Self Publishing Services

Here you'll find our services, conveniently categorized under book production, distribution, marketing, and everything specific to ebooks. Learn about what's included in each service and the investment needed to create a professional, awe-inspiring book. Want to see examples of our work? Be sure to check out our beautiful cover designs and our professional interior layouts!

If you have questions, contact us or visit our Author Learning Center to learn more about the publishing process!

Print Publishing Base Plan - $799

Your publishing plan with Mill City Press is customized based on the needs of you and your book, and will always include the following services.

What You Get:

  • Online access to PubSmart
  • Customer support M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT
  • Manuscript cleanup and preparation
  • Custom interior layout design
  • ISBN, LCCN, and barcode
  • Physical and electronic proofs of your book
  • $50 credit toward complimentary copies
  • Amazon Look Inside! submission
  • Google Books submission
  • 100% rights and royalties

Online Access to PubSmart

Mill City Press created PubSmart as a productivity tool for book publishing. With this technology, you’ll be able to communicate with Mill City Press staff and track all versions of your manuscript at every stage of the publishing process.

PubSmart also allows you to view sales and reporting from all retailers and wholesalers where the book is sold.

Manuscript Cleanup and Preparation

As part of this service, we clean up your manuscript’s formatting so that it meets our guidelines. That way, your manuscript will easily move through the editing and interior layout stages of the publishing process.

Custom Interior Layout Design

A professional interior layout gives your book a competitive edge. A front cover isn’t the only part of a book readers will judge by its appearance. As part of our collaborative design process, you will fill out a questionnaire about your interior layout preferences that will help your designer determine:

  • The best way to make your interior visually cohesive with your cover
  • An appropriate typeface for your book’s genre and style
  • A unique design for your chapter openers
  • The style and content of your running heads
  • Page number placement
  • Solutions for special formatting your book might need

We’ll then format a sample chapter of your book based on your design preferences to make sure we are on the right track in creating the book you envisioned. Once you’re happy with the sample format of your book, we will go ahead and lay out the full interior. Want to see what we’ve done? Visit our page of interior layout examples.


ISBN, LCCN, and Barcode
If you’re not purchasing your own block of 10 ISBNs, Mill City Press provides an ISBN for you, along with the barcode that’s placed on the back cover. We’ll also obtain an LCCN so that your book will be cataloged by the Library of Congress.

Amazon Look Inside! and Google Books Submission
To make it easier for potential buyers to read a sample of your book, we’ll submit your book to Amazon Look Inside! and Google Books, programs that make a small portion of your book available for anyone to read.

100% Rights and Royalties
Most importantly, at Mill City Press, you keep 100% of your rights and royalties. You’ll receive the source files for everything we create for you, and you take home the net revenue of every book you sell.

Manuscript Evaluation - $599

Why get a manuscript evaluation? It’s the best tool to help you make informed decisions along your publishing journey—from editing recommendations, to your book’s title and cover design considerations, to tips on taking advantage of marketing connections you may not even realize you have.

Your manuscript evaluation happens early in the publishing process—before you begin any rounds of edits—and gives you guidance for every step afterward.

In short, a manuscript evaluation prepares you for what you need to do to ensure a successful publication.

What You Get:

  • A detailed summary of editing, packaging, and marketing solutions to maximize your book’s commercial potential
  • A suggested editing level based on the developmental and grammatical concerns outlined in the evaluation
  • A summary of any potential liability concerns
  • Feedback on your proposed title/subtitle based on comparable books on the market
  • A discussion of your book and evaluation during an in-house staff meeting. These meetings are designed to better prepare the staff for your publishing project, based on the needs of the manuscript described in the evaluation.

Check out these sample manuscript evaluations, or visit our Manuscript Evaluations page to learn more about what this feedback can do for you.

Cover Design Consultation + Extra Concept - $249

With a cover design consultation, you’ll give your cover an edge over the competition. Since the front cover is a deciding factor in whether readers will purchase your book, this service—which includes an extra cover concept, time with your designer, and advice from our publicist—will put your cover above the rest.

What You Get:

  • A 30-minute consultation call with your cover designer
  • Extra cover concept (three total)
  • Advice from our publicist on which cover concept will make your book most marketable

If you add on a consultation to your cover design process, you’ll be able to schedule a 30-minute call with your cover designer. During the call, you’ll discuss and refine your ideas for your cover concepts before the process even begins. This will give you the chance to think through your ideas aloud with your designer, and to collaborate and hone in on your vision before your designer begins work on your concepts.

