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  Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
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Miss Indie
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  Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 2nd May 2012 7:48am (modified 2nd May 2012 7:50am)

Most common self publishing mistakes 1 to 4.

5 to 9 coming soon.

1. Not understanding the process of creating a book from a manuscript.
2. Poor (or lack of) proof-reading and editing, ei. leaving errors in the manuscript (they will be there).
3. Inconsistency in document layout - eg paragraphing, headings etc.
4. Incorrect "front matter" and copyright information. (As far as copyright and getting an ISBN, I can't help you outside of Australia. You'll have to do your own digging around for those sources. Apologies)

1. Have your manuscript complete before you go trying to reformat, ie, changing the page size. It's much easier to go though when no more changes need to be made.

The standard sizing for most printed books these days is 6" by 9", though A5 is completely acceptable. (If anyone needs to know how to change page size in Microsoft Word, let me know, and I'll do a tutorial.)

2. Proof-reading is essential. A quite conservative writer I knew, had her book printed, and had in it "tits curtains" which no one seemed to pick up as odd in their half assed editing. She had meant "chints curtains" I don't know what chints curtains are, maybe some kind of lace. Whatever, she has a print run of books with "tits curtains" in it, once printed it can't be un-printed.

3. Always indent paragraphs the same way (for short stories, prose etc, first line of the story IS NOT indented, every paragraph after that is, unless you need a break to indicate a time span or change in perspective, such as character perspective, then you start the process over).

Use the same font and font sizing throughout.

For poetry leave the right amount of lines in between, no double spacing either. No indentation either. If you want to do turn your poem into a picture of words as well, do it after you've resized, and edited etc.

4. Best I can offer on "front matter" is do your research, look at other books, see how they do it, from the first thing you see when you open the book right up the contents page and the first page of reading.

Text wise, some will have them left margin aligned. Some will have it centered. It's a personal choice.

Hope this helps. Any questions. Leave them in the comments, and I'll do my best to answer them.
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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 2:38pm

Interesting and useful advice, Indie. BTW, the word is 'chintz' and it's a kind of glazed cotton. It was a popular form of furniture covering in England in the early 20th century and came to represent a certain kind of stifling, overly correct, straitlaced approach to life. If someone said about a woman: 'She's a very chintz and porcelain teapot kind of person,' that was all you needed to know.

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 2:45pm

we cant stress enough the importance of copywriting....& it is really not a difficult process....the forms here in the states are readily available at any public library....

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 4:21pm

How much does copyrighting cost?

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 4:36pm

the last time i copywrited something was years ago....it was 30 bucks then with the library of congress....& now im sure its more but still not to expensive....& you can send as much as you want as long as its under 1 title....like my book is called the absolute goodest:  chapter one & when i had it copywrited i sent it as a part of a whole lot of my writing under the title of the collection.....& i even got to copywrite goodest too at the same time....but a public librarian will be more than capable of getting you all the current information.....

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 5:30pm

Thank you Eric. So basically I should take everything I have and put it under

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Anonymous
  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 5:31pm

...one title even if im going to make a few books out of it?

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 5:38pm

of course because everytime you submit something there is no limit to how much it can be under a single title....

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 6:07pm

Thanks for bringing your knowledge to us Eric and Indie!

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 7th May 2012 6:49pm (modified 7th May 2012 7:00pm)

quoted poet ChristianFalco said: How much does copyrighting cost?


Copyrighting doesn't cost anything, it's an automatic property
of any work you create.

It's the registration that costs: Currently, in the U.S., it costs
$35 USD if you do it electronically using the U.S. Copyright Office
website: http://www.copyright.gov/

Anyone can register a U.S. Copyright, you don't have to be a citizen.

IMHO it doesn't make much sense to register unless your work is
worth money (which, in the case of poetry, it isn't) AND you actually
'publish' it.

I use a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial copyright license
on my stuff because I want people to feel free to copy, distribute,
display, and perform my stuff should the fit strike them: http://wordbiscuit.com/license.htm

Here's a nice description of Creative Commons copyright licenses:
http://www.ands.org.au/guides/cc-and-data.html

You can get a license link at Creative Commons:  
http://creativecommons.org/


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From U.S. Copyright Office FAQ:

When is my work protected?
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is
created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible
either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists
from the moment the work is created. You will have to register,
however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a
U.S. work.

Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?
Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to
register their works because they wish to have the facts of their
copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration.
Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's
fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within
5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court
of law.

Can foreigners register their works in the United States?
Any work that is protected by U.S. copyright law can be registered.
This includes many works of foreign origin. All works that are unpublished, regardless of the nationality of the author, are protected in the United
States. Works that are first published in the United States or in a
country with which we have a copyright treaty or that are created by a
citizen or domiciliary of a country with which we have a copyright treaty
are also protected and may therefore be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.

FAQ list from the U.S. Copyright Office:
http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/


Truth is for suckers, feed me your lies. (Slowly.)

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 8th May 2012 7:59am (modified 8th May 2012 8:00am)

Okay, so my comment there was redundant, lol. Thank you Ray for that info.
I planned on saying something awesome... this isn't it.

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 8th May 2012 8:02am

You can copyright a collection or a single work, but once a collection is copyrighted you can't add things in or take them out.
I planned on saying something awesome... this isn't it.

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Anonymous
  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 8th May 2012 10:32am

Ah Ha! So it is crucial to do any and all editing first? With an intellectual copywright (thats what its called right Indie?) you can change it as much as you like right?

Thank you for the info Ray!

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  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 8th May 2012 11:03am (modified 8th May 2012 11:05am)

Intellectual copyright is different to legal copyright, but as long as you can prove that you wrote it, you can edit it, and change it as much as you want.
I planned on saying something awesome... this isn't it.

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Anonymous
  Re: Self Publishing Part 2a: Common self-publishing mistakes
  Posted on: 8th May 2012 12:25pm

Thanks Indie! You have no idea how helpful you've been the past couple weeks to me.

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