Book Formatting & Layout Design

I’m a freelance book designer with over 15 years in the book publishing industry. My goal is to create simple, eye-catching book interiors that target your genre, sell your books, and relieve some of your workload so you can focus on writing new stories. I work closely with authors and small publishers to ensure that the services I offer bring value and genuine help at a price you can afford, because I know how hard it is starting out in this business.

I would love to help you on your publishing journey!

As a book designer, my job is to create a book layout design that lines up the genre expectations of the reader. Many authors fail to understand the importance of a strong book interior when it comes to reader experience. The choice of font, type size, line spacing, chapter headings, and margins that are balanced and aesthetically pleasing to the reader and can lead to a good experience for the reader.

On this page you’ll find:

  • Fiction Formatting
  • Non-Fiction Formatting
  • Additional Formatting & Layout Services

Fiction Formatting & Layout Pricing

Standard eBook Formatting & Layout Design ONLY

Digital formatting and layout design produces formatted electronic files that create a dynamic flow of text that makes it readable on various electronic devices and an enjoyable reading experience. Additional Design Services are available and extra design fees may apply, see the table below.

$195

Includes:

  • Formatted finished eBook in ePub & mobi files that are accepted by most retailers
  • Your cover image (check out our cover design packages if you need a cover to be designed)
  • Hyperlinked table of contents required by most retailers
  • An author photo
  • Basic design to chapter headers and paragraph layout to give it that sleek look
  • Simple flourishes in between paragraphs, if needed
  • 3 rounds of changes to the design
  • Format text to the paperback dimensions of your choice (6×9″, 5×8″, 5.5×8.5″, etc.)

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Typography file (although you may request the font style name)

Standard Print Formatting & Layout Design ONLY

Print formatting and layout design produces a static layout that is created to meet industry standards. While an enjoyable reading experience, printed formats do not lend well to reading on electronic devices. Additional Design Services are available and extra design fees may apply, see the table below.

$195

Includes:

  • Formatted finished Book in PDF file that are accepted by most retailers.
  • Page numbers along with author name and title at the top of the page if desired
  • An author photo
  • Basic design to your chapter headers and paragraph to give it that printed book feel. 
  • Simple flourishes in between paragraphs to add flare
  • 3 rounds of changes to the design
  • Format text to the paperback dimensions of your choice (6×9″, 5×8″, 5.5×8.5″, etc.)

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Typography file (although you may request the font style name)

Standard Print & eBook Formatting Design Combo

Save $100 by combining the eBook & Print Formatting & Layout Design, because while eBook formatting reduces the scope of work for printed books, each has different industry requirements. Additional Design Services are available and extra design fees may apply, see the table below.

$290

Includes:

  • Formatted finished eBook in ePub & mobi files that are accepted by most retailers.
  • Formatted finished Book in PDF file that are accepted by most retailers
  • eBook formatting includes everything from the Standard eBook Formatting & Layout Design Package
  • Print formatting includes everything from the Standard Print Formatting & Layout Design Package
  • 3 rounds of changes to the design
  • Format text to the paperback dimensions of your choice (6×9″, 5×8″, 5.5×8.5″, etc.)

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Typography file (although you may request the font style name)

If any formatting problems occur due to my mistake, I will fix them free of charge. If there is any weird formatting problems with the document you send me that I can’t fix, and my only option is to strip all the formatting and start over, I will discuss it with you before continuing. We may need to discuss a $25/hr charge over a product-based service charge if I have to strip the document.

Common fiction print book cover dimension trim sizes include: 5 x 8, 5.25 x 8, 5.5 x 8.5, and 6 x 9. If you need a different size, please request the custom size prior to ordering. Special size requests made after the design work has started may incur additional fees.

To Get Started, please send me a fully edited book as a Word-document. Have any front matter (title page, copyright page, dedication, etc.) and back matter (book lists, about author, book teasers, etc.) already added to the document, exceptions being custom designed orders. If you would like any of the text italicized or bold, please format it as such in the text document so I know to incorporate it into the design.

Non-Fiction Formatting & Layout Pricing

Due to the extra formatting and layout needs of non-fiction books, add this to your order if you want me to format a non-fiction book.

