3 S.R. Johannes: November 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Day After...

I want to thank everyone for such a wonderful launch yesterday.

Not only was I overwhelmed with support, but I met so many new and awesome people.

Don't forget to stop and visit me on my blog tour which is still going on: I talk about bearded ladies, marketing your book, the history of Untraceable, my skydiving abilities, and how to self pub.

We gave away a lot of books and prizes and talked until late last night.

But guess what? I have sooooo much more still to give away.

So, any questions about my launch or book, leave them in the comments and I will start giving away books!


Don't forget - my book is only on sale a few more days so if you plan to get it - get it before it goes to the regular price - you will save 10-30% off for holidays.

* To buy in paperback -  The paperback has been reduced to $8.99 (from $9.99) and can be purchased here.
* To buy the Kindle ebook - The ebook has been reduced to $2.99 (from $3.99) and can be purchased here.

* To buy the Nook ebook - Unfortunately, t
he ebook is still delayed due to Barnes and Noble's systems for a few more days (BOO! HISS!) But if you can't wait - you can purchase the EPUB here :)
* Other ebook Formats (including ePUB (for Nook), iBooks, Sony and more) - go here to choose the best format for your ereader. 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WINNER of 11:00 event - Leave your mark contest

WINNER of this contest is

Caroline Rose Starr! email me at shelli@srjohannes.com with your address :)

you win a hardback of
The mockingbirds
The line
wishful thinking
Invisible things


In Untraceable - the key theme is that "every1 leaves a mark on this earth".

Grace's father's mark seems to be erased.

Grace's mark is that she makes a huge sacrifice for the right reasons.

Tell me how U plan 2 leave a mark & win a stack of books.

Leave your answer in the comments or tweet to #untraceablemark

Untraceable Launch Schedule - Nov 29

Hey guys! Guess what today is. Untraceable, is available starting today!  Yay!

Because you have supported me at some point along my publishing journey, I have placed the book at a special sales price for a limited time before it will increase to it's regular price.

* To buy in paperback -  The paperback has been reduced to $8.99 (from $9.99) and can be purchased here.
* To buy the Kindle ebook - The ebook has been reduced to $2.99 (from $3.99) and can be purchased here.
* To Buy the Nook ebook - Unfortunately, t
he ebook is delayed on Barnes and Noble for a few more days (BOO! HISS!) But if you can't wait - you can purchase the EPUB here :)
* Other ebook Formats (including ePUB (for Nook), iBooks, Sony and more) - go here to choose the best format for your ereader. 


The best way to help me is to get the word out that Untraceable goes on sale tonight at midnight. You can do this by:
1) Change avatar/picture to the Untraceable cover (1 point for each)
2) Tweet or FB about my release (1 point for each)
3) Tweet/FB or Blog on 29th with purchasing links (2 points each)

I will be giving away one $50 Amazon card, a stack of new bestselling hardbacks (YA), and a 1 hour consulting session with me for free (can be on writing, indie pubbing, marketing) and a query critique (MG or YA)

You MUST fill out this form to be counted - anytime between now and Tuesday Nov 29th at 11:59 EST. DO NOT enter your contest information into the comments or it will not be tallied :(. I will do a random drawing for the prizes and announce winners on my "Launch Roundup"scheduled for Monday, Dec 5th.

"Launch with Love" Schedule 
(listed in EST times & subject to change)

Morning session:
  • 9:30 am - Untraceable Twitter contest (1 signed paperback/1 ebook of Untraceable (hashtag #untraceablelaunch)
  • 10:00 - Blog Book Blitz (comment for YA Angels, MG Boy books) 
  • 11:00 - "Leave your Mark" Twitter contest (hashtag # untraceableleaveyourmark
  • 12:00 - ask me your questions
  • 1:00 - "What was your favorite time in the woods/nature" contest
Afternoon session:
  • 3:00 pm - Blog Book blitz - (YA Dystopic stack and MG fantasy stack)
  • 4:00  - "Publishing survival tips" Twitter contest and giveaway (hashtag #untraceablesurvivaltips)
  • 5:00 - Book blitz - one stack of contemp MG and one stack of contemp YA
  • 6:00 5:00 - Online chat with me (30 min - self/indie pub) - giveaway of ebooks and paperbacks from over 10 indie authors) (MORE DEETS TO COME!)
Night session:
  • 8:00 - Chat with me about Untraceable journey (Grace/Untraceable giveaway)
  • 9:00 - Mega Book Giveaway - Books galore - Arcs, New releases, hardbacks - over 30!

