So here’s a question to all those who have gone before me and have a book(s) published. I don’t care if it’s indie publishing or traditional, my question remains the same.
How the bleep did you do it?
I posted off a query email to my local ISBN Agency just asking about purchasing ISBNs for my upcoming WIP Guns of Perdition. What they sent me back managed to confuse and overwhelm the bleep out of me (see below for email).
Add this to the other list of things
stressing confusing me and I am nearly ready to chuck it all in as too bleeping hard.
- To go pro editor or not
- How am I going to afford that?
- Which publishing platform?
- How does that even work?
- Do I need copyright
- How does that work?
- Pasta or salad for lunch?
- Where does cover art fit in with all this?
- That weird clown that watches me all the time
- eBook or hardcopy or both?
- Should I just try traditional publishing?
- Rejection letters
I just want to write bleep it!
Email from ISBN Agency in Australia;
Thank you for your enquiry and congratulations upon your self-publishing venture!
Purchasing an Australian ISBN will lead to you as self-publisher on Createspace/Amazon etc
ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) are internationally accepted identifiers for book publications used throughout library catalogue systems and the book trade. There is no expiry date on ISBNs.
Thorpe-Bowker Identifier Services is the registered ISBN Agency in Australia. If you purchase your ISBNs from elsewhere they may not lead to an international bibliographic database and may not represent you as an Australian self-publisher. Bowkers’ Books in Print is an established book database used widely throughout the book trade. When you create a Sign In at MyIdentifiers you create a publisher record for yourself on Books in Print. You then control how you want your title information (metadata) to appear on Books in Print.
Your publication can however, be printed in any country you choose.
Self-publishers with an Australian address can purchase ISBNs, barcodes, EBook conversions and other products and services to help them in their publishing quest at our website -http://www.myidentifiers.com.au. It is a simple three step process: Register – Purchase – Report.
- REGISTER TO CREATE A PUBLISHER ACCOUNT.
Firstly, you will need to create a MyIdentifiers Publisher account by clicking on the ‘Register’ button in the top right corner of our homepage, giving us the contact information of the publisher/self-publisher. If you are an author who is self-publishing ie organising the printing and distribution of your publication; you can use your own name, a name you create (pen-name) or a business name. If you are a printer, designer or editor you must use all of your clients contact details in this setup of Publisher account. (Note: Printers, designers and editors are not usually publishers) This Publisher name can also be changed later, but you will need to notify us to make the change.
During this registration process you will create a “Sign In”. Your email address will become your Username and you will make up a Password (so make a note) for access to your account at any time.
Please note a one-off New Publisher Registration Fee of $55 will apply and will be added to your shopping cart at check out. This fee enables your titles’ ISBN and details to appear on “Books in Print” – a bibliographic database that is used widely throughout the book-trade and libraries, also seen online at Bookworld and google books.
- MAKE AN ISBN PURCHASE.
Once that is sorted you can make an ISBN selection (Single ISBN = 44.00, 10 ISBNs = 88.00) or purchase one of the self-publisher packages we offer. Each format of a publication requires its own identifier. (eg for Paperback and ePUB and MOBI 3 separate ISBNs are required) so one title can have numerous ISBNs. For this reason we recommend to start-off with a 10 list of ISBNs. Barcodes are required for print publications that need scanning at point of sale. They cost 45.00 per ISBN and usually are purchased one at a time as required. Once purchased they are credited to your ISBN Dashboard for you to generate when needed.
When you have finalised your selections you can include your Credit Card details in the shopping cart and then you click ‘Checkout’ to finalise your payment.
Please note: Other methods of payment such as Cheque or Bank Transfer may take up to a fortnight to process.
Once your Credit Card payment is processed (which happens instantaneously) you will receive three emails. The Order Confirmation email will contain your requested ISBNs and valuable information and instructions eg. How to download your barcode graphic etc. One of the emails will be a Tax Invoice receipt.
- REPORT YOUR TITLES’ INFORMATION (METADATA) TO “BOOKS IN PRINT”
This step is crucial for any title you assign to an ISBN. Without it, your ISBN/title will not be listed in ‘Books in Print’ or other important industry and retail databases.
At any time before your book goes to print you can Sign In to your MyIdentifiers account and add title information (metadata) against your ISBNs. Initially you need only fill in the mandatory fields (those marked with *) to create a ‘complete record’ which is uploaded to the ‘Books in Print’ database. The title information you include can be changed or updated at any time. Make sure your click Submit to save changes. Then you can return later to add more information such as cover image, main description, and author biography. You have done all the hard work in getting your publication to this stage, you want to give it every chance to succeed and reach as many readers as possible, so this step is vital.
NATIONAL LIBRARY REQUIREMENTS
Please see http://www.nla.gov.au/content/services-for-publishers regarding Cataloguing in Publication and Legal Deposit requirements.
AUSTRALIAN COPYRIGHT COUNCIL
For questions relating to Copyright law in Australia – http://www.copyright.org.au
OTHER PUBLISHING SERVICES INCLUDING QUALITY EBOOK CONVERSIONS
If you are interested in publishing an E-book check out our conversion services under the Publish Your Book tab > Ebook Solutions. There are also Cover Design and Printing services available.
DCL are now handling all our ebook conversions. DCL quotes ‘uncompromised quality 100% of the time’. The customer service is also worry free which is important. Your ebook conversion will never be turned down by retailers due to poor quality which can happen with some of the cheaper options available. We have several options available or you can use our Free Quote service at https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/bowker_ebook_solutions
Many apologies for all the bleeping cussing in this post.
Words of wisdom or advice would be greatly appreciated.