The short answer is that it cost zero dollars to publish a Kindle version of your book on Amazon. However, if you really want your Kindle book to have a professional edge, it’s good to invest some money in areas that either you don’t have the time or the ability to do well. As an example, for me personally, I always hire people to handle graphics because I’m simply not talented in that area. It would be hard for my book to be taken seriously without someone else designing my cover!
You may be a whiz at design or may be a great writer, but few people are good at or enjoy everything. With that in mind. . . .
Here are a few things that you might want to hire someone to do for your Kindle book, along with a ballpark figure of the costs:
- Proofreading and/or editing — between .02 and .07 per word. This means that a 10,000 word book could run anywhere between $200 and $700 to be proofread or edited — and that would be a pretty short (but perfectly acceptable for a Kindle) book. You may be able to get a family member or friend to do this for free, but in order to be taken seriously, this needs to be done well.
- Professional Kindle formatting – between $47 and $90 for a book that is up to 15,000 words. Obviously, formatting for longer books costs more, but you can have a decent length Kindle book formatted for under $100. (Side note: Kindle books don’t have “pages,” but to give you some idea of length, 15,000 words is equivalent to approximately 60 pages.)
- Professional writing — I personally don’t recommend completely outsourcing writing, if you want your Kindle book to truly have your voice. Expect to be involved in the process. I also don’t recommend hiring a cheap writer, because the end product will be a poor reflection on you. A better option may be to write a rough draft yourself and then have it professionally edited, or start off by recording audios that a writer can then take and craft into a book. Pricing for hiring a writer to assist you by taking your audios and using them to create a book for you will run around $750 for a 10,000 word book. Depending on the length of your book, it could cost more or less than that.
- A professionally designed cover — between $5 and $250. You can get $5 covers done on Fiverr, but you may need to hire multiple people to design covers for you before you get one you really like, so even on Fiverr, you may end up paying $20 or more before you get one you like.
Depending on your talents, time, and budget (and therefore how much you want to pay others to do), the cost for publishing a 10,000 word Kindle book will range from free to several hundred dollars, but most likely somewhere in the middle of that range if you want your Kindle book to be professional quality.
(Note: there are also some fees that are taken out of the profits of your sales, but they are deducted from the payment received from the purchaser.)
If you were going to publish a Kindle book, what would you outsource and what would you do yourself?