by Gina Burgess
DID YOU KNOW?!?
The average cost of developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, cover design and typesetting for an 80,000-word book is as follows:
Thriller, Mystery, and Crime $4,159
Science Fiction $4,399
Young Adult $4,359
Historical Fiction $4,399
Literary Fiction $4,519
Business, Self-Help & Health $5,239
That’s AVERAGE… and it isn’t even the WHOLE package required to indie publish your book.
More than 10,000 editors and artists were polled for this study. It seems that editors feel there are different levels of expertise needed to edit different genres. Romance is the least complicated to edit, but young adult seems to be even more complicated than mysteries and fantasy. Hmmm.
There are lots of other things you need to launch a professional book product.
You really need a website According to 2017 Smashwords Survey, authors with websites sold more books than authors without websites. AND they sold them from their websites (or at least with a squeeze page)so you can gather reader/fan email addresses.
A website is one of the first things needed to promote your book. You need it for credibility. You need it so your readers can learn a bit more about you. I know you can think of a dozen other reasons why you look up authors’/editors’/etc. websites.
You need a book proposal. Yes, even if you are not traditionally publishing, you still need a book proposal to help you in your book promotion and general marketing. It is your MAP for negotiating the maze of marketing.
Don’t know how to market? You need to learn how. Otherwise your book will just sit on a virtual shelf collecting virtual dust.
One thing noted in the article is that fact checking a historical novel is more complicated than just editing a romance. We believe fact checking is part of editing and crucial to producing a credible work no matter if it is fiction or non-fiction; it is included in our package editing pricing. The biggest driver of editing pricing is the number of words in the manuscript. If you aren’t sure what editing types there are, check out this page: Different Types of Editing.
If the above prices shocked you as much as they shocked me…
Check out Authors Community’s WHOLE package for $4,950 (80,000 words). The REAL STUFF! Manuscript Bundle for an 80,000 words includes all the services listed below.
|Service||Bundle||AC a la carte||National Average|
|Developmental/Substantive/Copy Editing||$1,968||$2,420||about $.06/word|
|Book Proposal Consultation||$99||$130||$1,500|
|Website (sample site)*||$720||$885||$3,000|
|1 full year of Marketing Coaching||$400||$5,200||$65 -$300/hour|
|Publishing Coaching||$75||$92||$0 – $250|
|1 full year of advertising||$45||$45||N/A|
|1 full year Author Level membership||$420||$420||N/A|
*According to 2017 Smashwords Survey, authors with websites sell more books that those that do not.
Your total bundle value for an 80,000 word manuscript is $11,749. That is what you would pay if you published your book purchasing each service piecemeal. This figure is based on deep research of national averages (EFA, several publishers, publishing services) and numerous sources on the web.