It can cost thousands of dollars to get a book published and the person doing the publishing will bear this cost.
Economies can be made with the scope of the project, but the illustrations alone can cost $5000 to $15000 (maybe even more), depending on the illustrator, the number and complexity of the illustrations and how soon you want them.
I am not trying to step on your dream or be nasty, this is an industry and there are, few (if any) short cuts.
There are successful self-published authors, it is a lot of hard work and an ongoing commitment to your project is needed.
Find a few and talk to them.
Join the ASA and/or SCWBI, these are your network. You will meet lots of people who have lots of information and advice to get you on your way. They are your peeps!
SO, when you’re ready and you’ve learned all you can about publishing and want to go ahead and get a quote for me there is one more step (sorry). Fill in this form and send it through when you request your quote.
It will help you clarify what you’re asking for and it will help me put together an accurate figure for you.
I want us to have a fun and rewarding working relationship, getting the best result and realising your vision. Having a comprehensive understanding of what’s involved and clear communication paths is the foundation of a really positive experience for everyone.
See below for some further information to read and listen to. Good luck and hopefully I haven’t done myself out of too much work.