Colin Dunbar

Thinker. Writer. Learner.

Colin Dunbar's
Book Design Services

Hassle-free book design services - allowing you to focus on the thing you love... writing.

Having your book professionally designed can improve your chances of success.

If you're not sure whether you need your book designed, consider the following:

  • Have you written your book with the idea of selling a lot of copies?
  • How serious are you about your book?
  • How serious do you want to be taken as an author?
  • Do you want to reduce refunds?

Think about walking into your favorite book store, picking up a book, and it's not profesionally designed. What would your reaction be?

What about if you have a free e-report that you're giving away?

The first thing to consider with free give-aways, is what the purpose of it is. Most of the time, the free e-report is given away to help you build your business or service. First impressions count, therefore what impression does your reader get of your business or service when they read/use your e-report or e-book? Is it shoddy? Amateur? Professional? It can make the difference between landing a customer or not.

You focus on writing - leave the techie stuff to me.

My book design services caters for different circumstances. You can choose from having everything done, or you can have it formatted, or maybe you just want to make sure it's done right, and get a review. Whatever you need, please check out my directory of services, or feel free to contact me, if you need something that's not listed here.

Cover to cover, or any part in between

Consider these ideas for extra income streams...

  • Turn your blog into a hard copy book (or ebook)
  • Take all your articles at directories and turn them into a hard copy book
  • What about turning your site's pages into a hard copy book (or ebook)?

Services

ProBook Gold

ProBook

Web-2-PDF

Style It

Word-2-PDF

Review It

Portfolio of Examples

These are PDF fies, unless otherwise indicated.

Re-design of e-book, available at various sites - Before and After

Hard copy book designed for uploading to Lightening Source - Example PDF.

Hard copy book designed for uploading to lulu.com (grayscale) - Example PDF.

Ebook version of the above book for ClickBank (color) - Example.

Hard copy cover designed for uploading to CreateSpace - Example PDF.

Hard copy cover designed for uploading to Lightening Source - Example PDF.

Hard copy cover designed for uploading to CreateSpace - Example PDF.

Hard copy cover designed for uploading to lulu.com - Example PDF.

E-book designed and available as a free download - Example PDF

E-book designed and available at eJunkie - Example PDF.

E-book designed and available at ClickBank - Example 2.

Re-design of e-book, available at ClickBank - Before and After.

Design of e-book, available at ClickBank - Before and After.

E-book created from web site, available at ClickBank - Example PDF.

What others say...

"Colin Dunbar has worked on a number of projects for me. Each time he has addressed my concerns about layout and appearance with the utmost professionalism. He also guided me in how the ebooks should be formatted for the best user experience from my customers.

I really just gave them to him, said what I thought I wanted, and he made the magic happen! There has never been errors, omissions, or any problem with the final products. As well, the turn-around time is better than anything I have seen for such a high-quality product. In my opinion, the cost for Colin's work is far less than what the true value is!

I have many plans to use Colin's services in the future, so perhaps I shouldn't be too glowing and get him too busy? You just cannot go wrong with this man - it is worth every penny (or pence!)."

Shannon Dipple

"My biggest barrier to writing a book was actually not knowing how to make it professional and the way it "should be". When I found out that I could send my words for an e-book to Colin and he could turn it into a real e-book, I was thrilled. Colin transformed my words into something I'm proud of. The book cover is awesome and nothing I could have EVER done myself. I am very happy with how my work turned out. If you need someone to transform your work, search no more, Colin is your man!"

Vanessa Simkins
www.all-about-juicing.com

"Colin, you did a wonderful job on my ebook, I was really impressed. You are also great to work with and had endless patience which is just as well as I tend to be quite indecisive at times. You really went that extra mile to help me and I would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone who may be in need of a great design and layout for their ebook.

If I do get around to writing another report/ebook I shall certainly come back to you."

Anne White

"Colin, Thanks so much for your help with my ebook! I am 100% satisfied with it. Great work and great service."

Victor Leppky

"I'm so pleased with Colin's work. He's an expert - a real detail person who works with you until you're completely satisfied with the finished product."

Carol Adler, President/CEO
Dandelion Enterprises, Inc.
www.caroladler.com
www.dandelion-books.com

Directory of Services

ProBook Gold

What you supply

Essentially you give us your typed manuscript, and any graphic images (as attachments - jpg, gif, or png). No formatting is required on your part. This can be a Word, OpenOffice, or plain text file.

