Valentine’s Day in the United States is about spending time with the ones you love, so naturally, we thought we’d share your favorite, and therefore best self-publishing blogs with you. The people have spoken! Here are your top 7 most loved self-publishing blogs from the IngramSpark blog! If you haven’t checked them out yet, you’re sure to find something that interests you. They range in topics from the technical details a self-publisher faces to questions about formats and pricing your book, and then posts about book marketing and book distribution.
File Requirements for Print Books
There’s no doubt in our mind why this post is your number one. Without the technical details, you can’t publish your book. We’re thrilled that so many self-publishers take the time to get their files right before they publish. If you’re looking to self-publish your book via IngramSpark, this is the post for you!
ISBN: International Standard Book Number Facts for Self-Publishers
ISBNs are required if you intend to sell your book. Any item you buy from a store has a product number associated with it to identify the item you're purchasing, and books are no different. Your ISBN is your product number and it's unique to your book and your book alone. And not only does it identify your book, it also indentifies the specific format of your book, indicating whether it’s the paperback, hardcover, or ebook version. You should also be wary of accepting ISBNs for "free". It's best to own your own ISBN as a self-publisher. Lots of self-publishers have questions about ISBNs; if you’re one of them, be sure to check out this post. And if you're interested, we also cover this topic in a podcast episode specifically about ISBNs.
Ebooks vs Print Books
This is a great debate discussed not only amongst self-publishing authors, but amongst traditional publishers, and the entire book industry. The consensus (and sales data) shows that print books aren’t going anywhere and the hype for ebooks has plateaued since it's initial surge, but is still a reliable constant in the publishing space. There are designated retailers and readers for both formats, so you should certainly consider publishing your book as both, not either/or. Be sure to check out this post for more details to help inform your decision or listen to the podcast episode we have on this topic as well.
How Much Should My Book Cost?
The age-old question. If you’re new to publishing, you may have a bit of difficulty determining what you can realistically charge for your book. There are several factors to take into account like similar books in your genre, format, and page range, the print cost of your book, and the publisher compensation you hope to make for each book sale. Check this post out for tips on pricing your book.
How to Create an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) for Reviewers
Advance reader copies, or sometimes called advance review copies or galleys (but frequently shortened to ARCs), are advance copies of your book that you offer to booksellers, book reviewers, potential media outlets, those you’re asking for endorsements for your book, etc. prepublication. Prepublication is the important piece here. These early copies are part of a book marketing strategy to help you build excitement for your book before it’s published.
The Basics of Book Metadata and Keywords
We’re thrilled to see this topic land among your most loved self-publishing blog posts, because book metadata and keywords are so essential to your book’s sales success. The more you know about these two things, the better your online discovery opportunities. Title metadata is your book’s secret sales force. If you set it up right from the beginning, your book has much greater potential of selling itself online. Absolutely make sure you understand the basics of book metadata and keywords, starting with this blog post or by checking out our podcast episode on metadata.
How to Sell Your Book to Bookstores
It makes us really happy to see this post in your favorites as well because we can’t emphasize enough the importance of being involved in your local book community. Your local independent bookstores (and library) are frequently the hub of your community’s literary landscape. They also hold incredible power when it comes to expanding your book’s reach because their limited shelf space and word-of-mouth recommendations are well-respected. IngramSpark is one of the only self-publishing platforms that makes your book available for purchase by independent bookstores, and we agree that it’s incredibly important that your book be available to these retailers. Read more for tips about how to get your book on their shelves or listen to our podcast episode about how to sell your book to indie bookstores.