Do you read the fine print in a contract?

Publishing contracts are like all contracts in one specific way. A publishing contract also has fine print. And what is not in the contract can be as important as what is.

For instance, did you know…

Unless stated otherwise, a contract can stay in force for 70 years after your death?

Make sure you understand what you are signing. Pull out those reading glasses and read each, and every, line. And don’t be shy about asking questions. Information is empowering. So garner all the info you can before signing on the dotted line.

Signature on contract

Fingers crossed that one day I’ll have this problem. Ha Ha.

Anyhow, back to the subject at hand.

I’ve stumbled across a very informative article and wanted to share. So head over to Read Between the Lines by  in Blogs.

Remember…

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.

Did you know about the 70-year thing?

Have you signed a publishing contract yet? What was your experience? 

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One of the best explanations about ISBN

You read right.

This article provides the best argument and explanation I’ve ever read about why you need to buy an ISBN.

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DNA Strand

Every writer wants to know the difference in a Free ISBN and a Purchased ISBN. Well, now you have it.

One authorized place to purchase an ISBN is at Bowker.com.

Click and read a terrific article on ISBN for your books…

An ISBN is a birth certificate for your book

Where do you stand on ISBN? Free or Purchased?

 

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How to pick the best self-publishing route

So, you’ve written a children’s book but what now?

How do you decide which service to publish with?

I think it really depends on your target audience. More than cost and convenience needs to be considered. Where do you want to market your book? What age is your book for? Will it sell better in e-format or hardback? Do you want to see it in libraries or schools? What size will it be? Those are just a few.

A great side-by-side comparison for picture books print on demand costs and convenience is addressed in the following post. What Print on Demand service is best for your self-published picture book? By Dayen Sislen

Her post explains the costs and services of three print-on-demand routes you can take.  . For my easy reader I went with just Createspace, but for my two picture books, I used Ingram Sparks and Createspace.

Have you published a picture book? Which did you use?

Do you only publish e-books? Why?

If you’ve written and published a children’s book, click on the contact me button and let me know all about your book. I’d love to share with my readers.

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Do you know if you need one yet?

An ISBN for your book?

This question pops up again and again.

Free vs Purchased? Which is better?

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I know authors who use both. The answer is a personal one and each #writer must decide what fits the goal for their book. But whatever you do, don’t take the decision lightly.

I purchased my ISBN from Bowker and published through both IngramSpark and Createspace.

Here is why:

  • I wanted hard copies, not just ebooks.
  • A purchased ISBN belongs to me. Giving me all publishing rights and control.
  • Allows me to publish under my imprint. (Second Act Press, not Amazon or Createspace.)
  • My books are available to my local library through the IngramSpark catalog. (Love seeing them there.)
  • Brick and mortar stores can order them. (One-day fingers crossed.)

But, I did not purchase an ISBN for the ebook version.

Here is why:

  • It is my understanding that ebooks use an ASIN which is provided by KDP free.  (Y’all correct me if I’m wrong on this.)
  • The ebook distribution does best through Kindle  (In my humble opinion.)

Virginia Anderson goes into a great more detail about the ins and outs of ISBNs in a recent blog post. So, head over and read her article before you decide to buy or not buy one for your book.

Help! Do I Really NEED an ISBN? by VS Anderson

Have you decided what you need for your book?

Did you buy an ISBN or use a free one?

Did you use a publishing service to handle this?

Did you find the process complicated?

Will you do it differently next time? How?

 

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