How much money is considered average when publishing a book?
What is the average amount one can expect to pay in self-publishing a book, both a ebook and paper back?
Are you asking how much you would pay to have your book published? I self-publish on CreateSpace, and I pay nothing to publish books, because I do all my own layout and artwork.
I also use CreateSpace and I can publish for free. If you need your book edited there are freelancers online who edit for a cheap price and then you can publish directly through CreateSpace. Your books can be done in both paper back and ebook formats.
I also belong to CreateSpace but because of the fact that my book is still a ways off from being ready to publish, I have not looked at the what is offered for free. The process is still a little veg to me.
Hi Highvoltagewriter. Thanks for your comments. You can publish your books for free but if you want a copy (or copies) of your book you will have to pay for it.
It depends on what you price your book at. For example I had to pay the same price I am selling my book at.
I also used CreateSpace. They have various options from free to paying over $2700. It really comes down to how many of (their) services you want to utilize. (Editing, book covers, layout...etc).
There is no charge for uploading you ebook WORD or PDF however if you don't want to pay them it's up to you to make sure your book displays properly in the Kindle format.
Technically you can publish an ebook and a physical book for free, if you know where to go. It's all the other stuff that you don't think about that can add up. For example, if you don't know how to create and format both epub files and pdf files, then you're going to have to pay for those services. The same is true for the cover of your book and how many physical copies you want to have on hand. Though, even the most savvy of us will still probably pay for things like merchandise (for advertising) and floor space at conventions.
I think everyone covered the various points in their answers. All I can add is to research the various self-publishing services. With some, you have to do most of the work yourself or pay extra, while others include the editing, formatting, etc within the price they charge to publish the book. You have to decide what's right for you and your budget.
I have only used Lulu so far which offers the printing of books on demand. They only print the book when a customer orders a copy and they allow you to set to your price, so effectively there are no upfront costs. They collect payment from the customer then use the funds to pay for the printing then credit your account with the remainder (your revenues). I have only published an ebook there so far and make approximately £2.50 ($5) from each copy that sells.
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