Book lovers will understand me, and they will know, too, that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence.—Jan Morris

Welcome to Compass Rose Horizons.
We offer expert proofreading, editing, book design, eBook formatting, and transcription services.

Johannes Gutenberg and Johann Fust with the first printing press, Germany, 1450.

Johannes Gutenberg and Johann Fust with the first printing press, Germany. The first book to be produced on a printing press was The Gutenberg Bible. Forty-eight copies (or near-complete copies) of The Gutenberg Bible have survived, and they are widely considered to be the most valuable books in the world. If one comes on the market, which almost never happens, expect to pay between $25 and $35 million. However, if your pockets aren’t that deep, you can still purchase single pages of the book for up to $250,000 — each.

Typesetting and Book Design Services

Budget Book Design

If you are an author who plans to self-publish a novel, we can create a printer-ready book layout from your Microsoft® Word document that is suitable for use with a traditional printer or print-on-demand (POD) service. Prices start at $150 for a clean interior layout that includes the title page, copyright page, table of contents, page numbers, running heads at the top of each page, and drop caps for the first paragraph of each chapter (if desired). There is an extra charge for photos, charts, tables, bibliographies, and for layouts in excess of 250 pages. Cover design charged separately. Learn more at Budget Book Design. (And be sure to visit our Editorial Rates page for any monthly discount specials!)


Handwritten Documents

If you have a handwritten document that you need typeset—an old family cookbook, a novel your mother wrote during her school days, your grandfather’s diary from the war—we can help. We will take your handwritten manuscript or book, type it into Microsoft® Word, and e-mail the final file to you. Your work will be formatted using industry-standard manuscript style (see below). We can also print out a hardcopy and send you the complete file on disc. There is an additional charge to print out and mail your manuscript. Most handwritten manuscripts can be turned around in three to five business days.

Fee for Typesetting Handwritten Documents

  • $5.00 / finished, typed, and formatted manuscript page (double spaced)

Typesetting an Out-of-Print Book or Re-typing a Hardcopy of an Already-Printed Manuscript

Do you have an out-of-print title you would like to reissue but you don’t have the original files? No problem! We can take your out-of-print book and type it into manuscript format for you—this is one of our most popular services for authors who do not possess a digital copy of their text.

Fee for Typesetting Out-of-Print Books or Already-Printed Manuscripts

  • $5.00 / finished, typed, and formatted manuscript page (double spaced)

Finished manuscripts may be used for our Budget Book Design services. Please write for more information on our typesetting, manuscript preparation, and book design services.

Industry-Standard Manuscript Formatting

Perhaps you are not ready to self-publish or you would prefer to send your manuscript to an established publisher or agent instead. Even if you feel your document does not need editing, it might still benefit from professional formatting. No one can say with certainty how many great stories and novels are passed over by publishers simply because the manuscript was poorly formatted. Oftentimes, a nicely organized and clean manuscript will be better received by an editor.

As a special service of Compass Rose Horizons, we can take your finished electronic manuscript and convert it to a “standard manuscript” format for submission to publishers and agents. This is not the same as book design. Your manuscript will be formatted to fit on an 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper; we will ensure that your font, character style, line spacing, paragraph style, pages numbers, margins, and layout all meet an editor’s expectations. This does not guarantee that your book or short story will be sold, of course, but a well-formatted manuscript is easier to read and has a better chance of rising above the slush pile than one that looks unprofessional.

Manuscript Formatting Fees

  • $60.00 up to 125 pages
  • $85.00 between 126 and 225 pages
  • $111.00 between 226 and 325 pages
  • $150.00 over 325 pages

Attention students! If you need your document edited and formatted in a special style—Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, or APA—we can assist you. Please write with the details of your project. To learn more about our thesis and dissertation proofreading services, go to Academic Editing.

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