Cover Design - $399

Despite the adage to never judge a book by its cover, readers do. If your cover doesn’t intrigue readers, they’re not going to pick up your book. That’s why we have a team of professional designers who are dedicated to working with you to create a cover that’ll help sell your book.

What You Get:

  • Two front cover concepts
  • Up to five rounds of revisions on your chosen cover concept
  • Full, print-ready cover, which includes the spine and back cover
  • One round of revisions to the full cover

 

With a book cover, the goal is to create an initial spark of curiosity that will inspire readers to take a closer look. To be effective, your cover needs to be distinctive, interesting, and genre-specific.

To get to that point, you’ll start by completing a questionnaire that provides our designers with specific direction for the creation of your cover concepts.

You’ll be able to choose the cover concept you like best and provide any changes you would like made. Our designers will then work with you through five complimentary rounds of revisions to turn your chosen concept into the final design.

Once you’ve finalized the front cover and interior of your book, we’ll design the back cover and spine to the printer’s specifications, placing all the necessary elements, such as your back cover copy, logos, and bar code.

To view examples of covers we’ve created, click on the images below. Be sure to view the cover design examples page in our Author Learning Center to see even more.

               

Back Cover Copy (print only) - $199

Back cover copy is one of the first interactions a potential reader will have with your book. We know how difficult it can be to write effective back cover copy—and how important it is to your book’s success. Our experienced team can craft copy for you, saving you the hassle and headache, while giving you a head start in the race toward sales.

Your expertly crafted copy doesn’t have to be limited to your back cover, either—use it as your book’s product description online, too.

What You Get:

  • A thorough review of your book, author biography, and any endorsements you may have secured
  • A professionally written synopsis and sales handle that can be used on your back cover, website, and marketing materials
  • Suggestions on how to tailor your author biography to better sell your book

The goal of your back cover is to turn a book browser into a book buyer. With a limited amount of space to tell a potential reader why your book is worth their time and money, you’ll want to make sure each word sells your book.

Here are some examples of fiction and nonfiction back cover copy drafted by our team that you can click on to view:

Fiction Back Cover Copy

          

Nonfiction Example

          

Ebook Publishing Base Plan - $299

Your publishing plan with Mill City Press is customized based on the needs of your ebook, and will always include the following services.

What You Get:

  • Online access to PubSmart
  • Customer support M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT
  • Manuscript cleanup and preparation
  • Custom ebook formatting
  • ISBNs
  • 100% rights and royalties

Online Access to PubSmart
Mill City Press created PubSmart as a productivity tool for book publishing. With this technology, you’ll be able to communicate with Mill City Press staff and track all versions of your manuscript at every stage of the publishing process.

Manuscript Cleanup and Preparation
As part of this service, we clean up your manuscript’s formatting so that it meets our guidelines. That way, your manuscript will easily move through the editing and ebook formatting stages of the publishing process.

Ebook Formatting
There’s no automatic converter here. Your ebook’s formatter will go through the file line by line to make sure everything looks perfect. Once the formatting is completed, you’ll have the opportunity to review and approve our work. You’ll receive four device-optimized ebook files:

  • MOBI for Kindle devices and apps
  • EPUB-iPad for Apple devices (e.g., the iPad and iPhone)
  • EPUB-Nook for Nook devices
  • EPUB-generic for all other ereading devices and programs

ISBNs
If you’re not purchasing your own block of 10 ISBNs, Mill City Press will provide two ISBNs, one for the EPUB versions and one for the MOBI format of your ebook.

100% Rights and Royalties
Most importantly, at Mill City Press, you keep 100% of your rights and royalties. You’ll receive the source files for everything we create for you, and you take home the net revenue of every book you sell.

Ebook Cover Design - $249

A book cover is the first part of an ebook buyers will see when browsing for books online. If you can’t capture their attention, it’s less likely they’ll buy your book.That’s why we have a team of professional designers who are dedicated to working with you to create a cover that’ll help sell your ebook.

What You Get:

  • Two front cover concepts
  • Up to five rounds of revisions on your chosen cover concept
  • A final, high-resolution front cover file

We’ll begin the process with a questionnaire you’ll fill out to provide our designers with direction for your two cover concepts.