What we do

  • Completely design and format book (incl. text, headlines, headers, footers, page numbers, etc.).
  • Place images at required or applicable positions (incl. re-sizing of images, if required).
  • Include cross-reference clickable links, within and out of book (e-books).
  • Check manuscript for text flow.
  • Check manuscript for readability (i.e. paragraph length, sentence length, bullets, lists, captions, etc.).
  • Check for typographical errors.
  • Design cover. *
  • Copyright page.
  • Foreword (if required).
  • Create alphabetical index (if required).
  • Bibliography (if required).

* Cover designs for hard copy books charged for separately.

What we supply

  • First draft (in PDF format). You check the content and layout, and if required add/delete text and/or images. This is a thorough check by you.
  • Second draft (in PDF format). You check that all additions/deletions, and requests by you were done.
    * Any additions/deletions to this draft may be charged for.
  • Final draft (in PDF format). You verify that all SECOND DRAFT comments are done. IMPORTANT: Any extra work to the FINAL DRAFT will be charged for.
  • Final book manuscript (in PDF and MS Word format)
    Note: Where the file size of the PDF or Word document is too large for e-mailing, the document will be sent sent through WeTransfer.com.

Excluded

  • No writing of content.
  • No re-writing of content.
  • No sourcing of graphic images. *
  • No creation of graphic images (except the book cover). *
  • No image re-touching. *
  • No uploading to web reseller. *
  • No printing of hard copies (POD printers can be recommended).
  • No editing of text. *

* Charged for separately, if required.

From $4.50 per page

"I love to write and have even gotten good at editing my own works. But taking my document and transforming it into a professional finished product takes more skill and knowledge in my word processing program than I have.

From first contact, Colin was professional. We came to an understanding of what the job would consist of and agreed on the fees. He was happy to answer all of my questions. Then Colin put the finishing touches on my ebook including: layout, formatting and graphics.

I know the words are important, but if readers can't get past sloppy formatting, you lose them.

Thank you Colin, I am very happy with the finished product."

Doris Temple

ProBook

What you supply

You give us your basic formatted manuscript, and we turn it into a professional book design. All images are in place, and your final font is used. This can be supplied as a Word file.

What we do

  • Check/format design and layout of manuscript.
  • Include cross-reference clickable links, within and out of book (e-books).
  • Check manuscript for text flow.
  • Check manuscript for readability (i.e. paragraph length, sentence length, bullets, lists, captions, etc.).
  • Check for typographical errors.
  • Design cover. *
  • Create alphabetical index (if required).

* Cover designs for hard copy books charged for separately.

What we supply

  • First draft (in PDF format). You check the content and layout, and if required add/delete text and/or images. This is a thorough check by you.
    * Any additions/deletions to this draft may be charged for.
  • Final draft (in PDF format). You verify that all SECOND DRAFT comments are done. IMPORTANT: Any extra work to the FINAL DRAFT will be charged for.
  • Final book manuscript (in PDF and MS Word format)
    Note: Where the file size of the PDF or Word document is too large for e-mailing, the document will be sent sent through WeTransfer.com.

Excluded

  • No writing of content.
  • No re-writing of content.
  • No sourcing of graphic images. *
  • No creation of graphic images (except the book cover). *
  • No image re-touching. *
  • No design/layout of plain text.
  • No uploading to web reseller. *
  • No printing of hard copies (POD printers can be recommended).

* Charged for separately, if required.

From $4.00 per page

"If you are looking for a great designer for your new book Colin Dunbar is a professional who will give your book project his undivided attention. We are happy with our second book, "Let's Model" that Colin and design team designed for us.

The cover is beautiful and the layout is perfect - we look forward to our continued working relationship with him. We give Colin Dunbar our highest recommendation."

Renee' Lauren
www.howtobecomeamodel101.com
www.childmodelsadvice.com

Web-2-PDF

What you supply

We capture your web site (or the pages you want), and we turn it into a professional book design. There is no formatting or layout needed on your part, and you don't supply us with a manuscript.

