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Formatting Inclusions

Penning and Planning Vellum Formatting 2022
Content Fortress Martin and Lyndsay

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What software do you use for formatting books?

A. I use Vellum software.

Q. What format should my manuscript be in when I send it to you?

A. Always in Word format please. My blog post 'Penning and Planning – The Formatting Process' outlines everything you need to know.

Q. How do I choose my interior preferences?

A. I will send you a simple but comprehensive checklist to complete before your formatting slot. The checklist includes: book styles available, chapter heading backgrounds available, font choices available, book sizes available, text layout preferences, and what front and back matter you would like to include, as well as space for any other requests you may have (software permitting).

My blog posts Is Vellum formatting suitable for my book? and What are the pros and cons of Vellum formatting? and 5 reasons NOT to choose Vellum formatting are good places to start if you're considering Vellum formatting.

Q. What does 'from just £99' mean in terms of pricing?

A. Fiction and nonfiction prices are structured as follows:

Fiction formatting prices:

  • £99 for a text only manuscript which contains up to 50,000 words
  • £109 for a text only manuscript which contains between 50,000–70,000 words
  • £119 for a text only manuscript which contains between 70,000–90,000 words
  • £129 for a text only manuscript which contains between 90,000-100,000 words
  • £139 for a text only manuscript which contains over 100,000 words

It then costs an extra £10 to add up to 3 interior images/graphics/illustrations. An extra £20 for 4-6 images/graphics/illustrations. An extra £30 for 7-9 images/graphics/illustrations, and so on.

Nonfiction formatting prices:

  • Nonfiction formatting begins at £149 for a manuscript which contains up to 50,000 words with no interior images/graphics/illustrations.

It then costs an extra £10 to add up to 3 images/graphics/illustrations to a a book containing up to 50,000 words. Therefore, the prices become:

  • £159 for up to 3 images/graphics/illustrations
  • £169 for 4-6 images/graphics/illustrations
  • £179 for 7-9 images/graphics/illustrations
  • £189 for 10-12 images/graphics/illustrations
  • £199 for 13+ images/graphics/illustrations

(I personally wouldn't advise more than 15 images maximum per book in order to minimise the possibility of awkward spacing on pages, which then significantly affects text placement.)

Please contact me for a bespoke price for formatting a nonfiction book over 50,000 (with or without images).

A 10% deposit will secure your formatting slot.

Q. Does formatting come before or after proofreading?

A. My formatting service is always done after the book has been proofread. Although I do a page by page quality check on the interior layout, including correcting the odd missed typo if I spot one, the professional proofread should be done first. After the formatting has been done and checked, the book will ready to publish immediately!