Book Formatting and Layout Testimonials
"Self publishing can be daunting and what a relief it was to be in the capable hands of Maggie, from Custom-book-tique! She truly grasped the feel and plot of my book, designing an exquisite cover that represented everything I had hoped. Maggie was also amazingly patient with my countless queries and provided truly helpful suggestions every step of the way. I will certainly be returning to Custom-book-tique in the future as well as directing all self-publishing authors her way. Thanks, Maggie!!"
—Pam Stone, Author of Girls Like Her
"Hi Maggie, I can't ever thank you enough for the fabulous job you did! The formatting is wonderful, and I'm crazy about the cover. From the beginning, and all through the process, you've been there for me, with your expert and caring help. I wish you the best"
—Lynn Lee, Author of The Fearful and the Brave
"I've worked with Custom-book-tique on two projects, and both were great experiences. I found them to be quick, thorough, creative, excellent at communicating and absolutely professional. I couldn't be more pleased with the results, and the process was not only painless but completely enjoyable. I'll definitely use Custom-book-tique again, and I'll recommend them to all my friends!"
—Gerry Baird, Publisher/Arranger of The LDS Guitar Hymnbook
"Hi Maggie, I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you so much for putting it together so beautifully! Your fresh perspective really gave the book the final touch it needed! Thank you especially for your patience and guidance!"
—Susan Schafer Walker, Author/Illustrator of Impossible the Oppossum
"As a longtime print journalist about to publish my first novel, I soon discovered l had much to learn about self-publishing a book. From manuscript to finished 352-page novel, I quickly saw formatting hurdles beyond my technical expertise. That’s when I found Maggie Pagratis and Custom-book-tique, a Dorval, Quebec-based book formatter. Despite what some indie publishers may say, creating a book cover and formatting a manuscript for the three main publishing platforms---Kindle, paperback, and hard cover---is anything but simple. Turning the most difficult tasks over to Maggie and her team proved one of the smartest decisions I could have made. The result was a print-on-demand novel with a top-quality cover and interior at an affordable price, all uploaded to three separate publishing platforms with a minimum of work on my part. I recommend Custom-book-tique highly to anyone hoping to publish a print-on-demand book they truly can be proud of.
—Nick Monsarrat, Author of United States: A Novel
"My experience was top notch. The formatting was wonderful, any problems were quickly resolved, and uploading the files to the various bookseller sites was handled flawlessly. I highly recommend Custom-Book-Tique."
—David Hogberg, Author of Medicare's Victims
"Maggie has formatted two books and designed one cover for me. We have plans for at least one more. She is a delightful person to work with: highly knowledgeable, efficient, and very concerned with making the final book one that is both professionally done and aesthetically pleasing. Maggie is a writer herself as well as a teacher and editor. Add to those professions her excellent computer skills as well as a warm heart, and you have the ideal person for helping writers put their work forward in the best possible light. Now that I’ve found Maggie, I don’t need to go anywhere else."
—Michael Hogan, author of The Irish Soldiers of Mexico and others.
"Hi Maggie, the book is amazing. Everything looks fine. I am pleased with the end product. Thank you for your work and patience with me. I truly appreciate it."
—Sonia Anderson, Laodicean Whores in Today's Church
"I am more than satisfied over my experience with Maggie (Magdalene Pagratis); I am thrilled. She has given personal attention to my project that has made me feel supported every step of the way, and that has resulted in a beautiful and professional-looking book and e-book produced promptly and efficiently. She caught errors I had missed, brought up considerations I hadn't thought of, and patiently accommodated my last-minute shifts and additions. She has given me the benefit of her experience and advice without ever making me feel pressed to give up my own preferences. The costs were reasonable, the services comprehensive. I was a little leery going into this venture; now I can't recommend her enthusiastically enough. Five stars."
—Mary Rosembaum, Editor of Strange Wives: The Paradox of Biblical Intermarriage
"Please feel free to reference me or any of the three texts with prospective clients. Your professionalism throughout the process has been much appreciated. Mahalo."
—Tuck Newport, Author of Reinventing the Liberal Arts
"Working with Maggie was a pleasant and rewarding experience. She is competent, compassionate, and truly understands the writer's soul. Her solutions are intuitive and professional. In every profession there are people who stand head and shoulders above their peers and Maggie is one of those standout people. I sincerely and highly recommend her."
