The idea of self-publishing your novel can be overwhelming, but it needn’t be. In fact, it is easier to self-publish these days, especially with the emergence of the Ebook and other forms of digital publication. Here are some of the more popular and user friendly Self-Publishing options out there right now:
Royalty: up to 80% from Smashwords store, 60% from other retailers.
Distribution: Smashwords, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, Baker and Tayler, Browns Books for Students and more.
Pros: Tons of distribution to global retailers and libraries.
Cons: No print option available.
Cost: Pay for printing cost.
Royalty: Calculated by project (size of book, number of pages, color, etc).
Standard: Amazon US and Europe, Create Space Estore.
Expanded: Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Create Space Direct.
Pros: Books only printed on demand so no paying for printing without anyone buying the book. The expanded distribution option shows your book to distributors who may list your book on retail sites. Offers a lot of services to help you publish your book, including editing.
Cons: Books only printed on demand means that they won’t be distributed to stores in physical copy. Doesn’t seem to be an option to create an ebook on their site in the same way the others offer a unique service, but instead there is an option for kindle conversion for 79 dollars.
Print (plus free Ebook format):
Cost: Free for Lulu site, distribution fee for other sites.
Royalty: Retail price minus printing cost and LuLu Comission (20% of net revenue)
Distribution: Nook, iBook, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram.
Pros: A lot of information on this site to make sure all your questions are answered.
Cons: The commission price makes your royalties smaller.
Royalty: Up to 65%
Distribution: Barnes &Noble and NOOK.
Cost: Pay for printing cost which depends on the book’s specs.
Distribution: Barnes & Noble website and stores.
Pros: Easy to use! The website is user friendly and you can have your book published in under 48 hours. Nonexclusive agreement, you can publish elsewhere.
Cons: Seems like a small market of distribution.
Kindle Direct Publishing:
Royalty: Up to 70%
Distribution: Amazon website globally.
http://simonandschusterpublishing.com/simonandschuster/images/header_blue.jpg?crc=4035455719Cost: Pay for printing cost.
Royalty: Up to 60%
Distribution: Amazon website in US, Europe, and Japan.
Pros: Website has lots of information to make sure you know exactly what to expect. High royalties.
Cons: Only distributed online. Nonexclusive agreement, you can publish elsewhere. Though it offers a guide, you must have your manuscript formatted ahead of time. Only offers paperback print option.
Print (with Ebook included):
Cost: $2000-14000 depending on package. Also take 30% of royalties.
Royalty: 50% of retail cost minus production cost including Wholesale cost if applicable.
Distribution: Ingram, Amazon, Google, Kono, Baker and Taylor, Barnes and Noble, OverDrive.
Pros: Provided by Simon and Schuster, a reputable publisher. The packages come with a lot of resources and unique opportunities.
Cons: Expensive and a low royalty.
Print (with Ebook included):
Cost: $900-12000 depending on package.
Royalty: 10% of retail price, 25% of sales from AuthorHouse website, 50% of ebook sales.
Distribution: AuthorHouse site, Amazon, “other” retailers.
Pros: More affordable than Archway and their packages come with a lot of resources and unique opportunities as well (Including a trailer for your book at domestic movie theaters).
Cons: Low royalties. May take four weeks or more to be listed on retail sites like Amazon.
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