$6000 to Self Publish? No way!

By on September 1, 2014

There are so many things wrong with this blog post on the guardian: You can try to be the next Hemingway — for $6,000. This is how the cost is broken down.

ISBN: $125 —  If you’re only going to sell your book on Amazon, who cares? But I’m open to a discussion on this one.

Editing: $4000 — We’ve all looked at some bestselling Kindle book (independent, not from a big publisher) and seen the hundreds of 4-star and 5-star reviews but also the many 1-star and 2-star reviews that complain about

  • Terrible grammar and spelling
  • No plot
  • Unbelievable or unsavory heroes/heroines
  • Technical errors
  • Thinly disguised political/religious bigotry

and we’ve wondered “Why are people buying these books? Apparently it doesn’t matter to the general reader if the author can’t spell, doesn’t know the difference between “their”, “there”, and “they’re”, couldn’t concoct a plot, has created a hero/heroine that you wouldn’t want to meet, didn’t take the time to research the technical details, or spouts anti-this or anti-that throughout the book.

Cover Art: $750 — You can get some great cover art for less than $100

Reviews: $825 — Paying for reviews on Fiverr is against Amazon policy, but you can spend $825 on “legitimate” reviews and that’s OK?

Review Copies: $300 — How many review copies of books do you think land on those desktops every day? This is a crap shoot, and if it’s a Kindle book, you can always send a PDF.

Pretty convenient that this all adds up to exactly $6000, isn’t it?

I’m not claiming that this won’t work, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

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