How much does it REALLY cost to self-publish a book?
I never really appreciated the book review, until I “impulsively published” my novel, Remember the Moon. I had no idea how difficult the elusive book review was to acquire. They are like the Holy Grail of the book world. I followed all the proper steps, that I had researched in my role as a self-publishing entrepreneur.
I was able to feel pretty good about a couple of things:
My author platform
- Author website with both my books prominently on display with links to buy
- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest pages established
- MailChimp Mailing list (from a newsletter signup on my website)
- Author pages on Goodreads and Amazon
- I’m an Amazon Affiliate
- Incorporated an “end of book request” where I listed all my links and contact info and asked readers to leave a review on Amazon and included info about my other book.
My Publishing Process
- I asked for beta readers. 34 people signed up and got the beta version of the book. 17 actually provided me with feedback that was incredibly valuable and I put their names into the acknowledgments of the final version.
- Paid for professional Editing. I paid for two professional developmental edits, one copyedit, and two blurb writers
- Paid for a professional, custom cover design.
- Formatting the ebook and print book. I formatted and reformatted the book myself (I used to do this sort of thing in a past life) until it was perfect.
- Uploaded to IngramSpark (print book) and Amazon (ebook). OK. I got a little impulsive and just popped it up there using without more pre-planning. I don’t recommend doing this. Take your time, set up a pre-order and give yourself a couple of months to send the book out for reviews.
- Reviews. I sent free versions to all my Beta readers and all the others on my mailing list, asking everyone to post Amazon reviews.
So, I figured I was in good shape. Not that Oprah would be calling me the next…