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|Saturday January 31, 2015|
|How Much Does Self-Publishing Cost?|
|By Lauren Mosko|
For example, at iUniverse, you can buy a "Fast Track" package that turns your manuscript into a trade paperback with one of their pre-designed, template covers for $299. You only get one copy of your book for this amount, so you'll have to pay a discounted retail price for the others. (Retail prices range from $8.95 for a 75-page book to $29.95 for a 600-page book.)
iUniverse offers a discount for its authors of 20% for 1-9 copies, 25% for 10-49 copies, 30% for 50-99 copies. If you order more than 100 copies, you get a larger discount.
On the other side of their spectrum, you can purchase a "Premier Plus" package that includes tradebook and e-book formats, a custom-designed cover, editorial guidance, and 10 complimentary copies of your book for $799-899. Any additional copies you wish to buy will cost you the discounted retail price.
I'm sure some self-publishers will be less expensive and some more expensive than this example, but I think iUniverse is fairly representative of the industry. The important thing for you to consider is that in self-publishing everything costs extra, so pay close attention to the publication agreement and all the fine print.
Lauren Mosko, Novel and Short Story Writer's Market Editor
Writer's Digest Books