Q: How do I copyright my book?

A: Online with the U.S. Copyright Office is easiest.  Go to http://www.copyright.gov/eco/

Q: What is the difference between CreateSpace and Lightning Source and which one should I choose?

A: There are several differences and many authors do both depending on what’s right for their book.  Terri Giuliano Long explains the differences so well at this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terri-giuliano-long/self-publishing-platforms_b_2810092.html

Q: How many places can I list my eBook?

A: Several including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, Google eBooks, Apple iTunes store and there are others!  The good news is that where we used to have to create several file types, now we can use one type for most ebook retailers.

Q: Do I need an ISBN Number for my eBook or Print Version or both?

A: Best practice is a unique ISBN Number for your eBook version and your print version yet this is not necessarily required or a have to – it’s just a best practice for clarity and can be more professional.

Q: What is an ISBN and do I even need one at all?

A: An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a controlled, 10- or 13-digit unique identification number allowing publishers, librarians, and book dealers to locate specific titles and maintain their inventories. It is not always necessary to have an ISBN to offer your book for sale but very suggested. Each version of a book—paperback, hardcover, second edition, etc., should have a unique ISBN.

Q: How do I get an ISBN Number?

A: The international supplier for ISBN registration is R. R. Bowker.  www.ISBN.org. You can purchase a bank of 10 numbers if you plan to do more than one book.  When purchased in a group, all your publications will have sequenced numbers with you identified as the publisher.