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 With Emerald Books, you’ll have professionals in your corner to help you with every part of the publishing process.

We offer editing, proofreading, coaching, book and cover design, and book marketing.

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We Treasure Your Writing

From Manuscript to Book

Trust your manuscript to the professionals. We bring the utmost care to our layout and design projects and deliver the book you envisioned when you first started writing. We work in partnership with you at every level. When your book is finished, our marketing professionals help you reach your audience.

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  • My book cover will definitely help with sales.

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    My first six books were published by major publishers so when I decided to publish my seventh independently, I knew I would need help.  The staff at Cup and Quill went above and beyond and were so professional and understanding.  They say “don’t judge a book by the cover,” but the cover of my new book, A Midwife’s Song: Oh Freedom, designed by Cup and Quill artist, Isaac Peterson, will definitely help with sales.
    Thanks everyone.  

    —Patricia Harman CNM, MS, midwife and author.

  • Jessica’s knowledge of APA and citation gave me a high level of confidence.

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    As a writer seeking an excellent and highly professional editor, I could not be more pleased with Jessica Hammerman.  As a business writer, I was delighted to work with someone who understood the voice I wanted in the final product.
    In addition, her knowledge of APA and citation gave me a high level of confidence that my work would be viewed as thoughtful, thorough and credible.  Editors are critical team members in this demanding process, and the additional depth Jessica brought beyond the standard editing process of grammar, format, and voice added much value to the work.  Highly recommended.

    —Jim B.

  • They have gone above and beyond to make sure I was happy.

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    I would highly recommend Emerald Design. They have been great to work with and have gone above and beyond to make sure I was happy. Isaac has been great to work with. His work is amazing, and I would definitely work with him again in the future!!

    —Alesha Penland

  • They get an A++ from me!

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    I recently wrote my first book, A Simple Soul. I had the pleasure of working with Jessica and Isaac who did an impeccable job! They first walked me through the process of publishing which I had no idea what I was getting myself into. They were extremely helpful and moved at a pace that was appropriate. I appreciate their kindness and expertise on the whole process! I couldn’t be more pleased with the final project…the cover (both front are back) are exactly what I envisioned, if not better! I am beyond pleased and would highly recommend their professional services. They get an A++ from me! Hopefully I will write another book just so I can use their services again!

    —Kimberly Cowherd

  • The people of Emerald Books truly lived up to their company’s name: they were gems!

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    The people of Emerald Design truly lived up to their company’s name: they were gems!

    I could not have worked with a better team of people. Their services were amazingly affordable. I live in Minnesota, and before I found Cup and Quill, I met with a local small publishing company that has similar services. However, that company wanted to charge me approximately three times as much!

    A couple of people who have already read my work wonder when I will write a sequel. I have no idea. But I do know that I will use Cup and Quill when I do.

    —Jim S.

  • The whole process was streamlined.

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    It was a pleasure working with the Emerald Design team in writing my first book. In my initial call to them, I had no idea what it took to get a book from some words in my computer to seeing it online for sale. Jessica put me at ease and explained clearly the process and the pricing. When completed, there were no surprises. Jessica worked with me on editing with suggestions and punctuation. She made my words into a real story! After working with Jessica, I was introduced to Isaac for design and publishing. Isaac got right back to me on every email and helped me work through the process of cover design with suggestions and pictures to supplement what I had for ideas. He also set up book size, font style and size, layout of the pages, what should go where and setting a price. The whole process was streamlined in a way that allowed a novice like me to be part of their team to complete my project. Thank you again Emerald Design!

    —Charles Rose

  • They made my dream of publishing come true.

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    It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the talented team at Emerald Books. They are a professional and talented group that made my dream of publishing come true. I recommend Emerald Books to anyone who is seriously considering publishing their work.

    —Kim Wilson

  • Find the right hybrid publishing service. 

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    A hybrid publishing company uses elements of traditional publishing, but provides a slightly different model. Hybrid publishers offer conventional services such as editing, marketing, and distribution, but the author will be required to pay a fee.

    Using this service will increase your chances of creating and selling a successful, professional product. Kelechi recommends using Emerald Books. 

    —Kelechi Uchendu, author of Bully Friends

  • I got more than what I paid for.

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    This was my first experience with a professional editor, and everything went better than anything I could have planned for. I’ve had friends tell me horror stories about what they experienced with editing, and it made me apprehensive about paying for an editor. But I have to say that this was worth every dime. Jessica not only helped me cut back on my word count, but she gave me great and helpful tips on how to improve my story. Her feedback was positive and helped motivate me to keep working on my story. I found the task of editing my book daunting, but Jessica eased my worry and made the process extremely easy. I even learned how to use Microsoft Word better. There’s no smoke and mirrors here. I got more than what I paid for and I can’t wait to move forward with publishing my book.

    —Lisa

  • This professional business really cares that you write a good book.

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    I bumped into the worst editors until Linda gave me Isaac to read one of my children’s books. This professional business really cares that you write a good book. It makes you feel like you have real supporters in your life. Will reach them again soon!

    —Regina A.

  • Such a privilege to work with this company.

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    Such a privilege to work with this company. Emerald has been helping me with my multi-novel series for almost a year now, and their dedication to their part in my project (as well as those of their other clients) has never been in question. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a quality editing job with excellent communication.

    —Tessa Charleigh

  • They are amazing!

