For more than two decades, A Flair For Writing has proudly provided the highest quality in writing and editing services. Because of the great need for a credible, reliable, and trustworthy name in the area of self-publishing, we have expanded to offer full self-publishing and print-on-demand (POD) services to our authors.
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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT:
HONESTY AND INTEGRITY
Our mission is based on our sound business ethics. We want to differentiate ourselves from the many unscrupulous self-publishing companies doing business today—the ones that lie and cheat to get your money and then don’t provide the services you paid for. We offer legitimate services and take a firm stand against the corruption that is rampant in this industry.
We can’t work for free, so we must charge for the value we provide. We offer the highest quality services to deliver a professional product to you, the author. Our prices are lower than most, and we offer seasonal specials throughout the year.
OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE
We have listened carefully to authors who have published elsewhere. Their main complaint has been lack of customer service and accessibility once their payment has been processed. Unlike many of our competitors, at A Flair for Writing you receive unlimited consultations with our highly skilled and knowledgeable Publishing Manager.
We are extremely selective in our acceptance process. Your manuscript will receive a sample evaluation and a timely response within two weeks. We want our name associated only with the quality we are known for.
We are a “one-stop-shop.” You can take advantage of our full array of adjunct services, including editing, book layout, illustration, marketing, and public relations. We offer Print On Demand services for additional copies of your published book. We have connections with book coaches, social media experts, website developers, and video trailer services. If you have further requirements and don’t see them listed, let us know and we will refer you to an appropriate source.
Email the first three chapters of your manuscript to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure your manuscript is in 12 pt. Times Roman font, double-spaced, with a one-inch margin all around.
Your manuscript sample will be reviewed to determine if it is acceptable. You will receive a reply within two weeks.
OUR SIMPLIFIED PUBLISHING PROCESS:
Once we’ve accepted your manuscript, we’ve made the rest easy for you. Unlike our competitors, we do not offer high-priced, complex publishing packages full of services you may not want or need.
is a Flat Fee of
THEN … YOU select the services YOU want to create
your own package. Simply let us know the quantity of
books to print, and we will quote you a complete price.
*BASE PRICE INCLUDES:
Sample manuscript evaluation
Unlimited email consultation
Manuscript proofreading for manuscripts up to 150 pages* * For manuscripts with more than 150 pages, there will be a proofreading fee of $1 per page for each page beyond the first 150 pages.
Galley Proof of edited manuscript pages
Print Proof of formatted book pages
Press Proof printed, trimmed to size and bound with full-color cover
Purchase of ISBN (International Standard Book Number) with barcode
Submission of your book to online distribution channels, such as barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com
Set-up and management of book sales on the Publisher’s website
Accounting and issuing of royalty checks (Authors will receive 60% of the list price for books sold on Publisher’s website or in online bookstores.)
Referrals to professional marketing and public relations consultants
SEPARATE SERVICES (See Publishing Services Menu):
Editing and Formatting: We require editing and book layout design to meet our quality standards before your manuscript goes to print. We will determine what level of editing and formatting your project requires. These costs will be added to your base price.
You will be referred to a highly skilled professional Illustrator, who will design your book’s cover and any inside illustrations. These fees are separate and will be paid by you directly to the Illustrator.
You will receive a price quote for high-quality, digital printing and Perfect Binding of your book, based on the number of manuscript pages. The cost will be added to your base price.
If you choose to have us write a Press Release, you can select this service for an additional fee. Press Releases will be distributed to up to two of your hometown newspapers, within the U.S. If you require further PR or marketing services for online distribution, we will refer you to one of our talented affiliates.
If you choose to add a professional video, our in-house Videographer will create a custom-made product to promote your book on your website, blog, social networking sites, YouTube.com, cable television, etc. You will pay this fee directly to the Videographer.
PUBLISHING SERVICES MENU
A Flair for Writing has prepared a Menu of Services specifically for your publishing needs. Publisher requires some services; Author may choose others.
All editing Services include a review by the Editor of three (3) manuscript chapters to determine the appropriate Editing Package. The Author must accept Editor’s recommendation.
Cost for Editing Services is based on the number of Manuscript Pages and the level of editing required.
One round of Author Edits is included in the Editing Prices. Further rounds of Author Edits will be an additional charge at the rate of $75.00 per hour.
$2.50 - $4.00 per double-spaced page
Includes proofing for punctuation, grammar, spelling, and overall word flow. Author has done the major editing but is hiring a “second pair of eyes” to go through the manuscript.
$4.50 - $5.00 per double-spaced page
In addition to the Basic Editing Services, these manuscripts also require changes/corrections in sentence structure, tenses, voices, accuracy of facts, etc.
$5.50 - $7.00 per double-spaced page
All Basic and Extensive Editing with the addition of rewriting text for clarity, changing position of text, changing POV (point of view) for characters, changing first person/third person narrator thought, speech, and/or dialogue, correcting author intrusion,
re-creating beginning/ending of chapters, and/or changing character
BOOK LAYOUT SERVICES
Cost for Formatting Manuscript Pages is based on the number of pages and the extent of formatting required. Publisher requires that your book be formatted.
$3.00 per ds manuscript page
Design Layout includes proofing, page layout for printing, font selection and size, line spacing, headers for chapter name and book title, footers for page numbers and copyright page.
$4.00–$5.00 per ds manuscript page
Design Layout includes all of the Basic Formatting services, in addition to any of the following:
Footnotes, Endnotes, Table of Contents, Index, and Page Illustrations (priced accordingly).
Fees paid by Author
Whatever you publish, you rightfully own. However, registering the copyright of your work prevents others from extracting, plagiarizing, or copying your book’s contents. You have the option to register the copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. To do this, you must (a) submit an application with the fee of $35–$45 and (b) send your manuscript file either electronically or by U.S. Mail to the U.S. Copyright Office.
To register, go to: http://www.copyright.gov/register/literary.html.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NUMBER (L/C)
No Fee Required
If you plan to sell your book to Libraries, you will need a Pre-Assigned Card Catalog Number (PCN). Books must be more than 50 pages.
To fill out an application, go to http://pcn.loc.gov/pcn007.html.
ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
This is similar to a UPC code on other merchandise. We will obtain an ISBN for you because the Publisher owns the number. The 13-digit number will be printed on the Copyright Page and the bar code on the back cover of the book. Let us know if you plan to distribute your book in the U.S., Canada, or globally.
Cost is based on the number of Manuscript Pages after formatting and includes
full-color printing of book cover and Perfect Binding. All inside pages are printed on 50 lb. crème or white stock with black ink. Any inside pages requiring ink color other than black will be quoted at an additional cost. One (1) Press Proof will be shipped to Author for approval before the full run of books is printed. Any changes made, other than typographical errors, will be charged to the Author at an additional cost.
Publisher will quote a cost for 8, 12, or 25 books,
as well as additional books for larger print runs.
Books between 100 and 300 Manuscript Pages
range from $2.53 to $ 5.28 per book.
Shipping of the entire Book Order will be at the expense of the Author and will be billed separately.
PRESS RELEASE SERVICES
$95.00 & up
Publisher will write a Press Release for the Author and will distribute it to one (1) of the Author’s U.S. hometown newspapers.
Press Release & Bio
$170 & up
Publisher will prepare a Press Release and Bio of the Author and will distribute it to two (2) of the Author’s U.S. hometown newspapers.
$50 and up per double-spaced page
ILLUSTRATION & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Price quote available upon request
Price quote available upon request
Professional referrals provided
Publisher reserves the right to change publishing and printing costs at any time. Changes will not affect Authors with signed contracts.