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Want to get your book into the Library Catalog? PCN or LCCN and Copyright links

The Library of Congress has a cataloging system… PCN and LCCN. There is an application to participate you’ll need to apply here http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/ You might want to take a look at this now so by the time your book is done you’ll have your numbers and be ready to go.

The below copy is taken from their home page. http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/

“A Library of Congress catalog control number is a unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to the catalog record created for each book in its cataloged collections. Librarians use it to locate a specific Library of Congress catalog record in the national databases and to order catalog cards from the Library of Congress or from commercial suppliers. The Library of Congress assigns this number while the book is being cataloged. Under certain circumstances, however, a control number can be assigned before the book is published through the Preassigned Control Number Program.”


If you need to copyright protect the material here are the links

For more information concerning the Copyright Office, go to ?http://www.copyright.gov/. T
o search copyright records, go to ?http://www.copyright.gov/records/. The mailing address is:

Library of Congress?Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559
Phone: (202) 707-3000
Email: copyinfo@loc.gov


Book Design and 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 use stories: open the chapter with one that best illustrates the point of the chapter; insert within the chapter a story as a teaching aspect. You might even solicit stories from friends to use, be sure to have them sign a rights to use statement for you.

When you get the hang of using stories you won’t want to be without them, they will move your book along in ways that you’ll never believe until you write it.

Remember, do something every day toward your book and promotion.

Karrie Ross
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Celebrity Testimonials

Celebrity Testimonials
Book Design: Celebrity Testimonials
Get those “more-bang-for-your-buck’ testimonials for your back cover…This online database contains contact information for celebrities managers, agents and more…for over 54,000 celebrities and public figures worldwide.

Book Cover Dustjacket Design

Book Design: Paper choice for Book Cover

When designing your book cover consider the Paper you’ll use. Most are glossy, laminate, UV, etc., but have you really looked and felt them all…? Some are a delightful linen or uncoated stock that for, the right book, can really bring home another ‘sense’ to the reader. And for your paperbacks… be sure to get samples from the printer on 10 or 12 pt CS1 stock… the weight makes a difference too.

Typefaces and the readability of your interior

The interior of your book is just as important as the cover.

Once your book is purchased you’ll need to hold the readers attention. Certainly good content has a lot to do with it. Good editing and proofing as well.

But the real reading is done from the type that is set… formatted, sized and styled to hold the readers attention and make them feel comfortable and not want to put your book down. We have been “taught” by exposure to feel comfortable with reading a typeface with “little feet” otherwise know as serifs. Typefaces such as Times Roman and Garamond are know as serif faces and when used for your interior text will give your reader an easy read. Typefaces such as Ariel and Futura are known as sanserif (without little feet) and are best used for heads, subheads or chart and graphs.

Be sure to request test pages of your text layout for your approval before your book is formatted.

Book Design: 7 Questions to Ask For What to Do About the Sales and Promoting of Your Book…

What is it about the prospect of having to sell and promote our new book design that makes us think we don’t know anything? We wake up to the process of sales every day. It begins with us asking what we’re going to wear and progresses into who we talk to at work. The process of creating rapport, stating benefits and follow though with each action we take… which is really all aobut the sales or promotion of us! Think about it?

So, lets take a few minutes to see what that might mean to our book?

1. Is the topic interesting?

2. Have we shared benefits throughout the text?

3. Have we taken the time to really show we care about how the book is perceived by having the cover and interior professionally designed?

4. Does the back cover pull the reader in?

5. Are we blogging?

6. Have we checked with local book stores?

7. Have we gathered relevant magazines?

These are just a few of the techniques needed to develop for the sales and marketing of our book… after all, it is our business card. Right?

And when you start thinking about all the ways you already unconsciously sell yourself… how hard can it be to do the same for your book? Thinking your book branding, marketing and promotion early on, getting a head start can make all the difference in the world to how you and your book move forward.

Reviews…how they help move your book sales

Amazon and most other book sales sites depend on the reveiws buyers give to the books that are listed…so…list some…there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t post a review of your own book!

Extend your opinion to possible readers…don’t let your book just sit there waiting for a review…take the initiative and put the first one up yourself.

The websites algorithm examines the number of reveiew and rank of the reviews when determining exposure levels… and we all know what that means!

Call your friends, family, anyone you know to submit a review and make them 5-star reviews, and state that your book was informative and helpful or any other appropriate words that will motivate that next person out there looking to buy your book. The Amazon computer likes books that receive 5-star and considered helpful information.

Solicit reviews from others, after you write a review for yours begin writing reviews on all the books you’ve read and post to their listings rememebering to mention your book in the review…(for example, “this review by the author of –name of your book here— or also recommended by the author of — name of book and info —-

Want book sales? Get yourself a 'Platform'

Is there a realistic formula to generating substantial book sales without a gazillion dollar marketing campaign or a rave reveiw from Oprah? There is, and it amounts to building a “platform” – industry lingo for a regular column, blog, newsletter, or seminar that allow an author to pitch to a ready-made audience.

An increasing number of nonfiction authors who have found success these days have parlayed their platform into book sales; T. Harv Eker, Jeffrey Gitomer, Rick Warren, and Joel Osteen (among others) are hitting the bullseye because they built an audience before they wrote their books which is why we’re seeing so many successful bloggers landing book deals with major publishers lately.

Posted by: Kareen on Apr 03, 05

Which is correct….Forward or Foreword?

I see this all the time…and which is correct?

Let’s refer to the dictionary.

