So why are they so expensive, and why don't I mind dolling out the cash? Keep readin'.
Why so Much for Paper? - It's All in the Words
1.) The Author's Work
How long does it actually take to write a book? A long freaking time. The current novel I'm publishing took about two and a half years. That's including editing, which took the majority of the time. I wrote the first draft in about four months. The time between then and two years later was editing...a lot of it. Of course, I love every moment of it, but it is a lot of work, and it takes a lot of writers longer than it took me, because everyone writes at a different pace. To me, an author's work alone is worth whatever a book costs.
2.) The Publisher's Work...and Time...and Money...and Awesomeness
Think for a moment about what's in a book. It's not just words. It's formatting and design and everything in between (literally). There are editors, agents, artists, marketing experts, and many more people to pay. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a town to raise a book.
Although I could go on and on about why books are worth their price, just think about it this way: Imagine you had put years into a project, and then you only asked $20 for people to experience what you did while writing it, and the story you created--do you think it would be worth it?
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