Frequently Asked Questions

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66 General Questions

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1.)What are some good reasons for self-publishing? 2.)How difficult is it to publish my own book? 3.)What makes self-publishing an attractive option? 4.)Should I start my own publishing company? 5.)What is the difference between a vanity press, a subsidy press, and a packager? 6.)What is a cooperative publisher? 7.)What is on-demand book printing? 8.)What is e-publishing? 9.)What is a bleed? 10.)What is a page? 11.)What is the difference between a cover, a jacket and a casewrap? 12.)Should I opt to have a jacket on my children's book or is a casewrap enough? 13.)Is white considered a color in printing? 14.)What trim size should I use? 15.)Why can't I just go to a local printer? 16.)Should I be looking outside the USA. to print my black-and-white book? 17.)How many books should I print? 18.)What costs are not included in the Self Publishing estimate? 19.)Are there ways to be sure I make money on my book? 20.)When my book sells out, does a reprint cost less than the first printing? 21.)How do I get my work copyrighted? 22.)How do I find the copyright symbol on my computer? 23.)What about bar codes? 24.)What are the different ways I can have my book printed? 25.)Domestic Printing vs. Printing Overseas: Is there a difference? 26.)I know that paperback binding is less expensive. Why shouldn't I use it for my children's picture book? 27.)I want my book to be full-color, but it is not a children's book- is that OK? 28.)What is four-color process? 29.)What are BISAC codes and where do I get them? 30.)What is a POD Publisher? 31.)What is a POD Printer? 32.)Are you really a Self Publisher? 33.)ISBN- What is an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)? 34.)Should I get my work copyrighted? 35.)What about a Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN)? 36.)How much do you charge for your website design services? 37.)What is "text"? 38.)ISBN- Do I really need my own ISBN? 39.)ISBN- Can't I have someone assign me one of their ISBN's? 40.)ISBN- Where do I buy an ISBN from if I do not live in the United States? 41.)What is a CPSIA line on copyright page for children's books? 42.)ISBN- Where does an ISBN get placed on a book? 43.)ISBN- What is the difference between a bar code and an ISBN? 44.)ISBN- Do ISBNs have to be assigned to books that are not being sold? 45.)ISBN- Are different ISBNs used if a book appears in different languages? 46.)ISBN- If the price of the book changes, does the ISBN? 47.)ISBN- If changing the cover of a book, does a new ISBN have to be assigned? 48.)ISBN- If typos are being corrected, is a new ISBN necessary? 49.)ISBN- Can an ISBN be reused? 50.)What's the difference between a reprint and a new edition?


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