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Q: What is a Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN)?

Q: What is a Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN)?

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If you plan to sell your book in libraries, you’ll need an LCCN (Library of Congress Catalog Number). You can order your own through the web site of the Cataloging in Publication Division of the Library of Congress. The best news is that applying for an LCCN is free, so it makes sense to simply add an LCCN when you self publish a book.

*Remember, your book must be longer than 50 pages to qualify for an LCCN, so many children’s books and others do not apply


Recent Self Publishing Questions

Q. I published with Virtual Bookworm and was very disappointed with their service. Does anyone else have experience with Virtual Bookworm?
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Q. What is the differance between self publishing and publishing?
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Q. How do I copywrite my book?
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Q. Sir,I have prepared some papers and articles and since iUniverse and Xlibris only publish books, while my requirement is only for small articles and research papers.
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Q. Respected Sir, Richard Hull,

Most Respectfully,I am currently pursuing PhD program at one of the University in Canada in Computer Science.I am involved in Research,I have authored some research papers and articals and want to self publish them in one the journals or news letters or at some other resource from where I may look of academic brilliance,for this I can pay also,
Awaiting Immediate Instructions.
Kindly Help.

Yours sincerely,
Hartinder Singh Johal
M.Eng{Computer Engineering}
MS{Software Systems}
B.Tech(Hons){Computer Sc & Engg}

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Q. what about booksurge? they are a book publisher and charge for my book 599 to start.
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Q. Dear Guru,
I am self publishing a book of original music (fiddle tunes). I bet
I`ll sell a few hundred total, a few at a time at dances and gigs. I am self printing and comb binding them too. For the last batch I used a HP laser printer with Staples 24 lb bond. The printing on the reverse side shows through too much though. What inexpensive printer paper might I use to minimize this reverse side “shadow” from bleeding through?
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Q. Do you need an ISBN or SAN for a
booklet – not quite a book? Thanks.

Pat S.
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Q. I am currently in the process of getting my book printed out, where do I go from here in regards to getting it out there in the market place? where do I go to sell it and expose it?
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Q. I have a small consulting company in which I also put together info booklets. Now I want to self publish my book a along with other individuals. Woul I now also be considered a publisher? Do an individual who self-publish have to set up a company as well
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Q. I have written a book and I would like to get it published to whom should I turn.
Thanks in advance
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Q. My Best friend passed away of Duchenne`s Muscular Dystrophy in 1998, leaving behind a manuscript about his life and coping with the disease. He was one of the few people with Duchenne`s to make it to adulthood.
Try as I might I can not interest an agent in the project because his family wants most of the proceeds to the MDA. Without an agent I can`t get it to a big time publisher.

Now a small local publisher, who does his on printing, wants to publish it for a fee. I have only known him for a short time, but he seems to be an honest, Christian young man. How can be sure that I`m not being taken for a ride? Is in-house printing a good reason for changing a fee? How many copies should we print the first time out? Please advise.
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Q. Hello!! I was wondering how get a copyright for mty bok and o I need a registration number with the library of congress!I have library that will take my book but they say it has to be published ,copywritten and registered!! I already have paid to have it printed and have it put together!Its a childrens book!Please
let me know!Thank You Cynthia Masi-Neuenfeldt
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Q. Do I have to start a corporation to self-publish my book?
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Q. ho do I get an isbn number for the book I have written?
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Q. I want help with my manuscript but I want to avoid “vanity” presses. Where do I go?
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Q. Please let me know the standard sizes of paperbacks. Most POD printers want to supply the “trade cover” 6″ x 9″, which has not been well accepted amongst readers in South Africa.

Kind regards,

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Q. what are steps in using the perfect book binding method?

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Q. If bookshops insist on stocking my book on a sale or return policy, hwo do I keep track of their sales?
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Q. Can you please tell me how I can self publish my book “Let This Mind Be In You”, a spiritual book. Can you tell me the first thing to do all the way to the last thing to do, detail to detail.
Thank you.
amera thompson
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Q. how do i get started on writing a book about my husbands life story? he was severely beaten from a newborn till he was 16 or 17 yrs old, and he suffers from chronic health problems.
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Q. i am a college student looking to print 5000 copies of a 48pg full color high quality magazine involving arts and literary magazine-esque content. no ads. how much is a printing press and materials and for an ongoing project would that be better than using an outside printing co?
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Q. When asssigned the 10 ISBN numbers through Bowker, can I use them for 10 completely different books (published by myself), or ar they only to be used for variations on the original book, such as 2nd & 3rd printing?
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Q. What is the typical mark up on books sold through book store or internet. In other words, if I have a suggested retail of 29.95, what is the most common wholesale price. This is a soft cover manual, do they typically have a certain mark up?

