|Self-pub author||Title||Outlay||Copies sold|
|Harris Ng||Reovered Grace (autobio)||S$8,000||600|
|Low Kay Hwa||I believe you (love story)||S$2,340||1/2 of first print run|
|Emily Tai||Will Your Child Eat a Tomato? (cookbook)||S$20,000||220 out of 5,000|
|Joanna Wong||Squeaky… He’s more than a squirrel (children’s bk)||S$23,000||1,800 out of 10,000|
|Mohamed Ismail Gafoor||You Can Fly (in Eng, Chi, BM)||S30,000|
Where the money goes
|Cost of publishing book||:20%||(includes printing, layout, editing & cover design)|
|Publisher's gross profit||:15-20%||(before deducting overheads like rent and salaries)|
Assuming that a self-published author appoints a distributor to place the books in the bookstores, his profit would be 25-30% gross.
Personally, I’d rather take the 10% royalty and concentrate on the writing.