Monday, November 28, 2011

"Untraceable Launch Pre-Party with Prizes

So Tuesday is the big day! Yay!

Don't forget to stop by and say hi along the blog tour. Today there is an interview on Grace and her shoes along with others.

Okay... so it's very hard for me to just focus on myself.

So I decided to call my tour "Untraceable Launch with Love" because I will be giving a ton of OTHER books out (in addition to some of my own) tomorrow as part of my launch. The schedule is outlined below so you can see what I plan to be doing ALL day Tuesday. Hope you hang out with me!

Today's Pre-Party - Get Ready

I've had wonderful people emailing me asking how they can support me. (seriously bring tears to my eyes :)

The best way to help me is to get the word out that Untraceable goes on sale tonight at midnight. You can do this by:
1) Change avatar/picture to the Untraceable cover (1 point for each)
2) Tweet or FB about my release (1 point for each)
3) Tweet/FB or Blog on 29th with purchasing links (2 points each)

I will be posting purchasing links on the blog at 10PM tonight if you want to tweet those.

I don't want to ask for something without giving back so for those who enter I'm going to be giving out some prizes to say "thanks":

1) One $10 Amazon card
2) A stack of YA/Mg books(YA)
3) A 1 hour consulting session with me for free (can be on writing, indie pubbing, marketing, etc)
4) Query critique (MG or YA)

You MUST fill out this form to be counted - anytime between now and Tuesday Nov 29th at 11:59 EST. DO NOT enter your contest information into the comments or it will not be tallied :(. I will do a random drawing for the prizes and announce winners on my "Launch Roundup"scheduled for Monday, Dec 5th.

NOTE: I am NOT going to double check everyone - this is on the honor system only. 

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    What I'm Thankful for...

    Check out all the stops on the first half of my tour. I have learned so much about myself and my characters just by answering the thoughtful questions. Thanks to everyone who has commented and to the tour guides who have been very insightful in their reviews and posts! 
    I have so many things to be thankful for this year - as in past years.

    Here are my top few this year:

    This: ( I know shallow right - wait there's more :)

    And this:

    Oh and this NEW interesting development today in the Kirkus Newsletter - Untraceable was listed in the Top New Books to Order! I know crazy right?

    And of course all the bloggers and writer friends that are involved in this:

    And of course this - (Grace wanted me to add that :)

    I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

    I will leave you with this until I return on Monday.

    "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    The Naysayers of Indie Publishing

    So here's another brutally honest post.

    The hardest thing about indie publishing or self publishing is NOT doing the cover or writing the jacket copy or even the marketing.

    At least not to me, anyway.

    The hardest thing is coming up against the people who look down on self publishing. The people who don't give you a chance from the very start. The people who assume you are not good enough before they even read your first page.

    The uphill battle we - as self pub or even indie authors - face is just getting our work to be considered equally as other authors.

    We have our books judged by its cover - and I mean that literally. That's why it is so important to do everything you can to make sure your book doesn't appear self pubbed. Because then maybe - just maybe - you can sneak by the doubters and get a Kirkus Revew :).

    Last week, I had one lady at a newspaper email me for an interview. She talked about how much she loved my cover and jacket, my press release, and the sample chapter. But the minute she realized I was indie/self pubbed - she simply cut the conversation short and said, "I'm sorry we don't review self published work."

    Really? Why? She loved everything I gave her! My feelings were hurt and to be frank - it just sucked. In a moment when you are doubting everything you have done and are doing - those people just make it worse. Once again, the negative stigma of self pubbing gets in the way. Every time a friend turns her back b/c my book is self pubbed or a reviewer refuses to give my writing a look - it stinks. To be honest it breaks my heart. I can't help but immediately go back to that space of "I'm not good enough". Self pubbing still gets you rejection and its just as hard.

    You don't have a team of marketers, or your agent, or your editor to pump you up and have your back.

    You are alone.

    And for me - at least not yet - those rejections never gets easier.

    I just want to be judged on my work. My writing, my story. My plot, my character development, and my voice. I don't want any favors or undeserved reviews or breaks.  I just want the same chance for my little book to shine as the author that pubs theirs with a large house. And to be frank - it sucks when it's not.

    That is why I have spent the last two long months showing you everything I have done - the behind the scenes - gosh to honest truth - about how to tackle doing indie pubbing the RIGHT WAY. I am not saying my way is perfect - it is different for everyone and just as in traditional pubbing - there is no magic formula.

