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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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everyone-has-a-story

Everyone Has a Story. Why Not Share Yours?

Why do people write books and what makes you decide to write one?  

Firstly, the stereotypical image of someone having a “Eureka!” moment followed by hours of laborious typing that miraculously results in an overnight best-seller couldn’t be further from the truth.  Which is good news as it means that everybody is in with a chance.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 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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3 Things To Avoid When Writing

You’re working hard every day, pushing chapters out one after the other. The word count is breezing by, accumulating with every hour, and nothing seems to be stopping you. You’re absolutely determined on getting your book finished and having it published. But, don’t get too carried away. There are three things you watch out for when writing your next page.

1. Skimping on Research

If your book includes loads of details and facts, it is crucial to ensure that everything stated inside is correct and relevant. There is nothing more embarrassing than having readers complain about iffy figures or dates in your book after it’s been published. Double- and triple-check your work to ensure this never happens to you.

2. Lack of Depth

Your personal deadline might be coming head on and there are still a few chapters you have yet to start on. In hopes of completing everything on time, you might decide to take shortcuts, writing less than needed and leaving out details just to speed up the process. Choosing quantity over quality should never be done. Readers might require the information that you’re cutting out. Instead, take a step back and consider if what you’re leaving out is truly as unimportant as you think.

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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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Get Back Into Writing

Writers knows that if they want their work to be impeccable, they have to take breaks to work out those creative kinks they suffer. But what happens when the break lasted far too long and now it seems daunting to leap back into writing? Here are some ways to battle those fears.

 

Start a new project.

Chances are you’ve probably already forgotten what you wrote in the previous week or month or even year. It’s harder to get back into the flow of things when there’s been a large gap in your writing project. With this being said, choose a random prompt or idea you’ve had your mind on and work on getting back into the groove of writing. When you feel more comfortable with writing, you can start to ease back into your previous work.

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Book Design Dos and Don’ts

Many authors come to the publishing stages with very little vision for their cover. When you have put so much time into writing your book, it can be easy to let the cover design slip your mind. When readers pick up your book, as much as we wish it weren’t the case, the cover is just as important as any information or story you may have to offer.

 

Consider Outsourcing Your Cover

When it comes to designing the cover, there are some important things to consider. First and foremost, don’t settle for less than professional work. If graphic design isn’t your forte, then outsource your designing to someone who is going to wow your audience. When talking about cover design, you need to put your best foot forward and accept nothing but the best.

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