Graphic Design and Publishing

Shelly GlasowShelley Glasow
Directing Manager-Graphic Design and Publishing
CEO, Publisher and Creative Director for Goodlife Guide

Shelley is a publisher and author with a 20-year background in creative direction specializing in publication design and brand management. After breaking into eBook formatting in 2009, Shelley began focusing her expertise in assisting fellow authors in self-publishing until branching out into a mid-tier publisher where she could utilize her creative, technical and marketing skills and bring clients a full spectrum of publishing services. DYF continues to format hundreds of books globally by both well-known and novice authors each month. As a fellow author, Shelley understands the challenges and rewards that accompany all aspects of publication.

In addition to books, Shelley had established a successful career as a publications creative director at the helm of several upscale magazines, including Anthem Freedom Way, Desert Mountain Connection, Southwest Poker News and AZ Food & Life.


Your Single Source Guide in Global Publishing.

DYF is currently accepting new manuscripts, All manuscripts must be final prior to submitting an order!

DYF is a publishing service provider offering an array of solutions to assist the novice or experienced author in achieving a traditional publishing presence. We are an experienced international company providing e-book and print services with hundreds of client referrals. We are self-publishing experts with an essential network of printers, wholesalers and distributors, we are able to connect our authors to the world’s finest retailers. DYF “team” offers self-publishing authors the opportunity of traditional publishing at affordable prices.

Our team of experts at DYF shares a wealth of ebook, print, design and editorial knowledge. and we are dedicated to helping make your book successful. As fellow authors, we understand your publishing needs from Kindle, Apple, Nook, paperback, and beyond, seeing your platform through to the Web and social networking performance.

DYF is a one-stop collaborator for production, design, distribution or editorial consultants. All our fee-based a-la-carté and publishing package services are contract-free, royalty-free.

Your words, your rights, global partnerships, and our guidance place your book on the world’s largest platforms.

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eBook Formatting

We clean your files for conversion to accommodate digital eBook requirements, including .epub, .mobi and .doc for Smashwords, Kindle, Apple, Barnes and Noble Nook, Kobo, Diesel, and more. As a renowned specialist in Smashwords formatting, we back our work with a “premium status” guarantee with unlimited revisions, guaranteed to get your edited book into the Smashwords premium catalog. Modifications will only be made from downloading the Smashwords .ePub file. We currently only accepts books primarily in English and only those which utilize the Roman alphabet.

  • Standard (Automated, Turnaround approx. 3-5 Business Days): Unlimited word count, hyperlinks and pagination from your file. Author provided covers are also sized to ebook standards at no additional charge. This is an automated package is ideal for fiction and non-fiction biography books with no custom formatting and no images
    $50 USD for Smashwords .doc file only.
  • Ultimate (Manual, Turnaround approx. 7-10 Business Days): includes all “standard” items listed above in addition to  images (35 images maximum), up to 100 hyperlinked footnotes, chapter glyphs (swirl images), .PDF to .doc conversion, detailed formatting to include custom indentation, bullets, subheads, centered quotes. This package is manually formatted by a specialist and is ideal for How-To or reference books or any other book with any images, detailed formatting (custom indents, bullets, centered quotes, etc),  or exportation needs.
    $100 USD includes Smashwords .doc, .epub and .mobi conversion files.

Post-Format Corrections
Although we do only accept final manuscripts, we understand that writing is an art form and as such, your masterpiece is never perfect. Many authors upload their files and review their files on their Kindle, nook or iPad and find… glaring errors. That’s okay! We are happy to make up to 50 line item corrections in a searchable format. (50+ we ask clients to correct their files and place a revised order with their original package). $25 USD per hour.

Cover Design
Why do books bleed? Simply put, it’s not the same red ink your editor left behind in years past. Our 20 years of experience in creative direction will collaborate with authors in designing a book cover to include front, back and spine (as needed). We will ensure all print specifications are prepared in an easy-to-use file for CreateSpace or any other print vendor’s specifications.

