Inexpensive ISBNs – Info New and Old Authors Should Know!

I think most Authors that get into the self-publishing boat probably do a lot of their own research.  As did I!  You kind of have to, especially if this is something you are new to.  Obviously I am not new to the writing game, but there was one thing in particular I did not have any knowledge about.  I found all sorts of ways to stay with my budget, but still get all of the things I needed and wanted for my books.  One of those things was an ISBN.  Beyond just finding the PERFECT site to buy my ISBNs from, I also found out a little more about ISBNs and when you need them.  Before I get into anything else, I do want to say upfront that this is an affiliate url.  So if you can use it – awesome.  If not, well that’s okay too.  The website I buy my ISBNs from is:  http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53.  So why did I choose them among ALL the other websites out there?

– First off, the website was easy to understand.  You can simply go to the site with no previous knowledge and understand what they are talking about!  I was new to all of this ISBN stuff and some sites made it SO scientific.  It really made me shy away from them.

– Second off, most people will tell you that you have to pay $125 for an ISBN.  in fact, before doing some in depth research, I really thought $125 was the norm.  But, I didnt like that.  I was spending money on other things that were even more important to me; like the illustrator and the editor.  So I really started to search and research and search again.  This site offers CHEAP ISBNs.  The more you look around, the more you begin to realize that $125 is NOT the norm.  Its what “they” want you to think is the norm.  In this case, cheap does not mean crappy.  There is a $18.99 option which allows you certain facets and there is also a $99 option which allows different options as well.  The website is very transparent.  No big words you can’t understand.  No beating around the bush.

– The support was superb.  Every little or big question I had, Dan helped me out and answered me in a fairly timely fashion.  Even with the legendary Bowker.com aka https://www.myidentifiers.com I emailed them many months ago and never received a reply.  Shame shame!

–  I don’t know how other ISBN sites work because I was not about to buy a $125 ISBN lol, but with http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53 I got an email soon after I purchased it and the email had my ISBN in it.  For a split second I thought, “Is this for real?  Can it really be that easy and that cheap?”  So then I visited one of the major ISBN versifier websites and voila it was a real ISBN, it was not used yet, and it was valid.

Other things you NEED to know about an ISBN:

– According to the handful of people I talked to, all of which were ISBN website owners and or authors, they all said that for an eBook you do NOT need an ISBN.  I know this to be true because I put my books on sites like NookPress, Kobo, Scribd and Amazon and have never been asked for an ISBN or HAD to have an ISBN.

– eBooks vs Print:  You can sell 5,000 ebooks and never use an ISBN (except for sites like Lulu) and you can sell 5,000 print copies of .. The Nine Of Hearts.  But, you can only use the ISBN you purchased for one or the other.  You cannot use the same ISBN for both ebooks AND print books.  Further more, you have to buy a new ISBN for each book.  So if you have Book #1, Book #2, Book #3, you have to have different (3) ISBNs for each book.

– As mentioned above, ISBNs are NOT $125.  Or they are, but that is NOT the norm!  Even if you don’t want to use my little link http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53 and you want to find a site on your own, just know that $125 is a cheat.  I won’t call the $125 option a scam, because I am sure there is some use to it (for people that don’t do their research and find a less expensive site!), but its a great way to cheat you out of your hard-earned money.  Pardon moi, but screw that!  I save money on whatever I can.  Maybe someday when I become a Best Selling Author and I make $XX,XXX a month then I’ll look into the $125 option, but probably not.   If the $18 option is the exact thing as the $125 option, well …!

– There is also another website that a converter/author mentioned that I was drilling questions with!  She suggested this site and it’s the one she uses: http://www.isbn-us.com/shop/independent-publisher-program they start at $55, which is more than ISBN Services, but less than the “norm.”

 

On a final note:  Always do your research – or find someone else to do it for you!  If you cannot find a service that fits your budget, do it yourself!  Obviously you cannot create an ISBN by yourself, but when it comes to things like writing and submitting your own press releases, making videos for your books or products writing blogs, do it yourself!

The Nine Of Hearts….

I am in the process right now of writing a new book in a completely different genre than I have published in before.  It’s a really fun project that is going to start at the first book being around 50,000 to 60,000 words long, with the addition of books in the very near future ie; a Series.  I expect the first book to be finished in about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks.  Which should also be enough time for my Illustrator to finish the cover as well!  I am really excited about this book, not only because it’s something I have never published before, but just because it’s a fun genre to write about.  Be sure to keep in touch by joining my newsletter, liking my fan page or liking my Amazon Author page.  By the way!  This book is going to be published on a variety of platforms not just on Amazon.  This includes devices like Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Scribd just to name a few.

Ill make a few updates along the way.  Back to writing I go…

Kristi

Writing Websites For Writers!

I am one of the many people that procrastinates when it comes to my writing.  To be honest, I think its for the monetary reasons.  See, I was a writer for my own business many years ago and wrote many articles, blogs and descriptions.  But, the money was always up front.  I never had to wait for people to purchase the content.  The money was just… available.  Sadly, I have been running into this issue called impatience lol.  I am having a hard time writing books because the “prize” is not available right away.

