|Now that I'm a published author, I'm starting to see how much time and money I have to invest into publishing.
Publishing is fairly cheap for me. I've used word processing software for years, so I find it easy to format my own ebooks. Editing and making sure my books are grammatically correct takes longer than formatting.
Finding affordable cover artists seems to be my biggest challenge. Some companies are charging as much as $500, just for one. And then they are charging another fee for physical formatting. Cheaper cover artists have waiting lists because...well, they're cheaper. As someone who has always written just for fun, and can churn out good quality short stories and novels in a quick amount of time, this makes me feel impatient. especially since it takes an average of six books on the market before an author sees a profit. I'd like to release a new short story or novel every month, if I could.