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Danny, I'm assuming you are self-publishing that book? Is there a reason you don't want to go with a traditional publisher?
I don't know where you found your cover artist, but there are people on Deviant art that will charge you far less than 1500 bucks. I never pay more than 100 for a cover for any of our books, because I only buy digital reproduction rights.
For layout, you might be good with computers but do you have a copy of InDesign and do you know how to work it? Book layout and design is a specialized skill. Trust me, you don't want to try to lay a book out in Word and there are a lot of things that go into a professionally laid out book that you won't know just because you know computers.
For marketing, you should probably plan on doing a lot of blog tours. That costs you nothing but takes a lot of time. However marketing isn't part of the cost of making the book.
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How much money does it cost to professionally produce a speculative fiction ebook?

I'm working on one- and five-year-plans for my various writing projects. As part of that, I'd like to make sure I have a reasonable estimate of how much money (USD) I need to be socking away to turn my goals into reality.

What I've got so far:
-professional editing: $2000
-professional cover: $1500
-layout: $0 (I'm good with computers, and I think I can handle this)
-marketing: $500 (not putting much money behind a debut novel)
--website $250
--a few print copies to autograph $150
--limited ad campaign $100

So I come up with a grand total of $4000. Is this reasonable, or am I smoking the mistletoe?

Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.
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It means I'm a closet historian and I'm in to ancient earth culture.
SciFi Question of the Day: Working aboard an explorer starship in the 28th century, you frequently your crewmates say "just release the kraken already!" What do they mean? ‪#‎SFQotD
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I've made paper from pineapple pulp. Any fruit or veggie that has decent fiber content can be used to make paper. There's very little reason to use trees except that it's a large industry. In the Philippians they also use pineapple fiber - from the fruit, not the leaves - to make cloth.
SciFi Question of the Day: What material would be most economical and practical to use as toilet paper in a sealed off-Earth environment if the goal is to avoid importing anything made from trees? #SFQotD
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