All writers, amateur or not, have the publication of their own book in their drawer. But how much does it cost to publish one? In this short guide we will mention the complex answer.
We can immediately say that the cost of publication it can be divided between author and publisher or weigh only on one of the two. It is about dividing the small, medium and large publishing houses or those based on self-publishing or not. In fact the publishing world today it is divided in this way and more and more often the author of the book is asked to anticipate a part of the expenditure necessary for publication.
In the case of a paid publication, the role of the publishing house is to carry out a work of adapting the book, from manuscript to text with cover and ISBM code. Instead, with the publication with a publishing house you sign a contract and get an advance on your work, as well as work on the book. Finally, self-publishing is a solo journey, full of risks.
Finally, we must also speak of the cost of a publication, in fact, the production of a book has fixed costs and extra costs. Let’s find out what are the stages for publication and what are the overall costs.
How to publish a book: the phases
Publish a book with a publishing house, not self-publishing, it’s not easy. Manuscripts are sent to publishing houses every day and there is a material need to read the material to choose future works. To choose a publishing house, a skimming phase is carried out, which starts from the text of the email, up to the summary of the manuscript sent.
Once contacted by the publishing house, if you like the draft of the book, you will have to face several familiar, introductory and design interviews with an editor or more assigned. At this stage, information is received on the future of the book’s publication, such as editing the text, characters, etc. Over the months of workafter signing the contract, the shape and colors of the books and therefore also the costs, which are due to the publishing house, begin to be established.
How much does it cost to publish a book?
If the publication takes place through a publishing house, the author does not have to think about anything other than working on his own book. If, on the other hand, it is a publication with a smaller publishing house, for a fee or a self-production, the costs become very obvious to the author.
So come the fixed costs and extra costs to pay. For example, fixed costs include the allocation of ISBN code, the cost of which starts at around 80 euros plus VAT. The code fits on the back of the cover, also a fixed expense. You cannot leave a book naked, so you can choose an image, a drawing or a graphic to insert on both sides. A design can have a varied cost, but images and photos online also cost money when used for commercial purposes. The image itself needs an expert. For this in total we can speak of an expense of 100-150 euros for the image or drawing and others 100 euros minimum for the work of the expert.
The book consists of pages and each page costs a minimum of 0.03 euros. However, the cost is lower as copies increase and to amortize costs it is better to publish a few more copies than a few fewer copies. Those pages need to be corrected by an expert. In the publishing house the editor takes care of it, outside a proof-reader. This can ask for a payment per page (from 1.5 to 2.5 euros) or an hourly or book-completed payment.
Finally, the biggest cost is the marketing and the distribution. The book to sell must be physically transported to the places and be located on the territory in case of online order for prompt delivery. He can understand doing a job independently, between boxes and the car, presenting the book in bookstores and on holidays. After all, this is the most different part of self-publishing, but also for the publishing house.
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