The cost of self publishing varies from printer to printer, so it's a good idea to get a handful of quotes. While going with an offset printer will give you a lower cost per unit, you'll have to print a larger volume of books. A typical offset printer will give you a price of two dollars and some change for a quantity of 5000 perfect bound books. Keep in mind that the price per book will vary, depending upon the quality of the paper, whether there is color inside the book, the size of the book and number of pages. If you have the money and you're pretty confident your book will sell, this is the way to go.
When I published my first book, I didn't have much money and had to carefully consider the cost of self publishing. As such, I decided to go with a print on demand printer. This allowed me to print fewer books at a higher cost. In my case, the cost per book (for a perfect bound, 208 page book with pages made from recycled paper and a glossy four-color cover) cost a little over four dollars per book.
While the cost was twice as high, I did not have to carry inventory on my book, nor come up with a big initial cash outlay. Now that my book has proven itself, I have lowered my costs by selecting an offset printer. Important: One mistake that starry-eyed, first-time authors make is underestimating the cost of carrying inventory. I have an author friend who has self-published six books and has a veritable warehouse of unsold books in her basement. This is money spent on inventory that may never be recouped. While it may make you a little sick to pay almost twice as much per copy for a print on demand printer, you will save yourself the heartache of being stuck with 5000 copies of your book.
The cost of self publishing usually includes a setup fee (ranging
anywhere from $40 to $100) and the cost of printing each book. For the
first print run of my book, I ordered 300 copies. This meant my initial
investment was a little over one thousand dollars. Not bad. Especially
when you compare it to the $10,000+ dollars you would have to invest
with an offset printer. Of course, you can cut your costs considerably
if you do a larger print run, but you'd better be sure you can sell
those books. I know a children's book author, who has 8000 copies of her
book in a warehouse. That's a lot of unearned interest sitting in dusty
If your book is a giveaway or a promotional item for your business, you can print as few as 100 copies to see how it works. This is the great advantage of print on demand publishing and makes the cost of self publishing affordable for most everyone.
The best online printer in the market today provides easy-to-use tools that will help you upload the cover photo and content for your book and makes publishing a breeze. Gone are the days when you have to make a huge outlay to publish your book. You'll be amazed how little it costs you to get started. In addition to all this, you'll be able to list your book for sale on one of the most popular book selling sites in the world. This printer is Amazon's CreateSpace publishing. Click on the link to learn how to set up your account. I'll guide you step by step through the sign up process and before you know it, you'll have your book listed on Amazon and some beautifully printed copies of your book to sell, give away or ship to readers who have purchased it.
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