As a result of current events, I’m in the process of making videos with tips on how to deal with isolation productively.
I’m kind of used to
feeling being working alone, so I have actual expertise on this.
In any case, here’s the second video in my series.
As awful as this pandemic has been, it’s important
not to freak out to keep a level head. And don’t believe everything you read or see online. 🙂
In any case, if you’re interested in self-publishing, here’s the next part of my blogged series on the subject. This is about ISBNs.
Let’s back up a moment and talk about ISBNs. If you decide to self-publish on your own, you’ll have to buy your own ISBNs. Every book has one and a different one is assigned for books in each format. This means print (hardcover and paperback), audio and ebooks each get a separate ISBN. In the U.S., ISBNs are assigned by R.R. Bowker. You can get them in the U.S. at www.myidentifiers.com.
Now, unless you think you’re going to be as prolific as Isaac Asimov or plan to write a 10-book series really soon, I’d start off buying a set of 10 ISBNs, to keep the costs down. However, you can buy them in sets of 100, if you’re ambitious and think you can use them. They’re cheaper in bulk.
ISBNs are currently not required on Amazon ebooks for Kindle. However, be advised that some distributors do require them on ebooks, which is another reason why you’ll want to purchase them in bulk if you plan to write more than one book. In any case, buying one ISBN simply isn’t cost-effective, so buy them in sets of 10 or 100.
So, self-publishing is not cheap! In fact, if you want to be a real indie author, you’ll need to factor in all these costs. Here’s another similar resource from Nathan Bransford.
When I say “real indie author,” I mean a genuine self-published author. With your own imprint. In short, a professional.
Finally, if you’d like to read about how I (rather accidentally) became an indie author, just click here! 🙂
PS: I’m offering my beginner’s mystery writing course free for 30 days! Just click here to learn more.