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The Real Cost of Self-Publishing

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

Photograph by  Cüneyt Hızal         

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The One-Stop Shop

It’s one thing to be creative and write a book. It's another to think about how the book should be formatted, printed, designed and distributed. And not every author also wants to handle marketing. By turning to a full-service indie publisher, such as Amazon’s CreateSpace, IndieReader Publishing Services or Smashwords, you can retain control over your book, but much of the hassle will be handled for you.

$5,000 - $6,000: Includes designing hard-copy book (printing costs an additional $5.40 per book) and creating e-book versions. Discounts depending on volume -- IndieReader