—Thomas R. Feller, Author of Rod: The Story of a Man Named Moses
"Hi Maggie, I received your PDF and Word files. They look great! I looked at the old source formatting symbols on the original one I sent you. Now I see how messed up it was! You did a fantastic job fixing it. I would have been pulling my hair out. You saved me a lot of time and aggravation, whereas I am able to continue concentrating on the sequel therefore I dub thee ~ Miracle Worker. I'll be in touch when Blood Rain is ready to go later this year. Wishing you the best."
—Tim Fairchild, Author of Zero Point
"Maggie & Custom-book-tique have been amazing and extremely professional to work with. They keep you updated with each step of the process from the cover art, taking the manuscript to eBook, paperback and hardback. I am overly pleased and love how my novel ‘Whispering Fog’ has turned out and can’t wait to see it in bookstores across the nation.
Custom-book-tique is extremely professional. I would highly recommend them and I’ll be using them again soon to format my next book."
—Diann Shaddox, Author of A Faded Cottage and Whispering Fog
"Thank you, Maggie!! I'm assuming that concludes this project for you. I'm very pleased with the special effort you made with me and the patience for my inexperience. I'll let you know if I have any questions, but wanted you to know I really appreciate your efforts."
—Curt Morrow, Author of Ancestors and Descendants of William Henry Hickerson and Harriet Permelia Power
"I would to thank Maggie for her awesome work. Her professionalism at what she does showed clearly throughout the cover and formatting of my book 'For the Love of Her.' You have incredible talent and respond in the most prompt fashion. So, I say to you; "I can never repay you for your talent, but thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
—Christopher Sullivan, Author of For the Love of Her
"I've received the file; good work. I enjoyed working with you, especially for your prompt response to my emails and professionalism. Watch out for my next novel coming up soon, we'll work together to get it out."
—U.D. AbdulKareem, Author of African Cowboy
"Omg, Maggie - just beautiful! I love the CARTER PRESS! Brilliant! I got the files and loaded the PDF... I'm sure you already know this, but it loaded and converted with no prob. - like there'd be any other result.
Thanks for all your work on this! One love my northern sister!!!"
—Jason Carter, Author of Until Now
"Thank you for such a fast turn around! I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate that. Once again thank you for your outstanding professionalism and your excellent work. It's been a joy to work with you. I look forward to working with you again."
—David Douglas Shannon, Author of The Four-Twenty Group
"Hello Maggie, Happy New Year and wishing you the best in 2014. My book in Spanish came out for sale DEC 31 and If not for your help this would have not be possible. I want to thank you so much for your help. In appreciation, from time to time, I would like to mention you and your business on my Radio show with BBS RADIO Worldwide Internet. starting JAN 13, 1:00 - 2:00 pm English and 2:00 - 3:00 pm Spanish. If that is okay with you please let me know. Thank you and have a great 2014."
—Perto Herrera, Author of The Invincible Flying Eagle/El Aguila Invencible Volando
"During 2012, Custom-book-tique formatted my previously print published books into electronic format for publication on Kindle. During 2013, I added two more books to these. I am delighted to say that in the 12 months from December 2012 to November 2013 I sold over 10,000 e-books on Amazon for Kindle. These are actual sales and not free promotions. I cannot thank Custom-book-tique enough for helping me into this market and I thoroughly recommend their services to any author looking to enter the electronic field. I would add that I live in Australia which makes this Canadian company a truly international one. Thank you again.
—Margaret Muir, Author of Sea Dust, The Condor's Feather...
"Thank your for your speedy and efficient work ethics. Your willingness to go above and beyond is very much appreciated. In addition, I have several book projects in the works and will be contacting you for additional services."
—Cynthia E.J. Carter, Author of Honey out of a Dead Carcass
"I want to take this opportunity for sending you my thanks and gratitude for the excellent work and excellent help that I got from you. The document that you formatted was flawless - it went through Createspace's printing system as smoothly as it could. Many thanks once again Maggie."
—Subhash Puri, Author of Hello Me - Who Stole My Peace of Mind
"I received the final. Thanks for the great work and I look forward to working with you again in the future."
