Blue Handle Publishing
How much does it cost to ship a book?
This depends on the way you are shipping it. If you are doing snail mail (media mail at USPS) you can ship your average size fiction book in a padded envelope for about $4. If you are selling online through a website portal most places have a shipping option built in. You use a base price to formulate it and charge your customers. You can always raise your book price a bit, and ship without the cost of shipping, but this will take away from your royalties.
How much does it cost to ship a book if I self-publish?
If you are self-publishing, the cost is based on USPS (which is usually the cheapest). Media Mail shipping is a cost-effective way to send educational materials. Media Mail rates are limited to the items listed below: Books (at least 8 pages), etc. This cost is often $3-$5 for one book. It’s calculated by size and weight, along with the distance it’s traveling. Most of the cost is in the size and weight, the distance just changes time (if domestic).
What about Hybrid-Publishers?
Shipping costs with hybrid publishers are often baked into the price (included), which means they charge you a package fee. They will work on your book, help you get it ready and market and distribute it. This also means you are fronting a large portion of the cost. The costs for hybrid publishers can range anywhere from $5K to $20K, depending on which hybrid publisher you choose. Blue Handle is not a Hybrid Publisher, but a traditional small press that aims to encourage, support and develop great writers as a way to grow and improve the industry.
What about traditional publishers?
Once a traditional publisher decides to sign you as an author with a royalty advance, the shipping costs nothing from the author’s end. You are leaving it up to the publisher to handle shipping logistics, so it is difficult to determine the cost of shipping from the author’s perspective when signed traditionally. Traditional publishing is an investment in the work you created to be marketed, so the publisher covers the distribution costs.