Pine Lake Books began in 2009 as a place for new authors to get their books in print. We now offer publishing services including editing, illustrations, ghost writing, etc., and one place to purchase books in print as well as eBook versions.
Pine Lake Books is proud to be the home of a diverse group of authors. Their specialties range from children's picture books to more mature content. We offer everything from humour to horror. Our Authors and Illustrators section above will bring you to individual authors and illustrators for more information.
Click on the cover of the book(s) to see a sneak preview where available.
If you have written a book and would like to take it to the next step you have come to the right place. We offer everything from editing to formatting, and can even have your book printed for you. All published books will be listed for sale at www.pinelakebooks.org as well as through our distribution partners. You book / ebook will be offered for sale at Amazon and Kobo and all their applicable outlets.
Are you an illustrator? Is art your passion or hobby? Would you like to see your artwork being used? We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to see their dreams come true. We offer illustration services for authors, or anyone who requires them. To do that, we require a relationship with different illustrators. If you would like to become an illustrator associated with Pine Lake Books please upload a sample of your illustrations for consideration. We also have a section in our store where illustrators can sell ready-made illustrations with a non-exclusive licence to reproduce. These illustrations are offered in different sizes to be used for different purposes, online, ebooks, printed books, etc.
Before uploading your illustrations you are required to agree to our for illustrators.
Information on how to submit your files is found in the terms and conditions. Your illustrations will be displayed and sold alongside those of our published illustrators.
Your book is written and now you want to see it in print? With a variety of services to offer we can help you realize your dream. Please note that our base services do not include the cost of printing. See Printing.
It all begins with the formatting of your manuscript, whether you choose to go to print or ebook version. As part of our basic services we will format your manuscript for print, supply you with an ISBN number, barcode, and a print-ready file. We will also send the necessary paperwork and copies to Library and Archives Canada, and help you register your copyright if you choose to do so. Please check the online store, services section, for individual pricing.
We also offer a basic formatting service for full colour interior books, e.g. kids illustrated books. Base Plan includes everything the Black & White plan includes, plus sizing and formatting of illustrations. Please check our services section at the online store for pricing.
Target more prospective readers by publishing in both print and ebook versions. Pine Lake Books will convert your printed manuscript into epub and/or mobi files.
We offer copy editing and line editing services, separately or as a part of a package.
When purhasing editing services you will receive a download explaining the services you purchased. Your manuscript must be in Word .doc, .docx (word 2007) or .rtf file. For files larger than 10,000 words the customer will receive a separate invoice for the extra fees once file and initial payment has been received.
After each round of editing, use Microsoft Word to accept or reject individual track changes [track changes must be on for this to work] and choose whether to incorporate any of the editors suggestions into your final manuscript.
You will need Microsoft Word for this process to work.
You can purchase editing services at the online store under Services.
Every book needs a cover, and some of those covers consist of illustrations. Here at Pine Lake Books we offer the services of several illustrators and artists to create that perfect cover art for you. Or simply download one of our ready made illustrations to incorporate into your project.
The artwork offered by Pine Lake Books varies in style from realistic to more fantasy based. Below are a couple of sample illustrations. For more options please check out the "Illustrations" section of our online store. Every illustration is available in different sizes suitable for different projects.
Looking for something unique, created for your project only, then many of our artists are willing to take on the project. Check out the individual styles of our artists and once you have found your preferred style simply contact us for a quote and a sample. All custom created illustrations become the exclusive property of the author upon receipt of final payment.
Ready made illustrations are available for use with a non-exclusive licence to use that illustration. When you purchase an illustration from our online store you will receive a download with the artwork in jpg format along with a licence for the use of the artwork.
Include a complete description of what you are looking for. Is it a cover for a book, an illustration for a business card or poster, or the entire contents of a picture book? The more details we have the better we are able to fulfil your needs. Don't forget the name of the artist whose services you prefer.
Below are some samples from our illustrators. Find more samples at our online store under illustrations.
Bev has illustated several books for us including: the Walter Wind books by Joan Daulby, Peter Porcupine Learns a Lesson by Lynn Henderson, and a Boy in a Box by B.A. Belliveau, Why Pigs have Curly Tails and The Elephant That Wanted to Join the Circus both by J. Graham Ducker [no longer available through Pine Lake Books]. Bev also did the black and white illustrations for The Ghost in the Dungeon by Lynn Henderson.
