I posted the spendings for my first novel, By the Sword, earlier this year to give you a rough idea of how affordable self publishing can be. I am happy to say that my second book Followed (Set to launch tentatively in September 2012!) cost much less.
Here’s the numbers, because sometimes it’s nice to see an actual breakdown of what it takes to publish your book.
Cover Design (Ebook and Print) by Najla Qambar – $75
Book Mark Designs – Free!
Editor – $100
Second Editor – $100 (Oops!*)
Ebook Formatting – $50
Beta Readers – Free! (A must!)
*Note: I had two edits, because I went ahead and got an editor a little too soon. I had two more beta reads after the first edit, which I am so happy I did. Phew! So, now, silly me jumping the gun too early, I need to have an editor go over Followed again. But this time, I know the book will be ready. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you have at least two other people read and critique your book before sending it to an editor.
On the topic of editors: Yes, there are some great ones that do not charge hundreds of dollars!
I am going to do a separate launch for the print book of Followed. For now, I am going to put all my energy into creating an ebook. It costs a little more to make a print book and, from what I have seen so far, ebooks are the money makers.
Oh, by the way, if you haven’t checked out my first novel, By the Sword, it is now only .99 on Amazon.
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