How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? 4 Authors Share Their Numbers

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How much does it cost to publish a book? Four self-published authors share the details behind what they spent to self-publish.

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  1. I haven’t read this yet so when I make my statement here, it is without knowing what services the others used. Personally, all I have ever spent in $$ to publish (not market, just to get the physical book created) was the cost of ordering a proof, which was well under ten dollars. For me, self- publishing has been very affordable!

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    1. This is a great inside look at self-publishing, which does require an investment. It is good for aspiring authors to know that Self-Publishing a book is not free, but it also doesn’t have to cost very much. Of course, the more you put in the more you get out. This is a great post idea and I will draft a separate post on my financial experience with self-publishing soon on my own blog. It really varies what you could pay to self-publish and will go into an authors decision on how to price the book as well. Because I want my prices lower, these authors invested much more than I did lol. But then again they also have more experience. In any event, post coming soon.

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      1. The covers are a hoot. Do you have Micro Soft Publisher? That is what I used to create the last two. For the others, I simply used the templates on Create Space. I use all my own artwork, photographs, etc. FUN! I tell you! FUN!

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  2. Because my books are different than novels, I have not required the services of editors per se. I have had people beta read and offer suggestions, which I took to heart and followed. Also, I do all the layout, typesetting and cover creation myself. Should I start writing different books, I am convinced I would gladly reach out to editors, et al. Although, I must say, until it becomes such that I have not the time to do it, I do enjoy the actual creation of the books, covers and all. Heck, I have even been hired to do it for others… Fun stuff, for sure! 🙂

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      1. Let me see what I can come up with. As I have never walked anyone else through it, I have to figure out how to explain it. 🙂 I know that there are places others go to for visuals, I have yet to use stock footage…. Ya know, there is a great tutorial on TSRA blog that Paul Day did, about using Power Point. I also have PP, however I have yet to attempt using it to make a cover. Paul’s tutorial is masterful, indeed.

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      1. My pleasure. Here’s the deal. And I know because I’m the Great Andrew Joyce. Well, maybe not so great, but I have learned from my mistakes.

        There is no substitute for hard work. I wish there was because I’d take it in a second.

        I could share my genius right here and now . . . the short version . . . or . . . I could write a guest post. I’ve had big time agents, and I’ve self published. Just in case you don’t want to hear my bloviation, the cost will be about $1,000.00 to self publish. That includes cover (both eBook and paperback, formatting (both .mobi and ePub), ISBN’s (two), copywriting, and something else, but I forget what. Let me get a beer . . .

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        1. I would love for you to write a guest post. I think this is something that we do not talk enough about. Whenever you have time, please share your experiences so we all can learn from you. That would be awesome! Thanks. ❤

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  3. I’m up for this… So, I’ll rustle some chow whilst Andrew writes, Colleen smiles and Danny goes outside and does his business. Taking food orders…

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