—Robert Bell, Publisher of Tabula Rasa
"Custom-Book-Tique did an awesome job on our first book with them. They worked very hard to get the book perfect. Everything was extremely professional, it was right on time, and communication was excellent. We are a micro-publisher and don’t have access to the services of higher-end publishers, but Custom-Book-Tique couldn’t have done a better job. I would highly recommend Custom-Book-Tique for its book formatting services. We plan on continuing to use Custom-Book-Tique for our book formatting. I was not paid or otherwise compensated to write this but am writing honestly about the excellent service we received."
—John Samuels, Publisher of Illuminating Schizophrenia: Insights Into the Uncommon Mind/
NorthEast Books & Publishing, LLC, Newark, NJ.
"Hi Maggie, the book has launched. It's getting great reviews and we sold over 1000 copies the first week. Not bad for a self published author!"
—Lashunda Lesley-Smith, Author of The Journey of a Teenage Mother
"I absolutely love the cover and think you have done a spectacular job on it. There aren't words to thank you enough...I am also happy with the back cover - it is the best message about the book and much better than anything new I could write."
—Maggie Sharma, Publisher and Editor of Festschrift in Honor of Om P. Sharma, MD, FRCP
"Thank you so much! I just want to say that you did an outstanding job!"
—Westley Smith, Author of All Hallows Eve
"Maggie -- You are the master (or mistress). The absolute best when it comes to designing book covers. Only two more to go, and we will have by far the best looking portfolio of books on the market. Thanks for your great talent."
—DickFults, ABBY ADAMS PUBLISHING, Closing the Deal
"Custom-book-tique have converted several of my books to e-book format and I can thoroughly recommend them. The fact that this service is located in Canada and I live in Australia made no difference to the speed and efficiency of delivery. Thanks Maggie."
—Margaret Muir, Author of The Tainted Prize
"I want to just say a BIG Thank You for your help with the book. It is much much better because of your help. And you made the process so easy that I'm going to publish some other people's stories that I've come across and think are amazing. I hope to work with you for a long time."
—Dr. Sharon Washington, Author of The Educational Contract
"Hello, Maggie. How are you doing? I just wanted you to know that my husband and I are VERY grateful for the job well done. We were very pleased with your turnaround time, your attention to detail, your hard work and your professionalism throughout this entire process! We really appreciate you and we have already recommended you to a publishing company who has access to many writers! If you are ever in need of a reference, please don't hesitate to contact us. I hope that you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed, prosperous New Year!
—Olivia West, Author of Debt Free at 33
"The book as been published. I want to thank you for the work you have done for me...to your credit you were patient. I did learn from this experience. I must tell you that I was impressed with the creation and format of the cover. You delivered on what you said, and that was a powerful cover. Illustrations for a fully edited children's book are being done and we would like you to also format this book as well. Thank you again sincerely."
—Bob Hannon, Author of Do Not Read Until 2150
"I just want to thank you again for all of your hard work and assistance with this eBook. You have been a 'one stop shop', like we say here. You have singlehandedly helped me breathe new life into a book that I thought was doomed to rejection. For this, I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. I am now comfortable test-marketing this work to friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. I will keep you on the radar, if something else comes up. I will speak glowing praises of you to others. My sincerest appreciation to you and all of your efforts. Best of luck with your books, your company, and your craft."
—Mike Messenger, Author of Check Out Time in Atlanta
"The book looks GREAT!!!! You do amazing work. Thank you so much. I am definetly going to refering others to you. AMAZING PRESENTATION. You will be my pick for my future book formattings."
—Nathan Salter, Author of Seven Things Singles Should Accomplish Before Marriage
“With only the book blurb and brief exchange of email, Maggie designed a cover that pressed all the right buttons in one hit. The speed of her work was very impressive too and I shall definitely use her services again. I think a returning client is the best accolade any service provider can wish for.”
— Igor Zap, Author of Ivan’s Fingers
"Recently I have had work done for my children's book, 'Little Paddle the Platypus and his first day outing adventure.' Maggie is not only the consumate professional but is a helping hand which has allowed me to fully understand the world of publishing and the electronic format that Maggie and I have adapted my book to. Right from the start Maggie took me through each step with care and professionalism that is rarely seen in business today. Anyone who is in need of putting a book into an electronic format should contact Maggie. I am so glad that I was introduced to Maggie because not only did she help me with my book needs she helped me realize a dream come true."
