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    Publisher Compensation

    Discussion in 'Self-Publishing' started by Andrew Waterhouse, Sep 6, 2016.

    I'm just starting to spread my wings in to researching the self publishing POD environment. The titan of IngramSpark leaps out to me being most attractive so far. I have used their publisher compensation calculator to get a general feel for how much money I would get per book sold. I have set the book as follows... a £12.99, 270 paged colour 5.5" 8.5". I've set the wholesale discount to 40%, albeit a bit unsure if that is a good figure to go with. It's looking like I'd be getting around £1.99 per book sold.

    Is this normal? What are the 'average' rates that publishers make per book sold?

    Any help, much appreciated as always.
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    Well, this company isn't a publisher in the accepted sense of the word. Thought I'd give you the heads up because if you search for figures for 'publishers', you won't get the right info.

    And they're going to be charging you (well, your readers) £11 to print a book? That doesn't sound like a good deal to me but then I don't know what IS a good deal for print on demand!
     
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    Doing this self published, I would buy some ISBNs and make my own publishing house, so in a sense I think this publisher compensation calculator works for how I am going to be selling the book.
    I think they charge about £5.50 for the print. The other £5.50 or so goes toward the 40% discount that is supposedly commonplace in the market to get your book out there!
    It would be great to have a vague idea on if this is commonplace or if I could somehow do this a better way...
     
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    I'm confused about the "wholesale" discount, because I can't imagine anywhere that buys POD books wholesale?
     
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    This sounds wrong in a variety of ways. For one thing, yes, who are you going to be wholesaling to?
     
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    You can wholesale to bookstores, I would think. There are a couple here that will shelve self-published books by local authors, including the local Barnes and Noble.
     

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