Publishing Tips

  • Return of Indie Behind-the-Scenes: Publishing a Hardcover on Ingram Spark

    As I mentioned previously, now that I am working with Snowy Wings Publishing I’m going to be re-releasing Fourth World with a hardcover edition. In the process of setting that hardcover up, I came across many stumbling blocks and experienced much general confusion due to the fact that IngramSpark’s publishing interface is not intuitive and requires you to do a lot of digging through PDF manuals, sorting through FAQ, and last-ditch…

  • Indie behind-the-scenes: don’t take advantage

    So, a few weeks ago I talked about not being taken advantage of when hiring freelancers for publishing your book. You shouldn’t need to run a Kickstarter in order to finance your book, and I stand by that. But there’s a flip side to that, too: don’t be so obsessed with getting a deal that you rip off another independent artist in the process. Publishing is a weird business. There are…

  • Indie behind-the-scenes: ISBNs

    Continuing with my theme from yesterday about authors on a budget and spending your money wisely, today I want to talk about ISBNs. For those of you who don’t know, ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) are the 10/13-digit identifier numbers on the barcode of a book. Every book has one, and they’re each an individual identifier. They are used by booksellers, libraries, publishers and more to keep track of books; and because…

  • More indie behind-the-scenes: don’t be taken in

    I have seen a few posts on Twitter from new-to-indie authors about their estimated or actual expenditures, and they’ve made me somewhat alarmed. Publishing an indie book does have some up-front expenses, but by no means should they break your bank. The quote I’ve seen most frequently tossed around is that an average indie book will cost you $1000, but that includes editing and marketing expenses! Editing is the biggest expense…

  • Some indie behind-the-scenes: distributors

    I recently agreed to teach a publishing class at a local college—yay! I never thought I would ever get back into teaching, and yet here we are. Life is full of surprises. Anyway, in the process of getting my lesson plans together, I realized that I’ve been hoarding a vast quantity of publishing tips, practices and tidbits, and this blog might be a good place to share some of them,…