How much does it cost to self-publish a book?

DLMcGyver - Destiny Governed their LivesWould you believe me if I said, “The cost of publishing your first eBook is…less than $10. If you want to publish a paperback, it will cost as little as $25.”

“Once everything is in place, it will cost nothing to publish an eBook and only about $15 to publish a paperback.” Actually if you were a risk taker, it would cost nothing to publish a paperback, too. But I’d advise against it.

Insane isn’t it? But if I had little to no money to invest in my writing career, I could still do it for the bare minimum price. Still, I put the money I do have to good use, in places of the self-publishing journey where is serves the book best.

The ceiling to how much you could spend to get one book published is high. Thousands upon thousands of dollars can be spent on various editors, designers, printers and marketers.

So when I hear writers complain that they have no money to self-publish, I shake my head. I wonder about their expectations and what they’ve heard. If they truly want to write and get their book published, they plunge forward and get it done.


In my experience the average cost of an eBook that is about 60,000 words is roughly $200 if you’re willing to learn the basics. To publish a paperback add about $50 to that price.

Still, that’s not over the top expensive. As I said, this price could be ten times that if you have the money to invest.

Diane gets this question a lot: “How much does it cost to self-publish a book?” This is the answer she gives. Diane is the author of Shadows in the Stone, Pockets of Wildflowers, Miss Tuttle’s Lemon Tarts and several other short stories.

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