Format & Layout Design Services


Hi, my name is Shawn. I’m a freelance creative specializing in comic book production, developmental & content editing, format & layout design, and graphic services. I can do formatting & layout design for e-books, paperback books, flyers, sell sheets, promotional booklets, comic books and much more.

I have a simple, straightforward design aesthetic, focusing on clear presentation with a clean, easy-reading, text-based hierarchy.

I started editing in 2012, when I partnered with author R. Smith over at Team Pop Culture, to edit the novel Pop Culture Sucks! Manifesto of a Vampire, a collection of serial shorts calledEverything Sucks! Shorts, and finally the Everything Sucks! Anthology. I created & developed all of  Team Pop Culture’s book designs, graphics, and marketing materials. I was also responsible for the file management and formatting of all TPC releases.

In January of 2013, I joined the Escape From Jesus Island creative team as the book’s Editor (and ‘Production Guy’). I do the majority of the project’s file production work, create all print-ready PDF’s, and produce the majority of the marketing materials (promotional sell sheets, rack cards, booklets, etc.).





Did you know that Smashwords has a 109-page format/design submission requirement guide? Did you also know that almost every e-publishing format has its own set of guidelines or software, making universal e-book formatting a lot more complicated than it should be? E-book formatting differs significantly from the formatting of a paperback. No matter which e-book file format you need (Word, PDF, epub, mobi, etc), I’ll help you create a final product you can be proud of.

E-book formatting differs significantly from formatting for a paperback. No matter which e-book file format you need (Word, PDF, epub, mobi, etc), I’ll help you create a final product you can be proud of.

Price: $25/hr or $2.00/page (250 word count)

Paperback Book

Looking to turn your written masterpiece into a paperback? Or maybe you need an e-book reformatted and redesigned for a POD (Print on Demand) service such as Createspace? I’ll work with you to create a book interior that’s appropriate for your project’s theme/tone and brings your pages to life!

Price: $35/hr or $2.50/page (250 word count)

Paperback Typesetting

Want a book that feels sharp, clean, and professional? The Typesetting service is for you. I’ll go through your manuscript to ensure its lines are consistently set by adjusting the spanning, hyphenation and kerning of words as required. No more orphans, widows, or justification issues for you!

Price: $40/hr or $3.00/page (250 word count)

Marketing Materials

Looking to create promotional or presentation materials? I’ve got you covered! I create flyers, sell sheets, rack cards, promotional booklets and more. You can view my examples here(link here). Below is the pricing for specified design work.

  • Graphic-Heavy Booklets Price:          $35/hr
  • Graphic-Light Booklets Price:            $30/hr
  • Rack & Promotional Cards Price:       $30/hr
  • Sell Sheets & Flyers Price:                  $25/hr

Notes – All Layout & Formatting services come with a standard 2-3 rounds of revisions. Additional revisions or adjustments are charged at the hourly rate stated.

Also, Format & Layout services do not include editorial services, they are strictly design services. Your copy should be delivered as fully-edited, final text. Non-design related text edits after uploading will incur additional cost.

Collaborators who have purchased full-service Developmental Editing and Line Editing for a project will receive a 50% discount on all Layout & Format services. Because I’d love to complete the project with you!

Comic Book Production

You have the writers, artists, and letterers needed to create the finished pages, but find yourself lacking the technical know-how to deliver a properly formatted print-ready file to the printer? I can help. Print ready, CMYK, PDF files? Check. ComiXology-ready, RGB, webcomic files? Indeed. Looking for something else –something a little different– but not sure how to accomplish it? Contact me. Let’s see if we can make it happen.

Price: $35/hr or $25/page

For examples, visit the Comic Book Gallery page.


Interested in the services I offer but worried it might break your budget? Look, I know things are tight in the indie publishing industry. So, feel free to contact me. Let’s see if we can work something out.

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