Cost of Self-Publishing

Beyond the eternal lawyer-like response of “it depends”, the most helpful response to a ‘what does it cost’ question is this: personal experiences. Why? Because the market rules.

Market Rules

So as you’re thinking about whether or not to get a ghostwriter, a part-time blogger, or an editor to help you write your self-published bestseller… this article: How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book.


Beyond the massive costs of the cover page (a picture is worth 1,000 words), and the very good idea of beta readers (who will tell you if the book will actually resonate with readers), the editing types mentioned in the Write Life article are quite varied. Therefore, in order of necessity….

  1. Structural editing – check for timeline gaps or overlaps, intro & conclusion, “logical progression of ideas”, etc.
  2. Content editing – do the concepts make sense, avoid plagiarism, clean up inconsistencies, etc. (Substitution: experienced beta readers.) Does the content match the intent and title
  3. Copyediting – double-check on fragments, bad conjunction usage, run-ons, subject-verb agreement, over-use of adjectives….all of the picky things that will confuse readers.
  4. Proofreader – check obvious grammar and spelling errors; spot anything that was missed by the other 3 editors.

My Big Takeaway from The Write Life article: Just expect to either barter or part with around $2,000 or so for your first self-published book, and a great deal of time. If it were that easy to become your own publisher, everyone would be on the beaches of California right now.

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