The ISBN is the familiar number on the barcode on the back cover of every book and is a key piece of your book metadata. It is a code assigned to books on an individual basis and every single ISBN is unique. You cannot sell your book through traditional bookstores and retailers without it. Another one of our posts discusses more about what ISBNs do. In this post, however, we’re talking about the importance of tagging your ISBNs to increase your book discoverability.
Welcome to the third and final part of our ongoing series outlining Indie Author Fringe (IAF), a series of free, online conferences for independent publishers presented by the Alliance of Independent Authors, offering non-stop advice and inspiration, organized around key self-publishing topics.
For the first time ever, libraries across North America will be hosting local events in celebration of indie authors on a designated day! We’re thrilled to be a part of this event as it brings more visibility to the significant growth of the self-publishing industry, independent authors, and to libraries as hubs for community engagement.
We attend conferences for many reasons and recommend you do the same. They’re all about being part of the conversation which means participating by speaking but also by listening. A conference that peaks your interest and promises to help sharpen your craft, educates you on the current publishing industry, or connects you with others in the industry is worth researching further. Here are a few events we’ll be attending in September to give you a jumping off point.
A few years back, when Bowker released its annual self-publishing report and shared that as of August 6, 2014, there were 458,564 self-published titles in the United States, it had to remind its readers that this number represented only the number of ISBNs registered in its Books In Print database, not the total number of self-published titles.
We attend conferences for many reasons and recommend you do the same. Conferences are all about being part of the conversation and that means participating by speaking but also by listening to those in attendance. There’s always something to be gained by attending a conference you’re interested in and which promises to help sharpen your craft.
Congratulations on finishing your book! For most authors, particularly those new to the business, writing a manuscript is the most difficult and time-intensive part of the publishing process. By the time authors finish the manuscript itself, they may find the prospect of making an actual book overwhelming. Don’t dismay; we’ll go over the basics to help you answer: “How is a Print Book Made?”
When you embark on the journey of getting a book published there’s a lot to consider and one of the things that should be on your priority list is how much you’ll be pricing your book for, which is a key piece of your book metadata. The editors of traditional publishing houses must fill out a profit and loss spreadsheet (P&L) before they can even acquire a book, let alone publish a book. The P&L determines what decisions they need to make in order to turn a profit on the book they hope to add to their list. One of the best places to start when determining the profit goals of your book publishing endeavors is to seriously consider how you'll be pricing your book.
Aside from good writing, one of the key components of a successful book is finding a niche market. Because self-publishing has become so popular, there are literally thousands of books on any given subject on the market. Experienced book publishers will tell you that finding a niche market is the best way to get your book read. But how do you find one that works for you?
In the age of digital media, everybody and their brother has the capability of reading books online and on digital devices. But what if you want your books to exist in the flesh (or, in the print)? If you’re one of the many authors who dreams of holding their book with their own two hands, we’ve got the information you need to succeed. It’s relatively straightforward to create a print book, then make it available through Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Apple, as well as local brick-and-mortar bookstores and libraries, by following these general guidelines: