how it works

Let's open you
up some big opportunities.

You want a book that sells and makes you look like the
credible expert you are. No problem. I got you, girl.
Collection of Book Cover Designs by Melinda Martin
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1. We start with a free 15-
minute fit call.

Book a quick call with me so we can get to know each other. I’ll ask you a few questions to see if I can help you publish the book of your dreams. If I can’t help you, I’m going to tell you straight up.

If it seems like we’re a good fit and you require consulting, project management & book design, I’ll invite you to book a Self-Publishing Strategy session.

If you were referred by another publishing consultant and you need to hire me for book design only, then we’ll skip to Step 3: The Melinda Experience.

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2. Next, we do a Self-Publishing Strategy session.

You’re ready to invest in your business by self-publishing a book – but you don’t have a clear path of how. The last thing you want to do is waste this huge opportunity by mucking up important steps (because, hey – you don’t know what you don’t know!)

Everyone who hires me as a consultant, project manager & book designer starts with a Self-Publishing Strategy session. (If you are hiring me for book design only, skip to step 3.)

We sit down over Zoom and I find out everything about you, your book dreams, and where you’re at in the process. Then I’ll tell you exactly what you need to do and who you need to hire to publish the best possible book with the least amount of time, wasted money, and painful missteps.

Armed with my report, you can then go ahead and put the plan into place yourself, or you can hire me for the design and project management, and my recommended editors and contractors for the rest.

If we do work together, I apply the Self-Publishing Strategy price to whichever package you get.

Investment: $425 USD

Melinda Martin, Book Designer & Self Publishing Consultant

3. Then, you get The Melinda Experience™.

The Melinda Experience is for ambitious women who want to set the plan in motion and don’t have time to waste with anyone but the best.

If you need consulting, project management & book design, we’ll pick up where the Self-Publishing Support session ended. We’ll schedule a planning session to nail down any remaining details, discuss selecting other team members your project requires, set a timeline, chat about expectations, and get the ball rolling.

If you require book design only, then the process will start with a formal proposal specific to your project’s needs. After the proposal is accepted, we’ll schedule a planning session to nail down any remaining details, set a timeline, chat about expectations, and get the ball rolling.

Either way, I’m going to design you an amazing book that you are going to be so proud to market. You’re going to be like “WHAT – this is MY book?” with tears streaming down your face. I promise. It’s going to be so, so good.

Here’s an idea of what your package might include:

Basic

For clients with text-only books with basic design needs. View example. 

Includes 3D mockups, promotional images, a style sheet, and your book’s branding elements.

Consulting, Project Management & Book Design:
$3500+ USD*

Book Design Only:
$2500+ USD

*Previous payment from the Self-Publishing Support session is applied to the price.

Mid-Level

For clients with books that have a more elevated design. View example.

Includes 3D mockups, promotional images, a style sheet, and your book’s branding elements.

Consulting, Project Management & Book Design: 
$4500+ USD*

Book Design Only:
$3500+ USD

*Previous payment from the Self-Publishing Support session is applied to the price.

Advanced

For clients with books that need to be a showstopper. View example.

 Includes 3D mockups, promotional images, a style sheet, and your book’s branding elements.

Consulting, Project Management & Book Design:
$6500+ USD*

Book Design Only: 
$5000+ USD

*Previous payment from the Self-Publishing Support session is applied to the price.

Think we might be a good match? Book a free 15-minute fit call.

"Melinda is my go-to resource for any self-publishing projects that cross my desk."

There’s no one else I trust more with the self-publishing process than Melinda. Not only is she a top-notch designer and typesetter, but she also understands the intricate details involved in preparing a manuscript, from editing to final print. She also happens to be great fun to work with, and she truly cares about the results she creates for her clients. I’ve worked closely with Melinda on several projects now, and she’s my go-to resource for any self-publishing projects that cross my desk.