    But you will automatically hit discrimination to a certain extent because you do your book on our own. So if there is anything you can do to avoid some - do it.

    Even typos come down hard. Every book I've ever read has had some typos.  But - if you are self pubbed - those typos (along with any plot holes or underdeveloped characters) are magnified. The typos suddenly mean you are not good enough and that is why you self pubbed.

    You already get shunned by those who don't think you are good enough. And you would be surprised who those people are who turn their back on you. I guess it's a moment when your true friends and blogger buddies shine through. For some reason, self pubbing divides people and you can easily see (and quick) who falls on each side of the line. You can see those who judge you not based on your merit or writing but based on a perception...a judgement...that you arent' good enough or that you sold out in some way.

    To be honest, I don't blame the naysayers to a certain extent - I've seem some serious crap put out and unfortunately - we ALL get lumped together in self pubbing or even indie pubbing. And even though some books that are traditionally pubbed suck - they don't all get mixed in together. They each get a small shot to stand on their own merit. Unaffected by their predecessors.

    When a big house signs an author - that author automatically gets credibility - esp if it is with a big house or if it is a big deal on PM. People say - "Oh they must be good enough b/c a publisher bought it".

    When someone self pubs, without even looking at the work, people automatically say, "Oh. They must not be good enough." And we self pubs have to spend all of our time overcoming that stigma by making sure what we put out is quality stuff.  We have to work hard to shine - we have to work hard to be seen as credible.

    So from that perspective - self pubbing or indie pubbing is an uphill battle. I'm not saying that traditional authors don't suffer - they do. I have a lot of friends that don't get fair breaks on their books and don't succeed the way they wanted because they didn't get the support they needed.

    What I am saying is that it is GUARANTEED you will hit that hardship if you self pub or even indie pub. There are no maybes, you WILL be turned away, you will be snubbed at some level, and you will work your tail off to stand out.

    In the end - it is how hard you work and you hope your work will find a way to stand on its own.

    To me, I'd rather face an uphill battle than no battle. And for 8 years, I've face no battle. I wanted to get in and fight but I was sidelined and was refused to be allowed to play.

    But if you are going to self pub - you HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT. You have to find a way to set yourself apart from all the other self pubbers or indie pubbers out there. Good and bad.  If you don't - you may not stand out and you may get buried.

    This process is not easy. It is harder than I thought. It is daily work to try and stay at the top of the pile so people see you waving from the top of the peak. If you don't, you will get lost.

    So just know that this is a different way of pubbing. But it is not the easy way. We hit hardships just like traditional authors - they are just different.

    You have to push forward and forget the naysayers. At the end of the day, you have to have faith that your little book will stand out. On its own.  And if for some reason it doesn't - that you did everything you could and have no regrets.

    let me know if you have any questions!

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Kirkus How I love thee!

    Don't forget to check out the stops today on the tour where Ashley interviews my characters.

    So look what I got in my inbox last week from Kirkus Review:

    Gutsy teen Grace, who is much more at home fly fishing, hiking and tracking bears through the woods than hanging out at the mall or chasing boys, has a mission—to prove that her father is still alive.

    Grace’s father—forest ranger and wilderness survival expert—has taught his daughter everything she needs to know to trek through the Smoky Mountains, searching for clues to his sudden disappearance. After the police find his torn, blood-stained shirt in a local river, they, along with Grace’s mother, assume he has been killed in a tragic accident. Despite being snubbed by the local police chief, running up against the wrath of the chief of the town’s Native American reservation and alienating herself from her distraught mother, Grace is determined to prove them all wrong. The spunky sleuth goes all out to find her dad, determined not to be put off by her longtime friend and admirer Wyn or distracted by the amorous attentions of the intriguing British stranger Mo. When she inadvertently stumbles upon a dark, dangerous secret, it challenges everything Grace thought she knew about her sleepy hometown and its inhabitants.

    This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The author has achieved a stunning, high-tension tale that takes the reader on a journey over rough terrain as it follows a young girl’s quest to find the truth and protect the sanctity of a national park and the animals that owe their survival to it. These unique, lively characters will rouse a gamut of emotions in young adult readers. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page and then leaving an intriguing teaser in anticipation of the sequel.

    A riveting tale of family ties, friendship and community loyalty.

    Oh and here's the official link just in case no one believes it - trust me- I had to look it up a few times before I realized it was real. :)

    yes I was shocked to. But it brought tears to my eyes. Why? because it was positive?

