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Don’t Be Fooled: Common Misconceptions About Self-Publishing

There are several common misconceptions about the ins-and-outs of self-publishing. Authors often assume that taking on the responsibilities of publishing will be more trouble than it’s worth when the truth is often the opposite. Taking advantage of full-service printing services will ensure writers have control over their inventory and distribution. If you’re considering self-publishing, we’ve outlined three common myths and the truths behind them.

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Three Ways Indie Publishers Sell Books

In the past, publishing books usually involved a traditional brick-and-mortar publishing house, an elite team of authors and publishers, and many high slush piles. Thankfully, that picture has evolved. There are now more independent publishers than ever, which gives more authors a chance to get their work known and potentially to realize their dreams of becoming bestselling authors. This is great news for both the author and the publisher, as it gives them opportunities to grow professionally and reach more people.

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Indie Introduction – Judith Briles

Dr. Judith Briles is the author of 34 books. Her book, Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms was the Book of the Year in Publishing/Writing in the IndieFab award at the American Library Association’s meeting in 2014. The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers was released last summer and her next book will be How to Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos. She’s the founder of AuthorU.org and is known as The Book Shepherd.

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5 Tips for Small Publishing Businesses

Anyone can start his or her own publishing company, but it takes talent to start a successful one. Many authors start companies to publish their own books, but some people create enterprises to publish other authors’ works.

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ISBN: International Standard Book Number Facts for Self-Publishers

Authors can self-publish a book in many ways, from traditional printing to digital publishing. No matter the avenue you choose, purchasing an ISBN or International Standard Book Number from Bowker in the US, Thorpe-Bowker in AUS, or Nielsen for UK, is an important component to publishing your book. The ISBN is the familiar number on the barcode on the back cover of every book. It is a code assigned to books on an individual basis. Every single ISBN is unique.

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See How Self-Publishing Got Sexy: The New IngramSpark Website

After countless hours poring over code and a few gallons of coffee consumed while getting the structure just right we finally did it. The new IngramSpark Website is here — the same professional-grade self-publishing services with a fresh new look, improved navigation, and added resources.

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3 Wonders of Print on Demand (POD)

It has to be said that print-on-demand (POD) has changed the way the publishing industry does business. But before we talk about the wonders of POD let’s define what it is. In a nutshell it is the process by which a book is printed when an order for that book is received. With POD there’s no inventory being stored or anticipated demand being measured…get an order, print a book, one at a time.

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4 Things Local Bookstores Look for in an Indie Author

If you're an independent author, chances are you've been brainstorming ways to market your book. You've probably heard that it's possible to consign or sell your book to local bookstores. While this may seem like an intimidating concept, it's actually a common way for authors to get their books on shelves.

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Publishing Your Own Book? How to do it and What it Costs

Exciting advances in technology have given writers the power to put their words to paper and publish their own books. In the not so distant past, authors had to go through several publishing professionals to get their works printed and distributed. Now in these modern times, aspiring authors can do most of this work on their own. If done correctly, self-published books can have the same superior quality and marketability as books that receive treatment from a traditional publisher. Most authors work with various freelancers to get their manuscript through the editing, design, and publishing phases.

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Here's Why You Should Discount Your Book

After you've spent the time and money to edit, design, and market your book, the thought of selling it at a discounted price may seem counterintuitive or even downright offensive. However, offering your book at a discounted rate is an excellent way to get it into the hands of new readers and generate buzz. Thanks to new industry tech it is a lot easier to self-publish a book. Browse through any online book retailer's website and you will see thousands of novels that were written and published by the same person. Discounting your book will not only make it stand out on the over-crowded digital shelves, it can also give you a head start on getting your book in physical stores. Here's how.

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