When one decides to self-publish a novel, there is some necessary research to be done in order to find the company that best suits your needs. I decided to self-publish a novel two years ago with Wordclay, an online self-publishing company whose basic, print-on-demand package runs around $450. I had the option to use one of their pre-made cover designs, or to design my own cover. I also was given five softcover copies upon completion of the typesetting process. Extra costs which I doled out were for an ISBN number and distribution through multiple online retailers.
When I decided to self-publish my second novel, I decided to invest a bit more money in order to get a professional-looking cover through iUniverse. I was extremely pleased with the outcome. Their cover designer worked with me to create the perfect interpretation of the book. It cost over double the price, however, and even more when I decided to purchase their publicity services.
Luckily, there are self-publishing companies that fulfill the needs of every writer:
Author House prices range from $550 to $1,200, which allows your book to be made and for you to receive one copy. You must pay more for extra copies, as well as for advertising services and/or for your book to be made available at online bookstores.
Trafford Publishing prices range from $550 to $7,000. For their standard package, you’ll receive one bound proof book and discounts on bulk orders. Higher priced packages offer more free author copies.
Infinity Publishing offers a $499 self-publishing package that includes an ISBN and barcode, custom-designed cover, a hard copy for the author and basic distribution.
Outskirts Press has prices ranging from $200 to $1,100, offering listings with book retailers, an author web page and the ability for the author to set his or her own retail price.
BookSurge’s prices range from $300 to $6,000, which includes formatting and design, ISBN and online listings with wholesale and retail booksellers.
Between $500 and a cool $13,000 we have Xlibris. They offer formatting for text and layout, image placement and formatting for 25 images or less and ISBN of course. The higher prices can be attributed to leather bound editions, custom covers, a catalog number with the Library of Congress, and a Bookstore Returnability Program, which encourages booksellers to stock your book.
InstantPublisher is one option for those on a small budget, as you can print per book. They charge under $9 per book for a 5.5”x8.5”, 200 page book. If you want one a little large, it’s still under $13 for an 8.5”x11” edition.
Lulu offers print-on-demand, and ebooks. Like InstantPublisher, they also have a price per book price - $10.50 for 1 200 page book at 8.5”x11” to $7.50 for 100 books; $23 for 1 8.25”x10.75” hardcover, 200 page book to $19.50 for 100 books. Considering that these standard services include an ISBN as well as distribution in over 60,000 online and offline retail locations, this might not be a bad choice for a first self-published novel.