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Don’t fall for the free ISBNs!

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You may be aware that for a lot of online book distributors, you don’t need an ISBN to publish your ebook. If you want to publish a print copy or an ebook with Apple’s iBooks, you need an ISBN.

I think you should get an ISBN anyway, even if you don’t have to get one. Then you can publish it anywhere.

You will need one number for each version of your book, meaning, one for the print version, one for an audiobook version (if you decide to go that route), and one for your ebook version. I’ve been told that you need a separate one for EPUB and MOBI, but I’m not sure. It doesn’t sound right. It’s just the electronic form of the book.

Online distributors will tell you that if you get your ISBN through them, it is absolutely free and that’s great, especially for me here in Australia where we have to pay for them.

But…

DON’T DO IT! Even if ISBNs are free in your country. Why? Because if you get a number through Amazon’s CreateSpace, Smashwords, Lulu, Ingram Spark, and whoever else offers them, then THEY are the owners of the ISBN, NOT YOU! You won’t be able to use that number anywhere else! If you decide that you don’t want to publish through Smashwords anymore, you can’t use that ISBN on Amazon. And vice versa.

Find out about how much it costs, or if it’s free where you are, and get your own. Here in Australia, it costs $44 for one ISBN, $88 for 10, and $480 for 100. I went with the 10.

Bowker.com is the place to go. They are the official ISBN Agency. For Australia, it’s Thorpe-Bowker and the website is www.myidentifiers.com.au.

If you publish a print book, you’ll need a barcode for the book. In Australia, barcodes are $45 each if you buy between 1-5 barcodes. From 6-10, it’s $40 each. 11 plus and they’re $35 each.

Yes, I know. More money. Every time you turn around, someone wants your hard-earned cash, but it is worth it to OWN your ISBNs and barcodes. Then you can have total control over their use.

One thing to note: You can’t use the same ISBN for different books. If you decide to take a book off the market and you’re never going to sell it anywhere again, you can’t reuse that ISBN. Sorry, but that’s the way it is. It’s because there still might be copies of it floating around out there, being sold second-hand on eBay or Amazon. New book, new number.

Same goes if you change your author name, like I did. I went from my married name, Susan Carter, to my maiden name, Susan McKenzie, and used up another two ISBNs and another barcode. But that was my choice. If – I mean when – I become famous, I don’t want it to be under my married name when I’m not using it anymore. If I ever get married again, I’m not going to change my author name. It really was a pain in the neck to do. But that’s another story.

So, it’s all up to you, of course, but the whole idea of self-publishing is to have control over all aspects of the publishing process.

I hope this has been helpful to you.

 

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Another free promotion of Tamisan

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Tamisan is free on the 22nd July on Amazon! Grab it now!

Why Amazon is driving me crazy right now

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It started with the Kindle app on my phone. I used to be able to download and read a sample of a book, and if I liked it, I could click a link at the end of the sample and buy the full book. Not anymore. Now I have to go out of Kindle, open up Safari, go to www.amazon.com.au and search for the book, then click to buy it. It is really frustrating and I can’t understand why they changed it. Were people complaining and saying they didn’t know they were buying the book when they clicked the link? Because that’s ridiculous. It tells you that you are buying it. You have to actually click on “Buy now with one click”.

Amazon, if you’re reading this, please change it back!

The other, more recent thing, is at the US site, when I click on a link on my computer to view the book’s sales page, the browser scrolls down to the reviews or the author bio or somewhere in between. I know that the reviews for a book are important, but this is beyond annoying. I click the link so I can get a better look at the book’s cover and read the product description. I’ll scroll down to the reviews when I’m good and ready. Actually, I rarely look at the reviews. I decide whether I am going to read it by all the other details. Just because someone else likes or dislikes the book, doesn’t mean I will too. And then there’s the fact that some reviews contains spoilers…

Strangely enough, if I go to the Australian Amazon site, it doesn’t do it (thankfully).

Amazon, if you’re reading this, please change it back!

I’d be interested to know if any of you find these things annoying too.

 

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Amazon in your country

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Hey everyone! Just a quick post about Amazon. When I first signed up to Amazon, I signed up to the one in the US (www.amazon.com). I’m not sure when they spread out and created sites in different countries around the globe, but I didn’t know anything about them at first.

A few years later, I signed up as a book seller. I was still buying books through the US site and paying the international conversion fee to transfer my money into US dollars. Then I found out about the Australian site (www.amazon.com.au), so I switched and now I pay for my books in Australian dollars and don’t have to pay the fee.

If you live in a country that is different to where you live, check out whether there is an Amazon site in your country and save yourself some money.

I hope this has been helpful to you. Let me know in the comments.

 

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Tamisan Re-released

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I have finished revising Tamisan and have decided to make it part of a series. The new title is Tamisan (Tamisan Book 1). It is available on Amazon and Smashwords. Smashwords puts your book through to Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple, so it is available at all of those online stores, too. If you prefer print books, it is available in print through Amazon.

I am excited to have the improved version of my story out there and can’t wait to see how it goes.

For anyone who reads it or who has read it already, I would appreciate it if you could write a review. It is one of the best ways for me to advertise my books to the world. Thanks in advance.

Sue

Review for Brightest Kind of Darkness

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By PT Michelle

Unique Ability

Nara Collins is unique. Every night, she dreams what will happen in her life the next day. It is handy to know when you will trip over something or the answers to the questions in an upcoming test. She doesn’t usually do anything major to change things, but when lives are at risk, she can’t just stand by and let it happen. So she saves them.

Then her powers start to fail her and she meets Ethan Harris. He is a mystery to her and her friend is telling her to stay away from him. She needs to find out more about him and if the rumours are true.

This story is one that draws you in and has you wondering about Nara’s powers and what Ethan’s story is, but the thing I loved was the intensity of the relationship between them. And once you think you have him worked out, he does something to throw you off again.

The mystery deepens, even as the book comes to an end, and it will leave you wanting to grab the next book in the series, Lucid. Then you’ll want to get hold of the prequel, Ethan, which tells the story from Ethan’s point of view of when they meet. You can read it before or after Book 1, but I recommend reading it afterwards.

I loved all three of these books.

Don’t worry, the next one is due out in 2013. Destiny is Book 3 in the series and I can’t wait to read it.

It’s available on Amazon right now and the Kindle version is free!

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5 out of 5 stars