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    My husband started his novel while on chemotherapy. In the fall of 2020 it became apparent that he would not make it more than a few more months. This fantastic company sped up his editing process and got that book out  one month before he died.  He got to see it in print, he got to see it on Amazon, and he got to see it selling. His life ended on such a positive note in this area and we have Jessica and Isaac to thank. They are amazing!   I heartily recommend this company.

    —Janey Pillsbury, wife of Richard Pillsbury, author of The Time Traveling Texan

  • Jessica was a writing coach as well as an editor.

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    Linda at Cup and Quill assigned Dr. Jessica Hammerman as the editor of my first novel. I’m not college educated and this is my first attempt at writing for an audience other than myself, so when I learned of the extent of Jessica’s education and experience I was really quite intimidated. My experience with Jessica has been far from intimidating. Her criticism has been constructive and every one of her edits have added nothing but quality to the finished product. I highly recommend the services of Cup and Quill and Jessica, especially for first time authors such as myself. I actually recommend Jessica’s services because she became more of a writing coach than just an editor. I’ll definitely be using her advice, tips and suggestions in all of my future work.

    —Domnic M

Pricing

Author Directed— $1,875
Publishing Partnership— $3,275
Bookseller Pro— $4,275

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you make hardcover books?2021-05-25T23:15:35-07:00

Yes. Hardcover books are included in the partnership and pro packages. If you specifically want a hardcover and you have the author-driven package let us know. We can alter the package for you. However, please keep in mind that hardcover books cost more to produce so therefore they are less profitable overall than ebooks or paperbacks.

Isn’t it possible to publish my own book by myself?2021-03-04T22:30:32-08:00

Absolutely! There are print on demand services that only require you to send a word document. Those services often have a “cover creator” wizard where it will automatically make a cover for you with your image and title. To start with an easy-to-use service, you might want to look at kindle create, which is a simple interface for making ebooks for kindle. Kindle Create is pretty much the same difficulty level as using word. We never try to hard-sell authors our services. We’re happy to point you in the right direction to publish your book yourself if you choose.  Just get in touch for a free 15 minute phone conversation.

Our services will give you a professional interior layout and cover of the highest quality and allow you to reach more readers on amazon and in bookstores across the country. If you want a finished, professional look for your book that will look good next to any novel from a big publishing house, you’ve come to the right place.

I already have a cover. Can I have a discount?2021-03-04T00:15:05-08:00

Unfortunately, no. An image is only part of a good cover. A book cover is part of an overall design process, the image and text must be sized precisely to fit the number of pages in the book and the size of the book. In addition there are practical elements that have to fit on the cover, such as the barcode on the back. We are absolutely happy to work with any image you would like for your cover, but it should be sent without text so it can be fitted to the proper dimensions of the cover layout.

How can I make the best book possible?2021-03-04T00:06:18-08:00

Usually editing is the most expensive service when it comes to writing a book, and editing is absolutely essential. There are so many things you can do to improve your manuscript before you hire an editor. Ask a friend or loved one to read it and give you honest feedback about what is working and what isn’t. Join a local club or writing group and get feedback from other writers. Finish your book completely and then go back and rewrite the whole thing. Many authors get so caught up in the excitement of publishing that they don’t do a second draft, or they feel overconfident in their own abilities and think their work is perfect and doesn’t need another draft. Writing is revision. Don’t just hire an editor after your first draft. Make the book the best you can be before you hire an editor. Then instead of just fixing simple mistakes your editor can work more creatively with you on the content and structure of the book.

Do you guarantee book sales when you are doing marketing?2021-03-03T23:57:23-08:00

No. Marketing is about promoting your book as best we can and bringing readers to your book. We can do a ton of stuff with advertisements but many of our strategies involve your presence as an author. You should plan to reach out to your circle, maintain an active social media presence about writing, and create and keep up with profiles on goodreads and author central. We can help with all of this of course, but without your presence as an author marketing won’t be as successful. Choose the author driven package if you aren’t sure about this stuff. If you choose our basic package it doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on any of the marketing possibilities. You can build everything in later. You can have great success on your own by following our template:

Author Marketing Template

We have published best-sellers and we’ve had books that make $100 dollars per day, and we believe every one of our authors can achieve this, but marketing depends on a lot of factors. We will do our best for you if you buy marketing or the partnership or bookseller pro packages but we can’t guarantee sales.

Can I publish on my own account so I can retain 100% of the royalties?2021-03-03T23:46:43-08:00

Yes. We usually host the book on our publishing platforms and manage the book for our clients. For this work we get part of your royalties. If you would like to publish on your own account you can get 100% of the royalties, but in that case we can’t help with advertising or promotion. We are happy to deliver your print-ready files for you to upload to the platform of your choice, but we can’t trouble shoot the platform you are using, since we won’t have access to it. In order to do this, choose the author-driven package. The end result is cover and interior files that you can upload to create your paperback and ebook. We can get you started and share the publication services that we think work best but we can’t do it for you. In this situation we don’t do any marketing since we can’t purchase ads on your behalf without access to your account, but we will happily do a marketing consultation with you, and remember to take a look at our guide:

Author Marketing Template

What’s the difference between the three packages?2021-03-03T23:29:47-08:00

Basically, this is about marketing. If you want to produce a finished book for the minimum price choose author directed. We have a ton of advertising services that we use and the larger packages include marketing. We include the cost of advertising in these packages and automatically buy ads for your book. In the partnership package we run ads for you using methods we’ve had success with in the past. In the Bookseller pro package we double our budget for ads and pull out all the stops.

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