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Self-Published Author Story: Sonia Panigrahy

When self-published author Sonia Panigrahy went looking for children’s books that featured a young girl superhero protagonist, she was in for a surprise. Nowhere could she find a book for young children that realistically identified females—especially ones of color—as intelligent, physically tough, brave and adventurous. Disappointed that girls continue to be excluded from the heart of the superhero story, Sonia set out to create her own.

The result is Nina the Neighborhood Ninja, an illustrated book for children ages 3-6, about an everyday girl superhero who uses her brain and her muscles to complete rescue missions. Through the book’s narrative and […]

The Parts of a Book: A Comprehensive List

Your manuscript is only part of the book—the most important part to be sure, but there are more. Inevitably, you will be ready to submit your book to the typesetter, and your editor or proofreader will say, “What about ______________ (fill in the blank with the missing piece)?”

We’d like to help you avoid that issue. Here’s a list of the various book parts in the order that readers expect them to appear. We’ve also provided you with a handy Parts of a Book Checklist that you can use to keep track of the pieces as they are […]

10+ Resources for Indie Authors

Authors often ask us for our favorite self-publishing resources and sources of information for writers. Over the years we’ve accumulated some favorites and in researching this article, came across a few new ones as well. Here’s our list of resources for indie authors. Let us know of your favorites and we’ll add them to the list.

IngramSpark: We’re particularly impressed with the practical and informative resources IngramSpark is adding to their website, and we reference their videos often. On the Resources tab of the IngramSpark website, you’ll find a list of their educational materials, including videos, blog posts from publishing experts, […]

Philip Muls: Author Story

This month, author Philip Muls celebrates five years of sobriety.

Looking back, Philip sees clearly the transformations he went through thanks to sustained sobriety, and it’s this improvement in the quality of his life, along with sharing his story with people on the same difficult journey, which motivated Philip to write his new book, Mind on Fire: A Case of Successful Addiction Recovery.

Mind on Fire is a gripping, authentic account of Philip’s first eighteen months of sobriety. The physical symptoms of withdrawal from a drug or alcohol addiction might last a month or two at most—but the psychological withdrawal can last […]

How to Self Publish a Book in 7 Steps

If you’re planning to self-publish your book, it’s a good idea to be aware of all the steps involved before you start. In this blog post we outline the basic process.

Step 1: Understand the Publishing Process

The publishing process involves a few moving parts. Understanding these before you begin will help you with the remaining steps. For example, it’s hard to choose the members of your publishing team if you don’t understand their jobs.

Basically, the publishing process involves:

  • Cover design
  • Interior page design
  • Editing
  • Typesetting
  • Proofreading
  • Printing and distribution
  • Marketing

You can read more about the publishing process here.

Step […]

Accessing Your Application Files with CreateSpace


What You Need to Know About CreateSpace Right Now

All CreateSpace titles will be migrated to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in the next few weeks. Please refer to our new blog post on CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing: What You Should Do Next to read the official announcement and our suggestions for next steps.

Your account on CreateSpace is still active. Please direct all questions about royalty payments and book files to CreateSpace. Click here for the CreateSpace HELP page.

For years, CreateSpace offered two types of services to authors: self-publishing services (cover design, layout, typesetting, […]

Lynda Goldman shares her roadmap to success

lynda-goldmanLynda Goldman, a native of Montreal, Canada, is an author of 40+ books, a publisher of health and wellness books, and a copywriter for the natural health industry.

With a fine arts degree but few job prospects, Lynda got a teaching degree and a job teaching English as a Second Language at the college level. She subsequently fell into writing (read more about her journey here), when a colleague asked her to co-author a book, and they were offered a contract by Prentice Hall to write a series. This led […]

AuthorU and Bublish: Book Marketing Tools for Authorpreneurs

Guest post by Grace Allison, Modern Mystic and author of Do You Have a Dream?, A Dream is a Wish the Heart Makes, and Einstein’s Compass, A novel of what if?

bublishIn the 1980s I was a sales representative for voicemail. In those days people relied on pink slips for messages. It could take days to connect with the person you wanted to talk to. So when I told people about voicemail they gave me the “huh” look. Send a letter with my voice? Why would I want to do that? We […]

Author Story: Lynn Lorenz

In this series, 1106 Design interviews authors who have teamed up with 1106 Design to self-publish their books.

LynnLynn Lorenz has some advice for authors: If you don’t have a passion for the subject you’re writing about—save your ink! One visit to the website for Lynn’s company Just Multiples and you know that she has tons of passion for the subject of her new book, Twice Upon a Time.

Lynn specializes in products for parents of twins, triplets and beyond; indeed her tagline is “Where shopping begins for triplets and […]

ISBNs, LCCNs and Copyright — Oh My!

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No matter how long you try to put it off, you will at some point need to deal with the copyright page in your book (meaning you need an ISBN and perhaps an LCN), and with obtaining the ISBN and bar code for your book cover. Here is a primer about ISBNs, LCNs, and copyright.

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

Every book that is sold in a retail environment (and that includes online booksellers) needs an ISBN. The ISBN […]