Month: August 2017

The “Magnificent Seven” Things to Learn when Publishing your Paperback

More and more writers are choosing to publish their own works using the technology that is Publish-on-Demand (POD). A system whereby the cover and interior files of paperbacks and hardbacks are held on PC servers until a consumer buys a book. The single copy is printed there and then and dispatched to the reader. No stock in warehouses, no overheads for the authors. POD is the mechanism that has allowed the rise of the independent author and made a quantum shift in the publishing world. So, if you want to publish your paperback and make it globally available, in as professional a way as possible, then the following seven steps will help you on your way.¬† 1. ISBNs & ASINs The International Standard Book Number is the strange number, under a barcode on the back of a paperback or hardback book. ISBNs are required for every different format of book. You, therefore, need one ISBN for a paperback that is 7inches by 4inches. A different one if you have an 8×5.25 paperback and a different one again if you have a hardback. You do not need to have a different ISBN to your original 8×5.25 if you simply reissue the same size with a different cover. Most POD companies will allow you to use one of their ISBNs for free. Don’t. Their ISBNs will be restrictive for you. Simply...

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The “Magnificent Seven” Things to Learn when Publishing your E-Book

More and more writers are choosing to publish their own works as E-Books through the big, online selling platforms – but just what do you need to do to make your book globally available and as professional a product as you can manage? The following seven steps will make the whole thing much, much easier. 1. ISBNs & ASINs The International Standard Book Number is the strange number, under a barcode on the back of a paperback or hardback book. E-Books need ISBNs too, but not a barcode. However, if you only want your book to be for sale on Amazon, then you don’t need an ISBN as Amazon will assign an Amazon Standard Identification Number¬†(ASIN). But, and here’s where it gets a little convoluted, you can also assign your own ISBN to an Amazon version. Whilst ISBNs are not mandatory and do not provide copyright on a work, it does uniquely identify the work and is used internationally across the book trade and library sector. So if you want to be professional, use an ISBN. 2. Briefing a Cover Designer You can, if you are a professional artist, design your own cover. If you are not, then don’t. It’s that simple. You write books and stories. You do not paint artwork of any type, so just don’t. Learn to accept the fact that you need to pay someone...

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