Thank You For Your Support
After working with several different publishers to produce and distribute this book, I decided that the best option is to self-publish. This may not be the best option for everyone, but it has been for me. Ultimately, as a first time author, the offers from publisher’s were not very beneficial. Without any guarantees on sales, publisher’s simply don’t want to risk much up front. It turns out at this stage I have more to offer them, so I’ve decided to go about it on my own.
Having worked on about a dozen book campaigns already, I’m very familiar with the process and the costs.
Because I’m self-publishing, that means I have to pick up all of the production costs on my own. Surprisingly this has been a fairly stress free experience, and costs a lot less than you’d expect. Finding uninterrupted time to write has been my biggest challenge.
Below are a list of the expenses needed to cover the production of this book. I hope to recoup the majority of these during the pre-sale of this book. I appreciate you ordering the book now, buying packs of books for your teams, and for anything you can do to spread the word.
How Much Does It Cost to Publish a Book?
Editing & Proofing – $3000
While I’ve done the writing and layout of the book myself, a professional editor is taking what I’ve written and checking it for grammar, spelling, overall flow and comprehension. They’ll take two passes at the book, making suggestions for improvement each time. Finally, once I’ve finished making their changes and fixing any issues, a second person will proof the book and give it one last review.
Design – $500
I created the design used in all of the marketing of the book, but a professional designer will complete the final work and branding. Just because this is a self-funded Christian book doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t look its best.
Ebook Conversion – $500
It takes quite a bit of work to tweak the layout and make changes to the book’s formatting so that it not only looks good on Kindle devices and apps, but also on the iBooks app and others. This process is best left to the professionals, so the last step in the production of this book will be paying an editor to convert the final work into an eBook.
Total Cost = $4000
Once the book is complete there is no cost to submit it to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers, just my time. A printing service will print each book as it is ordered (and sometimes large batches of books based on orders), so there are no up front printing costs.
I will need to sell about 200 books to cover these costs before making any money off my work.