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

    January 11, 2017

    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…

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

    August 31, 2016

    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…

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  • Indie behind-the-scenes: ISBNs

    July 25, 2016

    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.…

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

    July 24, 2016

    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…

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  • Some indie behind-the-scenes: distributors

    July 5, 2016

    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…

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