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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, 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 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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Editing Fiction: Tips For Self-Publishing Authors

The rough draft of a story comes easily for many writers. When it comes to editing fiction to make it smooth and enjoyable, however, many are at a loss, but this step is easier than most authors think. In fact, a few simple steps can create a world of change in your work. Follow these tips for polishing your novel:

  • Use appropriate and frequent paragraph breaks. This gives the reader a break throughout the material.
  • Use only one name for a character. It is okay to call your character by their first or last name but you shouldn’t alternate between the two. Also, refrain from referring to them by their profession, i.e. the doorman, the butler, etc. This can make it confusing for the reader and can pull them right out of the story.
  • When editing fiction, choose different names with different sounds for your characters. The names Steve and Stan may be different but the similar sounds can make it hard for readers to differentiate between them throughout the text.
  • Avoid using slang. Oftentimes, a reader may not be familiar with a slang term, which can create confusion and pull them from the story. It also dates your work, limiting its shelf life. If you do decide to use slang, be sure to clarify its meaning in a subtle way.
  • Limit your use of offensive language. This may come naturally to some characters but many readers are alienated by profanity.
  • Keep your characters from speaking too long without interruption. A good rule of thumb is to limit dialogue to a three-sentence maximum. This will give your readers a break and keeps them on their toes. Any more than that may make them zone out and miss important details.

These tips for editing fiction are simple and easy to learn. Follow them and you can use them to make your novel shine without a lot of time or effort.

Once you have every word perfectly placed, it’s time to contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. As a professional printing company they’ll help you customize your novel and get it on the shelves as quickly as possible. CMYK Graphix provides one-stop shopping for self-publishing books and other promotional print items. As the No. 1 choice in book printing today, CMYK Graphix will not only help you self-publish your book, they will provide the business cards, brochures, and flyers that will get your words out there in the world.

For more information about self-publishing, contact the experts at, call them at 1-800-698-2071, or email them today.

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Sell Your Book – It’s Easy To Make An Author’s Web Site

When the typical writer is begins his or her career, all focus is on the story. In most ways, this is appropriate because, after all, if a novel isn’t well-written it has no chance of success. However, another important factor is the ability to promote that book and get it into the hands of readers so you can sell your book.

One of the most invaluable tools an author can use is a Web site that allows the readers the option of purchasing directly from the author. For someone who’s never owned or operated a Web site, this concept can seem both scary and alien but it’s not as difficult as it might seem. Follow these steps to start creating your own author’s website:

  • Get a domain name. This will be your address on the web. It can be any combination of letters and numbers up to 63 characters. You can search for and register your official domain name through several registrars including GoDaddy, Act Now Domains, TheComRegistry, Network Solutions, as well as a variety of others.
    • Choose a Web host. A Web host stores your site on their server and transmits it to the internet for people to find. The most important thing to remember with a Web host is that they don’t have to be expensive but they must be reliable. If the server is constantly going down, the site won’t be available for your visitors and you will miss out on the chance to sell your book.
      • Build the Web site. You can do this yourself or you can hire a professional if it seems too intimidating. Some Web hosts will offer the software and customizable templates to help you do this. Through them it can be a simple click-and-type process, but with a professional outside vendor you can have a lot more flexibility in design. Also, templates can make it difficult for search engines to find the things they look for that help them categorize your site and rank it higher in search results, thus making it easier to sell your book.

      Now that you know how to create a promotional Web site, you’re free to complete the other steps necessary to launch that ideal career. One of the quickest and easiest ways to get your manuscript published and on the market is through a professional printing company such as CMYK Graphix, Inc. They will customize your printing to fit your needs so that you can turn your focus to more important things so you can sell your book.

      For information on book printing and self-publishing your book, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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      Tips To Help You Copyright Your Book

      In the United States, most creative works produced privately and originally after April 1, 1989 are copyrighted and protected whether they have a notice or not. Publication or registration with the U.S. Copyright office is not required for a copyright to exist. Your book copyright and your ownership of this right occur as you create it.  Your creative work must exist in a tangible form – such as on paper or a computer disk. Major advantages to registration include the following:

      • A copyright registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin before the owner can file an infringement suit in court. Filing before an infringement takes place allows the copyright owner to seek statutory damages and attorney’s fees and not just damages and lost profits.
      • It serves as prima facie evidence in an infringement suit of the existence of a valid copyright.

      As you can see, it can be a good idea to copyright your book. Even though the process is not difficult, it can be helpful to have a guide that will spell out the steps to take in order to obtain a copyright.

      Before you begin the application process, you must first prepare your manuscript. The entire piece of work needs to be submitted so be sure to check that all editing, both for grammar and for the story, are completed. When you are certain the work is finished, visit the official site of the U.S. Copyright Office. This is where you’ll find all the appropriate paperwork to file your copyright application. You will be instructed to select a form for submission depending on the type of novel you’ve written.

      Once the paperwork is completed it needs to be sent with your manuscript and filing fees to the Library of Congress. Instructions and tutorials on the U. S. Copyright Office page will guide you regarding procedures and the fees you’ll need to send, which can range anywhere from $35 to $65. Approximately six months after you register your work, you should receive a certificate stating that everything is in order and that you are officially part of the copyright office. When publishing your book, you should display the following in the first pages of the novel:

      • Your copyright stamp of approval. Put the copyright symbol on the book by either adding a circled "C" in the front section (imprint page) of your book or the word "copyright" with the date and author’s name following it (example: Copyright 2009 John Doe).
      • An acknowledgement that you own the book.
      • The publication date.
      • The Library of Congress catalog number.

