Publishing platform and enhanced ebook publisher Vook has added copy editing and cover design services to those it already offers to authors, including a content creation tool and ebook distribution.
In a marketing email announcing the services, Vook wrote, “We’re excited to offer editing services for all budgets so you can polish your work with our professional editors,” and, “We’ve been making ebooks for years, and we know the type of cover it takes to make your ebook stand out on those crowded digital bookshelves.”
Vook and its competitors in the author services business have been adding programs like these to woo authors to their platform.
Some of the moves these firms have made recently:
FastPencil now offers some of its authors the opportunity to be printed and distributed via Barnes & Noble. Author Solutions gives authors 100% royalties on books published and distributed through the site, making its primary service free for many of its customers – this promotion was to end on July 4, 2012 but was extended indefinitely due to its success. The company also offers BookStub, a service where authors can sell their e-books in person using a credit-card sized voucher with a picture of the book cover on one side and a product code on the other. Lulu recently launched an “author advice” tool.