Going through the process of publishing my own work of fiction has certainly taught me a lot. The biggest lesson I'm learning is that everything takes longer and costs more than you'd think.
I'll do a more detailed post down the line, but let's look at a few items that I've purchased and how long it took to get what I wanted.
==Interior Art - Roses==
Original Estimated Price: $35
Final Price: $125
Original Estimated Time to Completion: 7 Days
Final Time to Completion: 18 Days
==Interior Art - Hunting Lodge==
Original Estimated Price: $20
Final Price: $39
Original Estimated Time to Completion: 4 Days
Final Time to Completion: 21 Days
==Map for Inside Cover==
Original Estimated Price: $25
Final Price: $57
Original Estimated Time to Completion: 15 Days
Final Time to Completion: 30 Days
==Cover and Layout==
Original Estimated Price: $540
Final Price: $724
Times are still TBD
So bleh, there you go. However, to put all this in perspective, that's a small price to pay to get what I'm getting. The art and map and all that stuff aren't necessary, and I could have found cheaper alternatives for cover and layout. So it's not the dollar signs that should really bother you, it's the time. Everything has taken 2-3 times as long to get done. That shocked me. I am, by nature, a cautious person, and as a result, I try to leave as much margin for error as possible. Thank goodness. I'd be really panicking right now if I didn't.