59 thoughts on “Ebook Formatting

  1. Dorothy Davies ·

    I was more than content with my service from Jesse, swift, efficient and helpful! I will be back for more when there is more to come back for!

  2. louise8 ·

    I used Jesse to format What If Your Dog Outlives You for the Smashwords premium catalog. It got approved first time!

    This was after I struggled and was rejected three times trying to get premium approval on my own.

    Jesse did the work quickly and his rates are reasonable. My highest recommendation.

  3. Jason Brannon ·

    Jesse did a great job on my horror collection, The Misunderstood and Other Misfit Horrors. His price was reasonable. His work was quick and efficient. Top notch! I would recommend Jesse to anyone who is about to enter the world of ebook formatting and has no clue how to begin. He was able to take all of the guess work out of the process, and I was able to upload my file to Smashwords without a hitch. I’ll definitely be using Jesse’s services in the future.

  4. Cathy Conradie ·

    Jesse Gordon has helped me a tremendous deal by formatting my two debut books for Smashwords in a very professional manner. He is always willing to help and was very friendly right throughout the time he helped me with the formatting, no matter how many times I asked him questions. The formatting services he rendered is also very reasonable and was affordable. Because of his professional and fast formatting of my two books my books were accepted in the Premium Distribution Catalog of Smashwords at the first attempt to publish it. Thank you so much, Jesse – I will definitely approach your formatting services when I write another book.

  5. Finn W. Contini ·

    I’ve used Jesse’s services for five eBooks and counting. There’s a lot of competition in the marketplace for eBook formatters, and the reason I keep coming back to Jesse is because he does it right the first time and he’s able to meet my budget as well. The fact he didn’t scream in horror when I presented him a sixty-four-page manuscript with 142 footnotes that he converted into endnotes is testament to his commitment to the profession.

  6. Catherine Forbes ·

    Jesse Gordan has formatted, edited and proofread two of my short stories and I have to say, I was absolutely delighted with the results. Not only was his rates very reasonable, but he was friendly and definitely skilled at what he does. I will be contacting him again in the future!

    I highly recommend his services.

  7. Maxine Williamson ·

    Jesse Gordon is an awesome 5-star eBook formatter. I highly recommend Jesse, he’s an absolute pleasure to work it, and his service, creativity and professionalism are unbeatable. 

    I hired Jesse to do my formatting and found his service prompt and courteous. I was able to get my book on Kindle, and in the Smashwords premium catalogue on the first attempt because Jesse made certain that the formatting was done correctly.

    As a ‘newbie’, I had lots of questions and concerns – Jess responded to my questions promptly, guided me, and was patient and reassuring. Jesse is a genius in eBook formatting and one of the ‘BEST’ in the business. His follow-up service is also amazing, and customer satisfaction is paramount.

    I would certainly use his formatting service again, again and again – and his price is RIGHT.

    Maxine Williamson
    Inside The Burning Tower

  8. hidden jewel ·

    After reading through the Smashwords Style Guide, I was overwhelmed! I contacted Jesse Gordon to format my manuscript based on the other reviews I read here. BEST DECISION I’ve ever made! Jesse answered all of my questions (usually within minutes of sending them) and provided honest advice on my project. He told me it’d take him 1-2 days to do the work but actually sent it over later that same day! My book was accepted into the Smashwords Premium Catalog on the first try. I could not be more pleased with this transaction! Thanks so much Jesse!

  9. Martin Crosbie ·

    I found Jesse through the Smashwords Style Guide and he has done formatting for me on several occassions now. The work is efficient and I’ve never had any problems.
    The really positive thing about dealing with Jesse though is his accessibility. There is no waiting hours and hours for email replies, he gets back to me almost right away.
    When I have a project that I want to get up and running I need someone that will work with me, and Jesse does that. I won’t hesitate to continue to use him, and I gladly recommend him to anyone.

  10. Cindy Burke ·

    Jesse did a fast and professional job formatting my soon-to-be-published sci-fi novel for Smashwords. He also made it into an EPUB format for a discount, and all this within 24 hours of my first e-mail!

