Alright, so it looks like I’ll be changing my book prices again… as you can see by the poll up top, which will be closing soon. I got enough feedback from my friends at DA to finally figure it out. This will be the final time I change it, unless I’m feeling lucky. 😀 My paperback book will be between the $3.99-$4.99 range and my kindle ebook will still be the same at $1.99. Okay, now that’s over with… let’s get back to writing!
I just finished another chapter in my trilogy today, 9-10 pages this time. I’m adding quite a few new chapters apparently. Don’t know why, but hopefully this will be coming to an end shortly, so I can start revising soon. But writing/revisions for the trilogy will be halted next month though due to publishing soon. I’m already setting up. I paid my freelance editor yesterday as well, she’ll start reviewing my book on Monday, hopefully. I should have the revisions for half of my manuscript by next week, which is good. Once I check to see what revisions are made, I’ll send her the other half and by the end of 2 weeks I should have everything ready to go for final revisions.
So, two weeks from now I’ll be doing the last major revisions myself… don’t know for how long. Possibly a week or so, but it’ll be with the utmost care and concentration, so you may not hear from me for a full week. I will be revising and printing out the full book copies, without no distractions, no tv, no music, and so on. The only thing I’m allowed to hear is the sound of my computer’s voice speaking to me as I go word by word, line by line, and sentence by sentence. It’ll be painstakingly difficult, tedious, and time consuming. I may not sleep or eat for a few days either. Just know that I’ll be putting my blood, sweat, and every waking moment on getting this novel the best I can before I start the process of putting everything on CreateSpace.
I have the book cover already uploaded on CreateSpace, so that’s one step down…many more to go. I did upload my interior just to preview it with the correct book dimensions 5.06 x 7.81. I will publish the paperback novel first after I pay for the special ISBN # which is… I think $99 dollars and the proofs may take at least another week or two to be shipped to my house. Then, I gotta read that entire book again, and do the last last copy-editing to make sure there’s no other printing mistakes or typos. After I’m all done, (really done!) I’ll probably spend about half a thousand dollars or less in total costs. This is a rough estimate by the way, but I’m not surprised about the high costs though. However, I have greatly reduced my costs (thank God!) by doing my own book covers and formatting my interior design all on my own. In addition, uploading a Kindle ebook is completely free, and I have a software program that converts all my books to epub. So, I can possibly save an extra $50-$70 dollars, without having to pay sites to do it for me.
Let’s calculate the actual costs shall we?
Spent $100 on editing already for 100 pages.
Will spend $250 for the full 100,000 words. I’ve only paid upfront $62.50 of $125 for half (50,000 words) and will pay the remaining $62.50 once I receive the revisions.
Total = $162.50 which is not bad so far.
Now, for the costs I’ll eventually have to pay.
$35 for online Library of Congress, even though it’s already copyrighted.
$99 for ISBN# (special one where I can have 2 publishers) even though they offer the free ISBN#. Barnes & Noble is not selling Amazon titles. Author’s Advantage Pro Plan for a year, which is $39-$40 They don’t have this anymore!
Costs for book proofs. I believe it would be (after reading the FAQs) the
$4.99 Will have to call them for more info.
$8.71 with shipping/handling. $4.99 was too cheap and I’d be making a $-2.13 return on royalties.
Even though I can upload my epub file on Kindle, let’s say (God forbid) something goes wrong. So, as a back-up I can either pay
$69 at CreateSpace (Not doing it!) for a file convert or $50 at eBookit.com. However, I have heard about Smashwords, so I may look into that one as well. Smashwords takes about 1-4 weeks to approve your book, so I’m not doing that. I’m sticking to Kindle, which takes one day, besides… IT’S FREE!!!!
Forgot to add the commission art pieces that Nicoy is doing for me, 5 characters for $115.
Total estimate = 527.99 $404.99 $504.99
THIS IS THE ACCURATE COSTS = $501.71 with taxes.
To see how much I really saved check out the new re-post of this ->RE-POST: How much does it really cost to self-publish a nice quality book without sending yourself to the poor house?
Now, this price range still isn’t too bad compared to some other places, where you can easily spend about $800-$2,000 dollars. But I may end up spending a little more, because CreateSpace does charge you additional fees if they have to fix 80 or more errors in your book proof copy.
Now, for a rough timeline of how long this will take.
I should get half of my manuscript next week the 20th, then hopefully… I’ll be able to send out the other half right afterwards. So about 2 weeks to wait on revisions, which is all right.
In the first week of February, I’ll start doing the revisions, about a week or so. Not sure if I’ll spend 2 weeks on it. Let’s say a week and a half. 2 weeks if it’s really necessary. I’ll start uploading on CreateSpace little by little. By mid-month, I’ll order my proofs which should take about 3-6 days. During that time, I’ll start converting my book into epub files.
So, by the end of February to early March, I shall have my book published at last. I hope! God forbid something happens and it takes longer. This once again is a rough estimate. By the end of 2 1/2 months, it should be all completed. For Kindle epub, it takes about 24 hours to fully load, then 6-8 weeks for Channel Distribution I believe. You guys may not hear much from me in the next few weeks. I’ll try to keep you posted, but there’s just so much on my mind right now and I may not have a lot to discuss.
Will do my very best to keep you updated during down times or between breaks of editing, but I may need a full week of no distractions, just pure silence. Additional costs I may add on here. This will help any others who are struggling to find cheaper ways to self-publish without becoming bankrupt. I want to provide you guys with enough information about what steps to take and maybe more about how to market/advertise…which I’m still in the process of learning myself. I think selling myself will be the most demanding task ever, even more so than editing and revising.