Standard eBook Formatting & Layout Design ONLY

Digital formatting and layout design produces formatted electronic files that create a dynamic flow of text that makes it readable on various electronic devices and an enjoyable reading experience. Additional Design Services are available and extra design fees may apply, see the table below.

$295

Includes:

  • Formatted finished eBook in ePub & mobi files that are accepted by most retailers
  • Your cover image (check out our cover design packages if you need a cover to be designed)
  • Hyperlinked table of contents required by most retailers
  • An author photo
  • Basic design to chapter headers and paragraph layout to give it that sleek look
  • Simple flourishes in between paragraphs, if needed
  • 3 rounds of changes to the design
  • Format text to the paperback dimensions of your choice (6×9″, 5×8″, 5.5×8.5″, etc.)

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Typography file (although you may request the font style name)

Standard Print Formatting & Layout Design ONLY

Print formatting and layout design produces a static layout that is created to meet industry standards. While an enjoyable reading experience, printed formats do not lend well to reading on electronic devices. Additional Design Services are available and extra design fees may apply, see the table below.

$295

Includes:

  • Formatted finished Book in PDF file that are accepted by most retailers.
  • Page numbers along with author name and title at the top of the page if desired
  • An author photo
  • Basic design to your chapter headers and paragraph to give it that printed book feel. 
  • Simple flourishes in between paragraphs to add flare
  • 3 rounds of changes to the design
  • Format text to the paperback dimensions of your choice (6×9″, 5×8″, 5.5×8.5″, etc.)

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Typography file (although you may request the font style name)

Standard Print & eBook Formatting Design Combo

Save $100 by combining the eBook & Print Formatting & Layout Design, because while eBook formatting reduces the scope of work for printed books, each has different industry requirements. Additional Design Services are available and extra design fees may apply, see the table below.

$390

Includes:

  • Formatted finished eBook in ePub & mobi files that are accepted by most retailers.
  • Formatted finished Book in PDF file that are accepted by most retailers
  • eBook formatting includes everything from the Standard eBook Formatting & Layout Design Package
  • Print formatting includes everything from the Standard Print Formatting & Layout Design Package
  • 3 rounds of changes to the design
  • Format text to the paperback dimensions of your choice (6×9″, 5×8″, 5.5×8.5″, etc.)

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Typography file (although you may request the font style name)

If any formatting problems occur due to my mistake, I will fix them free of charge. If there is any weird formatting problems with the document you send me that I can’t fix, and my only option is to strip all the formatting and start over, I will discuss it with you before continuing. We may need to discuss a $25/hr charge over a product-based service charge if I have to strip the document.

Common non-fiction print book cover dimension trim sizes include: 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 7 x 10. If you need a different size, please request the custom size prior to ordering. Special size requests made after the design work has started may incur additional fees

To Get Started, please send me a fully edited book as a Word-document. Have any front matter (title page, copyright page, dedication, etc.) and back matter (book lists, about author, book teasers, etc.) already added to the document, exceptions being custom designed orders. If you would like any of the text italicized or bold, please format it as such in the text document so I know to incorporate it into the design.

Additional Formatting & Layout Services

I understand that a one-size-fits-all package doesn’t always apply and I’m willing to tailor my services to fit your needs. Below you will find additional services you may add to your order at a discounted rate. If your project isn’t on the list, just let me know what extras you need and we can discuss the project and rates to create it.

