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Basic cost to you, the author: $800.
Layout and Design: For your soft cover book, you can choose from one of four print sizes: 5 x 8, 5 ¼ x 8, 5 ½ x 8 ½, 6 x 9.
You will be given limited choices for how the page will look (font, margins, headers and footers…). We will send you a pdf file and you can suggest any copyediting changes or corrections necessary.
Photos: You are limited to 10 photos.
Cover Design: While you cannot judge a book by its cover, people often ignore books because of their covers. Nilsen works with you to design a cover that speaks of your content and personality and also invites readers to pick the book up. Ideas and pictures or art from you are always welcome.
You will be sent a pdf file and can make any changes or suggestions until you are delighted with how it looks.
Also included: Ebook for Kindle and other formats and uploading to Createspace for availability on Amazon.com
Basic cost to you, the author: $1,200.
Layout and Design: You can choose from multiple layout sizes to make your book distinctive. You will also be given a wide variety of choices for how the page will look (font, margins, headers and footers…). We will send you a pdf file and you can suggest any changes or corrections necessary.
Photos: Any number of photos can be inserted into your book (see costs below for scanning or photoshopping.)
Cover Design: We recognize the importance of covers. We will work with you until you are entirely satisfied with the title, the layout and design and the back cover information.
You will be sent a pdf file and can make any changes or suggestions until you are delighted with how the cover looks.
Also included: ISBN from Zion.
Ebook for Kindle and other formats.
Uploading to Createspace for availability on Amazon.
We say "Thank You" when you email us about your project by sending you a pdf of Nilsen's book, For Everything a Season: 75 Blessing for Life's Milestones.
Hard Cover Copies: Setup charge: $100.
Scanning: $6.00 a photo
Photoshopping: $10.00 a photo.
a. Createspace provides a free ISBN.
b. With Option A, you can purchase an ISBN and barcode from Zion for $100. This is supplied in Option B.
Copyediting involves a careful reading of the text for typos and grammatical or style inconsistencies. Zion will subcontract this service and pass on costs to the author.
"My memoir exists today because of Mary Nilsen. She believed in my story and created a structure in which I could write it. Weekly conversations based on my work, suggestions for developing and improving it, encouragement to keep going, and skillful editing in the final stages allowed me to publish a professional book," writes Diane Glass, author of This Need to Dance.
If you would like Zion to work with you on the content of your book, this service is available for $75.00 an hour.
Glass concludes by saying, "If you have started a book or aspire to write one, I recommend Mary Nilsen in the developmental stages. She will take you from beginning to end with grace, humor and skill. Mary Nilsen is a writer’s dream."
Authors often want their book ready in time for the holiday season, a time of the year when many are looking for the perfect gift for a friend, and what better gift than your book? You will receive a discount of 10% on overall costs if you can have your work ready for Zion to begin publishing by May 1. This is our way of saying thank you to writers who help us spread out our work over the whole year.