I launched Blue Pen because I believe in books—and more importantly, I believe in authors. Independent authors can produce books of equivalent quality to traditional publishing houses. They just need the right tools. I'm here to provide those tools, along with encouragement, to help further the careers of independent authors and the publishing industry as a whole.
When you self-publish your book, you become the author, editor, publisher, cover designer, interior designer, marketer, and sales strategist. That means you either have to be an expert at everything or find a team to support you through the publishing process.
Here at Blue Pen, we've done the hard work for you. Our team of experienced, talented industry professionals can take you from rough draft to published book. Victoria will coordinate expert services to help you take the leap from talented writer to successful author.
It's true that readers will judge your book by its cover. Make your story stand out with a professionally designed book cover. Choose from custom covers that perfectly represent your story and pre-made covers for faster turnaround times and tighter budgets. Paperback covers are delivered as print-ready PDF files and digital covers as upload-ready JPG files.
Pre-made e-book and print cover: $375 Custom e-book and print cover: $550
Your book's interior pages should enhance and accentuate your story. Have your book's interior designed professionally to highlight your story's unique personality. Our designers work with simple, text-only layouts and more complex layouts that include tables and images. We offer premium interior design services and budget-friendly options.
Premium print or e-book interior: $465 Premium Print and e-book interior: $650 Budget print or e-book interior: $200 Budget print and e-book interior: $350
(Fees vary based on length and complexity. Above estimates based on 80k words.)
Turn your draft into a polished manuscript that's ready to share with readers. Victoria offers developmental editing, manuscript critiques, line editing, and proofreading to turn your draft into a publication-ready book.
Receive one-on-one assistance throughout your publishing process, through phone calls and/or video sessions. We will discuss your timeline and any questions or issues that arise during your preparation or publishing process.
If your book is ready to publish but you're not comfortable uploading the materials yourself, we will upload all your materials and publish the book through KDP. We take all the guesswork out of the publishing process so you can be certain your book is published to your exact specifications.
Publishing print and digital versions through Amazon KDP
Every author needs a professional online presence. A professionally designed website will help you promote yourself and your work. Help your readers find you and stay connected. Share your story, sell your books, and promote your upcoming work on a stylish, user-friendly platform.
Become instantly recognizable to your readership, and showcase your authorial style with a custom logo and cohesive marketing materials. Use your author logo on your website, correspondence, and banners. Talk to us about custom business cards, bookmarks, brochures, and social media images to help you make a lasting impression when connecting with readers online and in person.
Author logo: $275–400 Marketing materials: contact us
Author and editor Victoria Griffin launched the publishing services division of Blue Pen Books after identifying a need within the writing community for access to high-quality, trustworthy book publishing services. As an editor, Victoria has worked extensively with indie authors, many of whom weren't sure how to find the services they need to publish the book they envisioned. These weren't writers who wanted to self-publish a book for their family and friends to read; these were authors launching their career and choosing to publish independently so they could maintain complete control of their work.
The goal of Blue Pen is to help independent authors produce books that can compete with traditionally published books. Along with indie authors, the handpicked Blue Pen service providers also work with traditional publishing houses.
Blue Pen is not a publishing house. It simply provides the services and resources that authors need to publish indepentently. Authors who work with Blue Pen maintain all their copyrights, control, and royalties. For authors who opt for multiple services, Victoria coordinates the entire process to ensure everything is completed on schedule. Along with helping authors create high-quality books, Blue Pen also removes the stress and anxiety from the publishing process by handling the details.