Professional services

Clockwork Satellite can create high-quality ebooks from a variety of source files.

Services

Our ebook files are created by human beings rather than machines, with a keen eye for typography and formatting. We can convert your manuscript into these formats:

  • Ebook (EPUB and MOBI) for e-reader devices and apps Ebook formats are flexible, reflowable text formats designed for e-reader devices and apps. Users can tailor the style and size of the text on their devices and apps to their own taste, and the words reflow accordingly.
  • PDF for home printing or print-on-demand PDF (Portable Document Format) is a fixed-layout format. The text size and style cannot be changed by the user, although it’s usually possible to zoom in to take a closer look. With more control over the layout and typography, PDF is the best format to print from.

Pricing

For conversion of a straightforward ‘novel’ manuscript (text split into chapters; with a cover image and up to 10 internal images) provided in one of our preferred formats, the cost starts at £145.

If the manuscript is more complex (for example, poetry or recipes); if there are large numbers of quotations or footnotes; if there are more than ten images; or if you're not able to provide your manuscript and images in our preferred formats, we’ll need to charge more. Drop us a line or complete our ebook project worksheet to discuss your requirements.

Quality assurance

All of the ebook files produced by Clockwork Satellite are thoroughly tested on a number of e-reader devices and apps from the Clockwork Satellite device library. EPUB files are also validated using the ePubCheck service. PDF files are optimised for home printing.

Free sample files

The Middle Passage cover

The Middle Passage is a novella by award-winning British children’s author, Julia Golding. It is a bonus installment in her series of Cat Royal stories. For more information on Julia and her work, visit juliagolding.co.uk.

Sample files are available to download in each of our three supported formats: MOBI (for Kindle), EPUB and PDF (optimised for home printing):

  • MOBI for Kindle e-reader devices and apps
  • EPUB for other e-reader devices and apps
  • PDF for home printing

Additional services

We also offer these additional services:

  • Cover design
  • Illustration
  • Design for print
  • Short-run printing
  • Proofreading
  • Copy-editing
  • Sales and distribution support
  • Marketing

Prices for additional services vary with the scale and complexity of your project. Drop us a line or complete our ebook project worksheet to discuss your requirements.

Getting started

If you have a project in mind, you can tell us all about it using our ebook project worksheet. This will help us to understand your requirements so we can put together an accurate project plan and price.

Do-it-yourself support

Clockwork Satellite provides training and resources for writers, designers and publishers looking to create ebooks.

Training and workshops

We provide training and workshops covering all aspects of ebook production: from basic preparation of manuscript files in word-processing apps, to custom ebook creation using desktop publishing software and HTML code.

Our training courses and workshops can be tailored for different audiences. For example: writing groups; designers; typesetters; publishers; and general audiences at events and festivals. They can be delivered online or in person.

For more information on our training and workshops, please contact us.

“Sessions were well constructed and thought out” “Feel v inspired and confident now!”

Resources

Device library

Clockwork Satellite holds a growing collection of mobile, tablet and e-reader devices for testing ebooks. In conjunction with Exeter Web, open access is offered to these devices (located in Exeter city centre) for anyone who would like to test their work. If visiting Exeter is not practical, device testing can be arranged for a fee.

Clockwork Satellite test lab devices

The current device list:

  • Amazon Kindle Touch (2013 firmware)
  • Apple iPad with Retina Display (iOS 7)
  • Apple iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
  • Kobo Touch
  • Nook SimpleTouch
  • Sony Reader PRS-300

The Apple devices are loaded with a number of apps for testing ebooks, including:

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • Bluefire
  • Kobo
  • Marvin
  • Stanza
  • Txtr

To take advantage of the device library, please contact us.

Contact

hello@clockworksatellite.co.uk

If you have a project in mind, you can tell us all about it using our ebook project worksheet. This will help us to understand your requirements so we can put together an accurate project plan and price.

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