on The Book Designer:
Something new writers who plan to self-publish don’t often think about before they start writing a book is how much it’s going to cost to get it published. After all, it costs nothing (except their time) to write it and putting it on Amazon is free. Well, if that’s what you’re counting on, I have news that may surprise you.
How much you spend on publishing a book depends on how much you are willing to invest in its quality. Quality sells, and quality costs money. If you go cheap, you run the risk of ending up with a book that doesn’t sell well.
Here is a breakdown of the cost of goods and services you will likely incur to self-publish a 200-page book (or about 60,000 words).