This is my first effort at publishing and selling a short story, so I’m trying not to go too overboard on costs. I suspect this will be a loss leader, but I’m hoping it will be a good enticement for a new series that I’m working on. The costs are as follows:
Cover Art- $90 for a pre-made cover.
Full Wrap– $25
Sensitivity Reader #1– $15
Sensitivity Reader # 2– $45
- Developmental editor 1– $450
- Developmental editor 2– $107
- Line edit– $120
- Proofreading– $60
Formatting– $0 (Formatted by a friend in Vellum)
ISBN/Barcode– $300/10= $30
Audio book– $133.90
Instagram/Pinterest promotion– $50
Review copies for influencers- $40.96
Book Trailer– $100
Total costs so far– $1321.86
I had some beta readers look at it to keep costs down and will also be looking into free/cheap formatting options as well.
Note– I ended up splurging on the editing after it got picked up by a few influencers.
Barnes and Noble sales– 3 ( during a promo so royalty was 10 cents each)
Amazon sales– 28
Ingramsparks sales– 5
Total copies sold– 35
Audible sales– 6
Findaway voices sales– 13