Indie Publishing Secrets revealed Where's the Money?
What's left for you? $2.50 (30%) or $1.68 (20%)
You pay Uncle Sam about 1/3 of that $1.13/1.67 (13%,20%) profit
If your experience with traditional publishing was different than this, I'd love to hear about it. Please comment.
Cost of your book in retail stores $13.99
Bookstores pay 60% of retail for your book that leaves $8.39
Your distributor takes 25% of that 60% They earn $2.10. That leaves $6.29
Subtract the cost to print your book $1.25(15%)-$3.50 (42%) for a 350 page book depending
on how many you print.
What you get $3.04 (36%) to $4.79 (57%) if you do all free advertising
Good luck with that
Uncle Sam takes about 1/3 $2.12 (25%)-3.16 (38%)
POD (Print on Demand) Publisher I will use Createspace as the example
Cost of your book $13.99
You get $6.24 from sales at Createspace
$3.44 from sales on Amazon
$.64 from all other .coms
Your book is not in stores
Smashwords takes about 19%. That is about $.18 per dollar your book sells for
If you let Smashwords distribute to Barnes and Noble, Diesel, Kobe and others, you end up with 60%. That means that if you sell your book for $2.99 you'll get $1.81.
If you price your book between $2 and $9.98, you will earn 65%
If you price your book less than $1.99 or over $9.99, you will earn 35%.