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Q. If I use a POD, should I FIRST secure an ISBN?
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Q. I`m lost! For pure printing, no other services, who is the best financial deal to do print on demand?

How`s ?
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Q. I`ve written a book/ user guide, and will be printing and binding the copies myself. What is the best way for me to obtain and imprint the
“bar code?”
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Q. I have published a book with a small independent Belgian publisher, who usually specialise in journals. How do they go about selling my book on Amazon? Who else should I ask them to sell my book through? How else should I market it? all advice greatly appreciated
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Q. Is digital printing machine works same as offset printing machine?
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Q. I have self pulished my first childrens book and have more to follow at a later date. I have just found out from a book reviewer that I need a ISBN number. Do you know where I can go to get one or two for a reasonable price and how much it would cost. I know that I need one now to sell in bookstores. I have a web site about my iguana that is the star of my book……. Thank you and have a nice day. Robin Thomas
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Q. What exactly does acronym ISBN stand for?
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Q. what type machine is used to fold and or bind children`s board books
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Q. Also,

How do you determine what type of paper the book will be printed on?
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Q. How can you determine the number of pages for a manuscript when it is not yet finished? It`s a 12 chapter book. All the companies want the approx. number of pages is there some secret to figuring that out?
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Q. When your manuscript is finished, how do you know how many pages it will be depending on which trim size you choose, the number of blank end-of-quarto pages, and front pages?
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Q. After messing aroudn with other software programs, the author of the book I am typesetting asked me to use Word to format the book. Upon researching this, I have read that all I need to do is center the 5.5 x 8.5 page, in Word, to the 8.5 x 11 normal page. ???? Should I simply create margins that will mimic centering the text or will this make things difficult for the printer when I send them a PDF file?
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Q. I have recently purchased a block of 10 isbn numbers for the purpose of self-publishing one book. Can I allow a friend to use one my isbn numbers for the publication of his book, in that he does money to buy one. Is this legal and if so why don`t more one book only self-publishers share there 10 numbers which the cost could be shared by all involved? New to all of this and your guidance is much appreciated.
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Q. I am typesetting a book: should I use a True Type font (type) or a postscript font (type) for a manuscript typeset in Word to be converted to a PDF file for final printing?
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Q. I have self published a book and want to offer it for sale on my web site. I was going to use Paypal for the credit card sales but think I am going to have problems as it`s a sexuality/self help BDSM book. Any suggestions to a similar service that won`t cost me monthly fee`s but rather less than 10% commission fee?
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Q. how much should the cover photo cost?
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Q. May we post your tips about working with a book designer on our writing co-op newsletter site please? thanks for your response,
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Q. how to calculate the spine thickness of the journal, if the pages of the journal is 117 and cover pages 2.
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Q. I am doing research for my marketing exam. I have to find innovative ideas to promote a book for an author. But the marketing budget is ZERO!! I will suggest book signing at book shops,interviews with media and TV/radio,email lists,author`s web site promo,press release.
Do you know of some better ideas?

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Q. How do I go about self-publishing and I`m starting my own business and need to copywrite some of the sayings –If I self-publish them are they copywrighted.also, I am needing to purchase many of the “game of life” minitures. where do I find them?
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Q. Who would be the top 5 or 10 POD printing places online (that you would recommend) and would that be an ok route to go and have your book printed.
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Q. I only have one book that I want to publish, and want to aquire just one ISBN. Do I have to buy 10 or can I just purchase 1? If so, can you give me an estimate of total costs to do so online?
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Q. Please help with confusion on the ISBN. We`re printing twenty different books that are all related (Volume 1 of Revelation, Volume 2, etc.)If I get the block of 10, can I use subdivions (for lack of a better word to use) of one number for each volume? I have other unrelated books/CD`s to publish and I`m trying to figure out how to best use the block of 10 numbers.

Thank you so much for being here – feel lucky to have run into your site on a google search.

Hope to hear from you soon – we`re ready to roll!!!
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Q. What is processing fee amount and is the registration fee $225 plus bar code fee of $25 per book. I am not clear on prices.
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Q. I am finding myself stumped at having the correct and respectful way to approach Book stores (Independent book stores and large chain book stores.) I`ve worked ao hard on the making and the production of my novel, I would hate for this little stumbling block to crush me right here.
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Q. I am designing the cover for my book. The output files is in pdf format. When I print it on a laser printer at Kinko, the size on paper is different from the size on the screen zoomed at 100 %. How do I adjust the screen size to get the hard copy size I want ?
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Xlibris Presents: How to Write a Book Promotional Plan

Xlibris Presents: How to Write a Book Promotional Plan

Xlibris Presents: How to Write a Book Promotional PlanWhen it comes to the point that your Xlibris manuscript is complete, you have edited it and edited it once more until it’s as good as it can get. Finally you have designed the book and its cover, written the foreword and your bio notes.

