I am not currently taking any more requests for layout or editing commissions.
If I do then it’s a sign that my writing career is over!
(last updated May 2017)
“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
I am not currently taking any more requests for layout or editing commissions. When new slots become available I will announce them here. (last updated June 14th 2015)
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).
- Last time I counted, I had produced 150 eBooks and 40 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 $125/ £75. ($ prices are in US dollars, but I can accept Canadian and Australian dollars too, though I’d have to check the exchange rate)
My base price for turning your manuscript into an interior pdf ready for Createspace/Lulu / LSI is $125/ £75. 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 $195/ £125
To add a Smashwords editions (suitable for the Smashwords Premium Catalog, which supplies Apple iTunes, Sony, B&N, Kobo and others ) add $35/ £25. If you don’t get in the Premium Catalog after 3 attempts, I will refund the extra Smashwords fee if you uploaded a Word doc*. The Smashwords fee is for either a Word doc edition (to go through the Smashwords Meatgrinder) or for an ePUB to send through Smashwords Direct. See below for notes on Smashwords Direct.*
I can also produce ePUB editions for direct upload to other retailers. These will have passed the ePubCheck validation required by Apple and other suppliers, and will look good on Nooks without the users having to select the Publisher Default option.
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.
*Smashwords Direct. I’m sure Smashwords are working hard to improve on their vetting for Smashwords Direct, but I have experienced some problems and delays on Smashwords Direct and currently only recommend for books that benefit from more sophisticated formatting, such as svg images, floating text around images and text boxes. I cannot currently offer a refund if the Smashwords Direct upload does not work, although I will respond to Smashwords vetting instructions and reissue you with revised ePubs. To be fair to Smashwords, they are getting good at responding rapidly to queries about vetting. What I can offer, though, is a guarantee that your ePUB has passed the EPubCheck validator required by Smashwords, Apple and others (in fact you can run the check yourself over the file I give you by uploading it here: http://validator.idpf.org/ )
Having finished writing my book and not being an X-Factor finalist, Big Brother winner, Olympic medallist or a TV chef, I decided to publish the book myself. The trouble was, I had no idea how. Luckily I chanced upon this website and decided to send an e.mail enquiry to Tim. The result – my book is now published and for sale in paperback or for Kindle. It happened amazingly quickly and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Without Tim, my manuscript would still be sitting in a file on my computer. I recommend you do the same as me and e.mail Tim – I promise that you will not regret it. — Peewee Hunt, author of The Virgin Sailor.
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:
Paul Salvette (I also recommend Paul’s book: ‘The eBook Design and Development Guide’ )
and as a Kindle eBook: