Thumbs Down To Publishing Costs.
June 26, 2008 11:56pm CST
I have always wanted to write a book and have it sold in stores. I have recently looked into the cost of publishing a book. Ever ridiculous. For the smallest order it is almost One Thousand dollars Canadian. I can't believe this. I guess I'll have to work on the side from home to be able to afford this. How do they expect some people to be able to pay for these. Does anyone know of any place in Canada that will do small orders? I would love to have one of my stories published so I could give it as gifts to friends and family, and sell the odd few. To make enough money to order big or sell to stores and libraries.
• United States
27 Jun 08
Publishing should not cost you anything except perhaps time spent writing and working on revisions. Are you looking to self-publish? That is the only reason anyone would be paying for publishing. If you don't have enough publishing credits to interest an agent, you can always submit to an independent or small press publisher. They don't pay advances, but they do pay royalties. And you don't have to pay them anything. Having done some work for a Print on Demand company, I'd honestly suggest you consider self-publishing as a last resort because you have to pay for every step of the publishing process or have your book go unedited. Or are you thinking about paying an agent? Agents don't get paid until they sell your book to a publisher, and then they get a percentage of the advance. Any agent requesting a reading fee or wanting you to pay upfront is not a legitimate agent. That's a scam. I'm not sure if any of this helps, but I don't really know what route you are looking to take to publish your book.
• United States
27 Jun 08
Ouch! That doesn't sound right. What kind of book are you writing? Is it something you need printed right away? My only experience with publishers at this point has been as a freelance editor and as a reviewer. However, I have a few author friends who have had good experiences with a small publishing companies. If I'm not mistaken, the author copies are free. However, I'll admit I've never dealt with a Canadian publishing company. But it depends on what you are looking to do. You may want to consider looking at AbsoluteWrite.com's writing forums. There are authors there with varying degrees of experience, and someone might be able to give better advice based on experience. Best of luck to you!