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Self Publishing: the LCCN or Library of Congress Control Number

The LCCN or PCN is a number that is assigned to your book and appears on the copyright page. This is the reference number that is found on your book’s Library Catalog Card for location. This number is important if you are looking to sell your books to libraries and is best to apply for

The How To Of Knowing Your Audience For Your Book Cover Design

When designing your book cover the first part of the puzzle is to know your audience. This is the first in a series of three articles based on creating an artful cover, motivating title, and return value-added information to increase the promotion for your books’ sales. Learning who the books’ audience is and what’s their

Branding: Do You Have A Cartoon Avatar… Want one?

It all started today when I felt the need to see me and where and what I’m doing from a new perspective… In today’s world there are many social media sites and each has a specific tone… you might find that you need, would like a lighter perspective… using a cartoon avatar to lead the

Effective book marketing

Magazine, Newspaper, mailers, and Television advertising is expensive. More often than not, it’s also fruitless for most first-time authors. The return on investment for these forms of book marketing is usually dismal without a brand name or established hype to supplement it. The general exception to this, is in support of scheduled personal appearances such

Is Your Book Cover Compelling and Interesting?

Wow! Now there’s a question for you. “Is Your Book Cover Compelling and Interesting?” Just what does that mean and how do you know it’s working? Here are some items to consider about having a compelling cover: Do you want to keep looking at it in such a way as it encourages you to open

Self Published books now being added to Apple's iTunes – Breakout Books

One more place for the ebook to be seen and bought. iTunes has added a section called Breakout Books which when you click on that link will open in itunes a display of book. Mostly fiction for now with expansion in the future. This allowing ebooks to be more widely offered on the leading mobile

Printed books still big with Kids at bedtime.

Printed books, not dead yet! With all the play ebooks are getting lately, you’d think that printed, physical or pbooks are a thing of the past… thank goodness they are not… at least according to this report. ebooks / pbooks???

Book Design: What's in a Books Title?

Another conversation happened this morning with a loverly person about the title and image to use for their book cover. This is something that the author brings with them, the parts and pieces to the discussion and I play the devils advocate and asker-of-many-questions that will lead us to the final solution. That’s what  it’s

NEWS: Chronicle Books and Tumblr team up for a Humor Book Search

Chronicle Books and Tumblr team up for a Humor Book Search, the Humor Book Search is on. Deadline Feb. 28, 2013 I sometimes post notices of awards or entry calls… hope this works out for some of you. Always good to be aware of what is out there in the way of helping move your

Book Design & Writing: Using Stories in your writing…

When you are in the process of collecting resources and data, don’t forget to write about yours or others experiences, stories leave a profound impression on your readers minds. Your stories will influence them more because they are able to relate to them. Some ways to

Book Reviews – another way to back links and more PR for your Book

In a world run by back-links and opinions of others, sometimes it pays to pay for the exposure, AND there are free reviewer services as well, both when used might/can eventually lead to free PR or requests to be interviewed or expert opinions on the news. The more we make ourselves look good the more

Book Design: Promoting Your Book With Articles

How does one promote their book? “Persistence and determination” are the best ways. I suggest you plan to do two or three things on an ongoing basis, you’ll find this will eventually bring you the notoriety you are looking for. Articles are some of the first and best ways for getting noticed. The 5 Tip

After a Holiday… What's your next step?

Did you write over the holidays? Did you do any research for a printer or the other items you will need to organize for the book? I recently read somewhere that “writers block” didn’t exist before the early 1900’s, that writers just wrote, it was a hobby, an escape and fun. I’m thinking that for

Mobile Ads Apps and the Future… where it's at and what it means

I have a smart phone. Or that is what it’s called. I have apps, both fee and free. The free might not really be free just like free email services that then you have to put up with ads and pop ups, but hey…it’s free, right? So how does that impact our future, the way

BOOK DESIGN: How to determine the Best Size for Your Book.

“What size do I make my book?” I get asked this question a lot. Usually the book size depends on the type of book you are writing, not just non-fiction or fiction but subject matter and distribution takes play in your decision as well… and there are exceptions to the rule for those rare few

Book Design Terms Defined

Every skill has it’s own language. Here are some common terms you might not be aware of their meaning. 1. Barcode / ISBN: a barcode is made from your ISBN and identifies/connects your book, ebook, audio book to the publisher. It will usually contain the price. 2. Complete Ownership of Book Design: it is important

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