How much will it cost?
Book production is one of those black and white areas that directly reflects the time and money you have available to produce an end result. But don’t be fooled that it’s all bad. Some areas have more impact than others and knowing your market is vital when deciding how much budget you need to commit.
Your end goal will be a professionally produced book that reflects the time you have put into collating and writing the content. To do this you’ll need to work with a professional to understand all the book production jargon and work out which parts are important to your market. Also take advice and listen to suggestions on where your should start your project. There’s no point in spending money on designing a great cover without having first worked out how you are going to distribute and market your book
Editing and cover design are high priorities on the list of things to get right, but you’ll also need to work out which format is best and the print values you require.
As a ball-park figure, you’ll need to budget between $3,000 and $8,000 to be ready to go to market, but there are loads of variables so don’t be afraid to ask for full quotes and cost breakdowns up front and then work back to what is achievable on your budget.