Formatting Info

Before Self-Publishing a Book


The author will need to create an Amazon account. Once that is done, a Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account is also necessary, using the same Amazon log-in information, because Amazon owns KDP. Both of these accounts are free, but because they ask for sensitive information, the P&L staff cannot do that for you. We will never ask for your banking information or your Social Security number. Of course, you are welcome to contact us if you have any questions, and we can guide you through that process. You might want to read the instructions from KDP on how to open your Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing accounts (click here for KDP Jumpstart Instructions).

Once your Amazon and KDP accounts are established, in order for our team to provide the fantastic service you deserve, please be prepared to send the following information.


It all starts with the Formatting Service Agreement, which you can download. Then, if you want a print book, click on Formatting Decisions for Print Book. Or, if you want an eBook, click Formatting Decisions for eBook.  If you want your book in both print and eBook, please fill out both forms. Most of the information regarding your paperback book will be identical to your eBook.

Download the forms, fill them out, scan them, and save as PDF files. Once this is done, attach them to an email with your manuscript, which must be a Word doc, and send them to us at


If there’s anything else you want included in the book, either inside or on the back, please send that to us, as well. Helpful items you might want to prepare are these: One-Page or Sell Sheet, Author Bio, Cover Concept or Image, Interior Images, Author Photo, Back Cover Text, Preferences for Colors, Format, Layout, Subtitle, Dedication, Acknowledgments, and Endorsements. Let us know if you want us to explain what any of these items are.

After You Self-Publish Your Book


You should set up an account in Author Central, which is also an Amazon entity. This is where you list your books, write your bio, and describe the book. You can also link your blog to your Author Central site. If you need help setting up your Author Central account, we’ll be there to assist you.

Of course, you are welcome to contact us if you have a question, before or after your project is completed. P&L Publishing & Literary Services is insured, and can be trusted with your manuscript, your personal information, and your intellectual property.

Important To Keep In Mind

Most authors need an editor to go over their manuscript before it is formatted for publishing. P&L has an editor who can help you, at a lower cost than most editorial services would charge, and we encourage you to use this opportunity to improve your work.

Please make sure that your content is complete and correct before submitting it to us for formatting. You’ll be able to make a few minor corrections after our team formats your book. But adding content or making corrections after that might entail an additional fee.

Right of Refusal

We reserve the right to refuse to format or edit, for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to, what we believe: (1) is false, misleading, or defamatory; (2) is offensive, abusive, or uncivil in tone; (3) is harmful, threatening, or intimidating; (4) contains profanity, hate messages, or personal attacks against others; (5) impersonates another person or misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity; (6) violates another person’s or entity’s intellectual property rights, publicity, privacy rights, or other legal rights; (7) is otherwise inappropriate or undesirable.

If after receiving and reviewing your submission we decide against accepting the assignment, we will return it to you with a 100% refund of your payment, and we will not be held liable for breach of the Service Agreement.

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