What we do

  • Capture the web site contents (text and images) direct from the web.
  • Completely design and format book (incl. text, headlines, headers, footers, page numbers, etc.).
  • Place images at required or applicable positions (inl. re-sizing of images, if required).
  • Include cross-reference clickable links, within and out of book (e-books).
  • Check manuscript for text flow.
  • Check manuscript for readability (i.e. paragraph length, sentence length, bullets, lists, captions, etc.).
  • Check for typographical errors.
  • Design cover. *
  • Create alphabetical index (if required).

* Cover designs for hard copy books charged for separately.

What we supply

  • First draft (in PDF format). You check the content and layout, and if required add/delete text and/or images. This is a thorough check by you.
  • Second draft (in PDF format). You check that all additions/deletions, and requests by you were done.
    * Any additions/deletions to this draft may be charged for.
  • Final draft (in PDF format). You verify that all SECOND DRAFT comments are done. IMPORTANT: Any extra work to the FINAL DRAFT will be charged for.
  • Final book manuscript (in PDF and MS Word format)
    Note: Where the file size of the PDF or Word document is too large for e-mailing, the document will be sent sent through WeTransfer.com.

Excluded

  • No writing of content.
  • No re-writing of content.
  • No sourcing of graphic images. *
  • No creation of graphic images (except the book cover). *
  • No image re-touching. *
  • No uploading to web reseller. *
  • No printing of hard copies (POD printers can be recommended).

* Charged for separately, if required.

BONUS: 3D e-cover image (for use on web site).

From $6.00 per page

"Colin is amazing to work with - very knowledgable about book layouts, design and copy. He worked with me on my e-book layout and on my printed book version as well. Both products are fantastic. I couldn't have done it on my own.

Interestingly, my husband and I own a print-on-demand publishing business, so we could instantly see how the book looked. It's fabulous! The layout and design are exactly what I needed to make my book look more professional.

I cannot recommend him highly enough. He's wonderful."

Carla Bosteder

StyleIt

What you supply

You send us your new or existing book, and we turn it into a professional book design. If you have just finished your book, or have an existing book (that you're not happy with), and want it turned into a good-looking book, then this is the package for you.

What we do

  • Review the design according to book design princples.
  • Check manuscript for text flow.
  • Check manuscript for readability (i.e. paragraph length, sentence length, bullets, lists, captions, etc.).
  • Check for typographical errors.
  • Include cross-reference clickable links, within and out of book (e-books).
  • Design new cover (if required). *
  • Create alphabetical index (if required).

* Cover designs for hard copy books charged for separately.

What we supply

  • First draft (in PDF format). You check the content and layout, and if required add/delete text and/or images. This is a thorough check by you.
  • Final draft (in PDF format). You verify that all SECOND DRAFT comments are done. IMPORTANT: Any extra work to the FINAL DRAFT will be charged for.
  • Final book manuscript (in PDF and MS Word format)
    Note: Where the file size of the PDF or Word document is too large for e-mailing, the document will be sent sent through WeTransfer.com.

Excluded

  • No writing of content.
  • No re-writing of content.
  • No sourcing of graphic images. *
  • No creation of graphic images (except the book cover). *
  • No image re-touching. *
  • No uploading to web reseller. *
  • No printing of hard copies (POD printers can be recommended).

* Charged for separately, if required.

From $3.00 per page

"I recommend Colin Dunbar without hesitation. He captured the look and feel that I wanted for the cover and layout of my book, "Eat great, Save Money and Be Happy". Best of all, he did everything in a timely manner.

Colin is a person that does what he says he is going to do, when he says he is going to do it. As an artist, and business person, Colin was a pleasure to work with."

Antoinette Minarchi

Word-to-PDF

What you supply

You send us your finished formatted manuscript, and we convert it into a PDF document, with clickable links.

What we do

  • Check manuscript for text flow.
  • Check manuscript for readability (i.e. paragraph length, sentence length, bullets, lists, captions, etc.).
  • Check for typographical errors.
  • Include cross-reference clickable links, within and out of book (e-books).
  • Design new cover (if required). *

* Cover designs for hard copy books charged for separately.

What we supply

  • Final draft (in PDF format). You verify that all SECOND DRAFT comments are done. IMPORTANT: Any extra work to the FINAL DRAFT will be charged for.
  • Final book manuscript (in PDF and MS Word format)
    Note: Where the file size of the PDF or Word document is too large for e-mailing, the document will be sent sent through WeTransfer.com.

