Publishing Options

If you want to publish a book, you have three basic publishing options you can choose from.

    1. Publish with YCDA
    2. Publish on your own (self-publish)
    3. Publish with a traditional publisher

The Big Picture

We will co-create the book with you guiding and coaching you through the process.  When complete the book will be available for sale in bookstores and on Amazon.

A benefit is that you don’t have to navigate through all the options to publish your book on your own. An additional benefit is that you will receive 55% of royalties.

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Many people have gone this route. Traditional publishers fear this model and generally shun it, but it is possible.

A popular option is CreateSpace and a popular book is Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book.

A benefit is that you keep all the royalties but the drawback is that you must perform all the work.

Most traditional publishers do not talk to individual authors so if you want to pursue this, your best bet is to get an agent first. Agents typically charge 15% for all the revenue you receive but a good agent can present your book to the right publishers.

A benefit is that the publisher handles all of the details to get your book published.

The drawback is that the publisher typically gives you only about 5% to 10% royalties and your agent will typically get 15% of these royalties.

Comparing the Models

The following table shows the royalty percentages using the different models. While these are estimates, they do provide you with a picture of what you can expect from the different models for each book sold.

Sell Price Royalty Your Share
Traditional $14.99 10% $.30 per book
Self-Publish $14.99 100% $4.56 (bookstores) to $5.31 (Amazon) per book
YCDA $14.99 55% $2.50 to $2.92 per book

You can click on any of the below models to get a full representation of what these numbers mean.

Traditional Publishing Model

Most big name publishers offer new authors about 5 percent royalties to publish a book, if you can get them to do so. Established authors might get as much as 15 percent along with an advance on the book, but this is only after they have authored multiple books that have had some success. In other words, the publisher gets about 85 percent to 95 percent of the profits of your book.

As an example, here are some example numbers for a sample book:

  • Sell price: $14.99
  • Sold to resellers with 55% discount: $6.74
  • Print on demand cost for a single copy: $3.68
  • Proceeds: $3.06
  • Generous royalty of 10 percent: .30 per book
  • Sold to authors in bulk (if desired with 55% discount): $6.74 per book

What do publishers provide? Publishers provide editing, layout, book cover design, and some marketing services. Authors consistently complain that the amount of marketing done by a publisher is rarely enough though and the truth is that publishers expect authors to market their books.

Publishers do have established relationships with bookstores. They will often get your book into at least some bookstores in addition to ensuring that it is available through online retailers.

Self-Publishing Model

You can publish your own books without a publisher. Many authors are successfully publishing their own books and reaping all the profits. A popular way to do so is through Amazon’s publishing arm CreateSpace.

They sell all the services and if you can afford their services, all you have to do is write the book and pay them to publish it. On the other hand, if you can do everything yourself, you simply provide the book in the format they need.

Here are some estimates for the sample book:

  • Sell price: $14.99
  • Sold to Amazon with 40% discount: $8.99 (You can choose the discount from 40% to 55%)
  • Print on demand cost for a single copy: $3.68
  • Proceeds: $5.31
  • Your take:$5.31 per book
  • Sold to authors in bulk: $3.68 per book

Books published through CreateSpace rarely, if ever, make it to a bricks and mortar store.

YCDA Publishing Model

YCDA, LLC is able to publish books for new authors with a 50 percent royalty. As an example, imagine the same book mentioned in the previous examples.

  • Sell price: $14.99
  • Sold to resellers with 55% discount: $8.24
  • Sold to Amazon with 40% discount: $8.99
  • Print on demand cost for a single copy: $3.68
  • Proceeds: $4.56 to $5.31
  • 50% royalty to author:  $2.28 to $2.65 per book
  • Sold to authors in bulk (at cost + 10%): $2.34 per book to $4.04 per book Cost decreases on a sliding scale based on the number of books purchased

There is no guarantee that your book will make it into bookstores, but it will be published using a standard model making it easy for the bookstores to purchase them.

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