Hmm.. is that including cover art? I know you mentioned licensing the pictures IN the book, but the cover might be a separate story, or you may need to get a new one drawn.
But enough of being negative!
Any idea how you'd go about marketing this on Kickstarter? Unfortunately, you can't really provide a translation of the text up prior to licensing it, but no one really wants to put up money for something not yet translated and of dubious quality. Chicken/egg issue. Maybe see if they'll let you do the prologue or something? Find some of the Japanese promotional materials and translate those? Gonna want to be careful about keeping costs down, of course.
I was told "Regarding the book cover, if you are merely adding English text to the existing Japanese design (ie- no alterations in color, shape, size, etc of the illustrations), you will not need to pay any extra permission fees; however, you will be required to submit the cover design for the proprietor's approval."
I'm still figuring out what to do for the kickstarter.
Now calculate how many copies of the book you'd have to sell to make this much money back. (Minus production costs and taxes ofc). I have a really hard time seeing that kind of audience for such a ultra niche product. The game SMTIV sold 200k copies in the west. That even 10% of those would be interested in these books seems optimistic to me and that would require you to make more than 10$ profit per book.
I would need to sell 5,000 copies of the book, for 250,000$ as the book would be 50$
2.5% of people would need to be interested xD
I'm going by if I have to hire a company but a freelancer will probably be better but either way it will be 110,00-150,00$(depending who translates it) for the translation.
Depending on how many color pages there are will determine how much printing cost.
Lets say there is 200 color pages, the book will cost 17.83$ to print. Fukkan's agent is away but he actually returns today I believe, then he can tell me how many color pages there is.
Fukkan is taking 12% so thats 30,000%
kickstarter is taking 5% so 12,500$
and paypal takes 3% so 7,500$
I forgot The initial fee of 1,500$ to fukkan
translation(110,000) + printing($89,130.71) + fukkan(30,000)+ kickstarter&paypal(20,000) = 250,630
Originally i forgot to include the paypal fee so that where the profit was from.
As for taxes I should be able to deduct everything as business expenses except for any profits made.