Hi! My name is Colleen and I'm a book interior designer and typesetter!
And that's it. Because that's my specialty. Some have called me a wizard. A legend. A weirdo. But I'm here to say, I am none of those things. I'm simply a professional who has dedicated her entire work life to one thing: the pursuit of the perfectly typeset page.
What does this mean for you? It means I'm passionate about crafting creative, well-balanced pages with an eye for the traditionally typeset ideals established by hundreds of years of typesetting. I'm efficient. I'm thorough. I'm affordable and I'm fast. My regular turnaround time is 3-5 days for a full custom fiction interior with line-by-line typesetting.
I'm familiar with fonts and their history. I'm sensitive to the interior branding of a book with its cover and within a series, because I believe book covers may be the door to a great story, but the interior is coming home. The memory of past books come to life as they touch the page with a design that matches so comfortably with the books before it.
Let me design your book's home interior to give your readers the most comfortable and attractive reading experience possible. This is ampersand book interiors because you and your reader's experience should be an 'and,' not an 'or'.
Thanks for the fast turnaround last week, Colleen. And at such a late hour during Christmas break. Awesome work.
If anyone wants to see what I'm talking about, look at the Look Inside of my latest, Rising Fury.
—Wayne Stinnett, Author
Just wanted to chime in that Colleen does a wonderful job, and I'll always ask her to format my novels. She's fast yet incredibly detail oriented, and with both of my books with the help of images gave them a very distinct, professional feel. If you want to make your interior stand out, and convert more of those readers who click on the Look Inside, she's a fantastic choice.
—Alec Hutson, Author
When you hire someone to design your book interior, design a cover or do anything else to make your book a reality, the very best thing you can hope for is that the designer will truly 'get you.'
Colleen not only 'got me' but was able to turn her understanding of my writing into beautiful and accurate visual representations. Colleen has done the logo for my publishing imprint, designed the interior, and helped me to stay as sane as possible during the process.
I spent twenty years in marketing before turning to writing full time and I feel pretty confident in saying that Colleen is worth ten times her rates and will soon be charging that. I'll be saving my pennies, because I wouldn't let anyone else touch my books.
—Dawn McKenna, Author
Another happy customer here - Colleen is great to work with. Cheerful, professional, happy to accommodate weird and detailed requests, and very willing to go the extra yard to make sure the final product is professional. If you're looking for top-notch interior design, look no further.
—Phil Tucker, Author
Colleen did a wonderful job on a paperback interior for a three novel, four-story collection that totaled almost a quarter million words and 200+ chapters. Despite this unwieldiness, she got the page count down from 1,100 pages (!) to under the Createspace limit (less than 828) without losing any readability. It reads great, and of course looks super-pro. She's also super friendly, responds to emails fast, and really goes above and beyond with small touches and little flourishes that bring the interior to life. Amazing formatting work, as usual, and highly recommended.
—DN Erickson, Author
I have to add my two cents on what a FANTASTIC JOB Colleen did with my emergency formatting! I had gotten back the formatting from another formatter, and was disappointed with the work that had a lot of issues and redos. I needed to see if a Plan B could do a better job. So, I sent a message to Colleen.
Not only could she do a better job, she could do it in a few hours, and for cheaper. She did the entire Createspace interior and ebook designs in a few hours. OMG! I had releasedates and preorder dates set. So, it had to be done that day. She was amazing to work with and was able to help me out. She now has become my Plan A.
—Marilyn Vix, Author
If anyone is interested in a peak at some great interior formatting, have a gander at my Ranger Rising book's Look Inside on Amazon. Colleen did all of that and then some. Flawless, elegant, and definitely something worth investing in. She customized the map I provided and even made me my own logo for my publishing arm (You know I'm a huge, one man publishing company, LOL). When I needed a quick update, she was responsive and quick. I'll leave it at that and let the book's interior do the talking.
—Salvador Mercer, Author
Colleen was exceptionally easy to work with and went above and beyond to ensure I was more than pleased with the finished product.
I'm a picky individual with a very detail oriented eye. It was a joy to work with a interior designer who shares my attention to detail.
Colleen was responsive and professional. Thanks to her skill and dedication, I have a beautiful book.
—A. Z. Anthony, Author
I found working with Colleen to be a delight, and she has a great sense of book design. Very happy with her designs, layout and typography. She is prompt and stays in contact. She's a no-worries designer!
— Giles Becker, Author
Colleen Sheehan is simply the best!
I needed an interior design for my second novel. I looked at the most professional offers out there and was always dissatisfied. They offer "samples" that didn't exactly please me, they would not meet the style of the book, the character. I wrote to Colleen. Not only did she reply right away, but she said she was going to do the job on the 24th.
And boy if she did, and how great it was. She even noticed what I had missed! The style was perfect. I gave her a few ideas, and she exceeded my expectations. Plus, it was such a joy working with her. Always in a great mood, even under pressure. She's so passionate about her job, understands and knows it tremendously. When you work with her, you don't have to worry about a thing. She's intellectually honest, an artist, a master at what she does. Truly, highly, very, strongly recommended! Thanks, Colleen Sheehan!
— Simona Grossi, Author
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