    Kind of - but most importantly it adds some validation and credibility to what I'm trying to do.

    I am good enough and some people have underestimated me.

    Does it mean I will sell a bajillion copies? No. Does it mean I am the best writer in the world?

    No, but it means I'm good enough and so is Untraceable.

    And yes I should know that - but this is the first time someone in the industry has validated and recognized my hard work.

    So what do you think - as an indie author - do you think this adds credibility? How do you feel reviews affect authors and their books? Is it different for indie vs traditional?

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Guest Post by Jessie Harrell (author of Destined)

    Today Jessie Harrell gives us a break down of her road to indie publishing. She is the author of Destined that debuted this week.

    My first response to this guest post - was "HOW DOES SHE REMEMBER ALL THIS? Then I remembered "oh yeah she is young and I am old. I barely remember anything past yesterday.


    Assuming you don’t want to hear my entire life history in his post – and frankly, I have no interest in recounting it since it’s pretty mundane stuff – I thought maybe I’d give you the timeline version.

    Early spring  2008 – Husband makes an offhand remark that we should write children’s books, because “how hard can that be?”  He proceeds to buy things like Writing Children’s Book for Dummies and never read them; I sign up for an online writing class.
                      After the class, I realize that I have too many words in my brain to write picture books.  I move on to young adult and decide to retell the Cupid & Psyche myth.  It starts out with the tentative (and horrible!) title, the Vengenace of Venus.
                      Immediately join SCBWI and decide I must attend the Winter Conference in NYC (a place I’d never been), if I was going to “make it” in this business.

    Late spring/Summer 2008 – Buy a refurbished laptop so I can ignore my husband from the same room.
                      Give up all TV.  Except True Blood.            
    Take my laptop to all my DD’s gymnastics classes on Saturday mornings. With iPod rolling, this turns out to be productive writing time.
                      Start sharing early chapters with a teen beta reader. She likes the crap I’ve written and I’m encouraged to write more! Crap for everyone!

    Fall 2008 – Register for the 2009 SCBWI Winter Conference and tell everyone I know that I’m going.  There’s no turning back now. I’m going to be a published author come hell or highwater.

    Winter 2008/2009- Attend the SCBWI winter conference. Meet Kimberly Sabantini who agreed to beta read my not-quite-as-bad-but-still-not-great crap.  Note, I’m only about ½ way done with the novel at this point and it’s coming up on a year.  But I’ve been poking around online and learning a lot. Or so I thought.
                      Get some encouraging feedback during the breakout sessions at the conference.  Learn WAY more than I expected to. Walk away with the advice that I must sign up for facebook and twitter. (WTH is twitter?)
                      Join FB and twitter and immediately become addicted.
                      Became involved with #yalitchat and met some awesome people.
    Proceed to write some and screw around on twitter a lot.  Oh, started a blog too. And finished the novel now known as Destined

    Fall 2009 – love conferences so much now, I attend another one in Jacksonville.  It had this cool feature where we could submit a logline for our books and agents agreed to accept the collection and make requests based on those.
                      The collection works – I get my very first request for a partial.  OMG!
                      Promptly send off my partial to show that I really was prepared and ready to go when I queried. (See, I’ve been paying attention.)  Later find a spelling error in the first sentence.
                      Receive a rejection.  Follow this pattern a few more times.
                      Undertake editing with vigor. Figure editing MUST be done by now.

    Winter 2010 - Attend the regional SCBWI conference in Miami.  Meet more cool people. Learn more and am totally energized and ready to get published.
    Start querying with a vengeance.  Destined gets lots of requests. 
    And lots of rejections.  Some very favorible comments come in on my writing though, so I figure I’m on the right track. 

    Spring 2010 – Time to write the next novel.  Convince Nikki Katz (who I met on #yalitchat, but who lives out in Cali, so I’d never “met” her), to co-write a novel with me.  We plot and outline and character sketch.  The writing goes quickly and effortlessly.
                      Forget Destined, I’m in love now with Beneath the Surface!

    Fall/Winter 2010 – Finish BTS edits and collect beta reader comments.  Everything’s looking good.  Get ready to query after the first of the year.

    January 2011 - Queries go out, requests roll in.
                      So do rejections. And lots of waiting.  SUCK.
                      Enter Destined in small pub contest.

