The Creative Spirit does not share or sell any personal data with any other party. Manuscripts are held in the highest confidence and details are never shared with any other party. Period.
Terms of Service
Author warrants and agrees that he/she is solely responsible for the original and final content of his/her writing, manuscript, or cover image, and hereby forever releases and discharges from liability in full The Creative Spirit, their agents, heirs, successors, and assigns, from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, complaints, causes of action, or suits of any kind or nature whatsoever, in any court of competent jurisdiction arising out of any and all claims related to the author's content, manuscript or cover image, including, but not limited to claims for defamation, public disclosure of private facts, plagiarism, misappropriation of name or likeness, errors or omissions, libel, slander, invasions of privacy, copyright or trademark infringement, actions by third parties, and other related risks, and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless The Creative Spirit. Author agrees that any and all matters shall be governed by the laws of New York State.
The Creative Spirit's ebook and paperback formatting services are generally for fiction books. Extra charges apply if you have a manuscript containing a high number of images, lists, graphs, or specialized formatting (such as cookbooks, children's books, academic articles, or other non-fiction books). Please contact me to obtain a quote for your specialized ebook or paperback formatting project. These restrictions do not apply to The Creative Spirit's proofreading service.
The Creative Spirit is not a publisher. Authors retain full rights to all files.
Payment is via PayPal. A deposit of half of the payment due is required after submission and on receipt of the invoice, the remainder is due on delivery of the completed project. Authors will be sent a PayPal invoice to the email address given on the submission form. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account in order to pay the invoice (there is no extra charge to the author).
After delivery of the final project, authors must contact The Creative Spirit within seven days to let me know if there is an error or problem with their formatted book. Content errors such as typos or other author-created errors are not covered in this guarantee — only formatting issues arising from the conversion process.
On completion of the project, all documents (original manuscripts, formatted files, and author style preferences) are archived for a period of two years on a non-networked separated hard drive as a courtesy to authors and as an additional backup service for authors. This service is at no extra charge to authors. Authors must contact me in writing to request a replacement copy of the completed project within the two-year period following final author approval of their project. The Creative Spirit shall not be liable for any data loss, including any data loss due to flood, fire, acts of God, other natural disasters, or sudden catastrophic disk failure of the backup drives. Authors may also request in writing that no documents are archived, in which case all files associated with the project will be deleted within seven days after receipt of the author’s written request and after author approval of the completed the project. Written confirmation of the requested deletion will be sent to the author via email.
Manuscript formatting guidelines: Use the submission form to upload a docx file of your manuscript. Please be sure to include information such as copyright, ISBN (if needed), title, acknowledgements, and indicate any other special sections. Please do not add any extra line breaks within your manuscript as this may adversely affect the formatting. For ebook requests, also upload your cover image as a separate file.
Ebook cover file guidelines: Use the submission form to upload a jpg, png, or tiff file of your cover image. For best results, cover images should be sized at 2560 pixels tall. Authors will be contacted in the event that there is an issue with the submitted cover image.
EBOOK FORMATTING - $99 Ebooks are formatted for all available platforms giving authors maximum flexibility for distribution. For a single price, authors receive a suite of digital files that are compatible with Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo, Google, and Generic EPUB (D2D and Smashwords). Ebook covers (provided by the author) are included within each formatted file and authors will also receive a separate marketing cover image compatible with each distribution platform. Before work begins, all authors receive a style sheet from which to choose layout style preferences.
PAPERBACK FORMATTING - $99 Authors will receive 2 formatted paperback editions – standard and large print. Paperback formatting is available in a variety of trim sizes. Cover images (ebook cover file provided by the author) traditionally do not appear within the print edition, however if requested by the author, I am happy to include it in the first pages of the paperback edition. Paperback formatting is for interior pages only and does not include production of the wrap-around cover file used by print-on-demand services. Before work begins, all authors receive a style sheet from which to choose trim size and layout style preferences.
LARGE PRINT PAPERBACK FORMATTING - $65 This service is primarily for authors who already have a standard print edition and wish to reach a wider audience with a large print edition. Large print formatting is available in 3 trim sizes. Cover images (ebook cover file provided by the author) traditionally do not appear within the print edition, however if requested by the author, I am happy to include it in the first pages of the paperback edition. Paperback formatting is for interior pages only and does not include production of the wrap-around cover file used by print-on-demand services. Before work begins, all authors receive a style sheet from which to choose trim size and layout style preferences.
PROOFREADING - $2 per page The proofreading service price per page is based on 250 words per page. This service will catch previously missed spelling errors, grammar, and minor formatting issues in the author's manuscript. Please note, proofreading does not include any content or developmental editing. This should be considered a final last pass of your manuscript and assumes prior editing. Authors also receive my Double Check service after completion of final revisions, see below for details.
Double Check Service: After authors have completed my suggested revisions and would like a second pair of eyes to confirm that all suggested changes have been made, simply email your newly revised manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will Double Check your revisions against my original suggestions. This optional service is at no extra cost to authors.