BOOK FORMATTING & LAYOUT FAQ

Do you have questions about our formatting or layout services? The Book Formatting & Layout FAQ provides the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you’re looking for answers to questions about our cover design services, check our Cover Design FAQ page.

How long will my formatting take?

Once we have the final version of your manuscript and you have submitted your order online, you will receive your first formatting draft within 14 days.

What if I don’t have my manuscript in a word document?

While we prefer to accept manuscripts in Microsoft Word format, we accept PDFs, ODTs, RTFs or inDesign files. In fact, we’ve never come across a text format we couldn’t use.

What if my manuscript is still in draft phase?

We need the final, edited and proofread version of your manuscript before we can begin formatting.

Will you be able to work on our cover at the same time as the formatting?

Yes. Our cover design team will be happy to assist you with cover design while we work on the layout of your manuscript. We can also start on your cover design if your manuscript is not ready.

Do you follow the ePub standard when creating the ePub file?

Yes. We make sure that retailers you will be selling through will accept the file format you’ll be provided with

Will you provide me with an ISBN number?

No. It is important that the author or publisher provide the ISBN. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one at www.ISBN.org. If you are printing through CreateSpace, they will supply you with an ISBN for your print version. You can get this process started while we get your print formatting done.

What file types will you provide me with?

If you order Ebook formatting, you’ll receive a MOBI file, which is for Kindle, and an ePub file, which can be used on all other eReader devices. If you order print book formatting, you’ll receive a PDF that follows the standards required by CreateSpace. These standards work for most other printers as well. If there are any other specifics required for your PDF export, you may request them in the order process.

I’m not printing through one of the big online printers and am using a local printer close to me, will your files still work if I go this route?Absolutely. At Damonza, we follow industry standard methods and techniques when setting up files to ensure you get high quality files you can easily use anywhere.

What if I have some corrections to my text after the formatting is done?

We realise that sometimes new corrections are needed during or after the layout process. We are happy to do edits to your manuscript at a charge of $1 per edit and $15 per edit round. Simply complete our Edit Control Document with all the relevant information. We understand that no one is perfect and many proofreaders can miss things, so we do offer a grace edits round, as long as the edits are less than 10 words.

I have a number of text boxes, graphs, tables and images. Can you help with these?

We are happy to insert any or all of these elements into your book. Check out our Extras section on the briefing form for for detailed pricing.

I would like to have some decorative elements in my book.

We love adding decor to books and bringing the pages to life. We are happy to do so for your book for an extra fee of $50 per format (print or ebook).

My book requires indexing. Is that possible?

We charge $200 for indexing of word items in your book, subject to reviewing your manuscript.

Do you offer discounts for bulk orders or other guaranteed relationships?

Not in most cases. Please email us if you have a proposal you would like considered.