LionheART Publishing House
Terms and Conditions
Details of Services
Proofreading – usually 4 reads
grammar and punctuation usage, spelling, consistency, chronology, checking of
facts. The final check and approval of the file is the responsibility of the
Our main references for punctuation
and grammar are: The Chicago Manual of Style 16 Edition, New
Hart’s Rules, which is adapted from The Oxford Guide to Style, and New Oxford Dictionary for
Writers and Editors.
Preparing and laying out the text
Kindle and Smashwords Formats
Ensuring the text is well laid out
(including block paragraphs) and indents are appropriate and consistent. Also
ensuring all chapters start on a new page, there are no blank pages or extra
formatting marks in the final document, the front and end papers are well laid
out with fully working links as appropriate, and a fully linked and working
table of contents is present.
There are a multitude of different
types and sizes of ereader, plus various settings on each. At LionheART
Publishing House, we will format your word file ready to be uploaded to the
appropriate website in such a manner to give the best reading experience,
whichever device or settings each reader uses. The best eformatting is
unnoticeable to the reader – all their attention should be on your words, your
story and your characters. The formatting should not detract or interfere with
the reading experience in any way.
Your book will be sized and
appropriate margins applied, and the text will be set out appropriately e.g.
Prologue or Chapter One starting on a right-hand page, and block paragraphs
containing an asterisk only where appropriate. The standard for block paragraph is for a
single empty line when it falls in the middle of a page, and an asterisk to be
added should the space fall at the very end or beginning of a page so that it’s
clear to readers that it is a block paragraph. We will indent the first line of
a chapter or block paragraph in line with the industry standard, so no indent
when the first paragraph begins with narrative and indented if dialogue or
internal dialogue. If you would like
block paragraphs handling differently, please just let us know.
We will include your author name and
title of the book as headers at the top of the page, as well as page numbers at
the foot where the first page of the text (Introduction, Prologue or Chapter
One etc. as appropriate) is identified as page number 1. If you would like the
headers removing from each chapter heading page, please let me know as this can
take a further 1-2 hours and is not included in the standard format charge
If your book has a table of
contents, we will also format this to accurately reflect page numbers.
Our standard print format is for
CreateSpace as we have found this site to be the most popular, although we are
happy to format for any other printing company. We would just need a template
or details of their requirements.
Please ensure your book is fully
edited and ready to be published before submitting for formatting. Making
editorial changes after formatting requires time-consuming rechecking and can
make some aspects (e.g. widow and orphan control) in need of redoing, and extra
charges would therefore be incurred.
If you have an existing cover image,
e.g. for the e-book version of your book, send us the jpeg (the highest
resolution you have will result in the highest quality of cover), along with
the book description for the back cover. We will create a back cover image and
add the appropriate spine detail for your paperback edition. We will need a
template or sizing specifications from the printing company, unless it is for
CreateSpace and we have also done the CreateSpace formatting.
Our professional designer will
discuss the concept for your cover with you, and once this has been agreed, the
invoice will be issued and payment is due. A draft image – still copyrighted to
the designer – will be sent to you when ready for feedback. One minor change to
the image and another to the text is included within the price, and further
changes will incur extra charges, as would changes to the design concept after
it has been agreed and work begun. The final image will not be sent until
payment has been received.
Our charges for copy-editing and proofreading
are £12.50/US$21 per hour. As it is impossible to know how long an edit will
take until we have seen the manuscript, we will do a sample, non-obligatory
edit of the first 2000 words, then give you an estimate for the amount per
thousand words we will charge.
Standard Formatting Charges:
KDP (Kindle): £25, US$42
Smashwords: £40, US$70
(The Smashwords format uses their 'Nuclear Method' and will
pass both the new Epub Checker and Premium Catalog. The length of time taken
will depend on the number of chapters and also italics within the manuscript as
each has to be formatted individually by hand to pass Smashwords' review
The invoice will be sent to you once
the first edit has been carried out (or formatting completed should this be the
only service you require), and final files be forwarded on receipt of payment.
We invoice via Paypal, in the currency of your choice, so there are no
unexpected currency conversion charges.
It is a privilege to be asked to
help an author bring their book into the world, and we will always treat your
files with respect and caution.
LionheART provides paid services to
your individual requirements and you retain all rights and responsibilities for
your work – you do not sign any rights over to us, and are fully protected by
LionheART will only work on original
material for which you hold the copyright. If any work is found to be
plagiarised or contain plagiarised material, whether text or images, LionheART
will immediately terminate the working relationship, and full payment for all
work carried out so far would be due.