      Keep in mind that you can not copyright the title of the book or the names of the characters. A copyright protects how you used the words within the body of the book only and doesn’t protect the words themselves. Also:

      • Watch your timing: if you file for the copyright before your book is published, you’ll have to refile for another copyright of your book after it’s published. So, you’ll have two copyrights for the same work and you will have paid two fees. If wait until after your book has been published before getting a copyright, you will have to send two bound copies of the book to the copyright office along with your registration paperwork.
      • When you copyright your book, you are generally entitles to the rights to your manuscript for your lifetime plus 70 years.
      • International copyrighting does not exist. Different countries treat copyrighting differently, although most will protect foreign works under certain conditions.

      For more information regarding how to copyright your book, or for other question regarding the book printing process, contact the book printing experts at by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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      Book Printing Tips – Setting Up An Author’s Website

      You have written your novel and are eagerly awaiting the completion of the book printing so you can see your dream come to life. Time to sit back and relax, right? Wrong! Book printing is only the first step in selling your self-published book – you need to market it, too. Like any other product, you will sell more books if more people are aware of its existence. In today’s internet-based world, having a professional-looking author’s Web site can be one of the most important steps you take in promoting your work.

      Fortunately, it’s possible to create a professional author Web site for free with limited design or programming skills using a blog host such as WordPress or Blogger. To successfully promote an author and his or her books, a professional Web site should have some very specific pages:

      • The Home Page – this is the first page readers will come across when they visit your site. In some cases, it may be the only page you create. It should include vital information such as:
        • Your full name or pseudonym if you choose to use one.
        • A book cover image of your most recently published work. Ideally, this cover will be a link to Amazon or some other Web site that allows the reader to purchase your book.
        • A jacket flap summary of your novel.
        • Contact information, either as a form or a link to your email address.
      • About the Author Page – this should include basic facts about you, including::
        • A biography that focuses on the parts of your life relevant to your book.
        • Information about current projects you are working on.
        • Any other contact information you wish to share, such as a Facebook fan page or a Twitter page.
      • An Events Page – this page offers easy access to updates regarding your professional schedule. This should show readers:
        • All scheduled book signings, conferences, and school visits you will be attending.
        • Any current news, such as a new book deal or publication of the book in a different country.

      The creation of these and any other pages you can think of (such as a Published Novels Page or an Author’s Blog) will help create a baseline marketing tool that all your other promotions can spring from. Be sure to refer to it during any promotions and your word-of-mouth marketing is sure to increase.

      For information on book printing and how to self-publish your book, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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      Factors to Consider When Printing Your Book

      Many people across the country have dreamed about writing the next great American novel. Most of us think that writing the novel is the hardest part, but one should never underestimate the steps that have to occur once the final page is typed or the decisions that have to be made to get the book on the shelf.

      The details and decisions that go into printing your book, for example, are something many writers don’t think about. However, even for something that seems so simple, a lot of decisions have to be made that could impact the final result of your book. Factors to consider with book printing include:

      • The type of paper used in the book – there are many different grades to choose from. The body paper can vary depending on the type, graphics and colors as well as the look and feel you want to achieve.
      • You also must choose the type of paper for the cover. Most books have a soft or paperback cover as they are less expensive. Hardcover books are more costly.
      • The book’s dimensions. Mass market paper backs are just 4.25” by 7”. Bigger sizes are appropriate for trade books, handbooks, fiction, manuals, textbooks, and coffee table books.
      • The number of books printed. The economics of book printing are such that the greater the quantity produced, the lower the unit cost. So ask your printer for quotes for two or three different quantities.
      • Another important aspect of your book is its binding style. There are a number of standard types of binding. Soft cover books are frequently perfect bound. The outside cover is glued to the spine to create a flat bound surface, which is great for books that have 40 or more pages. Saddle stitch binding utilizes staples in the fold, which is appropriate for books with less than 40 pages. Manuals and cookbooks might benefit from spiral plastic or wire binding, so that you can fold the book in half and lay them flat when referring to them. Hardcover books utilize adhesive casebook binding and may be sewn for additional strength and durability.
      • The number of pages in the book. The number of pages can be especially important because this is something that can also affect the success of your book. Someone may be tempted to write fewer pages for the sake of saving money but if this short-changes your topic, it’s not worth it. Obviously, if your book covers a broad topic, you’ll need to use more pages to ensure it’s adequately discussed. The number of pages and resulting thickness of your book can also influence its perceived value.
      • On of the most important decisions you must make relating to printing your book is the cover design. The spine and cover of a book must be eye catching, interesting, and aesthetically appealing in order to get noticed on the shelf. The design is critical in attracting the attention of consumers and directly affects whether they will notice your book and want to investigate it further. Cover design can be a critical make or break factor in the commercial success of your book.

      Once the specifications of your book are determined it’s time to start getting price quotes and checking samples. It’s usually best to not go with the cheapest printer, consistent with the old saying that you get what you pay for. You want to make sure that you’ll get a quality job, delivered on time with the customer service that you need. It never hurts to ask for samples from a book printer and get references from people who have used them before. You want to make sure you can work well with whichever company you choose. Look for responsiveness, quality, honesty, and service as well as price when selecting you book printer.

      CMYK Graphix, Inc. offers fast and easy book printing quotes online at and custom quotes by request. For more information, contact them at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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