Category Archives: Writing a Book

Self Publishing Guidelines for Avoiding Legal Issues

Here is a list of articles we put together to provide authors with some good self publishing guidelines for avoiding legal issues.  These articles give you a good overview of some of the legal issues that can be involved in self publishing including getting permissions, using photos, defamation, privacy and more. These self publishing guidelines for avoiding legal issues are particularly important to read if you are writing a memoir, expose or quoting extensively from other articles or books. When Do I Need to Get Permissions? | Bookstand Publishing Read More +

How To Tighten Your Writing

by Guest Blogger, Tiffany Colter  If you are in the midst of writing your book and you wonder how you’ll even push to 65,000+ words then the idea of shortening you book may seem amusing. The fact is I’m finding a large percentage of new writers who are writing books well over 100,000 words over the last year or so. Even if your book is half that length you may need to shorten [or tighten] your book considerably. Unfortunately, teaching you how to shorten isn’t Read More +

The Parts of a Book for Self Published Authors

Books are generally divided into three parts: The frontmatter, the body of the book, and the backmatter. Keep in mind that there is no book that has all of these parts. Use this list instead to make sure you have the right content in the right category, and that elements of your book appear in the sequence in which they are expected. Normally, unless otherwise noted, each of these items should start on a right hand page. Frontmatter The Frontmatter are the pages at the beginning of a book Read More +

How Self Publishing a Book Can Help Your Business

A self published book can be a great way to get new prospects for your business, add value to your services and increase your revenue.   Here are just a few ways self publishing a book can help your business: A book is the new business card Nobody cares about your business card.  They will likely throw it away after they meet you.  A book on the other hand, seldom gets thrown away.    A business card just means you have access to a print shop.  A Read More +

Self-Published Poets Hall of Fame

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I would publish this list of great poets who self published their books.   This is but a very small list, as thousands of famous poets have self-published. American poet Walt Whitman self-published many editions of his collected poems, Leaves of Grass (first edition published on July 4, 1855). Leaves of Grass continues to sell thousands of copies each year — almost 120 years after his death! T.S. Eliot, author of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Read More +

How to Format Your Book for Self Publication

Here are the basics steps on formatting your manuscript in Microsoft Word for self publication.   These steps include including setting up the correct trim size, setting up the correct margins, formatting the text, and numbering the pages. Be sure your book is in ONE electronic file. Set up your page size. The Directions below are for MS Word 7 and 10 The most common and most economical trim sizes is 5.25 inches wide x 8.25 inches tall. To format to our other sizes, please change Read More +

Is Self-Publishing for You?

When considering whether or not to self-publish your book, keep in mind that traditional publishers publish much less than 1% of all unsolicited manuscripts they receive each year. Many industry insiders estimate the amount to be 0.1%. If you fall into the 99.9% that they reject, you will probably be very frustrated with that process, but you won’t be alone. With self-publishing, you take control of your own destiny. Make your book a success yourself! Ten years ago, if you could not interest a traditional Read More +

Editing Your Self Published Book

WHY EDITURZ ARR KNEADED By Rick Helley, Guest Blogger and Senior Editor at Bookstand Publishing I came across this rather amusing item on page 12 of the May 7, 2010, issue of The Week magazine: An Australian publisher has destroyed 7,000 copies of a cookbook after a recipe called for “salt and freshly ground black people.” The recipe, for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto, was meant to call for black pepper, but a typo led a computer spell-checker program to insert the erroneous word. During Read More +

Finding a Good Self Publishing Company

Here are 7 rules for any author shopping for a good self publishing company: 1.  You want to keep 100% of your rights Any self publishing company that does not allow you to keep 100% of your author rights is not a legitimate company, in my opinion, and you should avoid them at all costs 2.  You want a non-exclusive contract You don’t want to work with a company that restricts your rights and who you can work with.  You want someone who is trying Read More +

Guidelines on Using Photos in Your Self Published Book

Photographs and images in your book can help you tell your story and add interest, clarity and excitement to your book. A powerful image on the cover of your book, can do a lot to help sell your book. However, the laws and regulations for when you can and can’t use a photograph in your book can be confusing and, if you aren’t careful, can get you in trouble.   Here are some simple guidelines to help end the confusion and keep you out of trouble. Read More +