Choose the cover concept you like best and tell us about any changes you’d like made. Our designers will provide up to five complimentary rounds of revisions to your chosen concept.

To view examples of covers we’ve created, click on the images below. Be sure to view the cover design page in our Author Learning Center to see even more.

          

Enhanced Formatting Features - $199

To add special formatting to your ebook, or to make it look as similar to your formatted print book as possible, you’ll want to take advantage of our enhanced formatting features.

If your book has any of the following features, it will need enhanced formatting:

  • Numbered or bulleted lists
  • Tables
  • Poetry
  • A complex table of contents
  • Drop caps
  • Color text
  • Text borders
  • Shaded boxes
  • Sidebars
  • Call-out quotes

If your manuscript has any of the above features—or if you want your ebook to have one (or more) of the formatting features listed—your manuscript is considered complex, and you’ll need our Enhanced Formatting Features service. To see examples of what these features look like, visit our Enhanced Ebook Features page.

Editing - pricing varies (see below)

During the editing process, you and your editor will work to make your ebook the best it can be. For ebooks, we offer two types of editing: developmental (big picture) and copyediting (think grammar and semantics). These two types of editing are offered in the following bundles:

Basic: copyediting
Comprehensive: developmental editing + copyediting

Basic Copyedit (One round of editing = 2¢ per word)

What We Do:

  • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax
  • Correct errors in sentence structure and language usage
  • Note where approval from a third party may be required
  • Correct errors in commonly known facts (e.g., changing “Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of Defense” to “Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State”)

How the Basic Copyedit works:

Your editor will have your manuscript copyedited within 20 business days from the date you upload your manuscript to your PubSmart account. When you receive your edited manuscript, you’ll have an opportunity to review each of the edits and deletions. You’ll then have the choice to accept or reject them.

Comprehensive Edit (Two rounds of editing = a total of 3.5¢ per word)

What We Do:

Round I

  • Edit the manuscript with an eye for the grammatical errors and inconsistencies noted in the Basic Copyedit, as well as offer developmental suggestions and queries to improve the clarity, arc, and soundness of your book’s argument in the case of nonfiction; and characterization, dialogue, and plot development in the case of fiction
  • Ensure that the book’s execution is consistent throughout the manuscript
  • Highlight text that is erroneous, repetitive, or extraneous
  • Conduct a 30-minute telephone consultation with you following the first edit to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding the editorial recommendations

Round II

  • Copyedit the revised manuscript to eliminate any remaining typos, errors, or inconsistencies. If new text was incorporated as part of your revision process, your editor will review this updated material during the second round.

How the Comprehensive Edit works:

Round I: Your editor will have your manuscript copyedited within 20 business days from the date you upload your manuscript to your PubSmart account. When you receive your edited manuscript, you’ll have an opportunity to see each of the edits and deletions. You’ll then have the choice to accept or reject them.

After you review the edited manuscript, you’ll be able to use your PubSmart account to note your availability for your telephone consultation.

Round II: After you’ve had your telephone consultation with your editor, made all your revisions, and uploaded the revised manuscript, the second round of editing will commence. Your editor will have these final revisions uploaded within 10 business days.

Ebook Distribution - $99

Uploading your ebook to multiple retailers and navigating sales reports on each site can be a hassle. Let us handle the submission process through our distribution network, which will make your ebook available for one year (renewable annually) to over 120 online retailers, many of which are listed below.

What You Get:

  • Your book submitted and made available to our network of libraries and over 120 online retailers that might wish to order copies
  • Access to sales reports from all retailers via your PubSmart account

Your ebook will be uploaded and made available to our distribution network, including Amazon, iBooks, and BN.com, as well as libraries and specialty retailers around the world.

Our distribution network includes:

Digital Rights Management - $199

Customers who purchase your ebook from your direct-to-reader sales page could potentially share your ebook with other readers. You can prevent the unauthorized copying and sharing of your ebook with digital rights management, or DRM.

What You Get:

  • DRM protection added to the ebook file sold through your direct-to-reader sales page for up to 100 unique downloads

Protecting your ebook files from unwanted sharing will give you the peace of mind to sell your ebook directly to readers. Our DRM protection will deliver a unique download link to the buyer. The ebook will be saved to his or her preferred device and, thanks to the DRM protection, cannot be shared with others. Once you have sold 100 copies of your ebook through your direct-to-reader sales page, the cost for DRM protection is $2.00 per copy.