Becky Kopitzke, Author, Writing Coach, and Founder of The Inspired Business

BECKY KOPITZKE, AUTHOR, WRITING COACH, AND FOUNDER OF THE INSPIRED BUSINESS

"She went above and beyond, Melinda made it possible and is worth every cent and more!"

My partner and I made the most fortuitous decision to hire Melinda to be our guide. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!  Melinda not only helped design and layout our book in spectacular fashion, but she helped us every step of the way.  She made suggestions regarding formatting, advised on how to best execute the watercolor paintings for print, and helped find an editor that fit our style of book. More than that, she was the most patient teacher and never made us feel awkward or hesitant to ask a question. She was quick and clear with responses, often sharing videos for us “visual” learners.  I will definitely recommend her to all of my friends who are writers and illustrators.

Mary Pat Kanaley —Mary Pat Kanaley, Co-Author and Illustrator of “Ponies in the Park”

MARY PAT KANALEY, CO-AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR OF “PONIES IN THE PARK”

"Melinda knows exactly what the reader wants and needs, while also considering my book’s vision and goals."

I rely on Melinda Martin and her incredible team at Martin Publishing Services for all my book design projects (paperback, hardback, and epubs). Melinda is on the forefront of market trends, understands book markets and book buying behavior, and knows exactly what the reader wants and needs, while also considering my book’s vision, goals, and budget. She is professional, reliable, fun to work with and delivers her projects in a timely manner.

Linda Ruggeri, Co-Author of “Networking for Freelance Editors”

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Click on a book to view more of the project.

Book cover design for Walk It Out by Amy S Dudley, self-improvement genre
The book cover for Hope Remains by Reppard and Summer Gordon, Christian Genre
Book Cover Design for Face to Face by Patti Reed, Parenting Author
Book cover design for Septic by Chasty King, memoir author
Book Design for Business Meetings that Work by Dori Sella, Business Author
Book Cover Design for Bosses Who Kill by Kimbretta Clay, Business Author
Book Cover for 10 Commandments of Author Branding by Shayla Raquel, Business Author
Book cover design for Plan Your Year by Pam Barnhill, Christian Author
Book Cover Design for Savage Indulgence by Shayla Raquel, Fiction Author
Book Cover Design for 30-Day Kickass Single Mom Money Makeover by Emma Johnson, Self-Help Author
Book Cover for The Shoebox Effect by Marcie J Keithley, Self Help Author
Book cover design for Intoxicating Lies by Meg Geisewite, self-help author
FAQ

I work with ambitious, savvy people who see high quality book design as an investment in their future success and respect the process and advice of the expert they hired. If you can’t make decisions, take yourself too seriously, or have control issues, we aren’t a good fit! 

Most often, this means I work with women who are writing a non-fiction book of any genre to grow their business or are professional career authors. My design skills are diverse, though, and I’m open to fiction, male authors, children’s books, and other genres if it seems like we’d be a good match. Book a fit call and we’ll see!

Absolutely not. Although I’ve designed plenty of bestsellers, no one can predict which books go to the top — not even big shot publishing houses! 

What I do is help your book become the best it could possibly be, giving it the best possible chance of it climbing the charts, making you your money back, showing you off as the credible expert you are, and adding clients and opportunities to your business. 

The reality is that books ARE judged by their cover, and poorly done or DIY covers just don’t sell because they don’t look like they contain credible information. I’m telling you — I know what works in the book industry, and quality design is essential.

Before! Although editing is not included in my packages, I will be your project manager to ensure no detail gets missed and that you’re hiring quality, ethical contractors. Because these are editors I’ve already worked with and have trained for my processes, I require you to work with one of my recommended editors. Trust me on this. There are a lot of lousy editors out there that make everyone’s life more difficult.

Once I have your manuscript back from your editor, an average package take 8 to 10 weeks to complete. Exact timeline will be determined during the Self-Publishing Support session.

Yes, but I have high standards of who I will contract for. Book a fit call!

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