I get this question a few times each week: what should I expect to spend on getting my book published?

So…based on my experience of self publishing 15 books over 4 years, here ya go! Hope it helps!!

What to expect to pay to self publish your book:


*Anywhere from $2,000-$10,000. This is NOT a place to cut costs. 

*Ask other authors for illustrator recommendations.

*What do ask the illustrators you interview:


*Anywhere from $50-$500.

*Ask other authors for recommendations.

*Questions for them:


*Anywhere from $100-$500.

*Ask for recommendations from other authors.

*Questions to ask:


*Anywhere from $0 on up.

You have two choices:

Print on demand:

Offset printing:

Other costs:

Total publishing costs are at least $3000 UNLESS you can illustrate your own books!

How you can afford it:

Have questions? Want a free 15-minute consult to see if I can help? Schedule HERE. Read more of my blog HERE. Subscribe to my free author newsletter HERE.

Self publishing is a lot of work and money and yes- it’s a risk. But. You can do it! Believe in yourself. Have a plan. Ask for help when you need it. Offer help and support to others in return. Join Facebook groups (I run my own HERE) and meet and support other authors. Don’t give up on your dreams.

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A native of Minneapolis, MN, Stacy C. Bauer is a wife, teacher, mother of two and owner of Hop Off the Press, a publisher of quality children’s books. Along with self publishing her own books, Stacy enjoys helping aspiring authors realize their dreams. She is hoping to inspire people around the world to make a difference with her newest endeavor, nonfiction book seriesYoung Change Makers. Check out Stacy’s other book series, Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too at www.stacycbauer.com

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