If you’re worried about the protection of ebooks sold through resellers, such as Amazon and the iBookstore, don’t be—these resellers have their own DRM, which they apply automatically.

Direct-to-Reader Sales Page - $99

Selling your book directly to readers affords you higher royalties, but the hassle of tracking your sales, delivering files, and providing customer support can keep you from focusing on other activities (like getting the word out about your book so you can make more sales). With a direct-to-reader ebook sales page, we’ll manage the process of selling directly to readers for you and put all your monthly sales and royalties in one convenient location.

What You Get:

  • A direct-to-reader sales page where customers can place orders
  • The ability to create discount codes for groups and individuals buying your ebook
  • Monthly reports showing your sales, costs, and profits
  • Emails to your customers providing order confirmation and a link to download the purchased ebook
  • Live customer support for readers placing orders on your sales page

To see samples of what this page looks like, visit our direct-to-reader sales page examples in our Author Learning Center.

Rush Ebook Formatting - $99

Get your hand-coded ebook faster with rush ebook formatting. We'll condense our standard ebook timeline so you can quickly move through the epublishing process without sacrificing the quality of your ebook.

Shortened Formatting Timeline

  • Assessment and sample chapter: two business days
  • Interior formatting: seven business days
  • Revisions: two business days

Distribution Services

As part of each print book publishing plan with Mill City Press, you’ll be able to choose the distribution options that best meet the needs of your book.

All distribution options (listed below) provide you access to sales reports and inventory (if applicable) so you can monitor how your book is doing. We compile your sales data from all retailers into one easy location.

Expanded Distribution: Your book is printed ahead of time in large quantities and stored in a warehouse, where a distributor is responsible for fulfilling orders from wholesalers and retailers. Along with your detailed marketing plan, we’ll present your book to book buyers, who make the decision as to whether your book gets the opportunity to be shelved in brick-and-mortar stores.

Print-on-Demand (POD): Your book is printed only when someone orders it, and orders are fulfilled by one of the two major POD distributors, Ingram and CreateSpace. Your book will always be listed as in-stock, and you can skip the upfront printing expenses and the later storage fees associated with expanded distribution.

Direct-to-Reader Sales Page: A sales page where your book can be purchased by readers without going through a retailer. If you’ve printed books ahead of time and stored them in a warehouse, a distributor fulfills the order. If your book is POD, the order will be fulfilled by the POD distributor. A direct-to-reader sales page can also be used in conjunction with expanded or print-on-demand distribution.

Not sure what type of distribution is right for you? Check out the available distribution resources in our Author Learning Center.

Expanded Distribution - $1,199

Want to have the opportunity to see your book in bookstores? Expanded Distribution is the distribution option for you. Along with your detailed marketing plan, we’ll present your book to book buyers and wholesalers who have a direct line to retail stores.

Expanded Distribution is also uniquely suited for children’s book authors, authors who require specialty printing options, or authors who wish to print a lot of books at once in order to price them more competitively.

What You Get:

  • A copy of your book, a marketing plan, and title information sent to the appropriate buyer or department at Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Follett
  • Your book listed with the distributor and other book trade vendors (setup fees included in the cost)
  • Handling and processing of vendors’ wholesale and retail orders
  • Warehouse storage for up to four cartons of your book for one year (warehousing fees included in the cost)
  • Enrollment in the Returns Program
  • Management of your sales reports and payments

As part of the Expanded Distribution service, our distributor will not only handle all incoming orders for your title, but they’ll also send copies of your book and its marketing materials to the buyers at Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Follett. Plus, books are sold to—and stocked directly with—Amazon.com and BN.com.

You’ll also be enrolled in our Returns Program for two years. With this service, the distributor will process all returned copies of your book that come from wholesalers or retailers. This program is vital in terms of getting your book stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstores, as they typically only carry books marked as “returnable.”

You don’t even need to order hundreds of books to participate in our Expanded Distribution Program—you can begin by printing as few as 75 copies.

Is Expanded Distribution right for you? Our distribution resource in the Author Learning Center can help you decide.

Direct-to-Reader Sales Page - $299

If you want to sell your book directly to readers and receive higher royalties, but don’t want to deal with the potential time and complications associated with fulfilling orders yourself, we offer this convenient, affordable alternative.

