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Updated 21 Aug. 2009

PRICING

IMPORTANT: The information below is out-of-date (from 2000). We now publish only on line. The old information stays here to give you a rough idea of how prices for hard-copy books might be calculated.


The example below shows costs (in US dollars) for producing 200 copies of Kojak (424 pp. 7x10") in December 2000.

Printing
$1737
Title cost [secured website hosting per title] per year
$350
Handling [200 × $1.50 per book]
$300
Credit card charges [3% book price ($28) × 200]
$168
Total
$2555

Estimation of other production costs, excluding writing and editing:

Paper, telephone (incl. online time), printer cartridges, software, hardware wear and tear, postage, writing and drawing materials, scanning, copying etc. approx. $1000.

Printing and handling costs
$2555
Other costs (approx.)
$1000
Total
$3555

Total costs of $3555 mean $17.78 per book, with a break-even point at 127 sold copies at $28 per book. Possible surplus on the remaining 73 copies would be $2044 if all 200 books were sold. In that case, $2044 would have to be divided between [i] recovering loss of interest on invested capital; [ii] labour costs for writing and editing copy; [iii] underwriting new MMMSP projects. The margins are not huge!