$75 cover modification (front cover modification, low resolution WITH image(s) provided by author). $200 eBook cover design (front cover, low resolution). $250 USD—print & eBook cover design (front, back and spine, high-resolution).

View a comprehensive selection of our cover designs by clicking here!

Interior Print Design

We take your manuscript from double-spaced Courier to professional, well-designed pages. We include glyphs (decorative art at chapter breaks), pagination, font selection, header and footer, front and back matter, margins (as needed to print specifications). We design all books at 6 x 9″ (229 x 152mm) or unless otherwise specified, we can format (203 x 127mm), 5.5 x 8.5″ (216 x 140mm), 5.83 x 8.27″ (210 x 148 mm—A5). $300 USD.


Novice eBook Package

Quickly self-publish your eBook with DYF author services to distribute your book globally through most major online retailers such as Apple (distribution to iBookstores in 32 countries), Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, WH Smith in the UK and FNAC (both powered by Kobo), the Diesel eBook Store, eBooks Eros (operated by Diesel). In addition, your book will be listed with Smashwords Atom/OPDS Catalog (Reaches Major Mobile App Platforms) containing all the books for sale at, Stanza on the iPhone, and Aldiko on the Android mobile device platform. These two e-reading apps alone reach millions of readers combined. The catalog is also distributed to the Word-Player and FBReader apps, and to the Inkmesh ebook search engine. Package includes front cover design, formatting, account set-up, file upload, and online distribution. Package includes cover design, formatting, set-up, file upload, and distribution. Authors must provide ISBN or use free number from Smashwords and/or Amazon. $300 USD

Novice Print Package
Choose to self-publish on Amazon CreateSpace with DYF author services and launch your trade paperback book with brand credibility, NO up-front printing costs, author maintains all rights and royalties, and we handle account set-up, file preparation, upload and review through file approval and book launch. (US), (UK) Package includes cover design, interior design, account set-up, file upload, and Amazon distribution.
Authors must provide ISBN or use free number from Smashwords and/or Amazon. $400 USD

Integral Publishing Campaign
DYF offers the Integral Publishing Campaign to provide authors with a unique opportunity to combine all cover design, eBook and print production services with novice account set-up and upload support. This combination program is available to unilaterally launch your book on all global Amazon CreateSpace distribution platforms ((US), (UK) And through the vast eBook distributors worldwide as detailed below*, individually in the eBook publishing package. Package includes print interior design, eBook formatting, cover design, account set-up, file upload and distribution services for Amazon CreateSpace print and Smashwords online markets.
All authors must provide ISBN (Includes one revision at no additional cost — with uploads). $600 USD

Mail to:books@goodlifeguide.com


eBook: Apple (distribution to iBookstores in 32 countries), Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, WH Smith in the UK and FNAC (both powered by Kobo), the Diesel eBook Store, eBooks Eros (operated by Diesel). In addition, your book will be listed with Smashwords Atom/OPDS Catalog (Reaches Major Mobile App Platforms) containing all the books for sale at, Stanza on the iPhone, and Aldiko on the Android mobile device platform. These two e-reading apps alone reach millions of readers combined. The catalog is also distributed to the Word-Player and FBReader apps, and to the Inkmesh ebook search engine.

Print: Amazon CreateSpace distribution platforms ((US), (UK)

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DYF does NOT “design” ebooks, we format ebooks to comply with distributors technical requirements. The process of formatting eBooks is a process of simplication; we must remove all your “styles” and replace them with programming that can be translated by any e-reader device. Think percentage and not pages! Your book as written in Microsoft word or other writing software is not representative of how an eBook will look. For example, a word document is 8.5×11 inches with page count. A traditional eBook is 600×800 pixels at 72 dpi and is measured in percentages as shown at the bottom of your Kindle or similar device. The reader is in control of how your book will look, unlike traditional print layout where you can choose line and page breaks plus control orphans and widows. Since the reader is able to choose the font and size they will read, all text will shift. There will often be blank pages in your .doc file and sometimes in different places on the eReader—this is okay and follows eReader style guides.  Authors must understand there are technical constraints—the largest type size is 14pt; we can only use indents without space before or after; or spaces with flush text and no indents; only italic, bold, bold italic, superscript, and underline are safely translated. All documents at goodlife guide are formatted in 12pt Times New Roman, although after conversion, your .epub and .mobi files will automatically appear in the Cambria font unless the reader changes their font preference. Don’t be afraid to stop by your retailer and review sample books on Kindle, Nook and iPad.  The more realistic your expectations are and the more simplistic your file is, the more unified the outcome will be.