What You Get:

  • A direct-to-reader sales page where customers can place orders
  • The ability to create discount codes for groups and individuals buying your book
  • Monthly reports showing your sales, costs, and profits
  • Books shipped to your customers within 2-3 business days
  • Emails to your customers providing order confirmation, tracking information, and a link to log in and check the status of their orders
  • Live customer support for readers placing orders on your sales page
  • If you have physical inventory, one year of free warehouse storage for up to one half-pallet of books, plus online access to your inventory levels
  • If your book is available via print-on-demand, books printed to order

To see samples of what this page looks like, visit our direct-to-reader sales page examples in our Author Learning Center.

Annual Book Ordering Program - $99

When it comes to printing more books, you can avoid paying the $23 fee every time you reorder by enrolling in the Annual Book Ordering Program. This is especially valuable if you anticipate the need for multiple print runs beyond your initial printing order or if you plan on printing in smaller, more frequent runs.

What You Get

  • One year of waived reordering fees on an unlimited number of book orders

Marketing Services

Over a million books are published every year. To compete with all of the other titles, you must establish a plan for how you intend to promote your work . There are a lot of marketing and publicity options, but what’s right for you and your book depends on a number of factors, including your book’s genre, target audience, and themes.

What We Offer:

  • Marketing Consultation
  • Amazon Exposure
  • Amazon Keyword Listing (ebook only)
  • Facebook Fan Page
  • Facebook Advertising Campaign
  • Twitter Profile
  • Goodreads Profile
  • Goodreads Advertising Campaign
  • Digital Book Reviewer
  • Author Website
  • Website Media Kit
  • Bookstore Sell Sheet
  • Press Release

Not sure what will work best for you? Purchase a marketing consultation with our publicist to receive personalized guidance and assistance.

Marketing Consultation - $199

To get the best handle on what you should be doing to market your book, take advantage of our publicist’s expertise. During your phone call, you’ll have up to an hour to discuss a number of marketing-related topics, including your preferred involvement level, your objectives for marketing, your budget, and marketing ideas—for both online and face-to-face.

What You Get:

  • A phone call, up to one hour, with our publicist, who will answer your questions and give marketing advice tailored to you and your book
  • A detailed marketing proposal and plan

Here’s a sampling of topics that could be covered as part of your consultation:

  • Book covers
  • Back cover copy
  • Author platform, bio, brand, and headshots
  • Website/domain names
  • Publication date/timeline
  • Core audience
  • Elevator pitch
  • Placement in independent bookstores
  • Media kits
  • Social media, Goodreads, and blogging
  • Publicity and media coverage
  • Book signings
  • Advertising
  • Book reviews
  • Press releases
  • Author interviews

After your phone call, depending on your specific goals, our publicist will provide a proposal for work you can do together, a well-defined marketing plan for you to execute on your own, or a combination of the two.

Amazon Exposure - $299

An Amazon listing by itself doesn’t guarantee visibility. Our Amazon Exposure Program is strategically designed to improve the visibility of your book on Amazon.

What You Get:

  • Complete Amazon author profile setup, including author photo, bio, website link, blog rss, videos, reviews, and additional information about the book that Amazon allows authors to provide
 

To begin the process, we’ll create an Amazon author profile that helps establish credibility within the Amazon community. If an Amazon user visits your author page, they’ll have a one-stop place to view your book, read your bio, look at your author photo, and more. When you log into your Amazon author account, you’ll also be able to see detailed sales information about your book.

 

Amazon Keyword Listing (ebook) - $99

Amazon is a jungle, and it can be tough to stand out against the thousands of books listed daily. Our Amazon Author Exposure service is a great way to take your first steps toward getting noticed, and the Amazon Keyword Listing add-on helps you go that extra mile. By adding keywords to your ebook listing, your book will be more searchable on Amazon, further increasing your book’s exposure to potential readers.

Amazon only allows keyword additions as part of their ebook distribution, making this service exclusive to authors publishing an ebook.

What You Get:

  • Research and selection of seven keywords for your Amazon ebook listing

Adding keywords to your ebook listing offers more opportunities for readers to find your book. If you have a children’s book, for example, we can add keywords such as magic, coming of age, and adventure. This will help increase the chance that your book shows up if, for example, someone searches for “coming of age” within the children’s book category.

