What Is an ISBN Anyway, and Do I Really Need One?

This is a great breakdown about ISBNs for the self-publisher.  Great information I needed, therefore I’m sharing to others who might want the info as well.

Let me know in the comments below if you use this same technique for your ISBNs, or do something different.

Cheers,

Cassie

Expensive and totally NOT sexy, ISBNs can be a headache for self-publishing authors. Do you need one? What kind? And how do you get it?

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My Passion Project, The Contest Is Completed!

My passion project is realized, completed and a success! Wow what an exciting day to say, I DID IT! Holla.

I developed and produced (with the help of my esteemed Judges and my awesome hubby) the inaugural eBook Me Up Short Story Contest.  This project came about as an outlet to give back to the writing community.  I had been thinking on this for two years while I participated in blog prompts and other contest outlets myself.  I took the K30 challenge with Kristen Eckstein, aka The Book Ninja, earlier this year and put the call into action (great course definitely recommend).

The output of this contest includes our compilation eBook entitled, Rise Above, which features the short stories of our Top Ten winners.  Top prizes for our contest included cash awards to 1st and 2nd places with author biographies in the eBook for 1st-3rd place.  We have published Rise Above on Amazon today – Get your copy HERE! The funds from those who purchase, Rise Above, support the annual contest and future contests.

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Each story is < 3000 words.  The category for the short story entries was open, so there is a little bit of everything in this book.  Our first place winner, Moroni by Robert Walton, inspired our cover for the compilation eBook.  It’s a well-crafted story that is sure to entertain you.

It was great fun and a wonderful learning experience.  I was able to connect with talented writers and learned that my financial investment in this project did not outweigh the value I gained.  I didn’t have outside sponsors for this contest, which I hope to gain in the future because it can start to add up budget wise.  However, I learned that I can do a decent job on a book cover, as well as, formatting for ePublication.  I was hands on and had great judges who were hands on as well.  A special shout out to Rene Averett, who put in time editing with me.

I hope you can support my project, by the purchase of Rise Above and honor the winners of the contest.  If you have an interest in joining upcoming contests, please join the eBook Me Up’s mailing list.  I hate spam, so you only get notices when something ‘real’ is going on.

Congratulations to our Top Ten Winners, in random order:
Robert Walton, Alan D Harris, Joao Cerqueria, Julia Church, Patricia Crandall, Michael Wettengel, Crystal LeFevre, Mary H Fox, Christina Loy and Matt Micheli.

Who Wants to Read Your Self-Published Book?

A well written blog by Chris McMullen, see the link below.  I’ve had great experiences and bad one’s, as a reader for self-published books, at the end of the day I want a well thought out story, told in a good manner.  As a writer, I strive for the type of reader I am.

Who Wants to Read Your Self-Published Book?.

Curious as to your thoughts on this article and blog post by Chris.  Are you reading self-published, Indie authors or only main stream publishing house books?

Internet Artist

Interesting topic and article that was well written that I’m sharing.  If you can’t say it differently or really add, I say ‘press it’ and post it to share.  It’s something to consider on self publication for sure, and this new opportunity of free form internet for artists, writers, bloggers, journalist, and entrepreneurs.

Comment, Share your thoughts!