When a book publisher decides to work with an author, it assigns one or more editors to work with the author to clean up their manuscript and make a book that sells. An editor might ask an author to drop or add characters, change the plot, and add or drop chapters.
Under certain terms and conditions, a traditional publisher pays the author for the right to publish their work. If you want to publish your book, you should hire a company. There are thousands of publishing services, some cheap and some expensive.
Under standard royalties, an author gets 20% to 30% of the publisher’s revenue for a hardcover, 15% to 20% for a trade paperback, and 25% to 30% for an eBook. 25% of all revenue earned by the publisher is brought to the author by every hardcover release.
Can you sell a book to a publisher?
You need an agent who knows how to sell books. Your agent should know the publishing industry and be able to negotiate a good deal for you. When agents sell your work, they usually get paid for it.
How much can you sell a book to a publisher for?
The math is simple. If you are a first-time author and you go with a publisher, you can expect an advance of $2–4k. 5–10% of the book sales are usually in two-tiers, a lower percentage up to 10k copies is higher after that.
The cost of publishing a book varies greatly but self-published authors can expect to spend anywhere from $100-$2500 to publish a book based on additional book production costs like editing, cover design, and more.