What is an ISBN?

isbn If you are publishing a novel or any written work , you might be asking yourself what is an ISBN and do you need one. Until recently most writer’s never had to worry about this publishing responsibility your brick and mortar publishing company took care of this. Now, if you’re a self publisher, you might be able to publish your masterpiece without one. E-Books published under Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble will provide you with a ISBN, they become your publishers ~ your work is still your own. 

  • ISBN = International Standard Book Number
  • it’s a 13 digit number (It used to be 10.)
  • it’s printed on the copyright page
  • The ISBN identifies the title and edition of a book and the publisher to be contacted for ordering the book
  • each edition or format of a book gets its own ISBN
  • Who buys the ISBN?  The publisher.

If you plan on printing a hard copy physical book then you MUST purchase an ISBN code. Bookstores track books solely by their ISBNs.  If you’re selling your printed book on your own website without the benefit of submitting to stores or libraries or with wholesalers, it’s not required.

You may buy ISBNs one at a time or in quantity from Bowker. In the U.S., one ISBN costs $125. Larger orders get a discount, so if you’re certain you’ll be self-publishing at least two books (or two formats of the same book), then you may want to purchase ten ISBNs for $295 and use the rest later. (Sorry, once assigned, ISBNs are non-transferable.)

International ISBN

Australia

United Kingdom

Canadian  {when last checked ISBN were free}

ISBN Fields of Information

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If you self-publish and plan to sell print versions, you may want a bar-code on the cover as few book merchants actually read the ISBN numbers anymore, they scan them. You can turn a number into a bar-code for $25.

T. Otelia

Need Reviews for Your Written Works?

Every person that uses electronic marketing needs exposure for their business, their novels, their ideas. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just place something on the Web and hope that it’s going to get discovered.  Marketing on the Web is harder than a brick and mortar business and triple harder for upcoming writers.

Yes, we can self publish our work, but we also need readers, clients that might want to purchase our work. We need EXPOSURE in order for that to happen. Why should I be bothered to read or consider your novel when I readily enjoy Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon or Michael Peterson? Who are you?

I was contacted by and organization an I love their concept. Please note this might not be for everyone, but it works for me. Welcome to the Voracious Readers Only List!

I’m skeptical of emails from unknown addresses and 9 times out of 10, I automatically delete. Not time to read and not interested. This caught my eye and peaked my interest. In a nutshell sign up to be a Beta Reader for other authors in your genre, review them Amazon, Goodreads, Smashword, Nook and submit a completed work that you don’t mind giving free samples of.  Get your own work reviewed by others.  Not only do you get reviews of your novel, but you might also get a sale if they enjoy it enough to want to keep a copy. I have submitted two of my works so far. 

Who doesn’t enjoy getting new ebooks for FREE to read?

I’m not soliciting any affiliate program. I’m getting getting any perps for suggesting this. As one new author to many merely suggesting this might work for you. It’s worth a try.

T. Oetlia Scriber

Novella ~ Who?

It wasn’t until I began writing professionally that I discovered there was a difference between short stories and novels. So, now that I had the difference between those two down pact, the literary world decided to throw in terms like novellas and novelettes.

Novellas and Novelettes are not common, but the differences are still important and worthy to be mentioned.

Flash Fiction

The briefest of short short stories ranging from 53 – 1000 words. These literary works became the norm @ the year 2000. You can read Monster,” by Michael Czyzniejewski.

Short Story

Traditional short stories are readings that a person could finish in one day. The word count for short stories range up to 3,500 words, but no more than 7,500 words. The theme of these works usually center on a single plot, one main character and is told in either single person or third person narrative style depending upon the author. Short stories do not as a rule involve multi-plots or major twist and conflicts.

Novelette

New writing contender in the literary world. As the name implies this form of writing focused around romantic or semtimental themes and characters. Because of the fact that they are short and brief in their telling the catergory will have several volumes centering upon a central theme. The word count for a single writing can range from 7,500 words to 17,500 words.

