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Doing Your Own Book Printing? SPAWN is a Great Resource!

Nowadays more and more writers are leaning toward self-publishing to get their work in print. Not only is it faster than traditional publishing but it allows the writer more control over how their work is printed, marketed, and distributed. If you are one such self-publisher, you won’t find a more valuable resource than the Small Publishers, Artists, and Writer’s Network (SPAWN).

SPAWN is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, information, resources and a supportive networking environment for creative individuals and small business owners interested in the publishing process. It consists of publishers, authors, illustrators, photographers, editors, book manufacturers, printers, booksellers, artists, and publicists. The organization offers information resources, research sources, directories of publishers and printers, and media links to all its members.

Membership in SPAWN comes with many other special benefits, including:

  • Access to an e-mail discussion group, which offers the opportunity for discussions with experienced writers and publishers.
  • Market updates on magazine and book publishing markets, as well as up-to-date opportunities for freelance writers and artists.
  • A personal member webpage and profile that can be accessed by anyone who is online.
  • Eligibility to attend SPAWN book festivals, seminars, and workshops.
  • Your name listed in the SPAWN catalog, advertising your work and services.
  • A member health benefit. This is not insurance, but it offers members discounts of 20-60% on health, dental, vision, and chiropractic services as well as prescriptions.
  • Articles on writing, publishing, book marketing, copyrights, legal issues, and self publishing.
  • Lists of book printing companies, book services, legal services, and links to other helpful organizations.
  • Discounts on a variety of publishing and writing related services, including book printing services, writing software, editing services, writing courses, and membership with other important literary organizations.

For anyone interested in self-publishing, there can be no other resource as valuable as SPAWN. With this useful tool you’ll obtain insider information on the ever-changing writing world. For more information on SPAWN or on self-publishing, contact contact the book printing experts at CMYK Graphix, Inc. Visit them online at http://www.cmykgraphix.com, call them at 1-800-698-2071, or email them today. As a professional book printing company, they will work with you to customize your options and get your work into print as quickly as possible.

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How To Get An ISBN

Many writers spend weeks, months, and even years crafting what they hope will be the next book to captivate the world. Because of this, waiting to see your work in print can be depressing. It is for this reason that so many writers are choosing to self-publish. Through professional printing companies, your work can be on the shelf in a matter of weeks.

One of the most important things any self-publisher can do for themselves, however, is get an ISBN for their book. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a 10-13 digit number that identifies your book as separate from any other. It is the barcode form that is found on the back of a book or on the inside jacket of a hardcover. Did you know that, without an ISBN, your book cannot be sold in a retail setting?

To get an ISBN complete the following steps:

  • Visit http://www.isbn.org. The site is owned by R.R. Bowker, which is the exclusive US source for ISBNs. The majority of your steps will be completed here.
  • Choose the appropriate package for your situation and the number of titles you want assigned.
  • Fill out the application. It can be completed online or you can print it and mail it through the post office.
  • Wait through the 15-day processing time to receive your official ISBN.
  • Once you have your ISBN, register it with Bowker’s Books-In-Print by signing up for Bowker Link. This is a free online tool that allows you to upload book info (title, price, page count, etc). It is the main directory that libraries and bookstores will use to order your book for customers.
  • Last, but not least, register your book’s copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.

The steps required to get an ISBN are simple and easy to follow and it’s the best way to ensure your book can reach the widest audience possible through retail outlets everywhere. You will want to be sure to sign up for Books-In-Print because it is the leading provider of bibliographic data. Your book will be exposed to many facets of the book industry just through this single web application. However, be sure to complete these steps yourself. Some self-publishing vendors might offer to buy your ISBN for you, but this would make them the owner of your book, instead of you!

For more information about how to get an ISBN or about self-publishing, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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