If you're new to the publishing (or self-publishing) industry, your knee-jerk reaction to hearing BISAC might be gesundheit. But BISACs are more than a sneeze sound; BISAC is an acronym for Book Industry Standards and Communications, and BISAC codes are the publishing industry's nine-digit codes for categories into which books might fall.
One of the less glamorous aspects of publishing your own book is the tax side of the business. Depending on how you handle the publication and sale of your book(s), you might find yourself in need of an Employer Identification Number (commonly called an EIN on tax forms). In fact, most businesses do need an EIN, which is why the IRS has placed the entire process, which is free, online here.
In a previous post, we looked at the cost of a publisher publishing his or her book through Amazon, through their Kindle App. Missed it? The full article can be seen here. As you probably know as a book publisher or author, though, there are many different e-book platforms through which you can sell your book. Each comes with their own cost, rules, and regulations. Aside from Amazon's Kindle platform, Apple's iBooks is another one of the biggest e-book publishers in the country.
If you want to sell your book to libraries, you'll likely need help from the United States Library of Congress (LOC).
Making your books accessible for people with differing abilities is good for 3 reasons:
- It's the most ethical choice. By creating inaccessible material, you exclude and disrespect people.
- In some cases, it is the only legal choice. Check the requirements in your state/country/industry.
- It's a good marketing choice. Making your book accessible creates a larger possible reading population.
If you have the updated version of Adobe Acrobat (currently Adobe Acrobat Pro DC) on your computer, then using bookmarks is a simple and efficient way for self-publishers to mark their own work, and for publishers to locate places they need to return to during the editing process. PDF bookmarks also enable readers to easily return to a previous page.
Here are five “need to know” facts and resources for authors and publishers:
For publishers and authors, the copyright page holds valuable information you should know and be able to interpret. Traditionally, the copyright page is the “second side of the first page of the book” and often contain the copyright notice, edition information, publication information, printing history, cataloging data, legal notices, and the ISBN. Authors can attribute credit to designers, production, editing, and/or illustration on this page as well.
What’s required on the copyright page?