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Enhance your book's image and marketability with the following options.

Cataloging in Publication Data – $175

Cataloging data is a specialized language used by libraries to correctly and consistently catalog and shelve new books. (Look at the lower half of the copyright page of almost any book on your bookshelf and you'll find CIP data). Created by a professional librarian schooled in cataloging science, this adds to your book's professional look and feel.

Note that you can't make this block up yourself. The Library of Congress has created specific language and formatting requirements for this data.

Copyright Registration – $125

Note: Your book will be legally copyrighted the moment it's published, without purchasing this service. As part of the $799 setup fee, your copyright is secured under international law with the inclusion of your name and the © symbol on the copyright page.

But many authors go a step further and register their copyright with the Library of Congress. LOC registration has been viewed by the courts as prima facie evidence of ownership of intellectual property in the past. You might think of it as a form of insurance in case you ever have to defend your ownership of the material in court.

Image Acquisition – $50/image

Every author receives a design unique to his or her book as part of the $799 setup fee. If you have an image or photo that you want to use for your cover, we'll incorporate it into the design at no additional charge.
If you don't have a cover image in hand, we can help you acquire one, either by directing you to stock photo sites where there are millions of images available, or we'll find 2 images that will make a good cover for your book and let you choose between them. Once you've made your selection, we'll acquire the image for you.
We can also work with outside designers if you choose to have your cover designed elsewhere.

Manuscripts over 100,000 words–––$100

Our standard $799 setup fee applies to a text manuscript of 100,000 words or less. This charge is for manuscripts between 100,000 and 200,000 words in length. If your manuscript is longer than 200,000 words, please talk to your customer service representative.

B&W interior images – $10 each;   Tables and Charts – $20 each

We'll place and size them to fit the page and add your caption.

Index Formatting – $150

We'll create and format the index of your book based on the index tags you flagged in your Microsoft Word document. If you need an index and are not familiar with this function in Word, talk to your WingSpan Press service representative about your options.

Footnotes – Cost: $100 + $.50/footnote

We'll format and position your book's footnote references. Note that all footnotes must be flagged using Word's footnote function.

Endnotes – Cost: $75

End notes appear all together at the end of the book. These are normally flagged using Word's endnote feature, but because they appear all together at the end of the book, they may just be typed text and do not require as much formatting as footnotes.

Editorial Assistance

Line Editing – $.02 per word.

It's almost impossible to edit your own work successfully. And nothing says 'amateur' like misspellings, bad grammar and poor word choice - no matter how well you may know your topic.

If done right, editing is a time-consuming process. Many companies charge attractively low editing prices, then essentially spellcheck your document using Microsoft Word. But a proper line edit does more than find obvious spelling errors. 'There', 'they're' and 'their' are all spelled correctly, so only a careful reading of your manuscript will note that one is appropriate in a sentence and the others are not. A good line edit will check for spelling, grammar, word usage, punctuation, capitalization, even sentence fragments.

An experienced grammarian will go over your manuscript twice looking for every misplaced comma to help make your book the best it can be. Every book has errors, but minimizing them is key to leaving the reader with a good impression of your writing skills.

Development Edit – $.04 per word

The developmental provides and in-depth editorial review of your work with focus on organization and writing style.

  • Fiction: We'll look at voice, characterization, scene development and language. A historical romance 'reads' differently than a mystery or a modern social novel. Does your writing voice fit the genre of your book? Are the characters believable - even in the most far-reaching fantasy novel, people are people, and sometimes even aliens are people too. Do they act the way people act? Does your book adequately present a sense of place; is it descriptive?
  • Non-fiction: Does your work hold together as a piece, or is it all over the road? Does your table of contents promise an easy-to-follow journey of learning and discovery, then does the text deliver? Is your writing too casual? Too formal? Does it have the authority that a reader can trust? We'll help you sound like the subject matter expert you are.

For both fiction and non-fiction, we'll review grammar, word choice, sentence construction and logical organization. We'll help you shed the cliches and generally improve your approach to your material.
After editing, you'll receive a markup copy of your manuscript with corrections and improvement areas noted, plus, a thrity-minute conversation with our senior editor to discuss ways to improve the overall quality and approach to your book.

Good writing is marketable. Bad writing is not. We'll help you improve the writing to catch and keep a reader's attention.

Kindle and other Electronic Editions

Amazon search inside – $100

We'll create and upload an Amazon version of your book for their Search Inside program. When browsers view your book listing, they'll be able to look at a few random pages of the interior to get a sense of what the book is about and how it's written before they buy.

Google Book Search submission – $50

When people search for books on Google your book will be available for review, with links to major retailers for purchase. Buyers will be able to look at sample pages to get an idea what your book is about. Inclusion on Google also increases your internet exposure.

Making Changes to Your Book

There are two points at which you may want to make changes to your book: Before it's published, and after. It's best to review carefully and make changes before your book goes to print. Doing so after your book has been published is time-consuming and expensive.

Changes Before Publication – $50 per round of 25 changes

When you first sign up, we'll ask you to verify that you're submitting the final manuscript that you want to see in print before we begin layout. But sometimes, when you see the book in layout form, you find typos, or even things you wish you'd said differently the first time around. Using our online change request form, you'll be able submit changes before approving your book for print. After that changes are made, we'll provide you another pdf proof for review.

Printed Proof for Review – $100

Once layout and design of your book is complete, you'll receive a pdf version of it for review. Some people find it easier to review if they can see it as a printed book rather than viewing it on-screen or even printing it themselves. With this option, we'll print and send you a bound draft softcover copy of your book. The cost for setup and the first copy is $60. Additional copies of the same draft are $10 plus shipping.

Changes After Publication

Once your book has gone to print or has been published as an ebook, making changes requires that it be taken out of print and reassigned to a designer. Changes are made, then the manuscript or cover is sent back to you for review and approval. Upon approval, the book goes through quality control again and is uploaded and its internet catalog listing refreshed so that the new version appears to online retailers.
This process is expensive and time consuming, and is necessary for each published edition of your book. If you have both hardcover and softcover in print as well as an ebook, it has to be done for all 3 versions. The distributor charges us for this, and those costs are passed on to you. (for this service, Kindle and ebook are considered a single edition.)

Changes to a published book cost $150 plus $75 per edition. For example:

Softcover only: $225

Softcover and hardcover: $300

Softcover and Kindle/ebook: $300

Softcover, hardcover, and Kindle/ebook $375

If you require a new printed first copy of the revised book, or if your changes require more than 2 hours of additional edit/design time, additional charges will apply.

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