From the National Writing Examiner
Donna L. Quesinberry
The old question, What does a publisher do for ME? is as relevant today as it was in yesteryear. The difference today is, with the advent of e-publishing, many authors believe it costs nothing to publish an eBook.
So, what does it cost a publisher to produce MY book?
Traditionally, cost to produce a paperback novel scoped between $30,000 and $150,000 with differentiation based on:
- Author Advances (usually only “A” list authors receive advances today)
- Cover Design and Illustration Costs ($1500-$3000)
- Novel Size (typically between 200 and 1200 pages)
And, percentages of earnings break down as follows:
- 04% Warehousing
- 08% Editorial
- 12% Administrative and Other Associated Costs
- 16% Production
- 17% Paper, Printing, and Binding
- 21% Sales and Marketing
- 22% Royalties, Rights, and Permissions