What You Need to Know About the Costs of Indie Publishing

If you’re considering putting a book out into the world, there are things you should know

Stack of some author copies printed by KDP. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2024

Like many who write and dream of having a published book, I wondered how much it would cost me if I did it myself. I’ve written, edited, and published two books now as an indie author-publisher. My last book was an anthology and was published in April 2024.

I have knowledge and insight that might be wanted and useful to others who wonder like I did. I want to share this information.

Bear with me as I lay out my publishing costs in this article. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to publish a book that looks as professional as any already on the shelves.

Non-Monetary Costs to Publishing a Book

But before I get into the monetary costs, one must understand that there are non-monetary costs to producing a book. And, there are skills that one must have, as well. If you don’t have the skills you’ll have to pay someone for that part of the job — which increases your cost. Or, you’ll have to take extra time to learn the skills, thus delaying the production of your book.



Carol Labuzzetta, MS Natural Resources, MS Nursing
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Environmental educator with a passion for teaching youth using the science of awe. Traveler, Photographer, Author, Wife, Mother. Boosted Writer x 10