Your publishing name and logo

Many authors choose a publishing name for publishing their book. A publishing name separates you-the-author from you-the-publisher. Your publishing name can be your own name, a business name, or a corporation. For example, if I publish a book, I might choose “Raven Books” or “Raven Press Ltd.” as my publishing name. Of course, I would first need to make sure the name was not already in use, and then register it through the appropriate government authority. Continue reading

Why hire a freelance editor?

(Reprinted with permission from Ann Harmer, freelance editor.)

You’ve spent months, perhaps years, writing your masterpiece, polishing and perfecting it, and now you’re ready to release it to the world. You even ran it through your spell-checker and double-checked your commas, the same as editors do, right? Well, not exactly. Continue reading

Bar codes for the book industry

(Reprinted with permission from Bar Code Graphics)

A necessary requirement for selling your publications through booksellers, wholesalers, and distributors, is the assignment of unique ISBN numbers for each title. Once a publisher receives their ISBN numbers, they should assign an individual number to each of their publications. In order for booksellers to automatically capture an ISBN, it must be converted into a scannable bar code. The Bookland EAN symbol is the bar code of choice in the book industry, because it allows for encodation of ISBNs. Continue reading

To fulfill or not to fulfill?

Written with help from Renee and Jack Brodie, publishers.

Publishing your book is exciting; there’s no doubt about that. And it’s hard to beat seeing your printed book for the first time. But shortly thereafter you’ll receive 1,000 books or more…. How will you handle your own fulfillment? Continue reading

Why self-publish?

Authors choose to self-publish for many different reasons. Some have tried to have their book published through a traditional publishing house; others have not. But self-publishing authors all have one goal in common: to get their book out into the world. Continue reading