Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Yes, self-publishing is here to stay, and it offers writers a convenient and credible way to get their work out into the world. But to do it right, according to some experts, you have to be ready to part with a significant heap o’ cash.
This article sums it up well. According to its author, if you’re going to produce a “high-quality book,” you’re going to need the following services at these going rates: developmental editing ($2520 – $18,200); copyediting ($840 – $7000); cover design ($150 – $3500); formatting (free – $2500); getting an ISBN ($125 – $250); distribution (free!); printing (free, via print-on-demand!); getting reviews from Kirkus or Publishers Weekly ($149 – 425); marketing and PR ($100 – $5000 and up).
So there you have it. To publish a “high-quality book” you’re going to need somewhere between $3586 and $36,875 (and up!).
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have anywhere near that kind of scratch to spend. I also don’t expect to make anywhere near $3586 in sales of any/all of my books, so to spend exponentially more than I can possibly make is the definition of a vanity project.
And that’s not what I’m up to in all this.
I didn’t think so.
Look, we do the best we can. We invest what we can spare. We strive to write and publish the best books we’re capable of, and — if we’re lucky — maybe we’ll forge a readership that allows us invest a little more as we go along.
But spending forty grand on self-publishing a novel? That’s the craziest f%&#ing thing I’ve ever heard!