You know, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time and energy teaching authors what I know about producing and marketing great books. From picking your book fonts to setting up an author blog to managing your distribution. Yep, there’s a lot to know in indie publishing to do it right.
But I have to admit, for one segment of authors, almost all of this has been wasted.
I’m talking about the authors who don’t want to “do it themselves.” They want it done for them. And hey, that’s often a good idea, and one that can save you a lot of time, frustration, and uncertainty.
After all, if you hire a professional to take on some of these tasks, you’re likely to get a better result, as well as getting your time back so you can do something more valuable. Like writing your next book, or marketing the books you have in print.
And it was undeniable: what they want is help when they need it, and sometimes, for someone else to just do it for them.
So today I’m pleased to announce we’re now offering Premium Services. Here’s what we’ve got on offer, let me know if you’re likely to use any of these, and if you think they will save you time.
BookDesignTemplates.com Premium Services
We convert your finished book into a print-ready PDF you can upload to your printer or POD vendor. We’ll make sure that your PDF has all of the right fonts and images embedded, and that every page is the right size, ready for print. (Note: We do not edit, review, or change the content of your book file, so please be sure your book is in its final form before submission.)
Add a Table of Contents
Our fiction and children’s book templates are designed to create great-looking fiction books. But we know some authors would like to use a fiction or children’s book template for their non-fiction books. We’ll add an easy-to-update Contents page and format it to match your template.
Add New Front or Back Matter Pages
Sometimes you want to add a section to your book that falls outside of what our standard templates offer. If that’s the case with your book, we’ll add up to two new, fully formatted and styled front matter or back matter pages to your template for you.
Insert Images with Captions
Do you have photos, graphics, or other non-text elements to add to your book? Not sure of the best way to do that without messing up your carefully formatted pages? No worries. We’ll add up to five images to your file—complete with captions—wherever you like. (You’ll need to supply the images.)
Add Custom Text Styles
Sometimes authors want a specific type of quote, a custom bullet character, or a special paragraph format used in their books. We’ll make it easy by creating new styles to your specifications, and then add them to your template file.
Create a Custom Trim / Page Size Template
Although we offer a wide variety of trim sizes for our standard templates, your project may a unique page size. If that’s the case, we’ll modify any of our standard templates to a new size to accommodate your needs. (Does not include the cost of the template license.)
Substitute a Custom Font
Do you have a favorite font you’d like to use with one of our templates? Just prefer a font that comes with a different template? No problem. We’ll change any one of the standard fonts in our templates to one of your choosing, and we’ll modify the default styles in the template where needed. (You must supply the font.)
Convert Your Completed Ebook to a Kindle-Ready HTML File
Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) often requires you to upload an HTML version of your book, instead of a Word .DOCX file, if it contains pictures, is a non-fiction book with bullet points, or is a children’s picture book. The HTML version of your eBook file ensures that your book looks and works correctly on all Kindle screens. We make it easy by converting your final eBook Word file (formatted using one of our templates, of course) to HTML and then compressing it into the required .ZIP file for you.
Convert a Finished Print Book to an eBook
Just finished your print book using a template and want to have us convert it to the eBook version for you? We can save you the time by doing it for you. We’ll take your finished book file (formatted with one of our templates) and transfer it to the eBook version of the template for you. (This service includes the eBook template license.)
Professional Review of Your Book or eBook File for Formatting Issues
Do you have everything ready for publication, but want an expert eye to double-check your book file before you launch it into the world? No problem, we’ll review your interior file and let you know if we find any formatting, pagination, or other layout issues that need to be corrected. Then we’ll give you a report of our findings along with suggestions on how to fix any problems we find.
Advanced Tech Support
Although we strive to make our templates foolproof and easy to use, sometimes you just need a hand to finalize your book. Maybe you’re having a problem with page numbering or styles. Whatever the reason, we offer affordable support to assist you with any issue you’re having with your book project. (Priced at $97/hour and billed in ¼-hour increments. We’ll give you an estimate before we start work, too.)
Format Your Fiction Manuscript
Do you have a manuscript you’d like to publish with one of our templates, but just don’t feel like tackling it yourself? No problem. We’ll take your manuscript (fiction or similar manuscripts only, please) and create your book file for you. You’ll save time, and have the assurance of knowing that it’s styled and formatted properly right from the beginning. (Priced in Blocks of 10,000 words total length, does not include the template license.)
How It Works
Head over to the Premium Services page to get complete details and pricing information. After you pay for the service you want, you’ll be taken to a page where you can access our submission form. That’s where you’ll upload the files you want us to work on. You’ll get an acknowledgement of your order, and an estimated time of delivery.
I think these services, whether it’s just adding some photos, or formatting your entire book for you, are going to be very helpful for authors.
As always, I’d love to know what you think. Let me know in the comments.