I always enjoyed reading posts by self-pubbed authors who shared how much they spent to produce/publish their books, and then they shared the sales. It was … helpful, I think. I can’t promise if I’ll share about my sales yet. I think I’ll only know that once the book is out and start selling (*grins*) … but I can definitely share how much it cost me to edit, produce and publish Destiny Gift.
Cover = $195 (e-book and paperback)
Cover reveal = $30 by Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours
Blog tour = $150 by Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours
Content Editing = $75.89 by Danielle Crabtree from Hedanicreations
Line-editing = $ 145.65 by Danielle Crabtree from Hedanicreations
Proofreading = $73.41 by Danielle Crabtree from Hedanicreations
Bookmarks design = $50
Bookmarks production (+ shipping) = $45.70 by Overnight Prints
Formatting = $0 – I did it myself
Necklaces (swag) = $55 by Little Literature
Giftcard given during blog tour = $25
Createspace proof copy = $7.64
Paperbacks for giveaways (10 + shipping) = $48.60
Copyright = $35
TOTAL = $936.89
Before deciding to self-pub Destiny Gift, I did send it to other two editors for critiques and that also cost money. I decided to get those critiques because I was getting full requests from agents but they ended passing on the fulls. My CPs loved the damned story … and I even signed a contract to publish it with a small press, but ended pulling it out. I knew Paranormal Romance was a tough sell on the traditional market, so I wanted to make sure I had a good story here. Besides, I couldn’t see it clearly anymore – not after going through it 5000000000 times. After these 2 editors critiqued the manuscript and told me it was great, only a little tightening would do the trick, I decided to self-pub. So, if you want to add the critique of those two editors to my list, here it is: $328.
I’ll have more swag done by Sep/Oct, so that will add to the expenses.
Hope that helps!