Author: Ian Andrew

Meet Our Authors – Richard Utting

The Book Reality Experience is proud to announce the publication of an amazing autobiography on the 9th October 2017… Richard Utting is a senior criminal defense lawyer, former ABC broadcaster and an ex-Mayor of the City of Fremantle. Add to that he was one of an extremely small number of conscripted Australian Officers sent to serve in the Vietnam War. His life is an amazing journey and the book “Out of Sight – Reflections on an Accidental Life” is a magnificent, funny and poignant romp through it. Available now for pre-order at all major stores including as an E-Book here:   Turning Book Dreams into Reality Read more about Richard by clicking here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new...

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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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Meet Our Authors – Helene Smith

The third in our series of posts looking at the authors who use The Book Reality Experience. This time it’s the turn of Helene Smith, a former traditionally published author who decided to reclaim the rights to her work and use the independent route to publish her Young Adult and Children novels as E-Books. Helene Smith was raised in a rural area at Linfarn Manjimup, Western Australia. Her school teacher mother handed on a love of literature and a tradition of storytelling which became a lifelong passion. After a short nursing career, Helene married a school teacher and raised a large family, whilst all the time writing ‘covertly’ as a young mother – short fiction, private journal writing and poetry, honing her craft through TAFE correspondence courses. After studying Education and English and obtaining a degree as a mature student at Edith Cowan University in Bunbury, Western Australia, she wrote her first book; Operation Clancy (1994) was inspired by a wish to produce an ‘easy to read’ thriller for reluctant older readers. Since then, the sheer joy of invention and a fascination with the writing process has kept Helene in there. An experienced presenter and writer/facilitator in schools, community centres and institutions for adult learners, she delights in sharing the writing process with others.Ray is a business leader, presenter, social media commentator and author. A previous CEO of Fremantle Council he holds...

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Professional Independent Publishing-On-Demand – A How-To Guide – Part Three

So you want to publish a book… Not just any book… Your Book? Welcome to Ian Andrew’s Guide to Professional Independent Publishing on Demand.  No. 3 – Which companies to use… Paperback Copies.     Like the last post in this series, I’ll make a simple declaration at the start… with a small caveat… I don’t have any professional or monetary reason to recommend any company for Publish-On-Demand (POD). However, I am a member of the Ingram Spark International Advisory Board, but only after I had been using their services for a good few years anyway. So I think my opinions are as unbiased as they can be. Simply put, I know what works for me and why I chose what I did. Though my choices were far from straightforward at the beginning of my Indie publishing journey. I stumbled my way through publishing the first couple of books and should have probably come to a lot of realisations sooner than I did… But I didn’t. Now you can benefit from all of my hindsight… Also, there are loads more companies out there, so don’t feel you need to be constrained by my choices either. But, we’re going to look at the two main companies: Amazon’s CreateSpace and Ingram Spark.   Overview There is a major elephant in this particular room. Booksellers, actual bricks and mortar stores, will struggle to stock your paperback as an...

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