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Matte versus glossy covers

Not so long ago people in bookstores would reject a trade-published book for being self-published simply because of the glossy lamination on the cover. Now both Lighting Source and CreateSpace offer matte lamination, so the people who dislike self-published books will have to find other criteria. Whether you select matte or glossy lamination for your . . .

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Getting a Library of Congress data block for your book

The Library of Congress provides CIP data blocks only to publishers who fulfill certain requirements. Most indies won’t meet those requirements. However, anyone in the U.S. can obtain a PCN for their book. A PCN is a preassigned control number. It is equivalent to the LCCN, the Library of Congress catalog number. If the LOC . . .

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Organizing your book’s back matter

As I mentioned earlier, there’s a standard order for book parts, and people are used to finding things in that order. Most books, especially fiction, aren’t going to have multiple back matter sections. Typically for fiction there will be only an acknowledgments section followed by an “about the author” section. Back matter Acknowledgments (if not . . .

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