If you have ever looked into publishing a book, you may have
found that an abundance of the information makes it sound like writing and
publishing a book is a very expensive endeavor.
This does not have to be the case. You can write and publish a fantastic
and well received professional book, without breaking the bank or taking out a
second mortgage on your home. In fact,
some people have even found a way to publish a book for free! Here's how to save money writing and
publishing your book:
Money saving secret #1 Get others to write the book for
. This may sound sneaky,
however many successful authors have used this tactic quite successfully. We are not talking about paying a
ghostwriter, we are talking about asking experts in the field to
contribute. For example, Chicken Soup
for the Soul books are collections of inspirational stories written by
others. The Secret, is a collection of
information from experts in manifestation and the Law of Attraction. Experts will often gladly contribute to your
book in exchange for the ability to put their contact information in the book. It is excellent marketing for them and a
product for you.
Money Saving Secret #2 Use information you have already
. If you have written
articles, reports, and even blog posts these can be collected and organized to
create a book. All you will spend is
time organizing the material into a cohesive package.
Money saving secret #3 Interview experts
. One excellent way to provide value and create
a book is to interview experts in your field and organize the transcripts into
an easy to read and logical manner.
Transcription generally costs about $2.20-$3.00 per minute depending on
the transcriptionist and their level of service, some simply transcribe and
others will edit the document to make it read well. Regardless, this simple process makes writing
and publishing a book very cost effective and it takes no time at all.
Money saving secret #4 epublish.
Printing costs money.
Distribution costs money
Many successful authors decide to first publish their book
electronically. This means customers can
quickly download the book onto their computer.
Many customers actually prefer to get their information in this format
however if you are determined to see your book in print, consider funding the
printing with an electronic first run.
You may find that it sells so well as an e-book that printing it does
does not make sense.
Money saving secret #5 Create a joint
. Partner with an expert writer or if you do prefer to write
the book, partner with an expert marketer.
Joint ventures are excellent ways to split the costs of publishing a
book. When seeking a joint venture
partner, make certain to find someone who has strengths where you have
weaknesses. For example, if you're a good
writer then find a partner who is an excellent marketer and you both split the
Money saving secret #6 Partner with a company to pre-purchase your
book in exchange for promotion in your book
Money saving secret #7 Promote affiliate products to cover the price
products, and receiving a percentage of the sales, is a great way to fund the
printing and marketing of your book.
Simply including a link in your book or on your website will initiate
the affiliate income process. Remember to only promote products that are
relevant to your book's topic and are products you would use yourself.
Money saving secret #8 The more you print the
cheaper the cost per book
Printing operates just like any other business. The more you buy, the cheaper it is. Of course, when exercising this strategy,
make sure you are confident you can sell what you print and make sure you have
a safe place to store all those books!
Money saving secret #9 Use technology to make distribution
. For example Amazon
offers distribution and instead of charging you, they take a portion of your
sale. This can easily be made up by
increasing the price just a touch.
Clickbank also makes it easy and economical to distribute your e-book.
Money saving secret #10 Take advantage of open source
. For example word
processing, website design and hosting, and even accounting software, all a vital
part of becoming a successful publisher, don't have to be expensive. If you buy software products to handle all of
your publishing tasks it can cost you thousands. Open source is free.
Writing and publishing a book does not have to be expensive.
True, it may take a little creativity but when you have all those dollar signs
at the end of the road it's worth a little creative time to make it work.
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