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The Cost of Self-publishing a Book

reedsy © Reedsy - April 2016 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SELF-PUBLISH A BOOK? Data from the Reedsy marketplace Reedsy is a community of the world's best editors, designers, marketers and ghostwriters. Over the last 15 months we have been helping authors and publishers craft beautiful books. Today, we are proud of being able to provide unbiased, factual data that comes directly from the Reedsy marketplace. 2,000+ quotes 400+ 95% of our professionals have worked with Big Five publishers, and all of them have worked on bestselling titles. The pricing presented in our data reflects the high quality our professionals are able to provide. professionals CAN 4.5% UK 16% Who uses Reedsy? Reedsy is available from anywhere in the world but as our service is only in English, USA 64% ROW 14% most of our users come from AUS 3.6% English-speaking countries. EDITING Ooo.l. 73,000 words Average manuscript length 54% of books had 50-100k words Hiring a professional editor AVERAGE COST 40k 60k 80k words words words Editorial Assessment $540 $720 $900 Content / Developmental Editing $1,020 $1,440 $1,860 Copy Editing + Proofreading $720 $1,080 $1,440 Copy Editing $680 $1,020 $1,360 Proofreading $360 $540 $720 For those that like graphs! Price in USD against word count $2,000 $1,750 $1,500 $1,250 $1,000 $750 $500 $250 © Reedsy - April 2016 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 PRICE PER VWORD In Cents (USD) 2.1 1.8 1.7 0.9 0.9 Content / Develop- mental Editing Copy Editing and Proofreading Editorial Copy Editing Proofreading Assessment © Reedsy - April 2016 COVER DESIGN $700 Average cost of cover design $200-$800 66% of quotes Hiring a professional designer Cost of a professional book cover design on Reedsy in USD 0-200 2% 200-400 21% 400-600 24% 600-800 22% 800-1,000 16% 1,000-1,200 6% 1,200-1,400 4% This wide distribution shows that Reedsy can tailor design services to most budgets. © Reedsy - April 2016 1,400-1,600 2% 1,600+ 3% BOOK $840 Average cost of interior design INTERIOR $500-$1,000 DESIGN 71% of quotes COMBO Inl STAND OUT LIKE A PRO COVER + INTERIOR Working with a designer on both the 0-500 17% exterior (the jacket) and the interior is 500-1,000 28% often less expensive than buying the 1,000-1,500 22% services separately. This can also help give your book a strong and consistent 1,500-2,000 22% visual identity, inside and out. 2,000+ 11% © Reedsy - April 2016 $1,250 100% 20% Average cost of combo cover + interior design Likelihood of producing Cheaper than paying for both services separately a beautiful book reedsy.com The Foundry of Bestselling Books -..::.

The Cost of Self-publishing a Book

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How much does it cost to self-publish a book? What should you budget for editing, design, and proofreading? Here are the average market prices for these services, compiled from an analysis of over 2,000 quotes.

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