Cost to Self-Publish

Not knowing how much your book will cost to produce can be an intimidating factor in getting your book wrapped up. But don’t let lack of funds stop you from bringing your book to print.

Here is a basic list of the costs associated with book production for self-publishing.

Another point I want you to consider, like with all things, you have a choice in your level of services. You can always choose the cream of the crop service providers, the cheapest, or the happy medium. Depending on your personal style and needs, this could vary from person to person and influence the total cost to produce your book.

  • Editing $1500 – $3000
  • Layout/Interior $500 – $1500
  • Cover Design $250 – $1000
  • ISBN $0 – $250
  • Barcode $10
  • Domain Name $15 – $35
  • Website Hosting $0 – $150
  • Printing Proof $0 – $25
  • Project Management $500 – $1000
  • Books/Inventory $250 – $500 (to start)
  • Sales Tax License $50 – $75
  • eBook Conversion $250 – $350
  • Launch Party Supplies $0 – $200

Other expenses, depending on your situation could include: website design and setup, marketing and advertising material, an Essentials Book Marketing Package, copyright guidance, ghost writing, illustrators, and complete children’s book production to name a few.

The areas that are most essential to producing your book are the top three mentioned in this list. These are your most expensive needs, and ones we don’t recommend your scrimp on. A well-written, beautiful book both on the inside and outside will influence your readers in whether or not they pass along your work to others.

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