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How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish?

"More than you think!"

This one statement can make you second-guess every decision you have made for your book.

At Path to Publishing, we believe that self-published authors aren’t just ordinary people. They have a crazy passion for writing and publishing their own work. But that passion can easily turn into frustration and discouragement when the cost estimates seem too high.

So, let’s understand the process before we break down the cost.

How long does it take to self-publish a book?

Whether you plan to publish your book traditionally or independently, it is paramount that you have a professional product.

Undeniably, using professional services will make your publishing process easier and your book more successful. But if you choose to proofread, edit and illustrate your book by yourself, it can take anywhere between three to six months, which is still much quicker than the traditional method. (You can read more about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing here).

How much does self-publishing a book cost?

There is no fixed price for self-publishing a book; each project depends on specific factors such as subject matter, desired print run (if any), length, and a marketing plan, to name a few.

If you partner with Path to Publishing, we will help you with everything, including providing specs for your printer and getting you the best printing quotes possible. And you can choose between three printing options: small-run printing, large bulk printing, and print on demand.

On average, the entire self-publishing process, not including the first print run of around 250-500 books, can cost between $3,000-$5000, depending on your personal literary dreams, visions, and goals. Let a professional author assistance company and literary service provider like Path to Publishing help you make the right financial decisions and choose the services and products that fit both your needs, and fit into your writing and publishing budget.

We do have a “Publishing Starter Package” that is in alignment with the free downloadable “Publishing Map” found on our website home page. For customized packages, quotes, and even a la carte services, you can complete this questionnaire, email, or set up your free 15-minute literary consulting call by visiting

Path To Publishing can’t wait to chauffeur you along your literary journey!

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