What’s It Worth? A Self-Published Book

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Realizing your ambitions of being a published author may be more attainable than you think. There are at least two publishing houses in Hawaii that can affordably turn your manuscript into a hardbound, paperback or electronic book.

The Moss Group Publishing offers editing, layout, cover design and formatting at $15 per page, at a minimum cost of $2,235 for 100 to 149 pages. The actual printing costs vary depending on the quality and volume of pages. The publisher’s commission is $1 to $2 per book. Moss charges a flat fee of $100 to handle copyright certification, International Standard Book Number and bar codes.

E-book publishing is even more affordable, starting at $1,500, $10 per page, which includes editing, formatting and a custom cover design. “E-books are an affordable option because writers save on print costs and get a book to market quicker,” says publisher Jade Moss.

Mutual Publishing LLC, with 40 years in the business, launched its own author-publishing service, Scripta, in 2010. Mutual’s publisher, Bennet Hymer, says Scripta can help authors put out anything from fiction and memoirs to coffee table photography collections.

 Scripta provides quotes based on physical specifications, quantity and publishing services such as copy editing and proofing, but offers one-color paperbacks from $20 to $50 per copy (for under 500 copies) and full-color coffee table books starting at $30 per copy (for under 500 copies).


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