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The final page count for your book will be dependent upon everything from your chosen trim size, the design we create for your book, the numbers of chapters in your book, the amount of figures and even the number of paragraphs.

Each and every book is unique – and we custom design each and every book. This means we can help achieve a specific page count (within reason) by using a variety of book design techniques.

We’ve included our AVERAGE characters-per-page counts for various trim sizes, based upon the total character count of a manuscript (including spaces.)

To find your character count in MS Word, in Word 2010 this information can be found in REVIEW / WORD COUNT, in earlier versions of MS Word it is under TOOLS / WORD COUNT – then look for “Characters- with spaces.” To figure out your approximate page count (this is only a very rough guess) you would divide your total character count by the per-page-character-count of the trim size listed below.

* 5 X 8 trim – 1,400 characters per page
* 5.5 X 8.5 – 1,800 characters per page
* 6 X 9 – 2,100 characters per page
* 6.14 X 9.21 – 2,400 characters per page
* 7.44 X 9.69 – 2,800 characters per page

This information is meant to help with the question “How much does it cost to publish a book?” – to reiterate the statement at the top of the page – your book printing prices are the most important part of the cost to publish a book. It is the book printing cost that will affect your long term profit – and your ability to actually sell your book. If we can answer other questions about how much does it cost to publish a book – please send us an email using the link below.

Ray Robinson
Ray Robinson

When Ray first entered the publishing industry, authors relied on “vanity presses” to produce their work – many of whom would charge $15,000 or more and leave the author’s garage filled with hundreds of books. Ray, along with coworker Alan Harris, joined forces with Miles Nelson to create Dog Ear Publishing to provide the author community a self-publisher with a heart. The group’s application of new technologies and publishing on demand reduced the cost of publishing a book to a fraction of what it had been for previous generations; authors now have the ability to publish a book in as little as six weeks and print as few as a single copy.