    Late spring  2011Destined does well in the contest, but ultimately I get the review and resub letter.
    Get some advice from Georgia McBride not to let go of Destined.  Self-publish it if I have to and start building a fan base.  She also tells me to think of a way to put a fresh spin on the myth.
                      Starting to consider Indie publishing and potential edits.

    Summer 2011 – Meet cover designer, find perfect cover photo, design dream cover.  Oops. No turning back now!
                      Release cover into the wild to start building some buzz.
    Edit with vigor. I’m on a  schedule and making some major changes.  Get the manuscript to Georgia McBride by late July for her editorial insights.
                       I LOVE THIS STORY ALL OVER AGAIN!!
                      Try to figure out how I’m going to sell paperbacks and where.  Hire typesetter so I don’t have to be bothered with techy stuff.
                      Produce & distribute ARCs.

    Fall 2011 - Find typos in the ARCs and correct them.
                      Pull my hair out trying to communicate with Amazon.
                      Get amazing support from all the friends I’ve made in the writing community over the past 4 years. SO worth the wait!
                      Reviews start rolling in.  People start adding Destined to their TBR lists on Goodreads. Strangers are posting about my book on their blogs.  Bloggers are agreeing to be on my blog tour.  Surreal.

    November 17th – LAUNCH PARTY!!
                      It’s been almost 4 years in the making.  I’ve sent more queries, researched more agents, and learned more than I ever could have imagined.  The rejections suck.  The friends I’ve made along the way are AWESOME!

    Winter 2011 (i.e., the future) – back to editing BTS
                      Start writing Destined companion novel – Oracular.
    And there you have it.  The long and winding road.  The book was nowhere near ready when I started querying. But I didn’t know enough then to realize that.  So I took my knocks like everyone else, learned, grew, and became a part of the online community of YA writers.  It’s been awesome and I wouldn’t change a single thing.  If you’re still traveling on your own road, don’t give up!  The only way to assure you are never published is to quit.  (Someone cool said something that, but I don’t know who, and so I can’t give you the actual quote. Oh well.)

    Destined Synopsis from Goodreads and Amazon:
    When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

    As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

    Twitter: @JessieHarrell
    It will also be available for Nook and Kindle.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    All About ISBNs by Lisa Nowak (Running Wide Open)

    Some Housekeeping stuff

    1) Yikes - I almost forgot to announce the winner(s) of lurker day contest and books are the following lurkers drawn randomly...

    Julianna - 
    Rachele Alpine
    Yat Yee
    Amber Cuadra
    Tricia OBrien

    Congrads and email me your address and whether you want middle grade or young adult and I'll give you a couple to choose from. Thank for coming out to say hi and I hope to see you all again :)

    2) In case you haven't heard, my Untraceable Official Blog tour has started and I've had a few stops:
    Now here is Lisa on EVERYTHING You need to know about ISBNs and why to get them.

    Some Facts about ISBNs: A Guest Post by Lisa Nowak

    Lisa is the author of Running Wide Open, the first book in the Full Throttle series. The second book, Getting Sideways, will be released after Thanksgiving. http://lisanowak.wordpress.com/  http://amzn.to/RWOAmazon

    Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the flashpoint of racing fuel, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night?

    What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust.

    There’s a lot of confusion about ISBNs, so I considered myself fortunate when I got the opportunity to attend a presentation that covered them in depth. The information presented was both useful and interesting. Here are some of the things I learned:

    Whoever owns or provides the ISBN for a book is the publisher. If you allow CreateSpace or Smashwords to assign an ISBN, they’re listed as the publisher with Bowker, who distributes such information to retailers. If you secure the ISBN yourself, you’re considered the publisher (even if you use Smashwords to upload the book).

    An ISBN is necessary if someone is going to take orders for your book. The exception is distributors like Amazon.com because they have their own numbering system. However it’s wise to have an ISBN for those books, too. It makes you look more professional. Some distributors, like Smashwords, will give you the option of getting your ISBN from them, however you can still use your own.

    ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. You can get them at Myidentifiers.com https://www.myidentifiers.com/index.php?ci_id=1479 or go directly through Bowker.com. http://bowker.com/


    This is an ISBN 10.

    The 1st number is the group number and will be 0 or 1 in English-speaking countries.

    The 2nd number defines the publisher. This number will be smaller for very large publishers who handle a great number of books, and larger for small publishers who handle only a few books.

    The 3rd number is the item number. This number will be larger for very small publishers who handle only a few books, and smaller for large publishers who handle a great number of books.

