Straight Shooting on the costs of Indie Publishing

You might not like this post because I’m going to talk candidly about money. You might be inclined to ignore me or unsubscribe from my newsletter. I understand. Money is tight these days and if you don’t have the extra cash or even the inclination to throw a few bucks at an indie publishing fundraiser, I totally get it. There are many worthy charities and organizations out there, and maybe apocalyptic fiction isn’t your thing. It’s all OK. No hard feelings.

The main criticism of indie publishing is that the books are too amateur. There are two reasons for this:

1. It costs anywhere from $150 to $750 for a professionally designed cover. Covers can go way higher than that, but it is possible to get a very nice cover in that price range. My father-in-law, who doesn’t read a lot of fiction, was telling me the other day how much he liked the Legendarium cover. That cover, of course, was designed by Jason Gurley who was considered the best indie cover artist until he retired last year to focus on his writing. But think about that… my father-in-law still remembered that cover over a year after the book was released. People judge books by their cover. Period.

2. It costs 1 to 2 cents per word or more to hire an editor. For a 50,000 word story, you’re looking at $500. You might be able to find someone to do it for less. Maybe. My mom was an editor and she did the work for me until she passed away. But you get the idea, right? Professional editing isn’t cheap. And the editing that you get is line edits, not developmental edits. Developmental editing is a whole other realm and could cost significantly more.

So, if you do a little simple math, you’ll see that it could cost $650 to $1250 to get your 50,000 word indie book up to professional standards. That’s a lot of money to sink into something that might only sell 19 copies at $1.99. An indie author might also spend some money on hiring a formatter and on marketing campaigns and advertising. It adds up. I work as a freelance graphic designer in addition to my writing, so I’ve been able to save some money on my covers, but every author needs an editor.

So, what’s the point of this blog? You should know by now that I have a new book coming out on June 2 in the Apocalypse Weird universe. I’m quite proud of this book… I think it’s one of my best and I think you will as well. And while it is a complete story and not a serial, there are several other stories I want to tell with these same characters. The only way that is going to happen is if Wonderment Media can continue to be a viable publisher. They need money to hire cover artists and editors and they are running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise that money.

This is the point where I ask you to click on the IndieGoGo button and take a look at their fundraiser. There are some great perks and you might find something you want. The fundraiser ends on May 20th.

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This is the last time I’m going to write about this, and my next post will be back to something more enjoyable. But I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I hope you will consider donating to the campaign.

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