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At Politics & Prose, we offer two set-up packages to meet all your printing and self-publishing needs. Set-up fees only cover initial preparation of your text. Additional costs depend on how many pages are printed. Other services such as editing, formatting, and design can be added to packages on an a la carte basis.

Uncertain about which package is right for you? We provide a free 20 minute consultation. Contact us at 202-349-1182 to schedule an appointment.

If you’re a small press or a magazine looking to print with us, please contact us directly at 202-349-1182.

Set-up Costs

The Basic
Printing Package

Price $49.00

For a one-time print run of twenty or fewer copies. Ideal for printing and binding art projects, theses, dissertations, guidebooks, books of your children’s stories, and more!

The Deluxe
Printing Package

Price $149.00

For businesses, schools, writers, and professionals seeking a professional quality project with the option of distribution beyond family and friends.


The Basic Package includes:

  • Upload your work to Opus

  • Half-hour of built-in phone and email support from trained Opus staff

  • Review of prepared PDFs by Opus staff to ensure proper formatting

  • Files retained indefinitely for an additional $25.00

The Deluxe Package includes:

  • Upload your work to Opus

  • 1 ½ hours of phone and email support from trained Opus staff

  • Review of your files by Opus staff to ensure proper formatting

  • Standard copyright page (optional)

  • Files retained indefinitely for future printing if requested

  • One proof copy

  • Integration of up to 10 separate PDF files

  • In-store placement on Opus Bookshelf (Available for P&P members only)

  • Featured online placement on Opus Bookshelf webpage (Available for P&P members only)

  • Preferred sign-up for annual in-store Opus author readings (optional)

  • Package also includes: PDF text shift, PDF scaling and cropping/expanding, PDF pagination and header/footer creation

Print Costs

In addition to your setup package, we charge a print cost for each book printed. The print cost covers the ink, paper, and glue used to produce your book. The print cost is $7 per book plus 3¢ per page before any volume discounts. Please note: The page count of your project may change.

Number of Pages Number of Books Print Cost with Discount

A la Carte Printing Services Pricing Guide

Prices subject to change. Last updated: 2/11/2013




Basic Template Cover

• You select from our professionally designed templates and we format the cover (front, back, spine alignment) for your project.


Custom Cover

• You give us elements for your cover (book description, author bio, author photo, quotes), and our designers create a custom cover.

Prices vary

Designer Cover

• You consult with our designers on an individualized cover—from front cover illustrations/photos to unique spine elements to back cover layout.  

Prices vary

Copyright Page

• We create a standard copyright page for your project.

Included FREE with The Deluxe Package.

ISBN and
Bar Code Placement

• We place the ISBN and/or bar code on the cover.
• If possible, we place the ISBN on the copyright page.
(ISBN is a book’s unique identification number.)


ISBN and Bar Code Procurement

• We sell you an ISBN and bar code.
(ISBN is a book’s unique identification number.)
• We update Bowker’s with author name, book title, cover, and description.
(Bowker’s is a database that book distributors and bookstores use to locate information for a book and to order/sell a book.)


Half-hour Instructional Support (phone or email)

• For additional support formatting your files, troubleshooting, or working with our Opus staff.
(Please note that an initial informational meeting (as opposed to this instructional meeting) is free of charge.)

Each package includes between ½ hour and 1 ½ hours of built-in support. Please see package options under “set-up fees” for more information.

MS Word Formatting

• Our designers format the file to standard book layout (page size, margins, font & spacing, page flow, pagination, and simple running heads).
• Our designers convert your MS Word file into an Opus-ready PDF file.

Prices vary


Combining Multiple PDF Files

• We combine separate PDFs into a single, print-ready file.

$2 per file
up to 50 files

Up to 10 files are included FREE with The Deluxe Package.

PDF Text Shift

• We shift the text out of the gutter, or up or down on the page to make a print-ready file.

$2 per file
up to 50 files

PDF text shift is included FREE with The Deluxe Package.

PDF Scaling, Cropping, and/or Expanding

• We scale pages to your specifications and to make a print-ready file.
• We crop or expand the margins around your text to create a professional-grade project.

Included FREE with The Deluxe Package.

PDF Pagination and Header/Footer Creation

• We add page numbers to your project file.
• We create a header/footer that includes author name, title, etc. on your project file.

Included FREE with The Deluxe Package.

Table of Contents Formatting for Print

• Our designers format your table of contents to your projects pagination and prepare a print-ready file.  

Prices vary

In-text Photo Placement

• We insert photos into your text block. 
(File types we accept include: .jpeg, .gif, .pdf, .png, and .tiff)

$5 per image

Formatting Services

• Our designers format your project into a print-ready, professional-grade file. 

Prices vary

Editing Services

• Our professional copy editors line edit your project, checking for grammar, spelling, and typographical errors.

Prices vary

Cover or Block Text Revisions

• We upload changes made to either your text or to your cover.

 $10 per upload

Rush charge

• If your files are print-ready and you need 1-5 copies within 24 hours, we may be able to schedule rush printing (not available on weekends).

$25 per project