How much is it to Publish a BookWhat does it cost to publish a book?
What does it costs to publish a book yourself? An easy-going amateur
I call it the occasional amateur, the serious amateur and the pro. But before I can say "How much", you have to find out which guy suits you best. Nowadays I focus on the occasional hobby editor of my own work. Probably this section will cover the vast majority of writers who are currently considering self-publishing their first book.
Being a member of this group, you wrote a history of one kind or another, and a boyfriend or a member of your extended household probably persuaded you to turn it into a book. Whatever the topic, the main reader for this book is your immediate relatives and mates.
If you are an occasional amateur, you probably have no previous literary knowledge. You' re probably over fifty alone with your children. Chances are you have told your history, in parts, to your familys or friends at the staff over the years and embellished it as case goes on.
You may even have been listening to President Bill Clinton when he said that everyone over fifty owes it to his own families to record his experience of living (and publish it as a book). If you are an occasional craftsman, you don't want to spend much effort and expense to publish this work.
They may have a temporary thought about getting a call from Oprah or Dr. Phil to review your book, but know that your primary motive is much more persona. At the end, when you see your name in the press and get a little credit from your relatives and acquaintances, you have reached your destination.
Chances are if you are the casual lover, you may not even be able to read circulars like the basics newsletter because you don't really care anymore about posting as a buss. You' re willing to give your funds to the first firm that makes it look simple and doesn't overcharge.
It' just a pastime, and a nonchalant one at that. Unless you are the one who reads this, perhaps your boy or your girl or your friend, is anxious to keep you from being exploited by one of the "too good to be true" advertisements of businesses that take the opportunity craftsman.
One thing that the occasional amateur seldom realises is that they are only a telephone call or an adventure away from becoming a serious lover or even a specialist. That' s why it's important to take a few fundamental hints no matter how serious you are about releasing when you first hit the mart.
Remember that the main policy is never to give a business exclusivity to your book for a period of one year unless that business pays you a great deal of it. Some of the leaner editors are claiming to be a conventional editor because they give the writer an advanced payment of one buck.
In exchange for this one buck, the writer will sign the copyright to his book for seven years. Presumably, this might be nice if your book never goes beyond the dozens of duplicates you buy to give out to your buddies, but there's no need to do it. But the other principle, which is the same as the first, is that you want to make sure you have everything you need to make your book.
All I' m discussing here is the possession of the electronic data used to make your book work. Again, it doesn't make any difference who has your printed book if you only have a few but things are changing and you want to be able to respond to those changes. As soon as you realize that you have no right to your book and that you own the electronic data used to make the book (or at least know what it will take to own the data), you can begin shopping and check the prices for the real output of your book.
Occasional hobby self-publishers do not need an ISBN. This book does not go near a bookshop where an ISBN is needed at this time. Its main target is your families and mates. ISBN is not necessary to give your book to your VFW or your VFW group.
An ISBN is only necessary if you want to resell your book in bookshops, incl. Amazon. ISBNs can be purchased any time later if you are serious about their publication, but at the moment you are saving your time. For the occasional amateur it is a luxurious thing to hire an editorial office. You' re sure your loved ones will like your book as you wrote it.
Of course, this changes when you switch from an occasional craftsman to a serious amateur or pro, but it's something simple enough to go back later and do it. Occasional hobbyists are most likely capable of doing an decent task and interpreting the text in MS World. The only thing you need to do is "Select All", "Copy" and "Paste" your Microsoft Office documents into the templates and move the types until they look right.
Most of your text should be fairly fluid. Until this time the leisurely hobby self-publisher has not yet paid a cent. Most likely, the first thing that needs to be paid is the conversion of your MS World text into PDF and the design and layout of a bookcase.
The layout of the book jacket in MS World and the conversion to PDF is much more complicated and probably not well enough for the occasional craftsman to know how to do it. To have a beautiful artwork is important, also for the occasional craftsman. Folks are judging a book by its envelope.... even by your relatives and boyfriends.
The software will take the designed Microsoft Office documents delivered by the developer and convert them into a print-ready PDF files. Authors will then have a selection of about 30 fundamental covers as well as tens of thousand of cover images and artwork to work with. Your finished artwork will be created by a professional design team and transformed into a print-ready PDF.
Costs are only $149 as long as the writer uses SelfPublishing. com or $199 if the writer wants to work with someone else. You know when I said you wanted to own the printed digitally? At $199 you own the $199 without conditions. While most POD publishing houses, such as Iuniverse, Authors House and Xlibris, have starters that have a simple lay-out, the price is higher and you don't own the files when you're done.
If you have a printable image you need to find a suitable paper for it. I would use Lulu.com if you really only want to make 5-10 prints. You only need to deliver a print-ready PDF we just spoke about. When you think that your community of acquaintances could go beyond that and you think you want to produce 100 or 200 prints, self-publication would be a cheaper one.
Or the other way around, you can run 100 or so with self-publication. com and order a pair on demand after your initial Lulu.com run out. Either way, your overall pre-press and press investments are minimum..... under $1000 for 100s.
All in all, the amount of dollars that had to be spent owing to purchases and advertising for the casual lover is the expense of a few telephone calls to-a-friend and maybe a little bit of shipping. The free beer your friend buys you after reading your book more than covers these expenses.
You will be the proud proprietor of a beautiful, professional-looking book when you're done. As soon as you run out of your boyfriends, you'll always have your book near you if you meet a foreigner who shows an interest. Maybe one of these days you'll be caught up in an airfield lateness and sit next to Oprah and she'll be interested in you and your book.
As I said before, if you initially configured properly and did not subscribe to any of your privileges and have your print files, you can quickly switch from Casual Amateurist to Serious Amateurist or even Self-Publishing Professional. We' ll discuss the self-publication cost for the serious hobby publishers next months.