    Thanks again Jesse!

    Cindy Burke

  11. emylee bishop sturk ·

    what an awesome job jesse did with formatting my manuscript! i had self published myself at amazon with the kindle format and worked all day (seriously – no lie – ALL day) on the formatting. who knew, right? i hear of smashwords and run to check it out, only to find that i have to go through that entire process AGAIN. i think there were tears in my eyes when i first e-mailed jesse. i received a response in under an hour, the book was sent (not a small task either – an 81,000 word novel!), i sent payment and it was ON! my manuscript was sent via email a little before 4pm. a couple of e-mails and less than three hours later, i had my manuscript back, completely formatted AND linked to my twitter and facebook accounts! amazing job.

    thank you so much for fixing my manuscript and drying my tears!

    emylee bishop sturk

  12. Dan ·

    How do you link your book to your twitter and facebook accounts?

  13. jesse ·

    It depends on the format. For unrestricted ePubs and .mobi (Kindle) books, you can unzip the files and edit the contained HTML. However, you wouldn’t be able to do this with, say, a Kindle book downloaded from Amazon; you’d have to edit the original source document, inserting your links and creating a new Kindle file from there.

    As for where to put your links: preferably somewhere you think they’ll be noticed. In my own books, I prefer to place them immediately following the last paragraph – no page break between. I figure that way the reader’s already read the book and might actually have something to say should they decide to visit my links. ;)

  14. Mihai ·

    I highly recommend Jesse to anyone needing to get formatting their eBook.
    Jesse has helped me with formatting my book “Spiritual Impact: The Dimension of the Wonder of Being Human” english and spanish version as well, for Kindle and Smashwords. He was professional and was very friendly, he helped me with the formatting every time I asked for help.
    Thanks a lot, Jesse!!! :)

  15. Brahma Chaudhuri ·

    I will appreciate your help in formatting as required and suggested by Smashwords after I submitted my novel for publication. It’s been published but it requires some work. I am enclosing the email from Smashwords. You may do the formatting help both for Smashwords and Amazon, but I am not clear whether what’s accepted by Smashwords is accptable by Amazon Kindle since Smashwords ebooks are automatically converted for Kindle. Further, do I have to pay twice? Let me know how proceed further.


  16. jesse ·

    Generally speaking, yes, I do charge for each format, though I always give a discount when asked to do multiple formats at once (say, a .doc for Smashwords and a .mobi for Amazon KDP). I also tend to knock off a couple of bucks once the price reaches the $75.00 mark (longer or more complicated books, etc).

    Smashwords does distribute to Amazon, so if you want to cut costs, that’s definitely the way to go. You merely need a single properly-formatted Word document that Smashwords will then turn around and distribute to places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc. ;)

  17. Jess Miller ·

    Jesse Gordon is one of the very few people in life who consistently do what they say they’re going to do when they say they’re going to have it done by (or before) and whose work is of a high professional standard. Jesse communicates well, never leaves you hanging waiting for contact and is a pleasure to work with. He formatted 3 self help books, 1 humorous novel and 2 half books for me into ePub, Kindle and Smashwords formats without problem and I was pleased to pay what I regard as an extremely reasonable rate for his saving me so much time and aggravation. Plus he has a sense of humour! I cannot recommend him highly enough. http://www.EnergyThieves.com

  18. Dan Kubicek (Dan Allex) ·

    I have worked with Jesse on two books now and I find him to be professional and very knowledgeable. He has helped me with questions and computer problems that are well beyond what I have paid him for. Hiring this guy has given me the confidence to concentrate on writing not the mechanics and I have a third book coming out in the spring.

  19. Rob Kaufman ·

    These days it’s impossible (at least for me) to find someone who actually does what they promise to do. That is until I wrote to Jesse and asked him to format my latest novel. He responded within an hour (highly unusual) and sent me the properly formatted document back WAY before his due date and time. I sent it through SmashWords (where it failed four times before) and everything worked like magic. It’s great to know there are still people out there who care about what they do, follow through on their promises and actually get the job done right and on time! Thanks Jesse.