Because of this, I wanted to find a way to give myself a prize.  I thought maybe a challenge of sorts would work.  No, its not money.  You can’t buy a car with a challenge, or pay bills with a challenge.  But, it does make you want to write and stop procrastinating!  I researched a lot of different websites you can write on, but I found only a few that really did what I needed it to do.  Here is a little list of writers websites for you to take a look at.

1- 750words.com:  I came upon this website while reading a post on the Writer’s Digest forum.  It is free…. for the first 30 days.  After those 30 days, you cannot use the site anymore?  I don’t know, I could not get anyone to answer me. They don’t tell you that you have to pay until you sign up.  Its $5 a month.  Which might not seem like much to someone like me.  But, other people on the site write to just write for fun, so $5 or $60 a year is a lot to them.  The challenges are pretty cool.  I signed up for the March challenge.  You have to write 750 words (or more) every day for a month.  The stats keep track of recently used words, how you were feeling during a specific post, average words per day/week/month/year, average words per minute, etc.  This is all very useful and fun to see change over the course of a month.  Support:  is absolutely horrendous.  It is actually sad because the site is so fantastic, but getting a hold of support is like pulling teeth.  I have been emailing them for over 2 weeks say I could pay my membership fees.  Still no reply.

2- Penzu.com:  Another website I signed up with.  But, I use 750 words more often.  Penzu also allows you to write in a private space that only your eyes can see, just like 750words.  I have not paid for Penzu, but I guess there is a free option, as well as a paid option.  The paid option gives you more choices to customize your journal, but it is $19 a year.  Much cheaper than Penzu.  The biggest complaint that people have with Penzu is the font.  I guess its too small for some people to read and there is no way to actually make the font bigger.  Here are all the options you get with Penzu Pro.  I have used the free version a few times, and I see nothing really wrong with font size.  For the features for Pro I would definitely consider getting it considering there ARE so many options to choose from.  The only reason I have not upgraded yet, is because Penzu is geared more towards journaling and 750 words is geared more towards writers and authors.

3- monkkee.com:  Supposedly this website is 100% free with no upgrades and no down grades.  I only signed up for an account a few weeks ago and have not used it yet.  The design is streamlined without a lot of bells and whistles, but sometimes that’s a good thing.  Some of the options are very similar to Penzu and 750words, but again, not a lot of bells and whistles.  Just a few extra options like exporting entries, searching within certain entries, private writing unless you want to share your entries, etc.

4- Then of course you have sites like LiveJournal and Xanga that are specifically for blogging or journaling, as well as Joomla and even WordPress.  You CAN make posts on WordPress 100% hidden or only available for certain people to read, like registered users, logged in users, etc.  But, I prefer to keep business separate from my feelings, thoughts, ideas and creative scribblings.  On the other hand, you could just create a WordPress website for your explicit thoughts and writings and just make everything private.  But, there are much cheaper ways, like LJ and Xanga – both of which I have used for years.  I prefer Xanga by the way!

More New eBooks

It seems like I have had so much going on lately and so many ideas, I forget to keep my website updated – which I know is a big no-no!  Anyway, I am still here, writing away.  I am still trying to finish the first Mystery Book for my Mystery Series (having a hard time with the ending).  I am writing a Zombie book, which is my first so be gentle!  I just want to see if I can make it with the other big dogs in terms of writing about the living dead.  I came up with quite a few different story plots, but I decided to start with this one, because it seemed the easiest to write for me.

 

I am also doing some cookbooks, which really isn’t a big surprise to me!  I kind of knew that was going to happen eventually down the line.  These cookbooks are going to be about 100-300 pages long.  Not just recipes, but recipes, ideas, variations, information, resources, etc.  I really want to try and cover all the basics I can cover.  I am also going to be adding some pictures as well.  Full-color.  I think when you write something like a cookbook you have to think about when you read a cookbook.  What don’t you like?  What do you like?  What are some things you wish the author would have added, but did not?  Hopefully I can include everything that people want to see in a cookbook!

 

While I am only on my first cookbook this week,  I do plan on doing many many more in the month of September!

New Books Coming Soon

I am trying to shy away from the usual Marketing and Business books.  For one reason, they are damn boring.  I used to have a lot of fun learning new marketing strategies and such.  But, I am also reminded, every single time I go to write one, that I got out of the business for a reason.  It’s.. BORING!  Plus, I think it’s GOOD and HEALTHY to go outside of your comfort zone.  I have a lot of knowledge about marketing.  But, does that mean it should be something I spend my life writing?  I don’t think so!  I want to start writing stuff that I enjoy writing and you enjoy reading.  Hence the mystery series.

Right now I am on page 64 and 28,000 words.  Soon to be more.  I also want to start a zombie series and perhaps a few other options.  The non-business and marketing books are taking a tad longer for me to write.  I think any creative writer can agree that writing about something creatively is much harder and takes more time than to write something like Business or Marketing.  But, I am up for the challenge if you are up for the wait!  I just want to make these fun, interesting and I want my readers to really love the content!