Self-publishing is often portrayed as a free or low-cost alternative for those who cannot get or don’t want to get a traditional publishing contact for whatever reason. But is self-publishing truly free? If you are thinking about writing a book, you have to know in advance your potential self-publishing costs to avoid bad surprises and plan your budget. In this article, we’ll explain how much it costs to self-publish an ebook on Amazon and in other stores, and to distribute your print copy. We’ll explore free, cheap and professional quality options.
Self-publishing can be free or cost thousands of dollars. The difference lies in the details: there is no step that you couldn’t do by yourself, but sometimes it is better to hire a professional. If you know in advance what kind of expenses you can expect, you can make your own compromises if you have to. You can decide whether to learn a few new skills and try doing it alone, or ask for professional help.
(Article was updated on May 30, 2018 with substantial changes.)
- Writing a book
- Editing and proofreading
- Cover design
- Ebook conversion and print layout