  20. comus77 ·

    I’m happy to recommend Jesse’s formatting services. He was very patient with my needs and changes, and did a commendable job. – Author of ‘Shadow Chase’ (out soon).

  21. Pat Yearly ·

    Rob Kaufman’s comments (above) were exactly what I intended to write and he beat me to it! Jesse is a gold mine for anyone who appreciates good service and competent work. Going forward, I will not even consider using anyone else to format my books. Jesse’s professionalism is quite hard to match. I originally decided to approach Jesse as I was impressed with the long list of positive comments he had recieved in the past on this page. He lived up to his reputation and more!

  22. Jodie Andrefski ·

    I can’t express how pleased I am with both the quality of Jesse’s work and his level of professionalism. I had a plethora of questions through the process, and each time, Jesse got back to me promptly (VERY promptly!) and answered each and every question thoroughly and in terms I could easily understand. He guided me through the entire process and offered to assist if I had any further questions even after he was finished formatting my ebook…now THAT is someone you want on your team. I will definitely use him for each of my ebooks going forward; and will recommend him to anyone I know.

    Thank you Jesse!
    Jodie Andrefski

    Family Fun Night

  23. John ·

    Jesse offers a great service at a reasonable price. Every time we have used his services,he goes above and beyond to make sure that we have exactly what we need!

  24. Orlando Smart-Powell ·

    Jesse’s formatting service is beyond excellent. He performed a spectacular job on my novel for both e-book and print edition through CreateSpace. He finished both jobs well before the deadline and was available and patient when I had any questions. I have already highly recommended him to three other novelists who are about to publish, as I know Jesse will perform a spectacular job for them as he did with me. I just received print copies of my novel, Folsom on Fire, that Jesse formatted and they look better than other print novels I have purchased in stores. Thanks again, Jesse.

  25. Robert Bush ·

    Jesse did a fabulous job for my two mss. Fast,accurate and efficient. His prices are very reasonable. Have a look at “Hornets Crossing” or “The Last Dryer on the Left” for his formating and a good read!

  26. Ward Best ·

    If you need to have your book formatted, this is the place to do it. Jesse did a fast, flawless professional job of formatting my book. Don’t even thing about trying to do it yourself. Just outsource to Jesse and it gets done fast and it gets done right!

  27. SABG ·

    Jesse was totally stellar to work with. Not only are his prices very reasonable, but he is also very nice and professional to work with, even in the case of the often irritating revisions. He got my novella series easily approved for the coveted premium status on Smashwords.com and provided a quick turnover and friendly communication to boot. I look forward to utilizing his services on my future publishing endeavors and I recommend that you dear author, do so too. Thanks Jesse!

    -SABG, author of Catlips, Incorporated

  28. Linda Mannheim ·

    Jesse helped create the Kindle Edition of my novel, Risk. He did a terrific job with a book that had some complex formatting requirements and it was a pleasure to work with him. I’m really glad to have an opportunity to recommend his work.

  29. cindamackinnon ·

    Jesse formatted my novel A PLACE IN THE WORLD for both Kindle and Smashwords. He was professional, fast, good and reasonably priced. He responded to all my email questions and provided advice on design and misc, I highly recommend him.

  30. Juliet Sullivan ·

    Jesse has just forrmatted my book “All Shook Up” (a ghost-written account of how cancer survivor Suzie Derrett beat cancer naturally). He was professional, fast, and efficient. He was very patient with all my inane questions and queries, and I would not hesitate to use him again, or to recommend others to his services. Thanks Jesse!

  31. Kriston Johnson (@KristonJohnson) ·

    Jesse was a pleasure to work with. Being that this was my first novel I had at least a dozen questions about the process and Jesse always had a knowledgable answer for me. My book looks professional in all formats and I will definitely ask him to format all of my future novels. I can recommend him with confidence.

  32. Ed McGinnis ·

    I would recommend Jesse to anyone looking for a great e-book formatter. He did a masterful job on my novels “The Blue Route” and “Wildwood”, correcting some troublesome Kindle formatting issues in the process. Very professional. Beautiful work. Quick turnaround. Very reasonable rates. It doesn’t get any better than that!

