5 Ways to Save Money When Self-Publishing a Book

5 Ways to Save Money on Self-Publishing

When it comes to self-publishing, you are responsible for all of the costs that are incurred with making your book ready for the mass market. But most authors that are self-publishing do not have the kind of budget that a major publishing house does. Putting out a book properly by yourself can be expensive. That means that you are going to have to find ways to save money on self-publishing, and some of these ways are going to have to be creative, out-of-the-box solutions that you might not have thought of otherwise. Here are five ways that you can save money on self-publishing.

Use Amazon’s KDP Program

The first way to save money is to use Amazon’s KDP program. Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s publishing program, and all that is required for you to be able to list your book for sale on Amazon is that you upload the book, upload the cover, and then fill out all of the relevant information about your book such as the categories that it belongs in, the author name and various other factors. Amazon does not charge anything at all for the service.

Design the Cover Yourself

Another thing that you may be able to do to save money is design the book cover yourself. If you have Photoshop, and access to the Internet, then you can very easily learn how to create your own book cover design that will rival most of the signs that you will get you hire a designer. This is not always the case, because some people are just not able to create graphic designs in Photoshop, but many people find that they are talented in this area even when they think they are not.

Do the Editing Yourself

You also may want to do the editing of your book yourself. Most authors self-edit anyway, but the trick here is to put your work a way for several weeks and then come back to when you have completely forgotten about it and have a fresh mind. If you try to edit your work directly after you have finished it, you are going to find very few of the mistakes that you have made and you are not going to be able to look at your work objectively and be able to do any sort of real editing.

Find Cheap Ways to Promote Your Book

You can also find lots of cheap ways to promote your book. One of the best ways is to start becoming active in the Kindle boards forum with your books listed in your signature. That way, every time you make a post in the Kindle boards, you’re going to be advertising your books. There are lots of other ways that you can advertise your fiction or nonfiction for very little money.

Do a BookBub Promotion

Finally, you may want to consider doing a BookBub promotion. While this will likely cost you several hundred dollars, you are going to make at least that much back and probably a lot more. BookBub is one of the best ways to advertise your book, and it almost always results in a profit.

Updated: May 21, 2019 — 3:55 am