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The Professional Package is intended for the professional individual or organization seeking to publish a book for direct sales or promotional purposes.

Package services include:



Once your manuscript has been evaluated and accepted by Legacy Isle Publishing, a professional editor will copyedit for spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure (basic copyediting) in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, an editorial style guide widely used in the publishing industry. In addition, the editor will review your manuscript for overall style, clarity and continuity. Legacy Isle strives to maintain a high standard of quality in our clients’ work, and therefore we require that any basic copyediting changes are mandatory. Other changes may be marked “suggested” rather than “required,” but we do recommend that you follow the guidance of our editors; we select them because they excel at what they do, and their job is to make your work clear, concise and polished. Our editors will not change slang usage, professional jargon, pidgin English or other instances where traditional spelling and rules  of grammar do not apply, provided their use is intentional, appropriate and consistent. For additional information on our Editorial Policies, please click here.

If the editor determines that portions of your manuscript are unclear or do not meet our standards of quality, you may be asked to rework and resubmit it. If the manuscript requires intensive editing services, Legacy Isle can furnish a quote for the particular scope of work necessary.

The same editor will review your manuscript after you return it with your acceptance of the text edits, to ensure that any further revisions are correct. The editor will then make a final pass through the manuscript once the book layout is complete to catch any typographical errors introduced during the production process.

The basic Professional Package covers a manuscript of up to 10,000 words; longer manuscripts are accepted at additional cost.


Your edited text and up to 20 images are laid out in the Legacy Isle text design template of your choice. Our design team will use your concepts and images to create a custom cover suited to your style and topic. Your own logo or other symbol supplied for the book’s cover, spine and title pages (where a publisher’s logo would normally appear) will be incorporated at no extra charge. You may also supply your own ISBN (the International Standard Book Number assigned to a book by its publisher for tracking and ordering purposes); we will generate a barcode and place it on the back cover at no additional charge.

The Professional Package is designed primarily for books with black-and-white text and images and includes the insertion of up to 20 client-supplied images and captions as part of the basic package. Additional images may be submitted at an extra cost. See our Fee Schedule for charges. Clients may also add 8-page color photo inserts for a fee, if color photography is desired. Please note that color photo inserts may only be inserted in specific locations in your book. (We recommend 12 images per 8-page insert for a visually pleasing mix of vertical and horizontal photos with room for captions.) The basic package also includes a 4-color cover; the number of images on the cover will vary according to the template you choose. You may submit additional cover-only images, or use images that appear in the body of the book. If color images are extremely important to your manuscript, you may wish to consider our Photo Legacy Package, and add on the optional Professional Package Upgrade available for that package.

Images should be provided in digital format (JPEG or TIFF) at 300 dpi and minimum 1200 pixels (4 inches) on the shortest side. If client-provided images do not meet our production standards (excessively blurry, over- or underexposed, etc.) and cannot be corrected in production, we may request that you have them rescanned. Clients who are unsure how to scan at proper resolution or color mode, or who do not have access to scanning equipment, may use Legacy Isle’s Image Scanning service. All image scans should be file-named or clearly marked to indicate placement in the layout template. Complete instructions for naming/marking images are provided once we receive your signed contract and deposit.


The basic Professional Package includes 150 softcover copies, printed in the industry-standard size of 6x9 inches on uncoated stock with a laminated four-color cover. Clients may also upgrade to hardcover binding.

Clients may add as few as 25 additional copies to their initial order, but reprint orders require a minimum of 50 copies. (We’re happy to furnish a reprint quote for fewer copies, but you are likely to pay nearly the same amount.) To reprint, contact your project coordinator directly for a confirmed price and delivery schedule.

Finished books will be delivered at no additional charge to a single destination within the state of Hawai‘i. Orders may be broken down and shipped to multiple locations; please consult your project coordinator for costs.


Each Professional Package client receives a Publicity Package CD which includes our Book Marketing Guidelines and a professionally-written press release tailored to the client’s title; a 30-day Legacy Client Spotlight Feature placement on our website; and a listing on our Legacy Clients Bookshelf. For more information on these items, please visit our Publicity Materials page.

Legacy Isle does not provide marketing assistance, nor do we book media appearances for clients. (We will, however, field inquiries directed to us on a client’s behalf and pass them on to the client.) We may, at times, inform Professional Package clients of advertising, speaking engagements or sales opportunities presented to us. Clients are responsible for acting on information provided and handling any expenses associated with said opportunities.

Our blog provides ideas and links to resources in the book publishing industry. We happily accept guest posts from Legacy Isle clients who want to share how they have used their book to promote their own businesses.


Each Legacy Isle client receives a CD, DVD or digital download link of the book in final layout as a PDF file. Each client will also receive both high-resolution and Web-optimized JPEG versions of the front and back covers of the book. Clients who add the Image Scanning service to the Professional Package also receive high-resolution JPEGs of their scanned images.