  33. Lauren Blakely ·

    Jesse is fantastic! He’s fast, efficient, reasonably priced and most of all – he produces gorgeous work. Not gona lie – I cried happy tears when I saw the files! They looked amazing, and the chapter headings are so professional. I’m recommending him to all my author friends!

  34. J. Helen Elza ·

    If you are looking for perfection you will find it in Jesse Gordon. His work is perfect. Period. I could not be happier with his book designs and formatting and will absolutely recommend him to all my writer friends. His prices are the best and he is lightening fast.

  35. pauljrega ·

    Jesse is a master of his craft! I will definitely be using his service for my next book and have referred him to others on my team. Highly recommended!

  36. Ann ·

    I also found Jesse through the Smashwords Guide. He was nothing short of professional . He was true to his word with regard to turnaround time, and his prices are reasonable. I will use him again and again.

  37. Charlotte Symonds ·

    When I was searching for a person to format my novels, I used the smashwords list. I am so fortunate that I picked Jesse out of the long list of possibilities. He formatted both of my novels, What The Heart Can Hold and Until One Day. The time frame in which he finished the job was remarkable. His prices are fair and well worth the cost. And most importantly, HE GETS IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. Charlotte Symonds

  38. Charlotte Symonds ·

    I was overwhelmed with the idea of measurements and formatting for my covers when I put my books onto Createspace. I sent my completed front covers and the text that I wanted on my back covers to Jesse to arrange and format to fit the criteria for the page count of my books. There are not enough words to describe how awesome Jesse’s work is. He rocked my world when I saw what he had done with my covers! His color choices, fonts and placements were sheer perfection. He also added a faded image of the bench from the front cover of one of my books to the back cover behind the text to break up the starch white cover. Anyone who picks Jesse to do any work on their books has picked a genius in my opinion! He made the process easy and my books look professional and fabulous! Charlotte Symonds

  39. John Perich ·

    Jesse responded to my query promptly, worked with me to hash out the necessary details, and turned around a professional format that Smashwords accepted without any hiccups – and quicker than expected, too! If you want to put your ebook formatting in the hands of a professional, Jesse Gordon should be the first name on your list.

  40. James McCabe ·

    Deciding on a professional formatter for my ebook was a stressful proposition for me – how can you be sure you’re going to get the right result?
    I needn’t have worried. I chose Jesse Gordon from the Smashwords list because he seemed to ‘know his onions’ and a long list of people on his website sounded pretty satisfied with his work. So I contacted Jesse about working on my book, ‘One of Our Clowns is Missing.’ He took it on, and I couldn’t have been happier. Not only was his work absolutely flawless and turned around in no time, he was also very personable and agreeable in all my dealings with him – even though my techno-incompetence should try the most patient of publishing professionals.

    So hire Jesse, and breathe a sigh of relief.

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  42. angeliquejamail ·

    I have been so impressed with Jesse’s work. His prompt response times, his expertise, his helpful guidance throughout this process have been wonderful. And I appreciate that he handled my quirky mix of perfectionist and techno-luddite with grace and aplomb. I will look to Jesse for any future formatting needs, no question!

  43. Crystal Perkins ·

    Jesse does a great job! He puts in extra effort, and always offers his help and expertise! My books look great. I would be lost without him!

  44. leigh ·

    Jesse is the best! He answered all my queries in a patient, timely way and he’s a lovely person to deal with. I recommend his services and should I write another book, I would definitely hire him again.

  45. Alison Packard ·

    I can’t say enough about Jesse’s professionalism and turnaround time. Not only was he easy to work with, he knows his stuff and is more than willing to share his expertise and his suggestions when asked. He made my first experience with self-publishing super easy, and his formatting was exceptional. I will definitely utilize his services again.

  46. Kyrian Lyndon ·

    Thank you, Jesse for doing an outstanding, meticulous and professional job formatting my book for Smashwords. I am amazed at how fast you delivered!

