Costs To Self Publish My Second Book

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! πŸ™‚ (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, IΒ need to have an editor go over Followed again. But this time, I knowΒ the bookΒ 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.

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚


27 thoughts on “Costs To Self Publish My Second Book

  1. Great job reducing your costs, Sara! I’ve also made the editing mistake and paid twice. Now I’ve found a few typos in my sequel so I will have to invest in yet another proofread 😦 Hopefully I’ll fine-tune this process with every book. Wouldn’t that be nice?

    Best of luck with Followed, I truly enjoyed it! I can’t wait to see the cover you created πŸ™‚

  2. I recommend for paperback publishing. Better value and far less confusing than createspace or Lulu. Only cost is Β£88 for a distribution package – which makes it available to amazon, and any other shops who might want to order it.
    Good luck with it πŸ™‚

  3. Yeah–the editor costs surprised me too. I see the same price ranges as Christina, sometimes even more. Its my biggest hang up right now because I can’t afford one.

    1. I know, it’s steep for writers who are going out on their own with tight budgets. There are some kind-hearted editors out there who also do a high quality job, like Frankie Sutton.

  4. Sara,
    Thanks for opening up your expense side of the business, very insightful. Sounds like you did a great job on the management side too. Good job with the second launch.
    Thanks again for sharing.

  5. Wow, this is super interesting. Pretty reasonable too! I will have to tug on your ear if I decide to e-pub my first book.

    Can’t wait till hubby buys me a kindle –I’m going to start reading more ebooks. I want to read yours and Lauren’s!

      1. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to find an editor and your post really helped. I will definitely check out Frankie and I’ll let her know I heard about her from you. πŸ™‚

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