As part of this service, we’ll research seven keywords relating to your book and add them to your Amazon ebook listing.

Facebook Fan Page - $299

Establish credibility with potential readers by creating a professional-looking Facebook fan page. Through your Facebook page, you’ll be able to announce book signings, link to your book’s sales page, and interact directly with your fans.

What You Get:

  • Branded Facebook fan page
  • Two rounds of page revisions
  • Social media planning template
  • Facebook for Authors download

First, we’ll create your Facebook fan page using your author biography and elements of your book cover and/or author photo. Using these design elements allows us to create a page representative of you and your brand. You’ll receive two complimentary rounds of revisions to the branded images for your Facebook fan page. Below is an example of a Facebook cover and profile image for an author's Facebook fan page.

 

Robert McCaw's Facebook page

The social media planning template will help you organize your Facebook posts on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Managing a social media page becomes much easier when you can spend five minutes selecting and posting content you’ve already developed.

We’ll also provide you with Facebook for Authors, a guide that explains how to get the most out of your Facebook page. You’ll find tips on how to get started, advice on managing your page, and ideas that will help you effectively market your book on Facebook.

Facebook Advertising Campaign - $499

Get your book in front of the readers most likely to buy it. With targeted Facebook advertising, we’ll help you find your core audience on Facebook based on the ages, locations, and profile interests of its users.

What You Get:

  • A $200 advertising budget
  • Ad management for the length of the initial campaign
  • Four to six ads to drive traffic to your website or get likes on your Facebook page
  • The option to continue the campaign by having us manage the ads for you (for an additional fee)
  • An end-of-campaign report

After we’ve researched and determined your target audience, we’ll create ads to maximize your Facebook exposure. Every time someone clicks on one of your ads, they’ll be sent to your book’s Facebook page or your author website. (The number of times users are redirected to your Facebook page or website is how Facebook tracks the amount you pay for advertising.) The first $200 worth of advertising is included, although you can always choose to increase the size of your advertising budget.

At the end of the campaign, we’ll generate a report for you. The report will cover how much was spent, the number of people who clicked on your ads, and how users interacted with your page.

Here are examples of a few Facebook ad styles:

     

Twitter Profile - $299

The book community loves to spend time on Twitter, and having a presence there will help you build your author platform so that potential fans can easily find and follow you.

What You Get:

  • Twitter profile for your book with a stylized header
  • Two rounds of design revisions
  • Social media planner
  • Twitter for Authors download
  • TweetDeck account

We’ll develop a professional and polished Twitter profile and reserve your Twitter handle,which is commonly structured like this: @authorname. If your name is unavailable or contains too many characters, we’ll help you find a username that works. Below is an example of a header and profile image for an author's Twitter page:

We'll set you up with a social media planner to use as an organizational tool that allows you to plan your tweets for a daily, weekly, or monthly posting schedule. Managing a social media page on a weekly basis becomes much easier when you can simply select and post content you’ve already developed.

We’ll also provide you with Twitter for Authors, a step-by-step guide on how to effectively use Twitter to promote your book. It covers common Twitter terminology, Twitter etiquette, and tips on how to find and interact with your audience. To help you manage your Twitter account, we’ll even set you up with TweetDeck, a social media tool specifically for Twitter.

Goodreads Profile - $399

Be where 30 million readers are: Goodreads. On Goodreads, users read and review books, and make lists of books they want to read. To connect with your potential readers, garner reviews, and promote your book, you’ll want a Goodreads profile.

What You Get:

  • Development of your Goodreads book page
  • Development of your Goodreads author page
  • Addition of your book to six Goodreads Listopia lists
  • Author verification for the Goodreads Author Program
  • Goodreads Giveaway of three copies of your book (print books only)
 

For your book’s Goodreads page, we’ll add all necessary information about your book, including the cover image, synopsis, author website link, publication date, and book specifications. 

Joe Dilley's Goodreads Page for his book The Game Is Playing Your Ki

We'll also develop your Goodreads author page and set up your author profile, making you an official Goodreads Author. The more information you add, the more your readers can learn about you. Items you can add include:

  • Biographical information
  • Your literary influences
  • Favorite quotes
  • Books you have read, are reading, or want to read
  • Blog posts

Joe Dilley's Goodreads Author Page

If you have a print book, we’ll also host a giveaway of three copies. Book giveaways are a great way to increase exposure and create excitement among readers who want the chance to win a copy. Finally, we add your book to six existing Goodreads Listopia lists that relate to your book’s genre, subject matter, and theme. This will help readers find your book based on their unique reading interests.

