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Advice from the ISBN team

3 June 2019
If a spouse or family member passes away, can a relative or surviving spouse use their remaining ISBNs? ISBNs are considered property of the publisher and all of their ISBNs...

How do bookstores find out about self-published titles?

3 June 2019
For the past few months, Books+Publishing has been asking Australian book buyers—the people responsible for selecting which books are stocked on a bookstore’s shelves—how they find out about new books...

Georgia Spanos on ‘When the Tomatoes Are Ready’

22 May 2019
Georgia Spanos is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and ‘advocate for all things food and culture’. When she’s not the digital editor at Halliday magazine, she is working on her second self-published cookbook. She...

Drew Turney on ‘Falling’

30 April 2019
This month, author Drew Turney spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about Falling—a ‘sweeping adventure of the paranormal in the technology age’ that’s 25 years in the making. Describe your book in...

Advice from the ISBN team

30 April 2019
Who should apply for an ISBN? It is always the publisher of the book who should apply for the ISBN. For the purposes of the ISBN, the publisher is the...

The author next door: Stocking self-published books

28 March 2019
Kelsey Oldham talks to booksellers about stocking self-published books. Most Australian bookshops acknowledge that stocking self-published books is important—in theory. In practice, however, store policies are often opaque or ad-hoc,...

Advice from the ISBN team

28 March 2019
Why does a book need an ISBN? ISBNs are linked to essential information. They allow booksellers and readers to know what book they are buying, what the book is about,...

Matt Simon on ‘Dancing with the Bull’

28 March 2019
Matt Simon spent 25 years in senior executive roles for multinational companies like J P Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, Merrill Lynch and NAB—but one day, he realised he’d had enough....

Survey: self-published author incomes are on the rise

1 March 2019
Earlier this month, The Authors Guild shared the results from its 2018 Authors’ Income Survey, leading to much discussion of dwindling author salaries. IngramSpark’s Regan Kannamer explores the results and finds self-published...

Advice from the ISBN team

1 March 2019
When registering at MyIdentifiers.com.au you can choose a pen-name or pseudonym to include as the publisher name. When assigning title detail, the author's name can also be a pen-name, however,...

Rhea Dempsey on ‘Birth with Confidence’

1 March 2019
Rhea Dempsey is a counsellor, independent childbirth educator, trainer and author who works with women and families before, during and after birth. This month, she spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about self-publishing her first...

Debunking copyright myths for self-publishers

29 November 2018
This month, Jo Teng, a senior lawyer at the Australian Copyright Council, explains Australian copyright for self-publishers.  As a self-publisher, you have total control over your book. You get to...

Networking tips for authors

29 November 2018
Why network? For some authors, the concept of ‘networking’ is like pulling teeth—painful and to be avoided at all costs. However, it could present useful opportunities, and there are different...

Dianne Blacklock on ‘Jack and Kate’

29 November 2018
This month, author Dianne Blacklock spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about self-publishing her latest book, after having nine novels traditionally published. Describe your latest book in under 50 words. Jack and...

Ebony McKenna on ‘The Girl and the Ghost’

30 October 2018
Ebony McKenna, winner of the 2018 Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year, spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about her book The Girl and the Ghost, and her experiences...

FAQ with the ISBN team

30 October 2018
What is the ‘Need to add a Distributor? Click Here’ link on my title’s Sales & Pricing detail page, and when do I need to use it? You should only...

9 steps to selling your book to independent bookstores

30 October 2018
As much as writing books is a passion and business for authors, selling books is a passion and the only business for independent booksellers. And while independent bookstores are known for being...

FAQ with the ISBN team

26 September 2018
Many websites generate an ISBN barcode for free—what is the advantage of purchasing an ISBN barcode from MyIdentifiers? First, a few things about barcodes for your books: The barcode which...

A E Dooland on ‘Solve for i’

26 September 2018
Describe your latest book in under 50 words. Maths whiz Gemma Rowe has found the one problem her maths can’t solve: she’s fallen for her female and very heterosexual best...