Questions About Publishing a Book?

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With all the decisions you have to make during your publishing process, it might feel like a choose your own adventure book. Our Author Learning Center content will give you the information you need to make informed decisions—and have the best publishing adventure possible.

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Prerequisite

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Book Production

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Design

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Printing

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Distribution

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Marketing

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eBook

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Children's Books

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Glossary

Get Started Self-Publishing Your Book

How Much Money (and Time) Can You Spend Self-Publishing?

When it comes to self-publishing a book and budget, money springs to mind. But what about time, too? Learn about determining your budget for self-publishing.

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Press-Ready Cover Requirements

Got a cover you want to use for your book? Make sure it meets these requirements.

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Publishing Timelines at Mill City Press

Learn about the Mill City Press publishing timeline and approximately how long your book might take to publish, along with our turnaround time for each stage.

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Manuscript Formatting Guidelines for Mill City Press

Learn the Mill City Press manuscript format guidelines so you can guide your designer with formatting tags to ensure your book’s layout is how you want it.

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Book Production Basics

Publishing Timelines at Mill City Press

Learn about the Mill City Press publishing timeline and approximately how long your book might take to publish, along with our turnaround time for each stage.

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The Book Editing Process

A step-by-step guide to the editing process and everything you need to know about self-editing, beta readers, developmental editors, copy editors, proofreaders.

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ISBN or International Standard Book Number

Learn what an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is and what they’re used for. Want one or more for your book? Find out how to buy an ISBN here.

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LCCN or Library of Congress Control Number

Learn what a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is, how to get one, whether you’re eligible for a number, and where to display the LCCN in your book.

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How to Use Track Changes in the Editing Process

Learn how to use Microsoft Word Track Changes during the editing process to keep or discard suggested changes. Use these best practices for a clean manuscript.

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Get Editorial Feedback with a Manuscript Evaluation

Publishing a book? Get a manuscript evaluation, which provides editorial feedback on plot and character development, editing amount needed, and marketability.

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Back Cover Copy Includes the Book Summary and Author Bio

What’s on the back of the book counts. Learn how back cover copy is a powerful sales pitch to hook potential readers through a strong book summary & author bio.

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What is a Book Barcode?

In every book barcode is a book’s ISBN. A Bookland EAN & UPC barcode allow you to sell your book in stores. Self-publishing? This is the barcode info you need.

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Copyright Registration

Learn how copyright registration protects your book, what kind of protection copyrighting your book offers, and how it affects the self-publishing process.

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Book Cover Design and Interior Layout

Examples of Book Covers

View a selection of well-designed self-published book covers. The best book covers go beyond look and feel, and should include a smart packaging strategy.

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Book Interior Layout

When you reach the interior layout stage, it’s time for your book to get set up correctly for the printer. See what that means and how to avoid costly mistakes.

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Book Cover Design

What makes the best book cover design? Learn how a cover designer translates your creative vision into a cover & how marketing strategy is key in cover design.

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Everything You Need to Know About Book Printing

Choosing Your Book Specs

What do you want your book to look like? Choose your book specs: trim size, binding type, hard or soft cover, cover finish, paper color, and interior ink color.

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Book Printing Costs

Compare popular self-publishing companies on pricing and learn how book printing costs affect your retail price and profits. Understand wholesale versus retail.

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How to Choose Between Offset and Digital Printing

Learn your book printing options (digital and offset) and which factors—interior color treatment, author platform, special features—will influence your choice.

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How Many Copies of Your Book to Print

When you’re publishing a book, a lot of questions crop up, such as “How many copies should I print?” The answer? It depends on goals, marketing, and budget.

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Book (Trim) Sizes for Print-on-Demand Books

Learn the standard book (trim) sizes for print-on-demand (POD) books, and how binding, paper type, and interior color options affect trim size options.

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How Long Does It Take to Print a Book?

Printing books takes time… but how long? Offset and digital (plus print-on-demand) printing times vary. Check out our infographics for comparison and reference.