Additional Formatting & Layout ServicesPrice
Fiction & Non Fiction eBook & Print Book Formatting & Layout Design Packages: Plus additional service pricing for decorative elements, images, tables, custom headers and title pages, etc. Prices differ depending on the complexity of the interior design.$95+
Upload Assistance: If you’d like me to upload and manage your files to your printer or other distribution channels I can do that. Please provide login information and book details. If you aren’t sure what you need, please ask so I can provide the information for you.$45/ea place
Additional eBook/Book Format: For those who need additional formats beyond the ones provided in your service package.$20 per format
Custom Title Pages: They can be designed to match your cover and include title, author name, graphics, and more! The price will depend on the complexity of the design.$10+
Custom Chapter Headers: They can be created to match your cover font and can include graphics, title names, and more! The price will depend on the complexity of the design.$3+ ea
Custom Table of Contents: Formatting comes with a basic table of contents layout, if you want something customized to your book, add this service to your order. If you want a custom index, please let me know when ordering.$25/hr
Decorative Elements: This is for those who want me to add a little decor to their books and bringing the pages to life. Decorative elements may be added to print or eBook. If you have already done this prior to sending the manuscript to me or like what you have, then this add-on service is not for you.$50 per format
Image Placement: Images can do some tricky things when your content is converted from one file type to another. The images may not be placed correctly within the book. This charge is for resizing images for your book size, fixing the impact of images on your document, and adjusting the layout for them. This is not to be mistaken with Custom Chapter Headers, Decorative Elements, or the creation of tables, charts, or graphs.$2 per image
Table, Chart, or Graph Placement: Tables, charts, or graphs can do some tricky things when your content is converted from one file type to another. This service deals with taking your tables, charts, and/or graphs and creating images that can be more easily placed into your book so that the layout doesn’t go all wonky. This can also be added for the creation of graphs from raw data, editing the layout of the tables or graphs when formatting. Please note that if your tables are displayed as images then I charge an image placement fee and not a table fee.$4+ per table
Social Media Links & Linking: This is for those who want me to add links to the document. If you have already done this prior to sending the manuscript to me or like what you have, then this add-on service is not for you.$25/hr
Next Book in Series Layout Design: This is for those who want me to design a “Next Book in Series Layout”. If you have already done this prior to sending the manuscript to me or like what you have, then this add-on service is not for you.$25/hr
Back List Creation with Links: This is for those who want me to add links to their backlist of books in the document. If you have already done this prior to sending the manuscript to me or like what you have, then this add-on service is not for you.$25/hr
Corrections to Formatting due to Edits: As happens, sometimes corrections need to be made, and sometimes this is during or after the layout process. I understand this, and I am happy to do edits to your manuscript.$1 per edit
Rush Delivery: This does not mean contacting me the night before you need a design and ask me to do it. In a rush delivery, you contact me a few days or a week before you need the design completed and I stay up late, push back some projects, and work on my days off to complete the project on time. If a rush delivery is required, please contact me prior to ordering. For this, you will need to add 30% to the total price of your order.+ 30%

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.


General Information

My design pricing is based on my standard service time to consult with clients, formatting and layout, and creating the finished design. Most services are charged a flat rate, but occasionally some custom services or tailored services are charged $25/hour. I will let you know if I anticipate additional fees prior to invoicing.

Payment: Payment is in US dollars and through a PayPal invoice unless otherwise discussed. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay the invoice. PayPal can process any credit cards or check. Please do not send payment until an invoice for services has been received.

100% of the design fee is due upon finalization of your design project and BEFORE the release of the final design.

**Stock Photography: For legal and licensing reasons, I require all clients to provide or purchase the images that will be used in your design. Stock photography should not be purchased prior to approval of the concept design and my instructions buying the correct image size. The images then need to be purchased directly by the author or publisher and emailed to me. 


What Others have to say:

“Stephannie Beman does an excellent job of creating beautiful banners, business cards, and covers.  I’ve had all of these done and have been impressed with the quality of her work and how prompt she is in emailing me with any questions I have.  I definitely recommend her services. I will probably use my banners and business cards till the day I die because I love them so much.”

Ruth Ann Nordin

“Through the whole process, Stephannie has made the experience, which was new to me, very enjoyable and she has kept me up to date with her progress every step of the way via email. I was never left to wonder what was going on. Her prices are affordable and I got value for money and excellent customer service.
“I won’t think twice about using Stephannie for the next cover I need and I would recommend her to everyone!”

Jackie Small

“Stephannie is a rock star! First, she is very talented. Perhaps more importantly, she does what she says she will do… every time. I’ve worked with her on both fiction and non-fiction projects for print and e-book versions and in each case the results are great. She’s my go-to source for awesome. And heads up SB, I’ll be reaching out again soon.”

Tim Toterhi


Thank you for looking into my services.

If you have any questions, concerns, or wish more information, please email me. I will reply promptly.