It’s been a long time, huh? I’d almost forgotten that I had this website. But that doesn’t mean that you all have forgotten me.
In the eight or so months since I first embarked on this journey, I’ve had the privilege of working with many amazing authors. It’s also helped supplement my income in some very helpful ways. And with all that success–though it seems like a bit of an oxymoron to say so–comes the feeling that maybe I ought to be doing things a little bit differently.
A couple of clients have told me recently that I should set a fixed price for my services, instead of the amorphous set-your-own-price model, because, quote, “I’m running a business.” And the more I thought about it, the more I realized they were right. So as of today, October 26th, 2015, Athena Interior will offer a fixed price for formatting. Check out the new pricing and reasonings here. My goals of helping struggling indie authors provide high-quality books to their readers hasn’t changed, and I think you’ll find that reflected in the new pricing; not to mention, I am still always willing to negotiate if that’s something you find yourself needing.
Another exciting announcement: I have teamed up with the fabulous Marisa-rose Shor of Cover Me, Darling to offer artistic formatting! Yes, the days when I’d have to turn people away because I’m not what they’re looking for are now over. Check us out here, including a sample of our work together.
Exciting stuff, huh?
I belong to several author groups on Facebook, and the other day, two different people in two different groups were asking questions about DIY formatting. One of them was attempting to learn since the guy who’d formatted her first book had raised his prices, and the other was a debut author with no clue what to do.
I started publishing at the age of seventeen, so I believe that everyone should be able to publish a book if they want to, no matter their budget. Though we’ve all heard about the importance of a quality cover and good editing, one expense people seem to give less consideration is formatting. It’s not rocket science, but it does take time to learn how to do it yourself–time many authors don’t really have to spare. The alternative is to hire a freelance formatter, but most of the ones I’ve seen (and there are only a handful) have a background in graphic design, and charge accordingly–and not everyone wants or can afford that. That’s where the idea for Athena Interior came from: a sort of middle ground between the rock and hard place many authors find themselves stuck in.
What do you get if you hire me to format your book? A clean, simple design that is readable and professional (with the option to add chapter headers that match your cover font, if you choose), a quick turnaround time, and a one-of-a-kind flexible pricing model. At Athena Interior, you set your own price, with minimal input from me. Pay whatever you’re able to, and I’ll deliver a high-quality product.
Now how does that sound?