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What size should my book be?

This is a question we get asked a lot by authors.

I don’t know about you, but I had never really thought about books being published in different sizes. When you stand in a bookshop, it’s obvious of course, but it’s not your first consideration when you’re thinking about self publishing.

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These are the traditional sizing conventions publishers tend to use:

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Copyright, it’s more simple than it sounds

Copyright. Wow, it sounds boring doesn’t it?

You’re probably asking yourself: Do I really need to know about this?

Well, if you’re about to publish your creative work, then there are few things you should know. But don’t worry, it’s not complicated, and not even that boring.

Book under lock and key

You may be aware that creative works have a copyright attached to them, which protects the original work from being copied or redistributed.

But does this apply to books? And if so, how can you protect YOUR creative work, and do you actually need to?

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How writing an effective blurb will boost your book sales

Imagine if someone asked to you to summarise your whole life so far in one page of text.

How would you go about it?

Which events would you describe, and which would you leave out? Which loved ones, family and friends would you include, and how would you talk about them?

It seems like a difficult task, doesn’t it?

Many authors feel like this when trying to write the blurb for their back covers. How on earth can I sum up my whole book in just a few paragraphs? Then there’s the added pressure of knowing readers will make a judgement on the whole book, based on just this brief bit of text.

Writing the blurb for your book

It’s a tall order, but if you follow these tips you’ll be able to write a blurb that shows off all the features of your story, and will have your readers dying to get to the rest of the book.

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All about ISBNs

One of the stumbling blocks for the self-published author is the question of ISBN numbers.

Lots of authors come to us struggling to get their heads around what’s required:

  • What’s an ISBN?
  • Do I need one?
  • How do I get one?
  • Where from?

So we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about ISBNs, and some answers to help you.

Questions and answers

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