Formatting Services

Formatting matters! After spending so much time writing, editing, and rewriting your work, don't throw away all that effort by submitting a poorly formatted query letter or manuscript. Agents and editors can be extremely picky about their submission guidelines, and may refuse to read a submission that is not formatted appropriately. Let us help you get past this first hurdle and ensure that your submission materials are formatted correctly.

The services below only include formatting of the listed materials. Although we will point out any obvious errors or issues we find in your submission materials, we do not offer critiques or do any editing of your submission materials. Please check out Jane Friedman's services (here) if you need your submission materials critiqued.

We have two tiers of formatting packages to choose from. Please fill out and submit the form below or contact us with any questions that you have.

Basic Template Formatting

A La Carte Menu

  • Query letter (1-2 pages):  $20
  • Synopsis (1-2 pages): $20
  • Nonfiction Book Proposal: $150
  • Author bio (less than one page): $10
  • 10 pages of your manuscript: $25
  • Full manuscript: Price based on the total word count of your manuscript

Fiction Submission ($50)

This package includes formatting submission materials for a fiction book project. You will need to personalize these materials based on the submission guidelines of each agent or publisher. We will format:

  • a query letter (1-2 pages)
  • a synopsis (1-2 pages)
  • an author bio (less than one page)
  • up to 10 pages of your manuscript (extra charges may apply if you need more pages)

Nonfiction Submission ($200)

This package includes formatting submission materials for a nonfiction book project. You will need to personalize these materials based on the submission guidelines of each agent or publisher. We will format:

  • a query letter (1-2 pages)
  • a nonfiction book proposal
  • an author bio (less than one page)
  • up t0 10 pages of your manuscript (extra charges may apply if you need more pages)

Premium Click-to-Submit Formatting

Let us take care of the personalization! We will format and personalize your submissions for up to 10 agents or publishers, ensuring that each agent's or publisher's preferences and guidelines are followed exactly. You will only need to cut and paste the material into an email or print it out to submit by post. Make it easy on yourself!

Fiction Submission for 2 Agents or Publishers ($150, +$50 each additional agent or publisher)

We will format:

  • a query letter (1-2 pages)
  • a synopsis (1-2 pages)
  • an author bio (less than one page)
  • up to 3 chapters of your manuscript (extra charges may apply if you need more pages)

Nonfiction Submission for 2 Agents or Publishers ($300, +$50 each additional agent or publisher)

We will format:

  • a query letter (1-2 pages)
  • a nonfiction book proposal
  • an author bio (less than one page)
  • up to 3 chapters of your manuscript (extra charges may apply if you need more pages)

Sample Premium Click-to-Submit Formatting Report:

This sample is an abridged version of a Premium Click-to-Submit Formatting Report. A full version would have a tab for each agent or publisher. You can see examples for how we deliver your formatted materials by clicking on the button below and choosing between the three tabs at the top of the form ("Email Submission," "Submission by Post," and "Online Form Submission").

Submittal and Payment

We will confirm we’ve received your materials within 2 business days. Currently, our turnaround time for formatting jobs is 10-15 business days depending on the materials you need formatted. If you have questions about this service or how it works (or if you have problems with the submission form below), please email us or use our contact form.

    Currently, our turnaround time for formatting jobs is 10-15 business days depending on the materials you need formatted. There is an additional 20% surcharge for a rush job.
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We will confirm we’ve received your materials within 2 business days. Currently, our turnaround time for formatting jobs is 10-15 business days depending on the materials you need formatted. If you have questions about this service or how it works (or if you have problems with the submission form), please email us or use our contact form.

Need Ebook or full manuscript formatting for self- or traditional publication? Need footnote or endnote formatting?

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Kelly was indispensable in her organization and attention to detail with my book project for the University of Chicago. She had a large amount of material to review and manage, lots of sources to research and cite, and was able to tackle it all while needing very little guidance from me. Beyond that, she also compiled chapter abstracts and keywords, and went back through my work multiple times as changes were made. She was invaluable.
Jane Friedman, publishing consultant and former publisher of Writer's Digest

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Kelly was indispensable in her organization and attention to detail with my book project for the University of Chicago. She had a large amount of material to review and manage, lots of sources to research and cite, and was able to tackle it all while needing very little guidance from me. Beyond that, she also compiled chapter abstracts and keywords, and went back through my work multiple times as changes were made. She was invaluable.
Jane Friedman, publishing consultant and former publisher of Writer's Digest
Christopher was exactly what I was looking for. He is a great biblical scholar of historical criticism who held my writing feet to the fire. The biggest surprise is how good he is as a straight-up editor. It's ironic that I like his red pen more than a few "professional" editors I've worked with. Perhaps all editors should be put through the mandatory rigor of grading students' papers for a few years, as well as writing their own papers for tough professors.
Kevin Bader, writer

Kelly's tenacity in tracking down rights holders was exceptional. I'm convinced she is actually a detective.

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