The Cost of Publishing

Written By: Timothy Fish Published: 2/19/2008

A couple of weeks ago, Rachelle Gardner posted some figures on how much publishers budget for each book they publish. Every publisher and every book is different, so I thought it might be nice to be able to put different values in and also to include the author's royalty, which is something she didn't do. The default values for the form below are the ones she gave:

Trade Paperback Hardcover Freeform
Packaging (cover design & production)
Typeset & Interior layouts
Printing & binding
Royalty Advance
Royalty (dollars per book)
Cover Price

Publishers Return (per book)
Breakeven Point (books)
Earn Out Point (books)
Total Cost

Note: Royalties are generally calculated as a percentage, but because the calculation is dependent on many variables this form uses a dollars per book figure instead.