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*ISBNs and Copyright

All books submitted to DYF, MUST be submitted with an ISBN prior to project completion. Each book’s ISBN CANNOT be the same ISBN as a previous print edition or an eBook edition acquired by any other publisher or distributor. Self-publishers may submit a statement that a free ISBN through a service provider will be used in cases where author chooses distributor and uploads book. However, we strongly advise you research your legal rights by country as eBooks and legal rights are still a grey area, and there is no resolution as to who owns publishing rights to your book with free ISBNs. Therefore, I highly recommend purchasing your own ISBNs. In the U.S.; in the U.K; in Canada; or check with for a listing of countries.

Please understand due to our global clientele, we cannot offer ISBNs to self-publishers at this time.

You may or may not choose to copyright your book through your local copyright office. However, in most countries, the ability to show earlier drafts offers you proof of rights as copyrights in most countries are set as creator “sets pen to paper.” The U.S. copyright fee is $35 should you choose to submit your works regardless. We cannot offer legal advice or be responsible for the legitimacy of your copyright or ISBN so it is important as an author that YOU know your rights.

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Please note all files will be released to the client upon full payment through PayPal; PayPal is currently our only accepted method of payment. Payment is due when files are ready, and client will be notified at that time. We do NOT send ANY files without payment. DYF  does NOT offer refunds unless we fail to meet Smashwords Premium status acceptance. We do NOT offer refunds for formatting that does not match your original design as changes often have to be made to simplify books to comply with distributors– please familiar yourself with the simplicity and fluidity of ebooks prior to ordering. In the case there are any formatting errors on the part of goodlife guide, we will continue to work with the client under all reasonable conditions and ONLY while maintaining distributor requirements, we will NOT make “design” changes that do not comply with requirements. All requests for changes MUST be submitted in a searchable format (Example: 1. The quick brawn fox. Change “brawn” to brown). Additional author changes (spelling, grammar, or items not appearing in original file WILL incur a $15 per hour fee (up to 50 line item changes).

The following formats are accepted: .doc or .docx (preferred*), .rtf, .html, .pages, .qxd and .indd. We DO accept .pdf files, however, they may incur additional fees or require a different eBook package for conversion to text. Pagemaker and Publisher files are NOT accepted. Only FINAL manuscripts are accepted (unless editing services are ordered from goodlife guide). Please do NOT submit your files until you are sure it is your final version and has been proofread, including files converted by client to .doc from .pdf to save costs; such exporting leaves hard line breaks and hyphens (these are not our responsibility to correct). Goodlife guide is not responsible for any files modified by author/client after goodlife guide has met initial project requirements. Requests for editing, spelling corrections and text modifications AFTER the document has been formatted will incur a $15 per hour fee.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at
We look forward to assisting clients with all publication needs! Phone services are available for marketing and package clients only. In order to keep prices low, we do not currently offer phone assistance.

DYF, Limitation of Liability: Client agrees that it shall not hold DYF or his/her agents, contractors or employees liable for any incidental or consequential damages. DYF as an author service provider or publisher and/or his/her agents, contractors or employees accept no liability for any third party disputes, particularly where ISBN and copyright of the author’s original manuscript are in question.

Dispute Resolution: DYF does NOT offer refunds, any disputes arising out of services with DYF shall be submitted to PayPal’s buyer and seller protection services; all decisions made by PayPal will be considered final.

Author must accept all policy terms prior to initiation of services prior to project initiation.

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