Cost to Edit and Self-Publish
Publishing a book yourself is next to impossible. To edit your book to perfection, add finishing touches, and get your book to a printer, you will need to hire a reputable publishing company. Different companies will offer different packages which include different amounts of editing. If you are confident in your own editing skills and believe you just need a proofreading, publishing companies will offer this service for a lower cost. If you are new to the industry and want a full edit and even rewriting, this will be more expensive as more tools and time will be put into the process.
So How Much Does it Cost?
The total cost of getting your book published will have a lot to do with the length of your writing and how much work is involved with the editing process. Some companies will charge per word while other will charge by time or offer a package deal for the entire project.
For companies that charge per word, there will be different costs associated with the different types of editing will be needed. For only proofreading, companies will charge between $0.01 up to $0.04 per word. If the editing is more complex and will need rewriting along with a full edit plan on spending a higher wage of $0.03 up to $0.10 per word. For 10,000 words that means on average for a full edit the cost will be around $600. As the length of writing increases, so will the price.
If you hire a publishing company to do a full edit a long with a rewrite, the price could go up depending on the amount of additional writing required. If an entire chapter or portion of the book needs to be rewritten, the price will increase depending on the amount of new words.
A rush job will also add a higher price tag to the total cost. Publishing companies work at a speed they are comfortable with but if a speedy job is required the price will go up depending on the length of the book.
Ways to Save
Freelancers may be more affordable than a publishing company. There are professionals just as qualified to edit your book which can be found online doing freelancing work. They are usually more affordable as they don’t have all the costs and overhead that a publishing company would have. Most of the time as long as you find a reputable freelancer, the quality will be just as high also.
When deciding which freelancer or publishing company to hire, be sure to ask for references along with previous samples. Choosing the cheapest option may cause more headaches and problems in the long run if their work is not good. Spending slightly more money the first time will save you from spending even more in the long run to have the mistakes corrected a second time. When searching for an editor, try to get at least 3 quotes before making a final decision.