Selling and Promoting Your Book

These scenarios are intended to give you an idea of how the distribution channel you select affects your profit margin.

The profit margin for FastPencil Marketplace distribution with ISBN is higher because when you set the retail price for broad distribution, you are setting the same price for all distributors. We take 20% of the retail markup when you sell through the Marketplace as part of broad distribution, while Amazon and other retailers take all of the retail markup.

Sell Your Printed Book

  FastPencil Marketplace Wide Distribution
Description FastPencil Marketplace FastPencil Marketplace, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram Network
Insertion Fee Free $299.00
Example Book Perfect bound, 5" x 8", 100 pages Perfect bound, 5" x 8", 100 pages
ISBN None Included
Manufacturing Cost $5.30 $5.30
Author Sets the Retail Price $14.95 $14.95
Retailer Profits $0 $5.98
FP Profits $1.93 $.73
Author Profits $7.72 $2.94

Sell Your eBook

Pricing for eBooks is a bit different. We recommend a price no higher than $9.99 for an eBook.

  FastPencil Marketplace Wide Distribution
Description Sell your eBook in the FastPencil Marketplace Distribute through FastPencil Marketplace, Kindle, Nook, iBooks and Ingram Digital
Your Cost $9.99 $299.00 for print and eBook, plus purchase of one proof copy of your book
Example Book E-pub or PDF format; no DRM E-pub or PDF format
Sales in FastPencil Marketplace
  • Sell each eBook for $9.99
  • $2.00 to FastPencil
  • $8.00 Your Profit
  • Sell each eBook for $9.99
  • $2.00 to FastPencil
  • $8.00 Your Profit
Sales via Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Ingram Digital None Channel fees vary, but let's use a 30% channel fee as an example:
  • Sell each eBook for $9.99
  • $1.40 to FastPencil
  • $3.00 to Retailer
  • $5.60 Your Profit