What Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book?

**Disclaimer-all sites that I discuss in this piece are pulled from random google searches. I have not used any of these services and claim no knowledge about their services. I use them strictly for you to get an idea of cost.

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Self-publishing or Indie publishing has garnered a lot of attention lately and for good reason. It is now possible to publish high-quality books yourself. There is a plethora of editors, cover designers, and people who will format the book and help you market it. The question is how much will all this cost?

You’ve written a novel and want to make it the best that you can. What are some services and prices offered?

Editing

Bubble Cow. Yes, the name intrigued me so I went there. For a line edit, an overview, and an eBook cover design, they charge $17 for every thousand words.

The Book Butchers. The tagline was good. Go to the site to see it. 6 cents a word gives you their best service which includes overview, edits, grammar checks, eBook formatting, etc.

I googled Christian editor and found Where the Map Ends. Jeff Gerke offers a full edit for 5 cents a word.

Formatting

WordZworth Their basic text service is $1.98 per page.

Go Published Their formatting runs from $100 to $120 on a novel.

Cover Design

Alpha Advertising They offer packages for book cover design from $449 to $949.

99 Designs Their design run from $299 to $1199.

Marketing/publicists

Okay, when it came to prices from a publicist I couldn’t google a particular price. Most said to contact them and they would see what your needs and budget would allow. The one marketer who had a price for premiere marketing advice and help quoted $7500 to $25,000.

writing450Wow.

So how much will it cost to self-publish a book? Whatever you are willing to put into it. If you are serious about self-publishing, I would read self-published books, find covers, formatting, and editing that looks professional and check into them.

Research. Research. Research.

That would be the key. How many of you who have self-published spent too much money? Had a good experience? Share what you’ve learned with us…

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