The cost of publishing a book varies greatly but self-published authors can expect to spend anywhere from $100-$2500 to publish a book based on additional book production costs like editing, cover design, formatting, and more, which we cover.
How much money does an author make per book?
A typical book author barely makes more than minimum wage. You receive an advance and 10% royalties on net profit from each book. If your book retails at $25 per copy, you would need to sell at least 4,000 copies to break even on a $5,000 advance.
Do you have to pay to publish a book?
Legitimate large and small presses will never ask an author to pay for publication. Self-publishing venues do require author payment because you are in charge of every step of the publication process, from editing to distribution. Vanity presses will put a book together for you, but you must pay for the process.
How much does it cost to publish a book with a publisher?
You can hire cheap help: expert indie publishers spend an average of $500 to $1000 to publish each book. But the average cost for a new author is at least $2000. High quality copy editing and proofreading, which is probably a good idea if this is your first book, will probably cost at least $1000.
Does it cost money to publish a book on Amazon?
You’re in charge of the price and associated commission as well. When you upload your book, Amazon tells you what their costs are — $2.50 for example, for a 150-page book. From there you can price your book at anything higher, say $9.