At Little Red Rocking Chair, our pricing is straightforward, so there are no surprises. So, how much should it cost for manuscript editing or book cover and page design?
That depends on what type of manuscript editing you choose and the book cover/design you require (hardcover or softcover), and how complex your pages are (simple novel or complex nonfiction book).
Below is our standard pricing for manuscript editing and book design, based on a typical book of 60,000 words. Please review our quotes and then you’ll have a good idea of what costs to expect for the manuscript editing, design and layout of your book cover and pages.
Write to us to receive a detailed, personalized proposal.
Full Editing Package [.06 cents per word] | $3,600
Developmental Editing [.05 cents per word] | $3000
Basic Copyediting [.02 cents per word] | $1,200
Cover design starts at $500. If you change your mind about your vision partway through the process, there could be extra charges, as your designer will need to essentially start over.
The base cost is for the front cover (for ebooks). For an additional $100, your designer will create a matching spine and back cover (for paperbacks) that includes your back cover blurb, author bio, and a barcode based on your ISBN. If you’d like a dust jacket (for hardcover) as well, that adds another $100.
Generally speaking, page design and the typesetting of your book is the process of designing your inside pages and converting your text into a professional-looking PDF that you can use for printing. All major print-on-demand (POD) services, such as Amazon KDP, accept formatted PDFs.
The typical cost is $250 plus $3 per 1,000 words. If you have a lot of images, tables, etc., please get in touch for an exact quote.
We usually schedule new projects a few weeks in advance. If you choose to work with us on your book, please let us know in advance so we can be sure to set aside the necessary time for your book.
Please contact us to request a quote for your book. Tell us a bit about your book, and we’ll be happy to send you a quote promptly. Let’s get started!