—J. P. Sarno, Author of Little Paddle the Platypus
"My experience with Maggie was magnificent! She delivered a polished and professional book that fit perfectly with my vision. She handled my project with great care, professionalism, and was highly receptive to my input. I couldn't imagine another person handling my project. Thank You, Maggie!"
—Frank Ochoa, Author of Secrets of a Pivot Boss
"The last but important step in my process of self-publishing was the submission of my edited manuscript and cover to the printer and sales organization, to prepare it for their format and sizing requirements. Here I lucked out in finding this company. The owner is Maggie Pagratis, in Quebec. This is not a simple process, and I am very glad I farmed it out to a real professional! I call her my “Angel of Submissions.” She knew exactly what to do and did it extremely well, at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend her to anyone who is self-publishing. Thanks so very much Maggie!"
—Dick Fults, Author of The Dangerous Right Wing and Its War on Women
"You did a great job on the cover. It made me want to read the book. It looks very professional. You do know your stuff. "
—Cheryl Vance, Author of WPWS: Why Postal Workers Snap
"Thank you so very much for sharing your expertise with me to complete this project! Your prompt responses and straightforward processing was absolutely amazing. In light of the fact that our world is so full of disrespect, confusion and delays, it was refreshing to work with you, because of your strong work ethic and your integrity. I look forward to 'our' next project... Thanks again for everything, especially your patience."
—Sue Fletcher, Author of Yes! Confess Success
"This is my fourth time working with Maggie Pagratis on a cover. This time it is for my newest book, Birth of a Nation. I am continually amazed at how organized, efficient and just plain EXCELLENT she is at what she does. The cover is beautiful and was done far sooner than I expected. I would recommend Maggie to anyone for her professional attitude, friendliness and the expert way she works. Definitely worth every penny and then some. Thank you, Maggie!"
"I recently decided to change the cover design of my self-published EBook, but who to hire? One company charged way too much and another could not accommodate me in a timely manner. I eventually came across this web site and thank you Maggie Pagratis. It was Maggie's decision to have Milos do the art work, and he nailed it. It's safe to say that I will be contacting Maggie for my next project".
— Michael A. Maney, Author of Pele's Altar
"Hi Maggie, WOW. This is absolutely fantastic, I never in a million years thought Sasha's book could look so professional. The cover is absolutely perfect, thank you so much. The interior, what can I say, it looks like the books that she has on her book shelf! We are all absolutely thrilled and we are so pleased that we found you on the internet, you and Milos have definitely brought her book to life, the wait was worthwhile. Sasha had a look at it before she went to school and she was completely overwhelmed, her teachers at school were proud of the last book - wait till they see this one! We were obviously so proud of her, last book as she had only just turned 11 years then to have a book that looks like this when you have just turned 13 years old is such an achievement, we cannot thank you enough."
—Michelle Pryce, Sasha Pryce, author of The Return
"My book looks beautiful! Thank you so very much! I almost started crying when I saw how you turned my plain old manuscript into the beautiful, professional looking book that it is now. How can I ever thank you!"
—Bryan W. Robertson
"Hi Maggie, just a note to say what great feedback I've received from many friends who saw the cover design you did for me. They were absolutely amazed! My sister wanted your website address for an author in her family looking to publish and in need of design work."
—Tim Fairchild, Author of ZERO POINT
"Maggie Pagratis is a genius when it comes to putting together a fantastically formatted interior and a magnificent cover! She was extremely friendly and did a wonderful job! She even took what I asked her for and made it even better than I imagined! I would recommend her to anyone needing help with anything."
—James M. Butler, Author of Sensations
"Maggie, thank you so much for your help in editing, proof reading, formatting and creating the cover design for my Architecture Management Body Of Knowledge book. Your deep expertise in book publishing have made the process very easy and I honestly do not think I would have been able to complete my project in the short time frame without your help. You highlighted all the necessary steps that we need to do, responded to emails very diligently, and gave me clear direction of what the next steps were. Your estimates, cost, and timing of when you will deliver the services was very accurate. I always love to work with very professional people, and your work demonstrated a new level of high professionalism. I look forward working with you on my future projects."
