Tag Archive: Self-publishing


Anyone who self publishes knows that hiring an editor can be costly.  I’ve seen people offering editing services for as low as $.02 per word or $1000 for a 300 page novel. Some charge per hour and they change $20 an hour and do an average of about 10 pages an hour. Some editors charge per page and I’ve seen those range in cost from $2 to $5 per page. Then there are the freelancer options where you can go on a site like FreeLancer (or a similar site) and hire someone from another country and get a 300 page novel done for around $150 or go the Fiverr route and with them a good editor will cost you about $5 per chapter.

I’m sure by now you’ve figured out that hiring an editor can be expensive. But as everyone will tell you, it doesn’t matter what it costs, in the end if you want to publish your book it’s something you have to do. Everybody needs an editor for their book, period.

So what can you do to get your book edited for free? Back in the day people used to barter. You do for me, I’ll do for you.  With a site like Fiverr you can pretty much do just that.  Let me explain how it works.

When you do a job for someone at Fiverr they pay $5 for it. You get paid $4 of that $5.

So what I did was offer my services as a beta reader. I would read up to 10,000 words of a person’s book and tell them my thoughts. I charge $5 for said services. I ended up doing about 20 of these jobs and had $100 credit in my Fiverr account.

A good editor at Fiverr cost you about $5 per chapter. My book had 15 chapters. If I was to buy the services it would cost me $75. But since I already had the $100 credit in my account, I got my editing services for free.

So basically again how this works is, you offer your services (of any kind) on Fiverr and then use the money you earn to get your book edited for free. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

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Price point is a hot topic with indie authors. When I published my first book I took a look at 5 other books in my genre that I liked and then priced my book around the same. That turned out to be a mistake, at least in terms of pricing my e-book.  Turns out those who use traditional publishing channels charge more for their ebooks because they have to, because when you use a traditional publisher there are more hands in the pie so they need to charge more to pay off those expenses.

Since they have a lot of extra marketing behind their products they tend to move more books than the average indie author so I guess it’s easier for them to sell books that are a tad more pricey but for the rest of us, we have to compete with a huge and highly competitive market so we can’t afford to lose so many customers for overpricing our books.

So how much should you charge for your e-book?

  • If your fiction book has less than 50,000 words then that’s easy, $.99.
  • If your fiction book has more than 50,000 words but less than 150,000, which is the average book, then you fall into the $1.99 to $4.99 category.

If you have a really great book cover then you can probably get away with charge $3.99 to $4.99. If you paid to have someone edit your book and clean up the grammar than you can also probably get away with the higher price range of $3.99 – $4.99.

If your cover is only so-so but you do have proper editing then maybe try $2.99.

If you don’t have a great book cover, and you didn’t get a professional edit, especially in terms of cleaning up your spelling and grammar and you still insist on publishing your book, then stick with the $1.99 range. I however really really really strongly suggest you go over to odesk.com and hire an editor. For a 60,000 to 100,000 word book you can get someone to edit it for $100 or less.