Print Layout

Pricing & Rates

Service Rate Unit Minimum
Standard $5 USD 5K words +
1 Graphic or Table*
$25 USD
Extra Graphic or Table** $5 USD per 4 $5 USD
Additional Format +25% per +1 $25 USD
Ebook Compile/Review +$20 USD  
* Table or other non-linear text block isolated from standard text flow.
** For count above allowed with "Standard" word count.

1 print format, 75k words, 20 graphics/­tables/­sidebars/­etc., cover supplied by author, ebook export/compile.

  • Base: $75
  • 5 additional graphics/tables/etc. above the allowed: $10
  • eBook export plus cover embedding: $20
  • TOTAL: $105 USD


ATTENTION: English Only. Manuscript review required before ordering, so you do not waste time/money on the wrong services for your content.

Standard (1 Print Layout)

We can prepare your print content for any trim size and binding available through your chosen press.

Additional Format (More than 1 Print Layout)

If you need more than one print format, cost of the 2nd, 3rd, etc. is 25% of the 1st format in most cases.

NOTE: Multiple print formats require re-flow, block level adjustments and separate review, regardless of duplicate content. Content cannot simply be changed to a new format without eyes-on review and adjustment for a professional result.

eBook Export & Validation

If ordered as an addition, print layout is completed first. Its styling is exported directly to the nearest equivalent specifications and standards of the ePUB format (later converted if needed to MOBI, AZW, etc.). In addition, all ePUBs are subjected to code level review and triple validation:

  1. in the ebook layout application,

  2. in an autonomous utility, and

  3. online by the latest IDPF industry standards.

For ordering, payment, and delivery, see “About >> Your Order.” When ready to order, see “Contact >> Submit Query.”

Print Layout
Frequently Asked Questions

About Fonts…

Can I choose fonts for my layout, cover, ebook, etc.?

Yes. Provide the font's name—not “file name”—and [if possible] a web address to see it in use. Do no send a font image sample until requested.

If we do not have the font in our library, we may be able to acquire it or suggest a close match. We recommend FOS [Free Open Source] fonts wherever possible; NDAS specializes in this.

ATTENTION: Free and/­or public domain fonts are not the same as FOS fonts; this is a widespread misconception. The former may have limitations on commercial use.Some at Google are not FOS; we will help you with the difference:

Fonts used in the NDAS site are from [Open]

Can I show you a font I want used, even from another book?

Perhaps. Provide the font's name—not “file name”—and [if possible] a web URL address as a way to see it in use. Do no send an image sample until requested. If it is a commercial font not in our library, we may recommend a close match in a FOS [Free Open Source] font.

Can I send you a font I want used?

No. It is illegal to redistribute commercial fonts. This may include ones pre­-installed with Windows or OSX, which are generally neither FOS nor Public Domain.

If the font is public domain or FOS [Free Open Source], then we may already have it. Supply the URL where you found/­acquired the font, so that we can verify its licensing by the current version.

WARNING: All fonts have versions and licensing can change by version like any other code/­software.

About Images / Graphic Elements…

Can I include graphics in my print and/or ebook content?

Yes, with requirements. We need graphics specifications from your press and the intended print mode: B&W, grayscale, or color (CMYK or RGB). All graphics must be separate files at a ppi necessary for area coverage by print resolution. Consult with us by supplying the name/­URL of your chosen press.

About ePUB / eBooks: vendors have differing limits on imagery count, size, total file volume, etc. Consult with us about your primary ebook vendor and others you plan to use.

Do you have images that I can use in my print and/or ebook content?

No, in general. NDAS maintains its own growing library of stock imagery. In general, they are only for use in cover design.

Can you purchase images I pick out online and add the cost to my invoice?

No, and you do not want this. If NDAS purchases an image, the purchased rights of use list “N.D. Author Services“ as the controller; such rights of use are not transferable by re-sale unless purchased at a higher re-sale price. Billing you for the image—even at the original price—counts as re-sale, which is illegal.

All contrary claims elsewhere are false, including in the general self-publishing community.

Exception: when working with orders through third party systems which offer imagery internally for purchase, such are from the third party system by its own arrangements.

If you wish to retain purchased usage rights to the image, then you must purchase and deliver the image(s) for designated use. We will assist and advise you.

Can I provide image elements to use in my print and/or ebook content?

Yes, with requirements. Provide verifiable documentation that you own and/or licensed correct rights for use in a commercial product. A PDF print copy of your purchase receipt or signed letter of release from a photographer/illustrator or purchase through a third party ordering system will be enough. This is for your legal protection as well as ours.

You must also provide image(s) at suitable resolution / size for the designated work. Consult with us first before purchase—either from a stock vendor or artist—and we will advise you. We have an “upscaling” process superior to “resizing” useful in some situations when an image is not available at the necessary resolution.

How It Works

  1. After invoice and payment, you submit the following via email attachment or online download links:

    • all textual content organized in one file (DOC(X), ODT, WPS, or RTF format); standard manuscript format;

    • English language standard of the main textual content (US, GB, AU, etc.);

    • imagery used internally as separate files, even if embedded in textual content.

  2. The layout technician [LT] confirms instructions specified during consultation and/or ordering.

  3. Front/Back matter are relocated and restructured by contemporary professional standards.

  4. An industry standard copyright statement is inserted for correct legal protections. NOTE: we use a copyright statement and structure developed at the top 5 USA publishers.

  5. Internal imagery is (re)placed for correct positioning/anchoring in layout. [95+% of authors do so incorrectly in a manuscript and degrade their graphic content.]

  6. Table of Contents is constructed by linkage to chapter and or heading hierarchy.

  7. Final review of style and structure; we do not just export and deliver. “Proof” print-ready PDF is delivered with instructions for your “Author Change Notes” [ACN] document returned as an attachment for your legal protection.

  8. Step 7 is repeated as needed upto 3 times maximum.

  9. The final print ready PDF is delivered with other products/services in the same invoice/order. This includes layout source files.

Your NDAS LT is always available for questions through our contact email account; simply respond via that account and address your LT by name. [Yes, it really is that simple.]



NDAS layouts for print require attribution at the end of the copyright page of any and all editions we create for you:

Print Layout by
N.D. Author Services

If you purchased other services related to the specific format of a publication, then combined services applicable (Editing, Cover Design, etc.) must appear in the first line of the attribution.

Templates & Specifications

If your press templates and specifications are publicly available, we will acquire them or may already have them. Many presses do so; this likely includes yours.

If such are not publicly available and a login account cannot be created (without placing an order), then you must:

  1. acquire templates/spec.s through your own press account, and

  2. deliver them to NDAS.

We will advise/help you in all ways legally possible. We will not use your account to login; this is illegal and may result in:

  1. termination of your account, and/or

  2. expose your private information in the press system to others, and/or

  3. subject you and/or NDAS to civil/criminal prosecution by your press.

Convert to Print

We handle conversion of eBooks should you decide later to produce a print edition. The content of an ePUB is relatively easy to extract, though the rest of the process is standard layout work. Let us help you and your publication cross the threshold into the print market.

ATTENTION: This requires an unencrypted version of your eBook.