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March 20, 2009

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Sylvia

Interesting, but don't publishers and printers have all those costs too? And I imagine their staff make quite a bit more than bookstore clerks. I think the bottom line is you can't make money off books that are priced too high to move.

Duncan

I'd also add that many, perhaps most valuable books don't get any promotion. Terry Macmillan has written about how she herself marketed her first novel, Mama, because the publisher didn't. I suppose the figure you give is the average between someone who gets none, and someone like Grisham who gets lots.

Avid Book Reader

Seems like self publishing with a site like Amazon's Createspace (not Booksurge) is even more appealing considering the author sets the price of the book, uploads the text and cover, and doesn't have to worry about all that other stuff. They can clear $3-$6 a copy depending on the page count. African American authors of fiction have been doing it for years, and publishers and manufacturers are taking notice to their success and strategies. With the marketing power of the internet, it's no longer a 'street corner' business. A simple Paypal account, professional website, and a reliable POD can supplement any aspiring author's income without the headache or the heartache.

J

Why print hardcover?

Janet James Sasaki

Where is the cost for warehousing and shipping accounted for? The shipping to wholesaler and then shipping to retailer and later the shipping back for returnable unsold books. The extra accounting and labor costs for those processes as well.. Is that carried in the publisher's printing cost and partly carried in the wholesaler's costs?

I think a signifigant ammount of increased fuel consumption and highway traffic conjestion is generated there too. The print on demand paperback is a greener way to go. Eventually we will get arround the current problem of POD books being hard to place in bookstores because booksellers can't afford to place books on their shelves that are unreturnable.

BookWhirl

Thank you for sharing this information. In this way, new authors will be guided on how to come up with a budget for their publication and marketing costs.

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I think a signifigant ammount of increased fuel consumption and highway traffic conjestion is generated there too. The print on demand paperback is a greener way to go. Eventually we will get arround the current problem of POD books being hard to place in bookstores because booksellers can't afford to place books on their shelves that are unreturnable.

Mandy

It is specific Datas,right?If you dont tell,I really do not why do the books so cheap for them but so expensive for us

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