Assigning your ISBNs

Assigning your ISBNs

As a publisher, you’ll obtain a block of ISBNs specific to your publishing name and assign a unique ISBN to each edition of every book you publish. Each edition of every book? Let’s clarify what that means. Assigning a unique ISBN to each new print edition...
Getting your own ISBNs

Getting your own ISBNs

One of the things you’ll need to do as a publisher is obtain a block of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) for your books. Some printers, print-on-demand publishers, and eBook vendors will offer to provide you with an ISBN for your book, but it’s better to...
Print or print-on-demand?

Print or print-on-demand?

Authors often ask me whether they should get a quantity of books printed or simply sign up with a print-on-demand (POD) company and avoid the cost of printing altogether. Which choice is right for you? Working with a book printer You can choose to have your book...
Setting your book’s retail price

Setting your book’s retail price

Written with help from Renee and Jack Brodie, publishers. Determining your book’s retail price can be nerve-wracking. If it’s too expensive, your book may be priced out of the market. If it’s not expensive enough, you won’t even recover your...
Your publishing name and logo

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...
Bar codes for the book industry

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...