Infographic: The Value of a Book (to an Author)

Infographic: The Value of a Book (to an Author) Infographic Self-publishing is still synonymous with ebooks, but there's a lot of money to be had in the print book market.

Lulu put together the following infographic to show just how much money an author could make if they self-publish a print title vs selling the rights to a publisher, and other reasons why an author might want to self-publish.

Infographic: The Value of a Book (to an Author) Infographic

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11 Comments

  1. Ebook Bargains UK6 March, 2015

    Seriously? $24,000 for selling 3,000 print titles?

    Nice advert for Lulu, Nate, but the only place any indie is going to get an 80% royalty for a print title is through Lulu’s own site.

    Most indies manage only to sell handfuls of print titles on Amazon. Somehow we can’t see too many indies selling 3,000 copies at $15 a shot in the Lulu store.

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    1. Greg Stranberg8 March, 2015

      My best-selling print title on Createspace is priced at $19.95. It’s not anywhere close to 3,000 sales, but some day it will be. In the meantime it gets about 20 sales a month, and that’s great extra income for me.

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  3. Deborah smith8 March, 2015

    change 3,000 sales to 200 to be typical of most print editions. And calculate the profit after buying copies youself and trying to sell them to friends, family, after speeches to the local reading club, and at small book signings at the local bookstore that won’t stock your nonreturnable book.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder9 March, 2015

      I thought that sounded off, yes, but didn’t have the stats to dispute it. Thanks.

      Reply
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  6. Kristen Steele31 March, 2015

    There is certainly more money to be made in self-publishing, IF your title sells. The majority of self-published authors don’t sell 3,000 books.

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