I have been writing fiction in some form or another since about the age of 14, but on August 19th of this year, I will turn 30 without ever actually selling a story. What I want for my birthday is to move past being a hobbyist writer into being a professional author with the self-published launch of "Stormbringer," the first of a series of novellas in a new fantasy world for young adults. I have already written it (25661 words in its current state), so it is just a matter of polish, shine, and distribute.
In the interest of transparency, I have the following little list of expenses for this specific project:
ISBN - 1 for $125, or 10 for $250. Since I want to do ebook, paperback, and hardback, I would opt for getting the 10. It will lower the cost, and give the next novella a leg up.
Copyright - $35 through the copyright website, but still an expense worth mentioning.
Cover Art - $100-250. I have made some decent mock ups, but a real artist could add some zip above what I have made. I have already spoken to several artists interested in the project, so this will ensure that not only am I getting paid for the effort, but another artist as well.
Editing - as high as $50/hr, but hoping I can get by for $250ish.
Even the greatest writers have an editor go over their stuff to look for grammatical and mechanical errors, issues with flow and word choice, and tons of other stuff. A professional editor is worth their weight in gold, so it would be nice to pass "Stormbringer" by one, just to work out anything that I or my team of beta readers have missed.
Paperbacks cost $6, plus postage of let us say $4, for a total cost of $10 per paperback book.
Bookmarks are cheap. Like $50 for 250 of them. But who doesn't love a good bookmark?
Hardbacks are not cheap. Even for this project, it costs $16 plus postage/shipping per book. That is why I wanted to limit copies of these.
Anything else on the list has very little "direct" expense on the project, except perhaps the flight to sing to a special patron, should that option be taken.
- (18 days)