The next critical area to address ‘is how do you get the book noticed?  A promotional plan is a must. It’s just as important, or more so if you want to make a living out of it, as the writing and design of the book itself.

It is pertinent to note many authors, who ignore this vital part of the self-publishing progression, then express severe disappointment once their book doesn’t sell.

So, how does one put together a promotional plan for your book?

There are many articles and books on the subject and, indeed, software packages available online to assist you in this process. However you need to identify and set the core ingredients to promote and sell your book. Your Xlibris marketing adviser will help in this key element of affordable publishing. But initially what should to be included in your promotional plan?

Overall Goal:  At the start you need to understand why you slaved away to write your book. In other words “what’s the goal you are making an attempt to attain?” Did you want a bestseller or just get your story out there to friends and family?

Once you have selected this personal definition of success you can then set your promotional plans accordingly.

Target Market:  When your overall goal is set you then need to verify who you want to reach.

Key Message:  Once you have determined your targets market(s) attempt to find the particular message that will insure your book stands out.

Objectives: You must set objectives to attain your goal. Make certain these are reasonable and achievable within the overall plan (budget, timings etc).

Plans:  If the objectives listed above are the “To’s” then the plans are how you meet the objectives or the “By’s”. In other words your plans define the steps to satisfy your objectives, and they ought to begin to form measurable actions.

Actions:  These are the individual tasks required to attain the plans.

Timing:  Your selling ought to happen on associate current basis, thus you must produce a timetable from your plans to ensure your objectives are met. Also making sure resources are available for every action.

Budget:  Finally you need to set an affordable budget to attain your objectives and goal. Thus you ought to modify your strategy and/or retime various plans and actions to be within your budget.

We trust the above will help you focus on what you need to achieve your dream and remember your  Xlibris personal marketing consultant is always on hand to assist you in creating your book marketing strategies and in every aspect of implementation.

Fill out the form to get your FREE Guide To Marketing Services or call 1-888-795-4274 today for a FREE consultation with your personal marketing consultant.

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Xlibris Corporation Announces the Launch of its eAdvantage Publishing Package

Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

How about a way to self-publish your book automatically in all the latest e-reader formats, have it distributed by the six largest ePublishing retailers, have ability to custom design the interior and exterior (cover) AND FURTHER, have your book featured in the Google Search Engine marketing component! (I think Google pretty much happens for you for free when you self-publish on your own anyway).

Xlibris Corporation says it does this very thing through it’s eAdvantage publishing package.

Pretty damn good, eh? I think this could be a good thing…depending on the up-front costs, which I can’t determine over the week-end…But, there is an “800” phone number given below
that you can call later and get all the relevent info.

I DO know that you can get your books advertised on Smashwords that offer downloads in all the e-reader formats FOR FREE…but, you have to pretty much do your own advertising…I…

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Publish Your Own Book

With BlogCollector, publishing your own book has never been so easy!

Below illustrates the steps in the whole process:

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  1. Write the book in your blog
    Any blog will do: MSN Spaces, Blogger/Blogspot.
  2. Use BlogCollector to prepare your manuscript into PDF
    Let BlogCollector do the hardwork! Download it now.
  3. Buy an ISBN number for your book
    You can buy it from at very affordable price (around USD 20).
  4. Send your PDF to a print-on-demand shop
    Such shops include Xlibris, iUniverse, and AuthorHouse.

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Xlibris Book Publishing Company: How To Market Your Book

Your book is written. Your job as author is over; time to just sit back and let the fame and fortune roll in.

Well, maybe not yet. In many ways, to paraphrase the Carpenters, you’ve only just begun. If you want your book to be bought and read by the widest audience possible, you have to let readers know that it’s available, and that means marketing.

Publishers have departments whose sole purpose is to market books. They promote books through advertising and direct mail, conferences and trade shows. Publishers also arrange bookstore signings and send out review copies. There are marketing managers, copywriters, publicists, and designers who are paid to get your book noticed. While there are obvious advantages to this system, there is a serious downside: No one knows a book better than its author, yet authors are often out of the marketing loop at large publishing houses.

As a self-marketing author, you need to take advantage of the fact that you know your book, and you know who its audience is. The problem is, of course, how to reach that audience. Here are some ideas for how to effectively, and inexpensively, market your book.

It all begins with promotional copy. Condensing a 300-page book into 300 words is a difficult, but necessary, first step. Promotional copy should be brief, descriptive, and engagingly written. Revise, polish, and check your work for spelling and grammar. Your promotional copy offers readers and reviewers a thumbnail sketch of your book and should be used as a starting point for all marketing activities.

Once you have promotional copy written, it’s time to put it to work. Include promotional copy on the jacket and back cover of your book. With the right copy and an attractive design, your book becomes its own marketing tool.

