What the Shuttering of CreateSpace’s Services for Authors Means to You

CreateSpace has merged with www.KDP.com. Existing CreateSpace Customers: All CreateSpace titles have been migrated to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Use your Amazon account username and password to log into your KDP account. Click here to go to the KDP page on Amazon. If you did not create an account on [...]

Opportunities for Authors in Changes to Facebook’s News Feed

In an effort to take the focus off of fake news and an overload of information from business and community pages, Facebook has announced it is changing how posts are prioritized in its news feed. The news feed is what you see when you first open up the site on [...]

Author Story: Terry Braddock

When asked about the motivation behind his decision to self-publish, author Terry Braddock said something that really hit home: “I wanted to ensure my story was told as I remember it.” Terry’s memoir, The Stump—My Way Out of Chicago's South Side, tells of his journey out of the ghetto streets [...]

Indie Publishing Resolutions

Is 2019 the year you self-publish your book? Here are seven resolutions to guide you on your journey. 1. Be paid 100% of my royalties. Fortunately for indie publishers, this is easy to do. While authors working with publishing service-based companies like 1106 Design have always earned 100 percent of [...]

How to Set Up Your Copyright Page

Ugh, the copyright page! Just when you think you can’t handle another detail, you remember that you have to set up your book’s copyright page. Unfortunately you can’t leave the copyright page until the last minute because the process to apply for and obtain the various numbers and information to [...]

Our Top 10 Posts of 2017 from the 1106 Design Blog

Over the holidays, take some time to catch up on what indie publishers are reading about on our 1106 Design blog. Here are our top 10 most-read blog posts of 2017: How to Typeset a Book attracts readers curious to know exactly what page layout entails. It's the most-read blog [...]

Our Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Indie Publishers

The holiday season is upon us. Christmas is just a few weeks away, and if you celebrate Hanukkah – news alert – it starts next week! (Fortunately the holiday is eight days long, so you can fudge it a bit…) If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the [...]

Author Story: Yvette Benavidez Garcia

Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez was a military war hero who did two tours in Vietnam. His actions earned him the Medal of Honor and in the words of his daughter, Yvette Benavidez Garcia, “He has a following like no other.” Yvette is an elementary school teacher who teaches 4th [...]

How a Developmental Edit Can Save Your Book

Many entrepreneurs, speakers, consultants and other professionals write books. Authoring a book can be the next step in growing a business or advancing a career. A book adds a certain gravitas and helps to establish a person as an expert or thought leader—someone whose views on a subject are taken [...]

Author Story: Eleanor Gilvarry

Eleanor Gilvarry’s author story has so many unique aspects, it’s hard to know where to start. Her children’s book, Why Do I Love You? was crowdfunded. A decision to produce the book using offset printing rather than print-on-demand meant a new, larger trim size for her book, presenting a challenge [...]

Who’s gonna hold your hand? Preparing the author to self-publish.

It’s tempting to look at companies that provide design, editing and other publishing services to authors and say, “Oh, they overcharge to do book design because there’s no competition,” or, “They don’t really want to do this work so they charge a lot and take a long time to do [...]

1106 Design Self-publishing Author Story: Paul Hill

Culture shift in an organization is hard work. Undoing long-held beliefs and ways of doing. Agreeing on the values that should underpin the organization’s work moving forward. Creating new management practices that reflect those values. If not done properly, culture change can create much pain and upheaval, with some casualties. [...]

Why You Should Ask for an Editorial Evaluation

Two questions that authors rarely stop and ask themselves before self-publishing a book are: Is there a market for my book? Is my book ready for market? Authors who are publishing a book as a hobby—perhaps a memoir meant only for family members—may not find these questions to be pertinent. [...]

8 Ways to Make Your Book Lay Flat

Guest post by Sandy Gould, Direct Sales Manager, Color House Graphics Each book design has a different purpose, and some books are more effective if they can lay flat on a surface when opened. For example, cook books, music books, instruction manuals and other similar books need to lay flat [...]

How long will it take to self-publish my book?

The length of time it takes to self-publish, from finished manuscript to finished book, depends largely on three factors: The state of your manuscript How quickly you can make decisions The process you choose to self-publish your book. At 1106 Design, books are usually finished within 90 days if the [...]

How Self-publishing Companies Blur the Issue of the ISBN

A rumor is floating around out there on the Web, one that says the need for the International Standard Book Number, or ISBN, is fading somewhat. In fact the opposite is true; with millions of books being published every year globally, the need to track those books by assigning them [...]

3 Things Authors Need to Own

Authors who self-publish their books are notorious for letting someone else maintain possession of these three things: Their ISBN Their book files Their domain registration and web hosting. OK, maybe that’s four things. In any case, I am constantly helping authors retrieve ownership of one or the other, or between [...]

Author Story: Dennis Meredith

Have you noticed that online ads change to reflect whatever search you last performed in Google? Perhaps you searched for a cruise or a new fridge, or a certain health condition. All of a sudden you are inundated with ads for cruise deals, kitchen appliances and pain relievers! These ads [...]