Self Publishing Costs:
Do You Know What You Are Getting?

When authors decide to self publish, self publishing costs are what they worry about the most, and for good reasons too!

There are a lot of things you need to spend money on that will make a big difference on your books outcome. You want to be proud of your book, after all, you worked so hard to write it, and the last thing you want is to rush through the process, and wind up feeling embarrassed about the final product.

The most important thing to do is hire a professional editor. Yes, it won’t be cheap, but this vital. I know, I spend a lot of money to have my work edited, and it’s worth every penny!

And then, when your book is perfect, you will want to start looking at your options for getting your book published.

Self publishing costs can vary greatly. And there are many options on how you can self publish your work.

Self Publishing Choices

As a prospective self publisher, you have some decisions to make on how you go about it. They are:

  • Vanity Publishers (I do not recommend this!)
  • POD publishers (Do your research.)
  • Self Publishing (it's ALL up to you.)

If you want to keep total control of your work, choosing to publish yourself is a great option. You will bypass all the middlemen and go directly to printing and marketing your book.

But before that you need to look at what is actually involved in publishing yourself. I'm not talking about working with a POD publisher or vanity publisher. This is about doing it all on your own.

Why not self publish an e book?

Self Publishing

When you want to produce your own book there are many things that you will have to do or pay someone to do them for you.

  • Book Cover
  • Title
  • Design the Book
  • Typesetting
  • Layout
  • Binding
  • Materials
  • ISBN Numbers
  • Copyright
  • Back Cover Copy
  • Printing

This seems like a lot doesn't it? And it is, but I can recommend two great books to walk you through each step, including some great vendors that will help you.

Dan Poynter is a master and has been self publishing forever! His books are full of details and will spell out everything you need to do.

Peter Bowerman wrote a great step by step manual on publishing your book as well as what you need to do to market your book even before it's published.

I would recommend you read these books before you begin the process for yourself. They will help you to navigate the publishing process and give you great advice.


What you should know about the Print On Demand (POD) industry is that they all distribute their books through Ingram and most of them use the same service to do the printing. This means that the quality of the books and the places where they are listed for sale are identical.

But the real differences are the prices they charge, and the quality of the customer service. So what does this mean for you? It means you need to be smart and work with a company that has excellent customer service and great prices. It will make a big difference in everything you do as far as your book is concerned. Paying more does not mean getting more!


Please do your the companies, read their terms and do not choose without knowing what you are getting! Many companies will try to up-sell you and talk you into buying more than you need.

Remember, if they are making all their money by selling authors and not books...that's a red flag!

I cannot tell you who to choose to work with, but by offering this information, I hope you will research before you choose. I hear so many horror stories that it makes me sick to my stomach. I hope I can help you avoid a bad experience.

Here is the scoop on what is out there...

(Many of these companies are owned by the same large company called Author Solutions. I see this as a red flag.)

Xlibris - $1,972.00 plus additional fees for images. Customer service is not very good at all.

Trafford - $1,324.00 plus additional fees for images and other miscellaneous fees. Customer service is not very good at all.

iUniverse - $999.00 plus lots of extra charges. It will cost you $150-$750 to leave with your book if your not happy...Horrible customer service!

Lulu - $1,131.00 and many complaints.

Create Space - $1,022.00 plus extra costs. I am told that the quality of the books are poor and they are getting many complaints.

BookLocker - $517.00 and excellent customer service. It's actually personal service. There are so many services included, I'd like you to visit this link to see them all.

I have done so much research on this and I hope it helps you. I publish my work through BookLocker. You can see my books by following the links below.

This information is to assist you in making the best decision for you and because things can change quickly, I encourage you to check out the company you work with thoroughly.

Please let me know your experiences with self publishing!

All my best to you!

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