Auspicious Apparatus Press is pleased to be able to provide the following package services to independently publishing authors. These packages are paid services for authors who are not being published by AAP. We do not charge our authors for the services they receive from us when we publish their books. We are not a vanity publishing press. By offering these services to independent authors we hope to assist them in not only producing the best book possible, but by lending them the credibility of having their work pass through a traditional publishing operation process, albeit a small one like AAP, while maintaining full control of their work.

Every service provider we work with is a trusted independent contractor with history serving the independent, and in some cases traditional, publishing community. The services offered in these packages as well as the service providers contracted may change at any time without prior notice. All of these services are provided at the availability of the service providers. It is not recommended that you wait until the last minute to book a package deal as many of our providers are very busy and can sometimes be booked weeks or months in advance.

Our current packages include the following services:

  • manuscript editing (Packages #1A, #2A, and #3A to include very  minimal substantive editing, if requested; line editing; proofreading; and final proofreading prior to publication. B packages to include full substantive editing as well as line editing; proofreading; and final proofreading prior to publication).
  • artisanal manuscript formatting/layout for both e-book (to include Kindle .mobi, PDF, and .epub) and paperback editions 
  • cover design and creation based on your specifications, if any, for both e-book and paperback editions to include additional smaller file sizes for use on social media
  • a minimum amount of promotion via our website and social media channels upon publication of work

All editing work will be done by Todd Barselow. If you are unfamiliar with Todd's work, you can view some of the books that he has worked on here. Formatting and cover creation will be assigned to the service providers who are most qualified for your specific genre as determined by AAP. Samples can be provided. 

PACKAGE # 1A: For manuscripts 40k words or less, any genre.   $750

PACKAGE # 1B: Same as above, also to include substantive editing. $1000

PACKAGE # 2A: For manuscripts 41k to 80k, any genre. $1000

PACKAGE #2B : Same as above, also to include substantive editing: $1400

PACKAGE # 3A: For manuscripts 81k to 120k, any genre. $1250

PACKAGE #3B: Same as above, also to include substantive editing. $1750

If your manuscript is longer than 120k, please contact us at for a specialized quote for service.

Prices are inclusive of taxes. Full amount will be billed via PayPal invoice and should be paid in advance.

Please contact us for scheduling and availability. Space is limited, and turn around time will be subject to current workloads. Minimum turn around time for up to 120k words is six (6) weeks. Maximum turn around time for up to 120k words is ten (10) weeks. 


If you refer someone to AAP and they take advantage of one of our Indie Package Services, you will be eligible to receive one of the following perks: a) $50 in cash, paid via PayPal, b) 10k words edited, or c) 10% off of an Indie Package Service for yourself.

Perks will be granted once referral has booked a service package and made payment in full for said package. Perks will be limited to 5 per referrer per 12 month time period, beginning with the first referral. Perks are non-transferable and must be redeemed within 12 months of the time they are granted. Please be sure to tell your referral to tell us that you referred them, otherwise you will not receive credit. Editing perk and percentage off perk can be cumulative.


"I recently contracted with Auspicious Apparatus Press/Todd Barselow to prepare my novella, At Home With Andre, for publication. For a reasonable fee, Todd provided editing and proofreading, manuscript formatting for e-book and paperback versions, and a stellar cover design.

"Throughout the course of the project, Todd was supportive and encouraging, offering suggestions that made my book better. I found the process to be both low-stress and enjoyable. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product, and I highly recommend Auspicious Apparatus Press to any writer who wants to self-publish."

Kathleen Duhamel
Author of Deep Blue, Deeper, and At Home With Andre




"About two years ago, I met Todd Barselow, editor extraordinaire and owner of Auspicious Apparatus Press on Anne Rice's Facebook page. We are currently working on my second book together and I can't recommend his services any higher.

"His independent publishing packages are a gift to indie authors. With Todd Barselow, I don't have to worry about anything. His editing skills and cover creation are phenomenal, not to mention the incredibly reasonable prices. Thank you, Todd, for helping this author recognize her greatest dreams. You're the best!!"

Nola Cancel, author of Though The Brightest Fell

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