What is an International Standard Book Number? How does it work? Do authors need one? We have all seen the small barcode that sits on the back cover of every book. It is a unique 13-digit number assigned to every format of each book.
Take a moment. Breathe. Think of the magical moment at the end of the publication journey when you hold your debut novel in your hands. What does it look like?
I have worked with many authors who are amazing writers but get stuck when it comes to dealing with the commercial side of publishing. It's a sentiment I understand all too well. I was once in those very same shoes - wondering how in the world I was ever going to achieve my lifelong dream of publication. I've learnt it all the hard way so others won't have to.
Traditional publishing is a long time-consuming process. Big publishing houses are highly selective when choosing content. If an author doesn’t have an existing audience, it becomes even more difficult to crack a deal. On the other hand, self-publishing favours the author in many ways. The author has full authority to decide when to publish the book. He or she also retains all rights relating to the book.
For starters, you can increase the font size and read a book with lights out, hidden inside a blanket, without a torch-light. Also, you can easily bookmark a particular page or highlight your favourite quote without the fear of destroying the sacredness of the book. Plus, you can buy them anytime, without worrying whether or not they go out of stock.