    The 4th number is the check number. If for some reason the other data is mis-entered, this number will show up as incorrect. This is a bit confusing, but I think it’s an indicator that the person handling the numbers needs to check for mistakes.

    The number of digits in the publisher number reflects the size of the publisher.

    Item #                           Number of Publishers             

    6 digits                                     20
    5 digits                                     500
    4 digits                                     1,500
    3 digits                                     5,000
    2 digits                                     50,000
    1 digit                                       500,000

    By looking at the ISBN, a knowledgeable person can tell the size of a publishing company.

    ISBN 13 was developed in January 2007. It adds an EAN Country Code to the ISBN. An EAN is a 13-digit European Article Number, though it’s now called an International Article Number even though the acronym begins with an “E”. It’s basically an international UPC code and it’s used for other products than just books.

    With an EAN, the first 3 digits represent the country where the company is registered, but not necessarily where the product is made. Numbers between 000-019 refer to the US and Canada. However, books have their own special code. The EAN Country Code in an ISBN is “978” which refers to an imaginary country called “Bookland”. And you thought this was going to be boring. :)


    1 = $125
    10 = $250
    100 = $575
    1000 = $1000

    Once you’ve finished your book, go to Bowkerlink.com or MyIdentifiers.com and fill out a form that identifies you as a publisher. When you begin publishing, start an account where you can fill out the information that will become the metadata for the book. This is information that will appear to booksellers, readers, etc. to list the author, title, publisher, and so forth. You can see this info for yourself in the shareware file conversion program, Calibre. It doesn’t really matter which site you use, as the MyIdentifier data will flow into Bowker. Also, your password and ID will get you into both sites.

    Once you’ve assigned an ISBN to a book you can’t undo it. You can make minor changes to correct spelling and so forth, but if you’re releasing a new issue, or making major revisions you need to use a new ISBN. You also can’t reuse an ISBN for another book.

    If you have any problems figuring out how to work with your ISBN, you can call Bowker and they’ll walk you through it step-by step.

    You can also get all-in-one barcodes that include UPC, ISBN and pricing from Bowker. They’re $25 each and are sent to you as a JPEG to put on the back cover. (Obviously this doesn’t include the original cost of the ISBN.)

    The ISBN identifies only one iteration of a title. If you’re doing a hardcover, paperback, audio book and ebook, you need separate ISBNs. According to Bowker, each different format of an ebook also needs its own ISBN. That means one for Mobi (Kindle) and one for ePub (Nook and most others). I also use a separate one for Smashwords just to be safe.

    If you buy a block of 100 ISBNS and use 40, you can sell the other 60. However, whoever you sell them to will be considered the publisher of all 100, so be careful about this.

    If you want to buy more ISBNs the publisher number will be different, but they’ll still be assigned to you or your company as a publisher.

    You can do an ISBN search at bookwire.com. http://bookwire.com/

     YOu can follow Lisa on Twitter or at her Blog.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Past Untraceable Blog Tours

    Teen Book Scene Tour

    Monday, January 16: Stacy M at Urban Fantasy Investigations(Teenage Garage Sale)
    Tuesday, January 17: Heidi at The Readiacs (Review) 
    Wednesday, January 18: Kristen T at Seeing Night Reviews (Author Interview)
    Thursday, January 19: Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm(Review)
    Friday, January 20: Corinne at Lost for Words (Character This or That: Grace)

    Monday, January 23: Melissa at Me, My Shelf and I (Book Picks)
    Tuesday, January 24: Lili at Chica Reader (Cover Post)
    Wednesday, January 25: Stacy M at Urban Fantasy Investigations (Review) 
    Thursday, January 26: Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm (Music Post)
    Friday, January 27: Julia at Rex Robot Reviews (Author This or That List) 

    Monday, January 30: Heidi at The Readiacs (When I’m Not Writing)
    Tuesday, January 31: Kristen T at Seeing Night Reviews (Review)
    Wednesday, February 1: Ivy at Ivy Reads (Author Interview)
    Thursday, February 2: Lili at Chica Reader (Review)
    Friday, February 3: Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast 
    (Character This or That: Mo)

     Mundie Moms Untraceable Tour

    2/6- Teens Read & Write, review
    2/7- Fire & Ice, character interview with Grace
    2/9- Reading Lark, character interview, Mo
    2/10- Once Upon a Twilight, review
    2/11- Mundie Moms, author interview
    2/12- Eve's Fan Garden, guest post

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