Examples of Goodreads Lists

Goodreads Advertising Campaign - $399

Thirty million people are on Goodreads, a social networking site just for readers. Users read and review books, and make lists of books they want to read. With over 900 million books listed on the site, standing out from the crowd can be a challenge. But our Goodreads Advertising Campaign can help. The campaign increases your book’s visibility on Goodreads by getting your book in front of users rather than waiting for them to find you.

What You Get:

  • $95 in advertising on Goodreads
  • Ad management for duration of budget
  • Ad campaign with four to six ads

Each campaign displays four to six ads that promote your book to your target audience on Goodreads. An advertising campaign is a great opportunity for you and your book to gain exposure because Goodreads users love to read and are always looking for new books. You'll receive $95 worth of advertising with this service, and our advertising experts will create and manage the ads for you.

Below is an example of a Goodreads ad:

Digital Book Reviewer - $399

Getting online book reviews can be one of the biggest challenges for authors. With the Digital Book Reviewer service, your book will be uploaded to NetGalley, where thousands of members have the ability to request a free download of your book.

For certain types of books, this service can get your book more exposure by making it available to influential readers: reviewers, librarians, educators, media professionals, and booksellers. Our publicist can tell you if this service is right for your book during a marketing consultation ($199).

What You Get

  • An electronic version of your book available for download requests on NetGalley for approximately one month
  • Weekly updates on your campaign
  • A summary of the month-long campaign, including any ratings and reviews
  • Continued reporting of reviews after the campaign is done

Instead of contacting individual reviewers and bloggers, we’ll add your book to NetGalley, an online database where thousands of reviewers, as well as librarians, educators, media professionals, and booksellers, have the ability to request a digital copy to read and review on their ereading device.

Once the book has been requested, the reviewer can download your book in one of three formats (PDF, EPUB, or MOBI), as well as the cover image and all of the additional book information needed to provide a review.

Once your book has been uploaded to NetGalley, it’ll be live for one month, and during this time, requests for your book can be made. Once your month in NetGalley is up, you’ll be provided with a summary report detailing the reviews or feedback your book has received.

Author Branding Package - $1,699

Author branding makes the most of the qualities that differentiate you from other authors. When readers see your name and know what kind of reading experience they’ll have with your book, that means you’ve created a solid author brand.

With the Author Branding Package, we’ve bundled services that combine online and social media marketing to increase exposure for you and your book.

What You Get:

  • Branded Facebook Fan Page
  • Branded Twitter Profile
  • Basic Hootsuite Subscription
  • Goodreads Page
  • Goodreads Advertising Campaign
  • Amazon Exposure Program

We begin by developing a Facebook page and Twitter profile which are similar in design to create a cohesive visual experience, using branded design elements can include items such as your book cover or author photo. Making these sites uniform and keeping them true to your brand allows potential readers to easily find and identify you.

In addition to the development of these pages, we include a basic Hootsuite subscription, which allows you to manage your pages and schedule your Tweets and Facebook posts in advance. You’ll be able to download Facebook for Authors and Twitter for Authors, guides on how to use these social media platforms to create awareness of your book.

Next is the development of your Goodreads page. If your book isn’t on Goodreads yet, we’ll add it to the site. If your book is listed on Goodreads, we’ll tailor the page based on your book’s characters and settings. Lastly, we'll add your book to six existing Goodreads Listopia lists, all of which will make it easier for readers to find your book.

With your Goodreads author account, we can share information your potential readers might want to know about you. This can include your bio, your literary influences, favorite quotes, books you’re reading, and much more. We’ll also set up a Goodreads giveaway of three copies of your book (if you have a physical book), increasing your book’s exposure to readers on the site.

In addition to your Goodreads page, we'll run a Goodreads advertising campaign for your book. Each campaign displays four to six ads that promote your book to your target audience. An advertising campaign is a great opportunity for you and your book to gain exposure, because Goodreads users love to read and are always looking for new books. You choose how much to spend on advertising, and our advertising experts will create and manage the ads for you.

Finally, as part of our Amazon Exposure Program, we’ll increase your book’s visibility on Amazon by setting up your Amazon author profile, which includes your author photo, bio, and bibliography. 

