FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are your prices?
Many of our services are listed out on our pricing page. We're constantly looking to broaden our services, so if you have an idea that you don't see listed we'll be willing to work with you to get the desired design. For services not listed on our pricing page, we give estimates for each project based on complexity of the project and the amount of work needed. Consultations are free, so please feel free to contact us for more information.
How quick is the turn around?
That depends on the amount of work proposed and how many projects we currently have running. We strive to get the best work done as quickly as possible, and are excellent at communicating our timeline and schedule. If you have a specific deadline in mind let us know up front and we will work with you to meet it. Cover designs generally take between 4 - 6 weeks from start to finish.Formatting has a 3 - 5 business day turnaround.Editing timing will vary on the size of the book but it is usually about 15,000 words a week.If there is a need and a request for it we can usually move around the schedule to get things done with a quicker turn around, but we charge a rush fee.
What's the difference between Copy Editing and Developmental Editing?
Copyediting services is one round and includes spelling and grammar checks. It is essentially a more thurough form of proof reading. Our developmental editing services includes the copy editing package along with an in depth analysis and wording recommendations as well as over all story critique and notes. The first round of developmental editing is very intense and the editor will send updated chapters once a week as he completes them, so that your authors can be working through the notes as the editor keeps working. The second round would be less intensive and include more overall notes, while putting emphasis on any sections that the author wanted notes on specifically.
What is book formatting?
When you submit a book to a publishing company, the file you submit has to meet certain criteria in order to print or view properly on an eReader. So you arrange the file and set up guidelines in the file itself so that chapters are separated properly, and everything fits within the margins.
What's the different between eBook formatting and formatting for print?
When you are formatting for print, you have to make sure the page size and the print margins are accurate for the book, as well as set up the Table of Contents, page numbers, copyright page, and organize the chapters with page breaks and the like. The main difference between print books and eBooks is that page numbers and page size do not matter in an ebook since the font size and page width is determined by the user preferences instead of the author's formatting. Instead, you need to make it so that it is customizable. Also, we set up the table of contents so that if someone clicks on a chapter title they will be taken to the correct section of the book - almost like buttons on a webpage.
Can you use photos I supply?
We can, but those images need to fit 3 requirements. 1. - Permission from the holder of the copyright.2. - It must meet the file guidlines.3. - If there are any people in the photos you must have permission from them to use their likeness by means of a model release form.
What are the requirements for the resources I supply?
We will need all images sent to us to be 300 DPI and large enough to use without resizing. Our artists will assist you in choosing the right sizing options. Any and all images, fonts, music, or other media sent to us must have the proper licensing. A written guarantee of rights will be required for all submitted materials.
What is the process for working on a project?
Once you contact us with a project idea, we will discuss with you a few ideas and where to start, as well as different options for the project. Once the estimates and the scope of work are agreed upon, we will send you an invoice for the initial good will payment. All projects will have an initial deposit of 50% of the total estimated amount. Then we will begin sending you the fun stuff - the art. When all the rounds of revisions have been worked through and the work is complete, you will be invoiced for the remainder of the estimate plus any additions that may have been added to the scope of work. After the final payment is received, we will send you the final files for your project.
Can you send layered / working files to me?
Giving out a working file would be akin to a bakery giving away the recipe to their award winning recipes. As a general rule, we do not send out working files. All final files to be delivered will be the final and flattened versions of the file.
Do you do work for free?
The short answer is no, we do not work for free. The work we do takes a lot of time and effort and is not without its own cost. As much as we wish we could, we simply cannot work for free. However, we can work with you on the pricing of the projects so that we can make a custom workflow that will fit within your budget.