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To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish?

Holly Lipovits

Posted on April 29, 2020 19:14

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That is the question. As I’ve been writing a YA novel comprised of short stories, I research the costs of self-publishing.

I have pondered over the last year of writing short stories on and off whether I want to pitch my short stories to one of the Big Five publishing houses or go independent and self-publish. I’ve watched numerous "how-to" videos on YouTube to see the thoughts on self-publishing include. I have even read a few articles, too. While my mind grasped at the thought of self-publishing, I had to take a peek at the costs of it all. Many questions tumbled through my head: Is it expensive? Is it worth the money put into it? How much should I spend on an editor? 

I further conducted research to answer the many questions I had. The cost of self-publishing varies from how many stages of editing you go through and how many editors you have look and work on your manuscript. It can be a very pricey, and risky, investment. However, if you want your manuscript to look as perfect and polished as it can be, you may spend as much as $2,000 on editing alone, whether it be copyediting or proofreading. According to a blog post from Reedsy, a self-publishing resource and marketplace for freelancers, "Most authors spend $2,000-$4,000 to self-publish their books — this includes editing, cover design, formatting, and marketing services."

It blew my mind on how much it costs to self-publish. I never thought it would be worth it to spend such an absurd amount of money on just one book alone. As it all depends on how many pages your book is, how many words it is, etc, the author pays for everything upfront. By everything, I mean editing, marketing, formatting, cover and interior designs, and so on. Even if you put time and effort into all the essentials required for your book, the said effort could be a total waste of time and money. 

My book is going to have around 13 to 14 short stories all intertwined with the same thing: a feel-good giddy love story. I focus on the YA audience as it's my favorite genre to read, which is intended for 14 to 18-year-olds, even if I am 23 years old! Once I am finished writing, I would have to go about the process of the many self-publishing companies out there, such as KDP from Amazon and IngramSpark

While I understand it costs a lot to publish a book on your own, rather through a traditional publishing house, you have complete control over how your book looks and costs (among other aspects!). It's not about the money, it's about your writing. As a writer, you want to be able to connect with your potential readers and have them laugh and cry along with you. 

I'm sure I will definitely go down the self-publishing route, but in the meantime, I'll focus on my writing and reading the pile of many books in my bedroom.

Holly Lipovits

Posted on April 29, 2020 19:14

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