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.)Are there ways to be sure I make money on my book? 6.)When my book sells out, does a reprint cost less than the first printing? 7.)What is a POD Publisher? 8.)What is a POD Printer? 9.)What about a Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN)? 10.)I know that paperback binding is less expensive. Why shouldn't I use it for my children's picture book? 11.)I want my book to be full-color, but it is not a children's book- is that OK? 12.)What is four-color process? 13.)What are BISAC codes and where do I get them? 14.)What is the difference between a cover, a jacket and a casewrap? 15.)Should I be looking outside the USA. to print my black-and-white book? 16.)How do I get my work copyrighted? 17.)What about bar codes? 18.)What is "text"? 19.)What costs are not included in the Self Publishing estimate? 20.)How do I find the copyright symbol on my computer? 21.)Why can't I just go to a local printer? 22.)How many books should I print? 23.)What are the different ways I can have my book printed? 24.)Domestic Printing vs. Printing Overseas: Is there a difference? 25.)What is the difference between a vanity press, a subsidy press, and a packager? 26.)What is a cooperative publisher? 27.)What is on-demand book printing? 28.)What is e-publishing? 29.)Are you really a Self Publisher? 30.)Should I get my work copyrighted? 31.)ISBN- Where does an ISBN get placed on a book? 32.)ISBN- What is an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)? 33.)ISBN- Do I really need my own ISBN? 34.)ISBN- Can't I have someone assign me one of their ISBN's? 35.)ISBN- Where do I buy an ISBN from if I do not live in the United States? 36.)ISBN- What is the difference between a bar code and an ISBN? 37.)ISBN- Do ISBNs have to be assigned to books that are not being sold? 38.)ISBN- Are different ISBNs used if a book appears in different languages? 39.)ISBN- If the price of the book changes, does the ISBN? 40.)ISBN- If changing the cover of a book, does a new ISBN have to be assigned? 41.)ISBN- If typos are being corrected, is a new ISBN necessary? 42.)ISBN- Can an ISBN be reused? 43.)What's the difference between a reprint and a new edition? 44.)ISBN- If a second edition has the same title as the first, does it keep the same ISBN? 45.)ISBN- How are ISBNs assigned to multi-volume works? 46.)ISBN- How are ISBNs assigned to books in a series? 47.)ISBN- If an ISBN is assigned in another country, does a US ISBN have to be gotten to sell the book in the US? 48.)ISBN- I got my ISBN from my printer and now I want to make sure it's in my name, how do I transfer the ISBN? 49.)ISBN- If a spouse or family member passes away, can a relative or surviving spouse use the remaining ISBNs? 50.)ISBN- If an author gets the publishing rights back, does the original publisher's ISBN remain?


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