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Offering formatting services for authors

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Hello! My name is Chloe Kraft and I would like to format your books.

I have been formatting for my mother, Meg Harris, for a couple of years now. I began formatting her books for Smashwords, which entails adding a table of contents, deleting hidden bookmarks, changing the title and copyright so that they fit with the guidelines, and making everything look nice and streamlined. I have not yet experimented with adding in images, but I believe I can do that too. Recently, I became capable of changing my formatting for .mobi (Kindle), .epub (Barnes & Noble), and pretty much any file type you could want. I work quickly and can often complete my formatting of a book within about twenty to thirty minutes of receiving an email (although I do have classes and cannot always receive emails immediately). I can also combine multiple books into collections, and resize your cover if you happen to need that done.

I would like to charge $15 as a starting rate, with $10 for novellas (under 25k words). You would pay me via PayPal after you receive your formatting, in case I run into any unforeseen difficulties or you are unsatisified with something and would like me to change it. I am fairly new at this, but I have yet to run into any serious problems with my mother's work. So far I have been able to fix everything. If it does not make it through Smashwords's meatgrinder, I will of course reformat for no extra cost.

I am in my second semester of college and would possibly like to work with books (publishing, editing, et cetera) as a future career, so any experience is greatly appreciated. I am also willing to proofread for spelling and grammatical errors, although my only experience is with my own work and with work my friends have done, and price would be negotiable. I would first proof a few chapters for free so you can see if you would like me to continue. You can contact me at [email protected] or send me a private message via KB if you are interested in either my formatting or copy editing. Thanks very much for taking your time to read this!
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Friendly bump :) Also, you can now find my website here:
I've bookmarked your site, Chloe. I may have a few short stories out this year and will be in the market as I'm totally lost at formatting.

Best of luck to you.  :)
Yes, I've bookmarked, too. I have a few things in the pipeline.
Will keep you bookmarked... I agree.. formatting is kind of a nightmare
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All right, I'll gladly offer credit where it's due. I saw this thread and figured, "OK, at these prices, what can I lose by trying?" I've had two titles sidelined for months on Smashwords (and thus all of its distributees, if that's a word) while my Amazon versions had no trouble at all. One of these Smashwords orphans had an NCX error and the other some sort of line break formatting conflict. I must have tried half a dozen times to get these resolved and finally gave up. The hours I was burning were just frustrating me to no end.

I sent both files to Chloe last night at 10:30 Pacific. She had both files turned back to me an hour later, and both sailed through Autovetter without a hitch. They are now awaiting manual review. Neither title has been able to get to this point on Smashwords before, despite my best efforts. I couldn't be happier with Chloe's work. She will be my go-to for such problems in the future.
Thanks very much for your kind post, William! I'm glad I could help :) And thank you to everyone else for your interest, I very much appreciate it.
Any plans on venturing into Createspace formatting? I have done one and it turned out how I wanted, but it took FOREVER. I am thinking about paying to have this service done next time.. not sure yet.
Adam Poe said:
Any plans on venturing into Createspace formatting? I have done one and it turned out how I wanted, but it took FOREVER. I am thinking about paying to have this service done next time.. not sure yet.
Yes, that would be great.
Hmm. Createspace formatting might be a little bit outside my capabilities, but I checked out a few guidelines/requirements and I'd be willing to give it a shot. :)
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