Excluded

  • No writing of content.
  • No re-writing of content.
  • No sourcing of graphic images. *
  • No creation of graphic images (except the book cover). *
  • No image re-touching. *
  • No uploading to web reseller. *
  • No printing of hard copies (POD printers can be recommended).

* Charged for separately, if required.

From $1.95 per page

"Mr. Colin Dunbar came to me higly recommended. So, I contacted him. His immediate responses to my questions alerted me to his professionalism. As a result, I contracted with him for my e-book, "Internet Advertising for Profit".

Throughout each stage, from start to the finish of the e-book, the interface was one of the most pleasant I ever experienced. This was due to his professionalism, honesty, humility, patience and regular feedback.

My e-book is an excellent product in both edit and design due to Colin. I learned so much in the process. And so, I add my testimonial to the long list of satisfied customers who just like me, attest to the fine work of this consummate professional, Colin Dunbar."

Anthony Browne

ReviewIt

What you supply

You send us your finished formatted manuscript, and we check it according book design principles. We supply you with a detailed report of what can be improved or should be changed.

What we do

  • Check overall design and layout.
  • Check manuscript for readability (i.e. paragraph length, sentence length, bullets, lists, captions, etc.).
  • Check for typographical errors.
  • Check headers and footers, and page numbering.
  • Check all links (e-books).
  • Check book structure, i.e. cover, copyright, Foreword, etc.

From $1.50 per page

"Colin has been very helpful and professional in creating and designing my Ebooks, covers and his service is outstanding. I can now write more Ebooks knowing I have the editing and other parts handled!"

Julie Onofrio
www.massage-career-guides.com

"Eagerly I started to work on my ebook, only to realize I really had no idea how to make one. I tried copying and pasting my website pages with logos and all but quite honestly the result did not look like a book. What worked on a website didn't look good as a book. I realized the layout would have to be different or no one would take my book seriously. But how to do it?

Eventually I found myself staring at the computer screen, realizing this wasn't the easy task I thought it would be... I was ready to give up. I realized my expertise was writing books, not designing them.

Thank goodness this is the moment when I found Colin. I sent my not-so-well-done Word document to him. And in two days (!!) I had a ready book in my hands. I mean really: TWO days!! How's that for customer service? Only one little thing was changed in the first draft, and then it was ready to go. A professional-looking, beautiful book.

I was amazed. If anyone out there is considering doing an ebook, I recommend Colin's book design services with all my heart. Professional quality service if there ever was one!"

Leena Pekkalainen
www.inspirational-short-stories.com

"I love writing but my technical skills let me down at times. Colin not only formatted the layout of my ebook for me, but added some really professional touches that I had not thought about. All in all it looks much more sellable now - all the more important because I intend to sell more than 1 product from each of my websites. A professional looking document gives you that edge in a market which is drowning in low-quality products.

This is someone you can really trust to do a sterling job. I will be using his services again.

Thank you so much."

Harriet Morris
www.online-writing-genie.com
www.toddler-ideas.com

"Colin, just want to let you know your layout changes in my exercise program manuals are awesome. Along with the graphics from your son Bronson, each manual looks more professional and more eye-catching than the previous versions I'd been using for the past 2 years.

Thanks also for getting the job done quickly.

Until next time."

Matthew Scott, B.Ac, MA

"Thanks, Colin!

Wow, you did an excellent job.

I am very glad you took on the work. I was somewhat apprehensive about asking you to basically copy someone else's design ideas. It felt a bit like an insult but I had to match what I already had. I also wondered if it was possible to make all books look like a series. But the new covers perfectly complement the ones I already had. And they look great! I can't wait to use them.

I have to say, you provide an excellent and highly professional service, and outstanding value for money. I've worked with a few designers, but this was by far the quickest turn around time I've experienced. I will certainly be back with my next book, and I may also have some other e-book related work for you.

It's so good to have a go to man for all things e-book related. These covers and what I was going to do about them have been on my mind for ages. It is a big relief to know you are there whenever I need help.

Thanks again."

Birgit Bradtke
www.kimberleyaustralia.com
www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com

"Colin is very easy to work with; has an eye for detail; and promptly returned all edited changes in a very short period of time.

In addition, his creation of my Table of Contents really helped make the categorization and compilation process of my E-book go very smoothly.

I would (and do) recommend his service to others. He did a very professional looking job and I am quite pleased with the results."

Simon Pierce
www.Masonic-Lodge-of-Education.com