Ask your self-publishing guru what is included in their fee. If your guru offers to “format and upload,” be sure to ask what that includes.
One of the most precious things about books is uniqueness. There is absolutely no reason not to create a beautifully unique design for self-published work. Your words deserve to look good.
A fiction book, that is straight text with just some chapter headings and page numbers, fits the bare minimum of “format and upload.”
But, would your book benefit from a little style? How about artwork and design? Textboxes. Callouts. Page borders.
Can your guru create custom page numbers, that still function and are searchable and understood by the Table of Contents and Index? They should. Otherwise, you just have words. Make your words sparkle!
Use a transparent gif to decorate page numbers. Decorative page numbers are a cinch to create and they add interest to your book.
Every book needs a cover, including eBooks. If your guru is going to do the book design, are they going to charge extra? Can they create art for the cover? Are they going to buy artwork and pass the cost on to you? If you select artwork, do you have the necessary copyright license to use it for cover art? For interior art? For both print and eBook?
If not, talk to us. We can make it happen.