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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.

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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, […]

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


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, […]

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 your computer or smartphone, or if you click on the “Home” button in Facebook.

The priority will soon be posts from friends and family, putting the emphasis back on communicating and sharing with those who matter most to you. You’ll see fewer recipes, celebrities, magazines, newspapers, and…authors.

Basically, any Facebook page will […]

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 of Chicago’s South Side, where he grew up during the turbulent 60s and 70s. During the struggles of the civil rights era, Terry experienced racism as he spent his summers in the Deep South, working on his grandparent’s farm in the cotton fields of Tennessee. His faith and entrance into the […]

Indie Publishing New Year’s Resolutions

Is 2018 the year you publish your book? Or perhaps you launched in 2017 and are now in book marketing mode.

Either way, here are seven New Year’s Resolutions to guide you on your path.

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 their compensation by dealing directly with the print-on-demand (POD), sales and distribution of their books, thousands of other authors knowingly or unknowingly trade off a percentage of their compensation to self-publishing companies. Authors are now starting […]

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 be included on the page can take a couple of weeks.

Below is a handy template to help you sort through the details you need to include on the copyright page, including some suggested legalese.

Following the template, you’ll find more detailed information about applying for the ISBN, the Library of Congress […]

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:

  1. How to Typeset a Book attracts readers curious to know exactly what page layout entails. It’s the most-read blog post of 2017.
  2. Indie Publishing versus Self-publishing: The Rise of the Indie Author comes in number two. Authors continue to seek understanding about the best way to self-publish, one that gives them control over the process and a professionally designed book.
  3. Setting up one’s […]