Of Ebooks and Audio and Editing

Revising, reworking, removing by mpclemons/flickr.com. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Self-publishing doesn’t mean having to do everything by yourself!

Stillpoint Digital Press is proud to serve not only as a publisher of fine ebook, audiobook, and print editions, but also as a provider of quick, affordable, and professional ebook conversion and design, audiobook production, and editorial services.

We have helped small presses, agencies, and self-publishers to produce the books they want to create, and we’d love to work with you!

Contact us for an estimate today. For more information about our services, read on:

Ebook Conversion and Design

If you are looking to self-publish, but need some help converting your manuscript into a polished, professional ebook format, Stillpoint Digital Press can provide whatever level of assistance you are looking for.

Manuscripts: $2.00–$10.00+ per thousand words

The cost of converting your book depends on the style and complexity of your book, and on the format of the original manuscript.For a straightforward conversion of a simple text (a novel, for example, or a non-fiction book with no figures, tables, or illustrations) we generally charge around $2.00 per thousand words ($0.002 per word, if you’re feeling precise).*

More complex formatting (drop capitals, sidebars, illustrations, tables, graphs, multiple images) will increase the time and therefore the cost, depending on the density and complexity of the formatting involved. A heavily illustrated book with a cross-linked list of images might cost $10.00 per thousand words or more.

We can work from just about any original format, from typed manuscript to a computer document. We love it when books come to us as Microsoft Word (.doc/docx), Rich Text (.rtf), Apple Pages (.pages), or OpenOffice (.odt) files,  or as InDesign documents (.indd/indb). We can even open most older word processing documents — just let us know!

Some formats require a lot more preparatory work simply to begin the ebook design. That handwritten novel manuscript, for example, or hard-bound printed book will need to be digitized, and PDF files may need to be cleaned up considerably. If you would like us to work from such originals, we’ll be happy to let you know the cost of preparing the manuscript up front as part of our estimate.

Picture books (fixed-format): $10.00–$15.00 per page

For children’s picture books, we can help you convert the manuscript and the art into a fixed-format picture book. The cost of conversion will depend on the complexity of the layout. Ask about adding a read-along track as well! (See information about audiobooks below.)

Covers: $50.00–$400.00

For text conversions, we will provide at no additional charge a basic cover that includes the title, the author’s name, and any image that you have the rights to.

If you would like help designing a more eye-catching cover, we would be happy to provide a quote for our services.

Audiobook Production

Our studio includes a professional audio recording and editing facility. If you would be interested in creating an audiobook or read-aloud track of your work read by a professional voice actor or actors, let us know and we can include that in your quote.

The cost will vary widely depending on the length and complexity of your manuscript. Generally, we charge between $200 and $400 for each finished hour of the completed recording. An hour of edited audio will typically correspond to eight to ten thousand words.

We can give you the final, edited audio files, or, if you would like, we can distribute your audiobook on iTunes, Amazon, and Audible.

Editorial Services

We have decades of experience providing a broad spectrum of editorial services. Whether you need a deep developmental edit that smooths out the logic, language, and flow of your manuscript, a copy edit that polishes its style, or a thorough final proofread that buffs the prose to high shine, we can make sure that your words have precisely the impact that you are looking for.

We also offer services including  fact checking, desktop publishing, web design, indexing, and the research and acquisition of permissions for both images and quotations.

Rates vary depending upon the service and the manuscript. In general, we follow the Editorial Freelancers Association’s posted rates.

Contact us

Interested in any of our services? Contact us today at editor@stillpointdigital.com! Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll be happy to help you turn your manuscript into a professional, polished book

Art: “Revising, reworking, removing” by mpclemons/flickr.com. Used under a Creative Commons license.

* Because no two writers format manuscripts in precisely the same manner, we estimate by word count rather than by pages. A typical page, set in 12 pt. Courier with 1″ margins, will have on average 250 words, so a thousand words works out to about four pages.

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