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Tools You Can Use: Resources for Self-Publishers

by Cathi Stevenson Barcode generator I’ve used this service for years. Makes perfect EPS files that are formatted properly at 100% black. http://smallpressbarcode.com/ Book spine calculator The actual numbers for calculating your CreateSpace book spine. https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/CoverPDF.jsp Amazon book cover image sizes This page tells you the exact size they want: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A2J0TRG6OPX0VM#dim Cover template generator for Lightning Source https://www.lightningsource.com/covergenerator.aspx Get an ISBN in Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/isbn-canada/Pages/isbn-canada.aspx BISAC subject headings Find your book category https://www.bisg.org/bisac/complete-bisac-subject-headings-2015-edition Book layout Where does the copyright page go?…

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Sell Sheets and Book Promotion

by Cathi Stevenson BookCoverExpress.com book cover design is offering a free, one-sided sell sheet with the order of a full-spread (front, back spine) print book cover until March 1, 2016. A sell sheet is a flier that provides details about your book on one convenient sheet of paper. It differs from a press release because it’s not focusing on “news” about your book, but rather on the book itself. It’s like a birth announcement: facts and details. You can use…

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Amazon Book Sellers Versus Kindle: The Odd and Unusual

by Cathi Stevenson A few days ago a fellow blogger reported that Amazon was removing books due to keywords. According to Suzie Ivy at The Bad Luck Detective, “Books were removed because of three keywords located in the title’s information page in the keywords section: Free, Bestseller and Kindle. It didn’t matter if your book was free, an Amazon bestseller, or a Kindle eBook; Amazon pulled the plug.” Well, isn’t that interesting? I guess you really should read those dreadfully long and often…

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DIY Book Cover Design: An Infographic That Explains Templates

by Cathi Stevenson Having an awesome book cover design will go a long in way in helping you sell your book. Self-publishing has come a long way since the advent of print-on-demand (POD) technology, and sophisticated, professional book cover design is available to everyone. There’s no need to look “self-published,” or to paraphrase the late guru of self-publishing, Dan Poynter, for your book to have that “loving hands at home,” look to it. The same stock images and freelancers are…

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