Clients may opt to receive formatted e-book files in EPUB and MOBI formats, optimized for iPad, Kindle and Nook, at an additional charge; see our Fee Schedule for pricing. For Professional Package titles, the e-book file will be formatted in Standard Text Layout — images appear with text positioned above and below. Text will be searchable; if your book contains an index, it is deleted from the e-book file, as it becomes unnecessary and page numbers do not correspond in e-book formats. If images were submitted in color, you may choose to have the color images appear in the e-book version as part of your e-book file upgrade. An e-book file is useful only for viewing on a device that reads this type of file format; most computers cannot handle EPUB or MOBI files without a dedicated viewing program, and some interfaces (such as iBooks) work only on mobile devices and not on desktop or laptop computers. You may find that the digital files provided in your basic package are sufficient for your needs. If you are uncertain whether or not you need an e-book file, consult our Resources Section or blog for guidance or ask your project coordinator. We do not offer end-user support, nor advise clients on distributing their e-book files.




The basic Professional Package is intended for clients who need polished presentation materials to inform the public and the media about their title, but do not require distribution in the general retail market. Clients who do not see a need to have a presence in retail stores and are able to fulfill orders on their own are encouraged to set up their own accounts with’s Advantage Program, rather than purchasing the Distribution Services upgrade. Other clients may control their own brick-and-mortar or online storefronts. However, some clients may feel it is important to offer their books in the traditional retail book market.

The Distribution Services upgrade is intended for clients to whom it is important to see their book available in retail stores or who lack the ability to manage and fulfill online orders on their own (either direct or via

The Distribution Services upgrade includes: an initial publicity blast by Legacy Isle to appropriate media; client's title made available for Hawai‘i retail channel distribution* which may include local bookstores and "big box" stores, as well as the Legacy Isle online bookstore; an additional 300 copies printed for the retail distribution market (these copies ultimately belong to the client and any unsold copies revert to the client at the conclusion of the one-year distribution agreement period); ISBN (International Standard Book Number) registered to Legacy Isle Publishing as the publisher of record. (Distribution Client titles must be released under the Legacy Isle Publishing imprint in order to ensure continuity in the distribution channel.)

The Distribution Services upgrade is subject to a one-year term agreement. Please see our Distribution FAQs for further details.

Clients may opt to add and/or mainland bookstore distribution.* The add-on requires a quarterly charge which covers shipping and handling fees. This fee is refundable if no orders are received from during the quarter. The mainland bookstore distribution add-on requires a one-time fee which is non-refundable, as well as a quarterly (refundable) fee.

The Distribution Services upgrade requires the purchase of the Professional Package Upgrade first.

*Availability in the distribution market does not guarantee that any individual store or chain of stores will choose to stock a title. Please see our Distribution FAQs for further details.




Legacy Isle Publishing does not accept every manuscript submitted. Legacy Isle does NOT accept poetry manuscripts or works of fiction, with the exception of children’s picture books. When you submit your materials and service order form, our team will perform an initial evaluation of your manuscript and images. Legacy Isle reserves the right to reject works that we consider defamatory, illicit or in poor taste. We may also decline a submission if the materials cannot be brought up to our professional standards. For example, your manuscript may need further editorial work, perhaps with input from a professional editor, or your images may be poorly scanned or of insufficient resolution.

Once your materials have received their initial evaluation and accepted, we will invoice you, based on the services requested, for a non-refundable 25% deposit. As soon as we receive your deposit and a signed copy of your Legacy Isle contract, your manuscript will move on to the Editorial Review stage.

Once the Editorial Review has been completed, you’ll receive your first proof. If, after reviewing it, you choose not to accept the mandatory editorial changes, you may opt to terminate the Legacy Isle Publishing contract for services and walk away with a professionally edited copy of your manuscript. Your 25% deposit is non-refundable.

You will be invoiced for a second payment of 50% of total fees when you receive the first proof. Payment is due with the return of the proof indicating acceptance of the editorial changes. Once the payment and signed proof are received, the book will move on to the production stage for its printer-ready layout.

Your final payment of 25%, plus any additional fees incurred or extra services added during the process, is due upon acceptance of the final proof provided by the printer.

All charges are subject to Hawai‘i General Excise Tax of 4.712%.


Clients have the opportunity to proof their book at three stages during the process. The first of these is the manuscript proof provided after the editor’s initial copyediting and review. The second proof will be a layout provided after your manuscript (and images and captions, if applicable) have gone through layout production. This will be your final opportunity to check for errors and confirm that the layout is correct before the book goes to the printer. A follow-up confirmation proof (to confirm that requested changes to the layout proof were made correctly) will be issued via PDF. Any additional revisions requested at this time or after this confirmation proof is accepted will incur additional charges.

The final proof will be issued by the printer. This proof is provided only to catch errors in the printing process. Changes made at this stage will incur additional charges.


Legacy Isle Publishing makes every effort to provide accurate, quality service on schedule. Our editors may, on occasion, overlook an error in the editorial or production stages. We assume no liability for the factual correctness of your manuscript, nor your adherence to U.S. copyright law. Each Legacy Isle client is solely responsible for the claims made and advice dispensed in his or her manuscript and for obtaining the correct and necessary rights and permissions to publish any material included in the finished product.

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