“Tim offers that rarest of qualities – he underpromises and overdelivers. Spare yourself the frustration and stress, give the project to Tim and let him work his magic.” — Doug Hannum, author of ‘Traveling Alone: little bits of an unfinished trip’
“I first contacted Tim Taylor after reading a recommendation on another author’s web-site. Not only did I find Tim to be extremely professional, but he is a gentlemen who went out of his way time and again to deliver the best product possible. I happily recommend Tim.” — Max Ryan, author of “Max Ryan: Nuclear Whore” and Other Life Stories of a Secondary Parent.
“I found Tim through the internet. I was looking for some help to get a book I had written on Kindle and Createspace. I filled out his contact me form on his site and I was so surprised at how quickly he responded.
Since working with Tim I have written 3 more books because Tim has taken out the struggle out of what to do next. His work is brilliant. Attention to detail is amazing.
If you have written a book and need someone to help you to take it to the next level, Tim is your guy. He is easy to work with (practically held my hand the whole way through), takes initiative to do what needs to be done and the turn – around time for completion is fantastic.
I can highly recommend Tim to anyone who wants to write a book and get it out to the public.
Tim, thank you so much for everything you have done for me.” — Mirella DeBoni, Author: The Secret Sauce of Loving Relationships www.mirelladeboniauthor.com
Update March 2013: Due to high demand, my turnaround time for new clients is now approximately 6-8 weeks.
Do you want to sell a professional quality eBook through retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble? The quality bar moved up noticeably throughout 2011. Second-rate formatting doesn’t cut it any more. I could produce your eBook for you.
For paperbacks and hardbacks, I can also produce formatted interiors in pdf format, ready to supply to print-on-demand (POD) publishers such as Createspace, Lulu, and Lightning Source (I can produce books to PDF/X standard).
- As of December 2012, I have produced 125 eBooks and 30 print books, working with four different small press publishers, several long-established authors self-publishing their backlist, and many new authors publishing their first books.
- I have produced novels, short fiction anthologies, poetry, and non-fiction, and have been privileged to format stories for authors such as Neil Gaiman, Liz Williams, Dan Abnett, Ian Whates, Tanith Lee, Lauren Beukes, Stephen Baxter, and Jeff Noon.
- I have 20 year’s experience of writing software.
My base price to turn your manuscript into a Kindle Store-ready novel (up to 100,000 words) is $75/ £50. ($ prices are in US dollars)
My base price for turning your manuscript into an interior pdf ready for Createspace/Lulu / LS is $100/ £67. However, it could cost less if your requirements are simple.
If you want me to produce an eBook for the Kindle-Store and a Createspace/ Lulu / LS pdf for the same book, then my base price reduces to $150/ £100
To add a Smashwords edition (suitable for the Smashwords Premium Catalog, which supplies Apple iTunes, Sony, B&N, Kobo and others ) add $25/ £17 . If you don’t get in the Premium Catalog after 3 attempts, I will refund the extra Smashwords fee.
Where I say ‘base price’, this is what I will charge for an average complexity manuscript — most novels fit within this, as do many anthologies and some non-fiction. I will need to see your manuscript before confirming the price. For other options, including non-fiction and books with less than 25,000 words, please ask. Please note that I am not currently offering editing services due to the high demand for book layout (I love editing, but it’s very time consuming).
Payment is only required after delivery and once you are satisfied with the work. I can accept Paypal payments in most currencies, or cheques for £GBP. (Also, checks in US and Canadian dollars, for which there is a $5 processing charge)
Please note that you need to send me your finished, proof-read manuscript. If you spot a last-minute typo before publication, I will happily provide a single rebuild free of charge with up to twenty changes. Further rebuilds/ corrections will be charged at $30/ £20 per hour.
Some clients request me to carry out focussed copy editing, for which I charge $30/£20 per hour. What this means is I suggest editing changes as I spot issues while formatting; I also search for common mistakes. You can check whether I am available for full editing, but my availability for editing is limited, and so I am likely to decline.
Mail: email@example.com or tweet @TimCTaylor
Or do it yourself
The advantage of using a third-party formatter is that they (hopefully) have made their mistakes and learned from them before they get to your manuscript. It is satisfying, if you are that way inclined, to format your own books. There are plenty of pitfalls, but there are also plenty of people who have posted advice that might haul you out. For guidance on formatting your own books I recommend:
and as a Kindle eBook: