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Choosing the Right Paper Type For Your Book

Every stage of publishing your book requires you to make an informed decision. Choosing the right paper type is yet another important choice you will have to make as it determines the overall look of your book. Broadly speaking, paper type can be divided into two categories – uncoated and coated. Coated paper has a coating or special finish applied to the paper; uncoated does not.READ MORE

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Registering your ISBN

As an aspiring author, you may find yourself wondering what an ISBN is, what it means and how you can obtain one for your book. An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number, which is a thirteen-digit number that works to identify your book specifically against all the other titles and authors available, and all those which are yet to come. This is in an effort to streamline marketing and book use by libraries, booksellers, schools, wholesalers and others. With an ISBN, your book is able to be tracked in terms of sales and inventory control. While e-book dealers don’t necessarily require an ISBN to sell your book online, a physical bookseller will absolutely require one. Without an ISBN, you can’t expect for your book to be sold in stores at all. An ISBN is essential to the world of publishing!

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How To Find The Right Printer For Your Book

Self-Publishing means making a lot of decisions and putting a lot of effort into your success. As a self-publishing author, you need to be constantly marketing, gauging your audience, and making yourself visible in the field. You don’t get to take a day off; you’re always writing, marketing or finding a way to take your next step. As you ship your book out to the editor, you should already be researching and considering who you’re going to trust to print your piece. Here are some tips to help you find the right printer.READ MORE

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PUBLISHING COSTS-PRINT VS E-BOOKS

Publishing Costs: Print Books vs E-Books

As an author, there comes a time when a decision needs to be made whether to publish a print or digital version (or both) of the book. While most people would assume that publishing an e-book is less costly than publishing a print book, that may not necessarily be the case. When deciding on whether to take the digital or print route, there are numerous factors that needs to be considered.READ MORE

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YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS WHEN WRITING ABOUT OTHERS

What are your legal rights when writing about other people?

In continuation of our legal series, we’re discussing what your rights are when writing about other people

Respecting Other People: Writing about famous people, famous brands, and people you know

When it comes to using a brand name in a negative light, tread with care. Brand “tarnishment” is akin to defamation, and disparaging use of a brand name is often easier to find as publishing moves to the ebook and audiobook formats. Sure, you can use famous people as the basis for characters in your stories, or write about their crazy antics on your blog, but they also have unlimited funds to sue you if they take a disliking to what you say about them. Unless there is a compelling artistic reason to disparage a brand, creating a fictional brand would be prudent. If, however, you feel your story would be compromised without using the actual brand name, seek counsel to evaluate the risks and determine how best to minimize them.

Protect yourself with legal counsel. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1S7weVt.

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Your rights

Your legal rights if your work has been taken

In continuation of our legal series, we’re discussing what your rights are if your work has been taken:

What if it’s your work that’s taken?

Without a big publisher behind you, policing your copyright adds to your post-publication duties. If you’ve taken the steps to register your work, enforcing your copyright through the court system is a little easier. Being able to identify that your work has been copied is what becomes more challenging and what do you do at that point?

 

The first step would be to contact the author (and/or publisher) and tell them they’re violating your copyright. Depending on how much of your work has been taken; you may want to speak to a lawyer to find out the best way to approach the author and/or publisher of the allegedly infringing work. If your work has not been registered yet, and the alleged infringement is significant, registering your work should be done immediately.

 

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legal issues

Legal Issues to be aware of as an Author or Self-Publisher

There are a few issues that pop up for Authors or Self-Publishers as they may not consider some of the legal issues that come up when writing their books, such as putting a contract in place with their publisher, designer or copy editor. The traditional book authorship has now become more complicated as the traditional publishing industry has changed with the internet and now more people are self-publishing. Which means that the authors who are not using publishing companies won’t have legions of experts to comb through their manuscript and may not have access to a legal department that can check their book before goes to print.

Not that authors are sued all the time, but when you take the route of self-publishing you also take on the liability that comes with the various legal issues. Navigating the legal hurdles of publishing is now something authors must be concerned.

Even if you do go the route of traditional publishing, you will most likely need to have a digital presence, which comes with a host of legal issues that you’ll want to know.

In the next few months we will share legal issues frequently encountered by Authors & Self-Publishers:

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do's and don'ts of self publishing

The Do’s and Don’ts of Self-publishing

There are so many Do’s and Don’ts, here are just a few…

Do your homework – Don’t assume that everything that you find on the internet (in terms of publishing services) are the same. Personally, as I have done my research of what is being offered out there, no two are alike, but all offer similar services. Not only that, but always check again when you’re just about to hire them. Services and prices can change over time. If you’re researching now for 6 months to 1 year from now, definitely pricing can change (for the better or worse).

 

Do schedule time – if publishing is one of your goals, you need to schedule the time to work on your publication. Be it writing, editing or working with your publishing service. The most successful people are those that complete their task. And for them to complete their tasks, they schedule them.

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Self Publishing: How Many Books Do I Print?

If you’re considering self-publishing for the first time, there are a lot of questions in your mind about the do’s and don’ts. When it comes to the question of printing physical books, there are many different opinions on the right way to approach this, but your answer lies within yourself. What works for one person may not work for you, so let’s take a look at the factors that are going to influence your decision.

First of all, what are your self-publishing goals? How much effort are you really going to put into selling books? If you’re on the fence about this, start small. You can probably offload a few hundred books relatively easily, without touring or pushing online marketing. But if you’re in it to win it you’ll want to consider this; prices drop as you order more books. As with all things, buying in bulk is going to save you money in the long run. If you’re buying 500 copies of your book, followed by another hundred and then a few hundred more, you’ll spend more which will cut into your overall profits.

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What Every Writer Should Know About Galley Copies

You might think that the term ‘galley’ is simply a boating term, but you don’t have to grab an oar to launch yourself towards success in your writing career. A galley copy of your book is a copy intended to give away for free. Galley copies are also known as ‘advanced reader copies’. They offer a sample of your work, which you strategically hand out to publishing buffs and industry insiders in order to create buzz around your book.

 

Galley copies are meant to drum up excitement for your content, and as such they need to be published well in advance of your release date. The idea is not to strive for perfection; your editing may not even be finished when these copies are produced. That’s not the point. The point is to look past what is lacking in layout and see what you have to offer.

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