When I format a print book, I feel like I have absolute control over the end product, and I’m damn proud of it. I’d love to see more print format requests come in, specifically more requesting the fun stuff I can do with images and fonts!
So along with this post chronicling some of the print books I’ve done in the past, I’m running a special on pricing. Createspace pricing is as follows:
- Createspace for UNDER 30 thou — $50
- Createspace for UNDER 70 thou — $75
- Createspace for OVER 70 thou — $100
For the images and special formatting seen below, I usually charge an extra $50. But I am offering this kind of formatting for no extra charge for the next three months! This way I can build my portfolio, and hopefully grab some new clients.
(These are scans of books I have on hand that I formatted, whether mine or a client’s. Some of the shadows are pretty wonky ‘cuz scanning a book on a flatbed scanner is pretty weird, but you can see the basic format.)
“Abigail” by Me
I was going for whimsical and girly because the book is a fantasy/romance.
Julia picked out the roots because it was “earthy.” I loved the way this book turned out.
I’d seen this look in a traditionally published book, and I wanted to emulate it. I actually do that quite a bit. If a client came to me and said “Look at such-and-such’s book. That’s how I want mine,” I could make it happen.
I love this look. It’s simple but striking.
“Eternal Youth” by Me & Julia Crane
This was one of those books I did based off a trad novel by Susan Wittig Albert. The text page (below) isn’t a very good scan, but I loved adding the line to the page heading. It made it look so crisp. The final product was pretty damn close to Susan’s.
“Freak of Nature” by Julia Crane
Julia’s main character is a half-human/half-robot hybrid, so she wanted this patch of coding on her chapters. It’s so cool to see when you open the book.
“The House” by Me
I wanted to go “creepy” because it’s a ghost story. The cover has branches on it superimposed over the image of the girl/guy and house, so that’s how I got the idea to use creepy branches.
“Lauren” by Julia Crane
Another example of a simple yet striking chapter heading.
If you’re on a search for a print book formatter, consider giving me a try!