The other day, I received a question from a reader who was concerned about publishing his book on his limited income. I thought his question would work well for my next blog post because I know there are many authors and writers who are concerned about the costs associated with publishing. For many people, writing a book is a dream; but that dream is often diminished when the price to put the piece together comes into play. So for today’s post, I wanted to present some suggestions to writers or authors who want to publish a book on a small or limited income. Let’s begin!
Back in 2012, I published my first book, Fear, Faith & Patience, and did so on a budget of about $450-$500. That number included the proof books and other copies that I purchased to sell face-to-face. I would consider this a relatively small budget considering there are other authors that have spent thousands of dollars to have their books published. But it was not easy keeping my project within this price range. Some of the advantages that I had included being an expert writer and editor. This is not something that every author possesses, and for that reason, the costs can rise. Consider the following expenses when it comes to publishing your own book.
(For the sake of this blog post, I will only focus on the cost related to self-publishing. Traditional publishing will be addressed at a later date. In addition, the following prices will reflect my services, which is about the average price for expert services.)
In total, you can spend well over $2000 just to publish the book yourself, mostly because the editing will require a large portion of your budget. But what if you don’t have the funds to pay for these services?
The best thing to do in case you cannot afford these services is to find a way to do the work yourself. If you can put aside the rush to have your book published immediately and take the time to perfect your project, you can create a product that is good and within your limited budget. Here’s how:
You can see that by taking full control over the entire book publishing process, you are able to save a lot of money. But the time you spend is very costly. In essence, you will have to determine what you're willing to spend the most on: the time or the money.
I hope this post was able to give you some advice on how to manage the book publishing process on a limited income. I am sure there are other ways to save money, so if you think of something, leave me a comment below.
And as always, let’s grow together!
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