C is for….Costs. There is a wide spectrum of costs and providers when it comes to self-publishing. And let me tell you something, the costs part is really something I didn’t have down to perfection. As mentioned yesterday, I had a very good day job and in the back of my mind, I dreamed about the positive reception, the way it was simply going to work out.
- Important Note: Dear Chemical Engineer Husband of Mine, if you’re reading this, do not act surprised, I did tell you and it’s in our tax return
- Second Very Important Note: I am also sharing at the bottom the costs of other self-published authors who have shared their breakdown on their site and who are awesome, just saying 🙂
The most money I spent on was on editing.Why? Because some of the feedback I received made me rewrite a big part of the story. Hence, I needed more editing than maybe others. And definitely more than what I will need for my next books.
- Cover Design by Derek Murphy: $850
- Editing by Sara Biren, Maya Rock and Double Vision Editorial (content editing x 2, line editing x2, copy editing): $2500
- Blog tour (cover reveal), Blog Review Tour & Book Blitz: $350
- Patchwork Press/Netgalley (one month): $45
- Prizes for giveaways (Gift cards, Donations to DonorsChoose.org): $100
- Other Promotion and advertising (Facebook, copies of books, ): $500
- Formatting by Cait Greer: $150
What I’m going to do differently:
- Cover: I’m learning Photoshop and I will be doing my own covers. Sound crazy…but I think this is really going to work. I always loved taking pictures, I always loved playing around with pictures. I might show you some ideas during this month 🙂
- Promotion/advertising: I will use Facebook differently, will invest some money on other outlets (like Bookbub, ENT and so on…). The experiment with Facebook for advertising was a definite fail for me.
- Formatting: I am learning how to do my own formatting too.
- Editing: I am using only one provider for one book – and my books are I think more ready to go to editing than before. This will bring down the costs. A lot.
In another post, I’ll talk about my actual sales, how I didn’t meet my investment and how this all adds up to my “lessons learned”, and how I still believe in me, in my writing, in my books, in my success.
Interesting articles on self-publishing costs
- Juliana Haygert shares her costs of self-publishing
- Another post by Juliana Haygert about her costs of self-publishing
- Jennifer Ellision: Turning a profit
- The Write Life: How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? 4 Authors Share Their Numbers.
- You can try to be the next Hemingway for $6000 (The Guardian)
- The Real Costs of Self-publishing a book (on PBS)
Join me tomorrow for D is for…Cover DESIGN