Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

How easy is it to publish a book?

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It is very difficult to answer the simple question. If you get a book published by a publisher like Austin Macauley, the process can be made simpler. Publishing a book can take as much time as writing one. The right publisher will make things quick and easy.

How much does it cost to publish a book for the first time?

The average cost to publish a book is between $200 and 2500 and includes publishing costs such as cover design, editing, and book printing.

What are the odds of getting a book published?

According to a report taken from Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Surveys, 23% of those who completed a manuscript succeeded in becoming traditionally published.

Can anyone publish a book?

Yes, it’s technically true. You need more than just the ability to write and money to do all the other things that come with it.

Is it worth it to self publish a book?

Self-published books have a higher royalty rate than traditional publishers because you can keep up to 70% of your book’s profits. After years of proving yourself as an author, a traditional publisher will only take 10% or 12%.

Why you shouldn’t self publish?

Self-publishing doesn’t have a good reputation in the world of books. Some avid readers don’t take self-published authors as seriously as traditional authors. The quality of your novel is up there with the best-selling authors.

Is it smart to self publish a book?

If you want to market your book fast, self-publish. If you want to reach the most readers, you should seek traditional publishing. You can self-publish if you want creative control over your book.

Can a self-published book be successful?

Being a successful author requires a lot of time investment. Despite the low odds and enormous amount of work involved, it can be done. It has been done with the right combination of marketing, hard work, and good stories.

Do self-published books sell?

The inverse of all of the above is low sales for most authors. For a look at some old but still meaningful statistics, see here. The average self-published print book sells around 250 copies over its lifetime.

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