There is never an up-front cost to be published, but we can appraise you if your situation requires our different consulting services. Left-Hand Publishers estimate Optional Service Item pricing on a per case basis. The prices below are ballpark pricing so you have an idea of what your cost may be if you need additional services. There is no cost for getting an estimate. If the Discovery Phase of your needs takes an inordinate amount of time, we will let you know in advance. Various writers may require different needs. For our main service, publishing, we only charge a percentage of the revenue, and never up front. We are not a vanity press. We are independent publishers trying to make it easy for writers to focus on writing and NOT the chore of learning about all the aspects of publishing and building a platform.
Pricing: Two Types of Services
Publishing – there is never an up-front cost for publishing. This includes formatting for electronic and print publishing, and placing your book for sale online. It also includes some marketing on our web site and social media. Left-Hand Publishers makes money from a percentage of the profit of sales (after the sale has been made). The percentage is based on a case-by-case evaluation.
Optional Services – These are specific consulting services that you MAY require prior to publishing. They are not mandatory, but if a manuscript does not meet our quality standards, it won’t sell well, and we may reject it. More than likely, we will discuss this with you in advance, and give you some options, either with our Optional Services team, or you always have the option to get the work done elsewhere. Our ‘extra’ services (other than just publishing) charge by an hourly or page rate. These Optional Services are upfront costs, but if you hand us a ‘camera-ready’ manuscript with a good book cover design, there is no need for any of these services. If Optional Services are required, until they are completed, publishing may be delayed.
OPTIONAL SERVICES: Editing & Proofreading Price Guidelines
- Copy editing services: Price includes one full copy edit of manuscript. This service will focus on consistency of voice, character development, POV, chronology, etc., as well as grammar, punctuation, etc. (It is strongly suggested that manuscripts, after all edit stages are completed, receive a thorough proofreading.) Prices vary per project depending on the complexity. Client can expect price range to be between $3.25 and $4.25 per page.
- Proofreading services: Price includes one full read-through of manuscript focusing on grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling. Customary charge is $2.00 per page.Note: Contract for both copy editing and proofreading services upfront and benefit from a substantial discount.
- Special projects billed at an hourly rate: For projects negotiated at an hourly rate rather than per page rate, client will be charged at $45 an hour. Special discounted hourly rates will be offered to clients who are utilizing other Optional Services.
OPTIONAL SERVICES: Author Web Site Development
- We can build you a professionally designed web site to promote your brand and books.
Left Hand Publishers is NOT a vanity press. We will never ask the writer for an investment or to pay any part of the cost of being published. We provide our publishing services as a percentage of revenue which we participate in, once the work sells. Optional Services are available to writers who need assistance in getting their manuscripts and/or their marketing tools honed for a successful and profitable publishing experience. For various consulting services, outside of publishing, we will provide an estimate in advance at no charge. For more information, contact us at .