Did you purchase ISBNs through Bowker’s website at myidentifiers.com between May and October 2018? Your credit card number might have been compromised. A few weeks ago (in October 2018) Bowker shut down the ordering system at myidentifiers.com for “extended maintenance” with no further information. No one could purchase ISBNs without either using one of their partner sites for a single ISBN or by FAX for a block of ten. (more…)
You have probably heard the news by now, CreateSpace is closing up shop and merging with KDP. Don’t panic! It will likely not affect you and I think it is a good thing.
If you are already using CreateSpace you will be given a message to move your account over to KDP when you log in. Eventually, they will not allow you to set up any new titles on CreateSpace and you will have no option but to move to KDP. (more…)
UPDATE: CreateSpace and KDP are merging, see notes below.
CreateSpace and IngramSpark are two Print-On-Demand printers often used by self-publishing authors. They both print, and distribute, your book to online retailers, such as Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com. Authors often struggle with the choice on which one to use for their book. The answer for you might be both. (more…)
One of the first steps you need to do when you decide to publish a book is to go out and get yourself a PO Box. Why? One word: Security. Without a PO Box, you will be using your home address in places that it is easy for anyone to find. Do you want your readers to know exactly where you live? Would you want your Annie Wilkes to know where to find you? Probably not. (more…)
If you are self-publishing a book, you need to understand wholesale discounts and how it affects the amount of money you will make when you sell a book through retail channels. When I talk to authors about how to calculate their book’s profit they’re often a little lost when it comes to understanding wholesale discounts. In this self-publishing article, I will explain what a wholesale discount is, and how to calculate the amount of money you will make when you sell your book. (more…)