"All night, and all day, I tried to figure out how in the world I was going to get my book in the right format! I read all sorts of information and tried all sorts of things, then I reached out for help! God sent me an Editorial Angel, and she was willing to help me for what seemed like free. She didn't even sell herself to me. Maggie was fast, reasonable, in tuned, and a down right pleasure to work with! I won't go anywhere else for upcoming projects, and I'm so excited about this new business relationship!"
"I can not put into words how talented Maggie is and my experience completing the book. I am so grateful we met. Maggie was a Godsent. She was extremely knowledgable and as a first time author, her expertise was highly valued and appreciated."
—Kally Bougadis, Calcaland/SPEED MATH PRESS
"As a brand new author I knew I was in way over my head when I decided to self publish. Maggie rescued me with her patient editing and formatting skills and saved me a bunch of money, time and stress! It was a blessing to discover her! Yea Maggie!
—John Pacilio, Author of Just As It Is in Heaven
"Thank you, Maggie! I'm really pleased with the results! I will definitely recommend your services, and hopefully use them again on book #2!"
—Lucie Simone, Hollywood Ending/SIMON & FIG
"I commend you for the excellent work well done. It's nice to know there are people like you that truly care about what they do and with pride."
—Charles Malize, Author of Nigeria's Capital Market/ADPLUS ASSOCIATES PRESS
"Maggie, Jeannine just sent me the cover proof and if I were standing in the room with you, I'd give you a high-five and probably yell something with fervent expletives... It looks great and I love the Harrington font...The spine is a nice, subtle touch to reflect the leaves. And the back cover, is haunting. Never would've thought of that approach. Great job."
"My experience with Maggie's work on my novel (Dangerous Love) is beyond imagination. She did tremendous job to format my novel to industrial standard. She is an extraordinary person who put her clients' need first by constantly keeping them in the loop with good advice."
"Maggie not only gave me a very professional looking interior layout for my book; she was also very nice and easy to work with. I was especially impressed with her design suggestions, and how quickly she was able to complete the work on my book. I wouldn’t hesitate to use her services again and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for quality book formatting."
—Angela Henry, Schooled In Lies/BOULEVARD WEST PRESS
"In my 35-year career as a writer and illustrator I have been privileged to work with some of the largest publishers and best designers in the business. And of among all those people I can't for the life of me think of anyone I have grown to respect more than Maggie Pagratis. Her sense of design and attention to detail represent craftsmanship and professionalism of the first order. To ice a cake that scarcely needs it, Maggie is also a delight to work with. Although we have worked together on only one book, I would gladly collaborate with her again any time."
"I have known Maggie for a few years now, she is a Professional in what she does. Maggie has helped me out on many occasions and is willing to go the extra distance in her work for anyone. Her formatting and editing skills are exceptional and she always puts her heart and soul into every task. Her judgement, sincerity and talents are not to be judged, as you can't judge perfection. Thank you for all your help Maggie and I wish you all the best on your future accomplishments."
—Steve Robinson, SMILIELANDTV
"Maggie, what would I have done without you? When you formatted my first book, The Black Man's Little Book of Success Secrets, it was the beginning of something special. The cover you created for the book was instrumental in helping the audio book version become a finalist in the 2007 USA Book News Best Book Awards. And when you formatted my second book and worked on the cover I was able to get national book distribution. I have nothing but excellent praise for you and your services. Your work speaks for itself."
"Thank you, Maggie, for your help with this book. We were impressed by your swiftness of work, attention to detail and friendly communication.We look forward to working with you again in future."
"I once read a Yaqui Indian concept about the ways an individual proceeds through life. The idea of taking 'the path with a heart' stayed with me. Although any number of interpretations of this idea are possible, it seems fairly intuitive (to me anyway), that the person who takes 'the path with a heart,' is one who believes sincerely in what he or she pursues. While I have never met Maggie personally and face-to-face, through a book collaboration and occasional e-mails, I get the strongest sense that she travels whenever possible, on the 'path with a heart.' I wish her well."
—Arthur Gurmankin, Author of All You Can Hear in A Whisper