Author Website - $799

No matter your level of technical expertise, you can have a professional-looking website that will help sell your book and build your author brand. A website is where readers will look for more information about you and your book. It’s your chance to include “buy the book” links and showcase the awards, endorsements, and recognition your book receives.

What You Get:

  • Five pages: about the book, about the author, book excerpts, buy the book, and contact page
  • Links to your social media profiles
  • Links to sell your book directly to consumers online (e.g., via a direct-to-reader sales page, Amazon, or BN.com)
  • 10 media uploads (e.g., images, embedded YouTube videos, or MP3 audiobooks)
  • 100 MB of storage
  • One year of website hosting
  • An integrated blog (either built directly into your WordPress site or linked from your HTML site)

First, you’ll choose between two website platforms:

  • An HTML site. This is typically best suited to technically-savvy authors. You’ll have complete control of your website through FTP access.
  • A WordPress site. This is ideal for the author who wants to do a lot of blogging, but only needs to make minor content updates to other pages.

Next, you’ll pick one of six layout options for us to use as a starting point for creating your site. We’ll customize your website based on the information you provide to us through your PubSmart account, and we’ll take cues from your cover design to create a site that’s cohesive with your brand. Finally, one round of revisions is included to get your site looking just the way you want.

Take a look at some of the websites we’ve helped authors create:

                    

Website Media Kit - $99

Media kits make it easy for book reviewers and journalists to learn about your book. A media kit is a hidden page on your website that you can send out to whomever you’d like.

The Media Kit Can Include:

With a website media kit, you can easily send information about your book to anyone in the media who may be interested in covering it.

Here are two examples of media kits we’ve created:

Bookstore Sell Sheet - $99

If you plan to approach bookstores to stock your book on their shelves, you’ll need a visually appealing bookstore sell sheet, which is what retailers and wholesalers use to get the information they need to order copies of your book.

With this service, you get a bookstore sell sheet with all the essential data included:

  • Author name
  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Book cover image
  • Back cover copy
  • Sales handle
  • ISBN
  • Price
  • Release date
  • Genre/BISAC codes
  • Page count
  • Trim size
  • Binding (hardcover/softcover)
  • Publisher imprint
  • Wholesale ordering information
  • Consumer or individual ordering information
  • Author website (if available)

Our in-house designer will craft a professional sell sheet for your book, and you’ll have the opportunity to make one round of up to six revisions. We'll also send you a link to a list of independent bookstores within a 50 mile radius of where you live so you can approach them about carrying your book.

To see some examples, click on the images below:

         

Press Release - $199

Boost your chances for media coverage and announce your book’s debut with a professional press release crafted by our book publicist. We’ll provide your press release files, which will include all the essential data media contacts need to know about your book:

What's Included in a Press Release:

  • Book title and subtitle
  • Author name
  • Publishing imprint
  • Binding (hardcover, softcover, or ebook)
  • ISBN
  • Page count
  • Release date
  • Price
  • Book cover image
  • Author website (if available)

You’ll have the opportunity to provide input during your two rounds of up to 20 revisions each, and once you’re satisfied with the final draft, you can use your press release to solicit media attention.

To see examples of press releases we've created, click on the images below:

    

Front Cover Design - $249

Our award-winning graphic design team will bring your manuscript to life with two front cover concepts.

What You Get

One of the most exciting parts of writing a book is seeing your cover for the very first time. Having the cover designed before you're done writing is fantastic motivation to finish your book and finally get your story out into world.

Tell us about your book, and our award-winning graphic designers will create two front covers. Once you pick the cover you like best, our designers will work with you through one round of revisions to deliver a high-resolution file of your new cover.

To view examples of covers we’ve created, click on the images below. Be sure to view the cover design examples page in our Author Learning Center to see even more.

               

Manuscript Mini-Evaluation - $249

Our in-house editors will read your first chapter—up to 5,000 words—and give in-depth, constructive feedback that will help you finish writing a better book.

What You Get

It's great to have friends and family give notes on your book, but there's nothing like having a team of professionals give you their seasoned advice—before you send your book off to print.

Our editors will read the first chapter of your book (up to 5,000 words), and write a concise, one-page evaluation on what you're getting right as well as issues with character development, point-of-view, grammar, punctuation formatting, and more.

Download our evaluation samples to see what your assessment might be like.