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The Real Cost of Self-Publishing

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-02-25T22:14:25Z

Photograph by Ekaterina Minaeva

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Get the Book Out

Getting a book into a brick-and-mortar chain bookstore is near impossible, even for traditional publishers. If you publish an e-book, distribution is as simple as uploading your manuscript to, say, the online bookstores of Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. If you don't want to deal with quirky software, a service such as Independent Publishers Group will take your manuscript, format it for every site and distribute it for you. The downside: You won’t get instant sales reports, and the distributor takes a cut.

$200: Initial setup fee, plus 30% of net sales for print distribution, 20% of net sales for e-books – Independent Publishers Group

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