Saturday, March 5, 2011

How much does it cost to self-publish a book?

If you must publish at the lowest-possible cost, you can skip the ISBN, the copyright registration, the editor and designer, the professional photograph, and the proof. This way you can publish a book for next to nothing—but the book will probably be terrible and few people will read it or review it.

I recommend that writers have a budget of about $1,000 - $3,000 to pay for design and editing, printing several generations of corrected proofs if necessary, to send out news releases and review copies, and maybe to print business cards or promotional bookmarks.

The rule is, "If you can't afford professional design and editing, you can't afford to publish a book!" Even professional editors who write books need to hire other professional editors. One of the worst books I've read was written and self-edited by someone who said she had edited books for other writers.

(below) Too many wannabe authors (typists?) are deceived and misled by ads for low-cost publishing, no-cost publishing, free design templates and the ease of blogging and eBook publishing.

Even worse, perhaps, is the ego of a writer who says "Editor? I doan need no steenkin editor." (That's a variation of a widely quoted line from Blazing Saddles, (below) based on a line in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. CLICK

1 comment:

  1. This is some really good information.It has helped me out a lot with self publishing a book because there were so many things I have been uncertain about.