Looking for something to hang on your wall. Bev might just have something for you. Here are a few samples of her work.
Everyone has a story they would like told, but not everyone has the ability to put that story down on paper.
If you are looking to write your own story, whether it is a short story or a full-length novel, there are authors at Pine Lake Books who would like to help make your dream a reality.
If it is a tale of terror you seek, Jackson is the one for you. There are all types of terror. The things you can see, or the things we can't see but they still go bump in the night. Jackson weaves a tale that draws the reader into the world on the pages. She makes the unbelievable, believable.
Not a horror fan! Not to worry. If it is within our grasp, we will find someone who can help you. Send us your requirements, age target, genre, and story idea, and we will do our best to connect you with the author who can write your story the way you want it written.
Whoever agrees to be your writer, you will be a part of the entire journey with Chapter by Chapter updates. If at any time you decide you do not like the style of writing or the direction the writer is taking, you can discontinue the relatonship with the author. You will be billed for all work completed, and said work will become your property.
Ghost writing can be found under “Services” at our online store. You will receive a file with a questionnaire to fill out and a copy of the ghost writing agreement. All work completed is yours and there will be “No refunds” for work completed even if you decide not to use it.
THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THAT ANY STORY WILL SELL that is a chance any author takes.
For a sample of any author's style, check out their books in our bookstore, or check author pages for sample chapters.
Now that your book is written, edited, and in print or ebook version it is time to promote your work. There are several ways to promote your book. Although I still find word of mouth the best form of advertising it doesn't hurt to be a little more aggressive. Print posters and ask if you can hang them in local stores. Hand out bookmarks. Give your fans a place to find out more about you through your own webpage.
Pine Lake Books will design your bookmarks, posters, and even have them printed for you.
Want you own website? We offer web development from a simple online store to booking appointments for your spa or cooking classes. We will help you obtain a domain name and hosting service.
Our Book an Author section is one sample of how the booking script is used, while our Online store is one sample of an e-commerce site. We will listen to what you want and build it for you.
For all books published through Pine Lake Books we will list them at the Online Store, and through all our available distribution outlets. eBooks will be sold through distributors according to the format they require. E.g. Amazon requires mobi formatting, and Kobo requires epub formatting. EPub is the most common ebook format. Author receives 85% of the net receipts for all sales of self-published books.
Have you already self-published a book and need help finding a place to sell it. We can help design and set up your own website with store to help you on your way. Sell both physical and digital products.
Looking for someone to talk to your ladies group, inspire them, or simply have story hour at a library. Choose your date from the Calendar and then find the author available at that time. Not all authors are available at all times. Browse by service or professional. Organizer is responsible for securing the venue and promoting the event.
Thinking of something a little more ambitious? Some of our authors are more than happy to spend a Saturday morning or afternoon leading a writing workshop, encouraging writers young and old to embrace their inner scribe and put their tales on paper. Workshops can be booked for private or group sessions. Check the calendar for available authors and times. Organizer is responsible for securing the venue and promoting the event.
Want to write your own story but need some guidance and encouragement? Book your time with a writing coach. Your personal coach will help get you started. Choose as many sessions as you feel are necessary to keep you focussed. These are not Ghostwriting services, you will be writing the story, but your coach will offer suggestions and encouragement along the way.
If you prefer your writing coach to travel to you, you are required to pay travelling expenses according to the rates below. To avoid travel fees, you may opt to travel to your coach for your sessions.
The fees for authors range between $100 and $500 per booking plus travel and lodging, depending upon the venue and service. Once you have booked an author you will receive instructions with details where to send the tickets and itinerary.
For readings and workshops within 100 kilometers of the author's home base, travel fees are included in the original fee.
For readings and workshops between 100 and 499 kilometers of author's home base, excluding the need for air travel, travel fees are $0.65 per kilometer, both ways.
For readings and workshops 500+ kilometers from author's home base, travel arrangements (both ways) and accommodations for the duration of the author's stay, are the responsibility of the organizer.