  47. James ·

    Friendly, prompt, professional service from Jesse. He did exactly what he promised to do, and I was so pleased with the finished formatting of my book (Beyond the Illusions) which, after formatting, uploaded to Smashwords Premium Catalogue easily and seemlessly! A pleasure to work with, and when my second book is ready for publishing I’ll be seeking his services again. As a first-time author, it’s headaches like formatting which caused me sleepless nights, but suffice to say, Jesse took that headache away instantly. A great find and I have no hesitation in recommending him highly. James

  48. Nicole Eva Fraser ·

    Now that I’ve found him, Jesse is THE only book formatter I will ever use. In every way—from professional skills to personality—he is so far above and beyond any other firm or individual I’ve used in the past that there’s just no comparison. His ability to turn a rush project around as fast as I needed was a godsend.

    As a ghostwriter and developmental editor, I often guide clients through the self-publishing process, and in the past, the formatting part of things always led to headaches. But now that I’ve found Jesse, I will actually look forward to it.

    I recommend him a thousand percent.


  49. Elaine "Jinx" Kuehn, aka "Lane Gorden" mystery author ·

    I used Jesse for a very fast turnaround due to a library eBook project in my town. He did a great job and I had no issues using his formatting on Smashwords. His choices for formatting made sense and he changed one very small thing in a very short time. His price was very fair, and I would use Jesse again without question!

  50. Parker Hudson ·

    Jesse is the best! He has handled any and every issue–whether created by me or Smashwords–with skill and grace. His experience and dedication to the best possible product make him my only choice for book formatting.

  51. Zachariah Jack ·

    Hieroglyphics and mazes. That is what I encountered upon navigating the Smashwords Style Guide. I finally perused the list provided by Mark Coker. After spending a couple days studying the various websites and reading the testimonials, my path seemed clear. Now, four book publications later and more than a dozen in the works, Jesse has proved himself to be my Rosetta Stone. Every entry prior to this one is, indeed, truthful. One will find no better format expert, with no better work ethic, scruples or sense of fair play. If you follow instructions, the process is seamless. Write: Jesse Gordon will deliver.

  52. Mitchell St. George ·

    After running straight into the Smashwords Premium Catalogue wall, I contacted Jesse to format my book to meet their many requirements. Within two days it was ready to go. He is fast, professional and his fee is quite reasonable. If you need someone to format your book then do not hesitate to contact Jesse.

  53. Cory Baxter ·

    Definitely the best experience using a book editing service EVER. Mr. Gordon is extremely professional, courteous prompt and helpful! And his prices are very reasonable, whereas his results are priceless! I highly recommend Jesse Gordon for ePub, Kindle and smashwords book conversion.

  54. Charlotte Symonds ·

    Jesse Gordon has wowed me again! This is my fifth novel that he has formatted for me and it is beautifully put together. He is the best at his craft. He is professional, friendly, courteous, meets the deadline, and never gets flustered over dealing with someone, as myself, less savvy with the technology aspects. He is an absolute genius! Looking forward to working with him again when my next novel is ready to be uploaded.

  55. Jodi DiLiberto and Neil Milliner ·

    We were pleasantly surprised by Jesse’s quick response to our request. He formatted our book very quickly, and within 24 hours our book was approved! His rates are reasonable and we highly recommend him.

  56. Andrea Glenn ·

    It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Jesse on Smashwords, Kindle and Createspace versions of my book Running Mark’s Marathon: The Making of a Mid-Life Marathon Runner. Jesse is easy to communicate with, always responds quickly to queries, has a rapid turnaround time, is extremely gracious with explaining details to novices like me and his work is excellent. I cannot recommend Jesse highly enough.

  57. Terri Lynn Sullivan ·

    As an author of debut novel, Masks of Morality, I have worked with Jesse Gordan on formatting several iterations of my book and he was always quick to respond, did an excellent job with perfectly formatted files for every need, and he went above and beyond expectations. Above and beyond with updates as he put up with my MANY changes even after publishing. I would recommend Jesse to anybody for getting you book out there in digital and print form, with precise requirements met at every stage of the process.

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