We believe in being straightforward. Our cost structure can be summed up like this: If you have a manuscript that requires less work and complexity to ready for print, then it will cost you less than a larger, or more complex manuscript. That's why we have two straightforward packages. One is for novelettes and short children's books, and one is for everything else. It's that simple.
What constitutes complexity? This is primarily due to the layout and formatting specifications appropriate to your type of manuscript (eg., a novel vs. a cookbook, single text column vs. text interspersed with tables or images), your trim size, and your interior paper stock finish, and cover choices.
THE CORNERSTONE package, as shown below, is specifically designed for novelettes and short children's books because these genres have a smaller word and page count. Larger manuscripts have a higher word and page count, so they start at THE FOUNDATION package, also as shown below. We have a very easy matrix that takes into account your additional content and indicates your added cost, if you exceed the word and page count, and services included in either THE CORNERSTONE, or THE FOUNDATION packages.
So, how do you figure out your word and page count for your manuscript? You can use the built-in word count feature within your word processing software, or use one of the numerous on-line word count websites available.
AS FOR CALCULATING PAGE COUNT, HERE ARE THE FORMULAS TO USE FOR THE 2 MOST COMMON TRIM SIZES:
YOUR WORD COUNT DIVIDED BY 390 = PAGE COUNT FOR A 5.5" x 8.5" BOOK
YOUR WORD COUNT DIVIDED BY 475 = PAGE COUNT FOR A 6" x 9" BOOK
If your desired trim size is different from the above sizes, let us know with your submission form and we'll need to give you a more custom quote per your specifications.
As a value add for all of our authors, we include print and social media promotional pieces for both THE CORNERSTONE and THE FOUNDATION packages, no matter the size of your finished book. Our promotional pieces allow you the flexibility to download your digital files at your convenience, to use on your social media pages and email blasts. Your print-ready files can be uploaded to any online print vendor of your choice, or they can be easily copied to your thumb drive to be printed at your local on-demand print vendor. If you need other promotional pieces such as a logo, bookmarks, business cards, or even a website, let us know. We'll be happy to give you quick turnaround on customized quote. Everything we design for our authors is intentional to continue the same professional branding that we've already established with their existing graphics.
Please note that your total contract amount is due in full before services are rendered.
If you have questions about our publishing services or costs below, or if you're ready to submit your manuscript for consideration, please see our FAQ
page for further instructions.
THE CORNERSTONE - $395.00 USD
The Cornerstone cost is for novelettes and short children's books.
The Cornerstone does not include any printing costs, ** nor applicable shipping and handling costs of mailing your books to you or your distribution channels or vendors each time you place an order for fulfillment.
The Cornerstone covers manuscript word counts up to 13,000 words
THE FOUNDATION - $595.00 USD
The Foundation cost is for all of the genres we publish
, with the exception of novelettes and short children's books which have 13,000 or fewer words.
The Foundation does not include any printing costs, ** or applicable shipping and handling costs of mailing your books to you or your distribution channels and vendors each time you place an order for fulfillment.
The Foundation covers manuscript word counts up to 50,000 words
Use the following matrix to calculate your additional package costs if your manuscript has a word count that exceeds THE CORNERSTONE or THE FOUNDATION, and/or if you have pages with complex layouts or additional content.
PAGE EDITING - STRUCTURAL, COPY, PROOF
+ ADD $.40 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL TEXT-ONLY PAGE
+ ADD $1.00 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL TEXT PAGE WITH IMAGES
+ ADD $2.00 PER PAGE (STANDARD, SINGLE-COLUMN, NO IMAGES)
+ ADD $4.00 PER PAGE (COMPLEX, MULTI-COLUMN, TEXT WRAPS, IMAGES, TABLES, ETC.)
+ ADD $5.00 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL IMAGE OVER 10
THIS COST INCLUDES COLOR CORRECTION, CROPPING, AND SIZING OF IMAGE.
+ QUOTED INDIVIDUALLY IF CONTRACTED FROM A SOUTH MAIN MEDIA ARTIST
+ ADD $10.00 FOR EACH PROFESSIONAL STOCK ART, ROYALTY-FREE, PHOTO OR GENERAL ILLUSTRATION
PROOFING & EDITING
+ ADD $50.00 FOR PROOFING CYCLES BEYOND THE FIRST THREE CYCLES
A CYCLE IS DEFINED AS SMM EDITS > AUTHOR CORRECTIONS > BACK TO SMM TO MAKE THE CHANGES TO THE MANUSCRIPT.
HARDCOVER DUST JACKET COVER DESIGN - FRONT/BACK/SPINE/INSIDE FLAPS
+ ADD $25.00
THIS OPTION WILL ALSO ADD COST TO THE FINAL PRINTING COSTS.
PERFECT BOUND PAPERBACK COVER FINISH UPGRADE
INCLUDES FOIL STAMPING, EMBOSSING, DEBOSSING, VARNISHING
+ QUOTED, AS ADDITIONAL PRINTING COST
REQUESTED EDITS TO FRONT/BACK/SPINE COVER AFTER MANUSCRIPT GOES TO PRINT
+ ADD $50.00
RESUBMISSION AFTER MANUSCRIPT GOES TO PRINT
+ ADD $150.00
IF FINAL PRINTING HAS ALREADY HAPPENED, BUT THE AUTHOR FINDS PROBLEMS, ERRORS, OR OTHER ISSUES THAT THEY WANT TO CORRECT, WE CAN RE-SUBMIT THE FILE FOR FUTURE PRINTING.
+ QUOTED SEPARATELY