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Book and Ebook Distribution

Direct-to-Reader Sales Page Examples

Direct-to-reader sales pages simplify the process of selling your book directly to readers. Here's a preview of what a direct-to-reader sales page looks like.

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Wholesale vs Retail Distribution

When it comes to book distribution, it’s vital to understand the difference between wholesale and retail distribution, and how it affects author royalties.

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Book Royalties Are the Author’s Cut of Book Sales

Your book royalties depend on book sales and your distribution model. Here’s how to determine your author royalties when you self-publish a book.

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How to Set the Retail Price of Your Book

Learn how to set the right retail price of your book so you can sell your book at a competitive price compared to other books in your genre.

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Which Type of Book Distribution Is Right for Me?

Everything you need to know about book distribution, including the advantages and disadvantages of expanded and print-on-demand (POD) distribution.

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Ebook Distribution

The best way to sell ebooks? Ebook distribution. Reach readers by listing your book with third-party retailers. Learn about ebook distributors & where to sell.

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Why You Should Enroll in a Book Returns Program

Improve your chances of getting your book in a brick-and-mortar store with a returns program. Learn how a book returns program functions.

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Sell Your Book Directly to Readers To Increase Your Book Royalties

It's easy to sell your book directly to readers and maximize your profits. Learn how to calculate your book royalties and profits with our helpful infographic.

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Book Marketing Tips and Advice

Author Website Examples

See examples of best author websites, created by Mill City Press staff.

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Why You Need an Author Website

Learn why author websites are a key part of book marketing, what information the best author websites include, and how to use a website to connect with readers.

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Bookstore Sell Sheets

A bookstore sell sheet (also known as one sheet) presents vital book data bookstores need to order your book and are a great promo tool. See examples here.

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How to Build an Author Platform

Get the word out about your book. Learn how to build an author platform before your book’s release date with social media, blogging, a website, and more.

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How to Publish a Book Like a Pro

Publish your book like a pro to compete in the industry. Invest in editing and custom design, understand publishing timelines, and market strategically.

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When to Start Marketing Your Book

Strategic marketing can help sell more books. Get started early, gain traction, and keep momentum going throughout your book publishing process.

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How to Publish an Ebook

Direct-to-Reader Sales Page Examples

Direct-to-reader sales pages simplify the process of selling your book directly to readers. Here's a preview of what a direct-to-reader sales page looks like.

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How to Price an Ebook

Learn how to price an ebook by understanding what affects ebook prices like author royalties, book length, and genre so you can stay competitive and profitable.

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What Is an Ebook?

Get familiar with ebook publishing, including the formats (MOBI and EPUB), how ereaders work, and why ebooks are optimized for different ereaders.

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Ebook Distribution

The best way to sell ebooks? Ebook distribution. Reach readers by listing your book with third-party retailers. Learn about ebook distributors & where to sell.

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How to Publish a Children’s Book

Top 5 Facts About Self-Publishing a Children’s Book

Self-publishing a children’s book has unique challenges and special considerations. Save time and money by knowing these five facts before getting started.

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Hiring a Children’s Book Illustrator

The quality and originality of illustrations in a children’s book can make or break its success. Here’s how to choose and work with a professional illustrator.

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Self-Publishing Glossary

Book Production Glossary

Brush up on your book production terms in our book production glossary. Learn the lingo.

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Book Design Glossary

Get comfortable with book design terms so you can best communicate with your cover and interior layout designer.

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Book Distribution Glossary

Get familiar with common book distribution terms, including wholesaler, list price, and publication date.

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Book Printing Glossary

Here’s what you need to know about printing a book, including digital and offset printing, as well as saddle stitch, perfect bind, and trim size.

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Ebook Glossary

Learn everything you need to know about ebooks, including what EPUB, MOBI, DRM, and book metadata are.

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General Book Terms Glossary

Get an overview of general book terms, including author royalties, book genre, imprint, and subsidiary rights.

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Book Tech Glossary

Get up to speed on tech terms related to publishing a book, such as responsive web design, download, operating system, and address bar.

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Book Marketing Glossary

Learn book marketing lingo, including terms such as author platform, book review, book trailer, and media kit.

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