Counting the Cost
In This Module:
Distinguish between the “investments” and “liabilities” of book publishing
Learn average rates for editors and interior/cover designers
Become familiar with common deliverables and expectations of freelancers
Explore various distribution options and costs associated with each type
SEARCH keywords FOR DATING DADDY:
Father Daughter Relationship
UNDER THESE CATEGORIES:
Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Nonfiction > Religion > Christian Life > Women’s Issues
Nonfiction > Self-Help > Codependency
What is the value of your published book to you and your brand?
Key Investments in (Books &) Business
Meaningful RELATIONSHIPS with family, friends, and partners. Cherish these!
TIME is a limited resource. Use it wisely.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT fosters growth and earns respect.
MONEY has the power to flow and flourish what you value most.
Developmental: $0.03 - $0.08
Copyediting: $0.02 - $0.03
Proofreading: $0.02 - $0.03
Developmental: $7.50 - $20
Copyediting: $4 - $8
Proofreading: $5 - $7
Developmental: $50 - $85
Copyediting: $30 - $50
Proofreading: $10 - $45
How much have you budgeted for book publishing?
eBook (electronic book)
digital image file: .jpg
Paperback or Hardcover
Gloss: laminate, crisp sheen
Matte: stripped of glossy appearance
COST (from lowest to highest):
eBook < Paperbook < Hardcover
Perfect Binding (Glue)
Stitch (Stapled for smaller books)
Adhesive (design glued to board)
Dust Jacket (design on paper that is detachable)
COST (from lowest to highest)
Adhesive < Dust Jacket
300 DPI (dots per inch) resolution
*Colors converted to CMYK or RGB
File formatted to fit interior book size
*Placement of ISBN on back cover
*Confirm specific requirements with your POD service
Image files (.png, .jpeg, etc.)
Additional revisions to ensure the uploaded file is accepted by POD service
AFFORDABLE DESIGNER $100 - $400
PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER $500 - $1,200
What skills do you have to Design It Yourself (DIY)?
60 lb. (i.e. Prose & Nonfiction)
80 lb. (i.e. Photography & Illustrations)
Black & White
COST (from lowest to highest)
black & white ink < color ink
*Can be the same designer as cover designer
your FINAL MANUSCRIPT PREP FOR DESIGN
Order all sections into ONE DOCUMENT
Place images and captions in document
Double space with no additional spacing
Use basic font i.e. Arial, Times New Roman, etc.
Delivered as PDF
Appropriate margins for print
Accurate page numbers
Additional revisions to ensure the uploaded file are correct in printed form
AFFORDABLE DESIGNER $2 - $4 per page
PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER $4 - $6 per page
POD Distribution Only
Inexpensive option ($25+)
Customers purchase through POD’s website ONLY (i.e. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookbaby, LuLu, etc.)
POD Distribution + Popular Online Bookstores
Moderate expense ($100+)
Customers purchase through POD website AND Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, KOBO, etc.
ALL OF THE ABOVE + YOUR CAR (from your hands to the customers)
Customers can purchase through your website, in person, through your events, etc. (BONUS: immediate compensation to author/business)
Which aspects do you choose to hire a freelancer?
This book will shift how you view money and help you to develop the intrinsic motivation needed to finish. Let’s face it! Your investment will far exceed any earnings during the book launch. However, publishing can lead to opportunities to offer premium services through your business entity.
Think long term!
Prioritize interior design and use cover design templates offered by POD company
Build healthy relationships with people BEFORE you finish writing. These people (and/or their friends) may be the first to invest in your finished product.
Save money, barter creative services, launch a crowdfunding campaign, sell your book on pre-order, or create another way to fund your book’s production.
Before the next module:
Identify five keywords to be used to find your book
Based on your benchmarking books, identify five categories that match yours
Select three to five possible freelancers for your interior and cover design
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