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At some point, every indie author comes up against the question—do I really need an ISBN? Finding a definitive answer to that is going to be tough, thanks to a plethora of opinions from both professional and hobbyist publishers. Those opinions range from “you must” to “you should never,” and every possible answer in between. In this week’s post we’re taking a hard look at ISBNs, digging around a little, and offering our own advice about when or if you should purchase an ISBN. Our answer may surprise you.
Every word you write is meant for someone. And the more specific your idea of that someone, the more impact your writing can have. Identifying and defining your ideal reader, then, is an exercise in honing and improving your craft. Knowing who you’re writing for will help you get better at this—and as a side benefit, it will help you in marketing your work as well.
If you’ve been in self publishing for more than a few minutes, it’s likely you’ve heard the term “author platform.” In simplest terms, an author platform is your ability to sell books because of who you are and who you are connected to.
There are a lot of tools in the publishing tool belt, and each has its own unique purpose and strength. Few, though, have more sway over a would-be reader than the book description.
Last week, I explained the bare minimums of creating a brand for yourself as an author. I mentioned how logos and color schemes are vital starters, but you’ve got to take them into every aspect of how you interact with the public. I made it clear that while the brand must eventually be comprehensive – covering everything from the clothes you wear to the look of your covers, and even infiltrating specific words and how you use them in public – it doesn’t have to start out all-encompassing.