Finish your book

Once your manuscript is edited and ready to go, your next step may be publication. Cup & Quill partners with Emerald Design Co. to offer a range of design and publication services.

Formatting/ book design

A lot goes into transforming your manuscript into a book. The formatting process ensures that everything is perfect for publication. We design your book for you, including chapter headings, page numbers, font choices, margins, book size, table of contents, and more. We can add character to the book with book art in chapter headings and other natural breaks. 

Cover Design

Your cover is the most important part of your book. Emerald will create a custom design for your book, whether we work with a photograph or image of your choosing, or we design your cover from scratch.


Emerald Design will publish your book for you. It will receive an ISBN and it will be available on Amazon for purchase. You can also buy author copies at wholesale rates. It will appear in both paperback and Kindle.

Author Website

We want you to embody your new identity as an author. We create author websites that feature your book (and also include any previous books you published).   



Emerald Book Package

A long-term relationship, a partnership, and we work with you to sell your book. It includes full cover design, book layout, publishing, and marketing. 


  • A professional interior print layout
  • ebook layout (Kindle and others)
  • high-end, custom-designed cover
  • Kindle cover sizing and optimization
  • Two design proofs


  • A global ISBN
  • Published on
  • 8 free author copies mailed to you
  • Distribution through Ingram and other venues
  • Ebook appears on Kindle, Apple, Google, KoBo, and all other major venues


  • support writing the Amazon blurb to help you market your work
  • keyword research matching for sales on Amazon
  • A page as Featured Author on the Emerald Authors webpage
  • 6 hours of phone support, including social media training and assistance and simple graphic design for social media
  • 10 hours of publicity, including review requests, media outreach, and interview requests
  • Up to 200 contacts made (emails, social media messages, online social media posts and requests)  


  • 70% of all revenue from sales in print or on kindle paid quarterly

The final result is your book for sale in print and on kindle via Amazon and other booksellers. You will also receive a phonecall from our marketing representative. Payouts are quarterly.

*note, if your manuscript exceeds 75,000 words there is an additional fee of $250. 



Emerald Basic Package


  • A professional interior print layout
  • Kindle ebook layout
  • Image of your choice cover layout for print
  • Kindle cover
  • One design proof
  • A global ISBN
  • 1 free author copy
  • 60% of all revenue from sales in print or on kindle (or, to publish to your own account, add $300 to the price)

Here's what you need:

  • A clean final manuscript
  • Dedication / Letter from the Author
  • About the Author
  • Author Photo
  • Blurbs
  • Synopsis
  • A cover image: at least 2500 x 3500px

The final result is your book for sale in print and on kindle.

*note, if your manuscript exceeds 75,000 words there is an additional fee of $250.


Download the guidelines for preparing your manuscript here: 

Additional Items

These are services you can add to our basic publication package.

Emerald Art Cover — $1000 (included with Emerald Book Package)

If you want to go beyond a stock photo cover, our resident cover artist will work with you to create the perfect cover. This takes extra time and a lot of communication. Add this item if you would like something special for the cover of your book, a digital painting or a digital collage created to fulfill your vision. Here are some ideas:

  • Full renderings of your characters
  • A digital painting of the exact scene from your novel
  • Photorealistic digital collage
  • Custom graphic design

*This option is required if you need any artwork for the cover beyond placing a photograph and designing type, which is included in the basic package.  

Special Textbook Designed Interior — $1,000

(Not included in either of the packages above). If you are creating a workbook or technical manual you may need a fully desingned interior. These include special graphics such as sidebars, graphs, or charts or images inserted in each chapter. Here are some examples:

  • Charts and data
  • Diagrams for visualization or explanation
  • Visual metaphors 
  • Information presented in a grid
  • Maps
  • Calendars
  • workbooks

This option is required for certain types of books. Here's an example of a weekly planner from a designed interior layout.

à la carte menu:

Author website: from $1,200

Consultation on how to format: from $400 for min. 2 hours

Web hosting: from $50/month

Graphics & Illustration contracts: from $500

Logo creation: from $150

Strategic Book Launch: from $200

If you are unsure about what options will work for you, we are always available for a free consultation by phone or email. Get in touch with

Gallery of some of our custom covers


We want to see authors succeed

At Emerald Design, we want you to succeed. You will end this process with a beautiful book, your best possible.