I don’t know how it started, but people think they need to buy barcodes for their books. Even some industry professionals. I’ve heard multiple times: “You must buy your barcodes from this website” — on panels, in publishing conferences. Well, I read some advice about buying barcodes, in SCBWI magazine (Summer 2016), and guess what?
Don’t confuse the barcode with the ISBN; they are totally different. The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a number that identifies your book. And you do need to buy ISBNs, for sure. The barcode is a translation of your ISBN, for laser readers and…
* The aim of this blog post is definitely not a Work with us, we are the best! kinda thing. We are not, and we know that. Maybe there is no “best”, anyway.
Beware vanity publishers! POD is the best!, POD doesn’t make sense!, Don’t do this!, Why don’t you do this? etc. . . You hear all kinds of advice, and it’s getting confusing, isn’t it?
Here is the truth: Every publishing service and method has its own pros and cons. There are many professional publishing services out there that will fit your needs. But there are also some…
Traditional publishers get thousands of manuscripts every year, and they publish let’s say 20 to 100 titles per year on average. So usually what you’ll get from a traditional publisher is a rejection. That’s not necessarily because your manuscript sucks. That’s just how it works with traditional publishers.
Remember the “there’s no spoon” scene in The Matrix? Yes, Print on Demand (POD) is somehow like that: “There’s no book.” Well, okay, there’s a book in the cloud. But it’s not printed yet.
Wait a minute. No book? So how do people buy my book?
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