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Authors and ISBNs in Switzerland


Swiss flagsBy JJ Marsh

As Swiss ALLi rep, I’ve had a lot of enquiries about the ISBN – International Standard Book Number.  Here are some answers.

This is the information I shared at TIPE (The Independent Publishing Event), January 2013 in Zürich.

An ISBN identifies your book, like a fingerprint. If you’re based in Switzerland, you need to apply for Swiss ISBNs. Those with an address in the UK, US, Australia, etc, can apply via those countries. In Britain, you have to buy a batch of 10. The US, Australia and Switzerland allow you to buy individual ISBNs but do remember that you will need a different number for each format, paperback, Kindle ebook, Smashwords ebook. Also a single ISBN costs 115CHF, whereas 10 cost 300CHF.

Swiss site (German/French): SBVV

UK site:

US site:

Australian site:

If you come from somewhere other than the above…

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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Uncategorized


Is LinkedIn Trying To Get Into The Self-Publishing Game with Pulse?


Almost everyone these days has a LinkedIn account, whether they need one or not — in fact I can’t tell you how many of my actor friends got one in college and never check it! But when you’re in a more straightforward profession than acting, or if you’re looking for ways to put yourself out there, it’s worth having a Linkedin profile.


However, in the world of publishing and personal branding, Linkedin gets forgotten much of the time. Who needs a Linkedin when you already have a Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and personal website, you might say?

Linkedin has apparently noticed this and, like Barnes and Noble, wants to make more of themselves in the self-publishing industry. Yesterday they announced the purchase of Pulse, a “social reading company” (sort of like an RSS feed, but prettier) as part of their first step toward becoming a “professional publishing platform.”

Here’s what…

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The Self-Publishing Question

Amanda K Byrne

I was talking with a friend at work the other day, and she waved a hand at her computer. On her screen was the cover and blurb for a book up on Wattpad, a site where you can post your stories for free, to be read for free. She wanted to know if I’d read the story, and then proceeded to tell me it was written by a teenager and she’d just landed a contract with a Big 5 publisher.

My first reaction was to scream and throw a tantrum like the two year old that I am. It seems to happen a lot, these self-published books, getting snapped up by publishers with big bucks for the authors, and when I go read the reviews of said books by sources I actually trust, I hear they’re fair to middling, with the occasional “hey, this shit is actually good” thrown…

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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Uncategorized


Kindle Direct Publishing launches beta of cover creation tool


Article at “The Digital Reader.”

One of the hardest parts of self-publishing is generating a good cover, either for paper books or digital ones. Places like Createspace and Lulu, among others, already have “cover wizards.”

You can certainly get a workable cover out of these “wizards,” but in my opinion it’s worth the effort to learn how to generate the artwork yourself, or at least hire it done. For one thing, there may be rights issues involved in reusing a cover created by a particular format’s “wizard” for another format. For another, you’re never going to get as much originality from a “wizard” as you can from real artwork.

Artwork for paper books, using the “one piece cover” art method, is hard to lay out. A one-piece cover is what you get by basically flattening the book out, or in the case of a book with a dust jacket, by…

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Top 5 Ebook Self-Publishing Tips in 2013

“People judge a book a book by its cover, they do, so I would strongly recommend that authors consider using a professional cover designer and investing the time and effort in that,” says Lefebvre.


Three days ago, the Times Colonist, a Canadian newspaper has published a very interesting article talking about Self-publishing. The article took  our attention an today we want to Reblog it for you. The article has suggestions for authors for having a successfull self-published ebook.

In 2012, Douglas & McIntyre filed for bankruptcy protection, Random House of Canada become the sole owner of McClelland & Stewart, and Penguin and Random House planned a merge. It’s perhaps no surprise that year also saw an explosion in online self-publishing, with a wealth of platforms — including Kobo Writing Life, Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, and iBooks Author — offering authors an alternate avenue.

“We’re actually hearing from a lot of different types of authors, some brand new and some successful … that have had traditional contracts that are just using self-publishing to experiment with new stuff or put books out that they…

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Do I need an ISBN?

If you are a publisher or bookseller it may be in your own interest as you want to sell books. If your books cannot be ordered and distributed by ISBN and if they are not listed in Books in Print you may find that your books do not sell: People will assume your books do not exist, and if they know they may consider it too much of a bother to handle them in a traditional fashion.


I’ve had writers ask me this question…A LOT. As a result, I figured I’d find some Q&A to assist my blog readers. One piece of advice…you will find POD and other publishing services that offer a free ISBN. Purchase and use your own if you truly wish to self-publish. If you decide to use their free one, THEY will be listed as the publisher of your book and NOT you.


Now onto the ISBN Q&A (compliments of the ISBN User’s Manual):

Q: Why should I use an ISBN?

A: If you are a publisher or bookseller it may be in your own interest as you want to sell books. If your books cannot be ordered and distributed by ISBN and if they are not listed in Books in Print you may find that your books do not sell: People will assume your books do not exist, and if…

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Why are novelists turning to co-authors?

As authors get older they don’t become as prolific, but there’s still an audience who want to buy their books


Self-PublishBest-selling author Wilbur Smith signed a six-book deal with publisher HarperCollins last week for a reported £15m. But it was also revealed that some of the books are to be written with the help of “carefully selected co-authors”, so how common is it for writers to hire them?

See Related article here 2012’s Highest Paid Authors

Having sold more than 122 million copies of his books, Wilbur Smith is praised as a master storyteller – yet the 79-year-old seemingly cannot keep up with the ever-constant demand for his titles. Read more here.

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