Our Formatting Services
The formatting staff at Black Bay Books have years of e-book formatting and design experience. Pete
LeForge is a long-time member of Mark's List of recommended formatters for Smashwords, the leading e-book
source for independent authors and publishers worldwide. Both he and Sara Warner have designed a wide range
of covers for both Black Bay Books authors and for clients of their formatting services.
We prefer to work from Word document (.doc) files, although we can also work from Open Office
files and, in a pinch, even PDFs. You can't have a fancy e-book, at least with the technology available to
us today. Simpler is better--always. Do not create anything special to make our work "easier." No page
numbers, no fancy script fonts, no color. If you have these in your already-existing file, you can send it
as it is, but most, if not all, of the extras will be removed. Do not send anything with a chart or a graph
in it--these will be lost when your file is converted to an e-book. We do not really like dealing with
illustrations, but will work with a handful before charging extra. Ditto and double ditto for footnotes. They
are an incredible hassle and we will not work with a manuscript that has more than five or six.
What you will get
All work done by the Black Bay team is guaranteed to be accepted into the Smashwords Premium Catalog, which
means that your book will be for sale not only at Smashwords, but at Apple, Barnes & Noble, and most other
major e-book retailers. The file will include a linked Table of Contents for books that require one and an
About the Author page for authors that are not shy. Separate files for Amazon.com or Goodreads are also
available for a slightly extra charge. We can't give you an estimate, though, until we see the Word file.
Designing a Cover for Your Project
If you are interested in having a cover designed, let us know approximately what you have in mind. If you have an
image that you would like us to use (and that you have the rights to use), send it as a jpg file. See below for samples
of covers designed by Black Bay Books.
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