Hayden
Self-help/Business - 196 pgs.
5.5" x 8.50",
Cover & jacket design $260
Text layout $480
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $800

Text contained some tables and special formatting






 
Smith G
Business - 138 pages, 6" x 9", 198 images 7 repeated, index, order form
Cover design $420
Image adj $120
Image placement $680
Text layout & order forms $330
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $1480


Framed text images placed throughout. Clip art images placed throughout.


 
bpcpa
Annual Report - 56 pages, 8.25" x 10.5" 42 photos
Cover design $470
Image scans & adj $320
Tables and charts $660
Interior design & layout $680
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $2190


 
Parker
Adventure - 148 pages, 6" x 9", 30 photos, index
Cover design $360
Image scans $120
Image mods & adj $60
Photo & caption placement $300
Text layout $360
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $1170




 
Peach
Adventure/Travel - 224 pgs.
6" x 9", 44 photos
Cover design* $380
Image scans & adj $110
Photo & caption placement $470
Text layout $380
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $1400





 
Duffus
History - 192 pages, 8" x 10", 250 photos, index
Cover design $480
Image scans & adj $600
Photo & caption placement $1250
Text layout $850
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $3210

Cover and some interior filler photos taken

 
Cross
Architecture/memoir - 232 pages, 10" x 8", 174 photos
Cover design $560
Image scans & adj $840
Photo & caption placement $1830
Text layout $680
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $3970

Most image scans provided, considerable image adjustment


 
Curtis
Cookbook - 184 pages,
8" x 10", 9 images & photos
Cover & jacket design $260
Image aquisition & adj $440
Photo & caption placement $150
Text layout $480
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $1390

Most image scans provided, considerable image adjustment


 
Kunkel
Cookbook - 300 pages,
8.5" x 11"
Cover & jacket design $360
Large Print Text layout $880
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $1300



 
Leversedge
Novelty - 156 pages,
5.25" x 6.5", 420 images
Cover design $240
Text & image layout $680
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $950

*Clipart images provided

 
McRae
Children's Book - 28 pages, 6.5" x 6.5", 15 images
Cover design $160
Image scans & adj $50
Text & Image layout $420
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $660

 
Graham
Children's Book - 38 pages, 8" x 10", 18 images
Cover design $420
Image scans & adj $90
Image cutouts $300
Text & Image layout $680
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $1520

Cover - several images combined and adjusted, considerable editing changes

 
Happynook
Nature - 74 pages,
8.25" x 5.25", 68 photos
Cover design $360
Image scans & adj $240
Image size & scale $270
Photo & caption placement $340
Text layout $420
File prep, barcode, misc $30
Total $1660

Most image scans provided, considerable image adjustment

 
Meislik
Gardening - 148 pages,
8" x 10", 94 images & photos
Cover & jacket design $560
Image scans & adj $640
Photo & caption placement $830
Text layout $780
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $2870

Most image scans provided, considerable image adjustment

 
Kobylnyk
Picture/Poetry - 52 pages,
9" x 6", 25 photos
Cover design* $220
Image scans & adj $70
Photo & caption placement $250
Text layout $220
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $820

Most image scans provided, considerable image adjustment

 
Fired up
Arts & Crafts 96 pages,
9" x 8", 210 images & photos
Cover & jacket design $400
Image scans & adj $620
Photo & caption placement $830
Text layout $780
File prep, barcode, misc $60
Total $2690





 





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