Having your book reviewed is the best form of free publicity available. Although reviews are difficult to get, they are worth pursuing. Use your promotional copy as a press release and send it to any and all possible reviewers, from your local newspaper to The New York Times Book Review. Include information about yourself and where you can be reached. Try to target individual reviewers who might be particularly interested in your work.

Authors interested in marketing their own book will find most direct-mail options cost-prohibitive. However, flyers featuring your book can be easily produced and inexpensively photocopied. Give these flyers to friends and family, hand them out at work, ask your local bookstore to display them, pass them out to members of your reading group. Make certain your flyer includes ordering information, the book’s price and ISBN, and your web address (which should, of course, prominently feature your book).

Personal web pages are a great way to advertise your book. Include promotional copy, a cover image, and ordering information. Be sure to feature your web address on all promotional materials, both print and online.

Marketing your book can often seem like an uphill climb. With effective and polished promotional copy, the right amount of determination, and a basic understanding of self-marketing, however, you can make this hill much easier to climb. You’ve done the work of writing your book; now it is time to make your book work for you.

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Xlibris presents the Benefits of Self-Publishing

For years, Xlibris has been making tens of thousands of people’s dreams of becoming published authors come true, and we definitely have some experience to share. So what are some of the advantages of self-publishing, as opposed to the “traditional” publishing route?

Today we’ll highlight some of the more significant differences you’ll encounter if you elect self-publishing, and you can decided if it’s right for you.

Let’s say this up front, though: publishing, self or otherwise, has never been an easy business. Regardless of how you publish, you’re going to have to be a great self-promoter. That means book signings, social media, readings, and good old-fashioned word of mouth. But if you had the perseverance to complete that first book, you can handle it!

So what are some benefits of self-publishing?


Even if you find an agent, and even if that agent finds a publisher (two rather big “if’s”), it can take years for your book to actually hit the shelves. The self-publishing cycle is much shorter; your book can go from your computer to the shelves in months (or even weeks, if you elect to publish as an e-book.)


Traditional publishing is a “survival of the fittest” kind of world. If your book isn’t selling, it’s going to be taken off the shelves, before it even has a chance to build a fan base. When you self-publish, your book stays available as long as you want it to be available.

Creative Control:

When you self-publish, you have much more control over the final appearance of your book, to include the cover design, size, binding, etc. Does this place the weight of more decisions on your shoulders? Sure–but the final product will be more in line with what you envisioned.

No More “Gatekeepers”:

Remember what we said about publishing being a tough business? Well, you know what’s harder than promoting a published book? Promoting an unpublished book. Traditional publishing isn’t about making sure the most deserving books make it to the bookstores, it’s about what the publishers feel they can successfully market. “Why,” their thinking goes, “should we sell 5,000 copies of a thousand authors’ books when we can sell five million copies of ONE author’s book?” Good-bye, midlist.

Even if your potential audience is just a few thousand people, a few hundred, the residents of your town, or your own family members, self-publishing allows your book to become a reality.

You’ve worked hard, spent hundreds of hours and weekends, and probably sequestered yourself from friends and family to get that manuscript completed. Why let it lie around in your closest, or take up space on your hard drive? Self-publishing, with Xlibris or on your own, can help you take it across the finish line to your ultimate goal: putting your book into the hands of your readers.

Check out the Xlibris Bookstore to see how other self-publishing writers are making their dreams come true! We hope to see you back again soon at the Xlibris Writer’s Workshop!

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Xlibris Writer’s Workshop Presents: Inspiration for Writing – Part One

Notwithstanding how much you love to write, there will always be times when inspiration will not come and frustration kicks in. Inspiration is the essential ingredient every author must have.  Every writer needs to be inspired to find that brilliant book within them. Inspiration can come from a plethora of sources. In this first of a series of articles written for our new Xlibris Writer’s Workshop, we will explore a few sources you may of thought of and/or use right now. If you don’t; great! If you do, let these tips act as a reminder.

Keep a notebook handy:

This is a must for anybody who wants to write. Jot down your thoughts as they occur, use it to record quotes, plot ideas, character references, snippets of good phrases and conversation. Then use it as a research tool for your writing.


Listen to people:

When you are out in public, listen for what people are saying. I don’t mean eavesdrop, but keep quiet and your ears open for any interesting and relevant bits of dialog, and then jot it down in your notebook quickly.

Use your friends and family:

Speaking with friends and family can be a knowledgeable spring of inspiration. These conversations can stir the pot, focus your thoughts and produce ideas you had not envisaged. This can result in something that is greater than the sum of the parts.


Quotes are another massive source for insight. There are many internet quote sites you can visit to experience the words and sayings of the great and the good. Hopefully these will motivate and thrill you to greater heights in your efforts.

Source: Xlibris Writer’s Workshop Presents: Inspiration for Writing – Part One


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