At the Digital Book World (DBW) Indie Author Conference on January 19, we were so pleased to have Orna Ross, author (traditionally and self-published) and founding director of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), join us from London to provide an overview of where things are today for self-publishers. Now that the independent sector of the publishing industry has matured for years−we sometimes call it Self-Publishing 2.0 now−Ross agrees with us that indies are in a far better place than in the past.
On this day, internationally recognized as a day dedicated to expressing our love for one another, we on the IngramSpark team would like to write a little love note to our first love: books. And you can't have books without authors, so this one's for you too, authors! We love books so much that we decided to make careers out of helping authors create them and share them with the world. We believe in the power and value of books (above all) and the magic that authors create every time they publish one, but on a more personal level, this is why we love books and authors:
All of November you were on the clock to complete your book for NaNoWriMo. If you succeeded (WOW!) you're basically a superstar. Congrats! And after you spent an entire month lovingly crafting the perfect manuscript we know you’re eager to get it published.
If you intend to make a business out of self-publishing a book, be sure you understand the key elements to the book publishing process. Once you have an understanding of these basic publishing terms, you’ll be more prepared to succeed in this business we call the book business.
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.
by Scott La Counte, co-creator of PiracyTrace
You’ve spent months on your book; you’ve paid for editors; designers; marketers—this book is your baby! And then someone kidnaps it. Without warning, you stumble upon your book being offered free—or worse, someone is actually profiting from it and not passing that profit on to you—and you feel violated. Piracy happens. But if you care about your work, then there are ways to limit and eliminate it.
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.
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.
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.
The internet is full of content that promises to make you a better, faster, and more noticeable writer. Some of the resources you’ll find in a Google search may be exactly what you are looking for, while other results may lead you down a path of wasted time. Writers rely on a host of varied and authoritative resources to inform their writing style, content, and help them grow.