Forward: ahead of time; early; moving toward a point in front; progressive

Foreword: an introductory remarks, preface or prefatory note

The answer IS……….FOREWORD!

don’t forget it and be sure your book uses the correct spelling.

Book Design: Resources for Self Publishing Help

Self-Publishing Resources

  1. ISBN Home Page
  2. Bowker.com For ISBN
  3. Convert 10 diget ISBN to 13 diget.
  4. Make your own barcode

Indexing Software
Authex, CINDEX, MACREX, SKY Index, and wINDEX

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Media Kits after your Book Design

Sun Sep 10, 2006

Once your book design is done be sure to creat a media kit an important part of your marketing. A kit is your resume, it tells and shows what you’re about. It should include: a short bio, image of your book cover, contact information, list of questions you can answer, book flyers, business card, poster, bookmark, any news media tie ins, what your product / service is and web link etc. Once your kit is assembled, Media professionals will have all the info necessary to determine what you offer for their interviews. Contact me to assist you with your media kit… karen@bookcoverdesigner.com


BOOK DESIGN: What information goes on a hardcover dust-jacket.

What copy goes on the dustjacket? If you look at books around your house you’ll find a mixture of possibilities. The list below is a starting point and allows for mix and matching… and, you don’t have to put all of these on your cover. I’ve seen a book with just one testimonial on the back or a quote in the front flap or no author photo.

Hardcover dust-jacket front and back flaps copy.

Options are listed use one per position, not all.

1.) Front-inside Flap

Book Categories

To follow is a basic beginning for choosing the category for your book. The list begins with non-fiction or fiction, then main category, then sub-category.

Your final category will look something like this:  Art/Techniques and can have additions to it such as: Art/Techniques/Brush

There is also a website that might help Book Industry Study Group http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-0-136-bisac-subject-headings-list-major-subjects.php


Antiques & Collectibles
General ,  Americana ,  Art ,  Autographs ,  Books ,  Bottles ,  Buttons & Pins ,  Care & Restoration ,  Transportation ,  Clocks & Watches ,  Coins, Currency & Medals ,  Comics ,  Dolls ,  Firearms & Weapons ,  Furniture ,  Glass & Glassware ,  Jewelry ,  Kitchenware ,  Magazines & Newspapers ,  Military ,  Performing Arts ,  Non-Sports Cards ,  Paper Ephemera ,  Political ,  Porcelain & China ,  Postcards ,  Posters ,  Pottery & Ceramics ,  Radios & Televisions ,  Records ,  Reference ,  Rugs ,  Silver, Gold & Other Metals ,  Sports Cards ,  Sports ,  Stamps ,  Teddy Bears ,  Textiles & Costume ,  Toy Animals ,  Toys ,  Wine ,  Popular Culture ,  Figurines ,  Canadiana ,  Tobacco-Related

General ,  Criticism ,  Decoration & Ornament ,  Domestic ,  Design & Drafting ,  History ,  Individual Architect ,  Interior Design ,  Landscape ,  Methods & Materials ,  Urban & Land Use Planning ,  Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings ,  Reference ,  Study & Teaching ,  Historic Preservation ,  Professional Practice ,  Religious Buildings ,  Project Management

General ,  Techniques ,  Clip Art ,  Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions ,  Color Theory ,  Conceptual ,  Criticism ,  Fashion ,  Folk & Outsider Art ,  Graphic Arts ,  History ,  African ,  American ,  European ,  Canadian ,  Individual Artist ,  Assemblage Art ,  Asian ,  Popular Culture ,  Reference ,  Sculpture ,  Study & Teaching ,  Continue reading

Websites: How to Get and Use an API key for your WordPress site

WordPress is a great way to build your website and web-presence. They offer free software that loads to your server, plugins to extend the use and function of your site and themes that create the image you project. This is an easy and time effective way to get on-line and start your business within 1-3 hours depending on your skill level.

  • Are you using WordPress for your website?
  • Do you get lots of spam?
  • Do you wonder what your stats are?

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Mailing Lists for Self Publishers PR and Reviews

Once your book design is done don’t forget to market it….

Magazines, newsletters and newspapers with book review columns. Advertising space is expensive. Editorial space is free. Put together your own list of industry publications to send articles and press releases to and find out who to send review copies of your book.

Review copies and news releases are your least expensive and most effective form of book promotion.

Set up dealerships with associations. Mailing Lists for Book PR and Reviews

Finding the time to research your market and get info from others can help you determine the best ways to move forward. I offer consulting sessions for self publishing authors with topics of discussion on; book size, promotion, branding and marketing and answer the important questions you might have.

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Book Cover Design: How Long Does it Take…time?

Time encompasses all parts of our lives. Process depends on time. Time determines what our experience will be.
I get asked a lot about time. Especially the time it will take to design the book cover.

As you begin the journey of self publishing you enter a new world, one that is exciting and confusing at the same time. You are learning all the new words and meanings…then… it’s time for the book cover design and there is more information this time specific to design, technology and process specifics.

You learn that there is a process of design. Of concept. Of experience. Each book has a life. This life is created within the writing of its pages and the mind of the author. The author relates their vision to the designer. Depending on how specific this vision is will determine the time it will take for your cover to become real. Some covers will take 7 days, others 3 weeks.

Together we’ll talk about the final result the author wants, who they want to see it and ead it. How it will impact their business…

This time designing a book cover can be a time of excitement. A time of learning about the new terms and technology. A time when any anxiety you might have going on will disappear by the time the process is complete, and it will become an experience you’ll be happy to experience again.