  • Gordon R Dickson ~ The Cloak and the Staff
  • Conn Iggulden ~ Blackwater

Novellas

Novellas have been around since the 1300’s but did not become famous enough to make any type of writing impact until the eighteenth century. They were considered to be in the genre of the short novel or the long short story. You might remember the movie A Clockwork Orange which was written by Anthony Burgess. This is just one famous example of a novella, another example of the form of fiction would be The Metamorphosis by Kafka. 

Novellas can range from 17,500 words to 40,000. Looking for complicated plots, twist, conflicts, involving more than one character ~ bring it on. It will have more content than the flash fiction, short story and novelette, but less than the novel. Full blown up storyline. You can still read these written works within one day. You can still have volumes attached to this form of writing the works are usually broken up into time periods.

Novels

Readers get your reading fix here: 40,000 to 120,000 words. Science fiction, fantasy and horror can touch as high as a 1,250,000 word count. Consider this the written work of a movie production. Several characters, intricate plots and sub-plots, minor and major characters, time travel over a period of days, months and / or years. The writer addressing character growth issues, morals, judgments, personal situations, disappointments and victories. Some authors you might recognize:

Interview with an Editor

Attended a writer’s convention in December 2017, and had the pleasure to interview one of the Guest Speakers ~ Mr. Patrick, who was speaking about the Benefits of the Writing.

THE BENEFIT OF WRITING

It is likely that most adults do not give much thought to the writing that they do – in terms of the amount of text produced, quality of the written work, or the variety of writing tasks in which they engage.

Typically, writing in everyday life tends to be performed for either the mundane tasks of personal and household management – shopping lists, phone messages, reminder notes to the kids – or for work-related tasks, such as inter-office memos, sales reports, or personnel evaluations.

Writing using a computer or smart phone is increasingly common with the spread of technology into all aspects of modern life, although there are generational and demographic differences in the practice of using a computer for writing.

A recent study found that younger, better educated, and employed US adults spent more time writing with computers, while older, less educated, and non-working persons spent more time writing using paper. While the variety of writing tasks adults engage in might be thought of as essential to work and home life, many everyday writing tasks probably contribute little to the overall quality of individuals’ intellectual and emotional lives.

Of course, a significant number of adults engage in extensive and meaningful writing tasks. The most obvious examples are professional writers – journalists, book and short story authors, poets, and essayists, opinion columnists, college professors. The products of their work can be said to contribute to society in important ways: Inspiring and entertaining readers, reporting and analyzing significant political, cultural, and world events, critiquing government officials’ actions, educating children, youth, and adults. Of course, one need not be a professional writer to obtain benefits from writing or to share what they know and think with others.

Even some nonprofessional writers may be prolific, daily writers. Although extended letter writing is less common today, given the ease of text messaging and email for instant communication, some adults remain devoted and adept letter writers

The ubiquity of writing in everyday life raises the question of how – and how much – writing contributes to individuals’ intellectual and emotional development. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of reading, but much less scholarly attention has been devoted to the personal outcomes that derive from writing.

What advantages does writing afford to individuals? How does writing contribute to the development and maintenance of one’s thinking abilities? And, how does writing contribute to emotional well being

  1. Writing Can Help You Think

Writing is necessary to help the human mind achieve its full potential. Writing, for example, allows the writer to concretize abstract ideas and to “connect the dots in their knowledge. Particular kinds of writing tasks may, indeed, be beneficial to intellectual vitality, creativity, and thinking abilities. A study found, for example, that when adults write about significant life events their memory for such events is improved.

Writing enables the external storage of information that can be represented symbolically (e.g., letters, numbers, words, formulas drawings) and which can then be analyzed, critiqued, reproduced, and transformed, among other potential actions.

  1. Writing Might be Beneficial to Cognitive Skills

Writing enables the external storage of information that can be represented symbolically (e.g., letters, numbers, words, formulas drawings) and which can then be analyzed, critiqued, reproduced, and transformed, among other potential actions. Writing might be beneficial to cognitive skills because it requires focusing of attention, planning and forethought, organization of one’s thinking, and reflective thought, among other abilities – thereby sharpening these skills through practice and reinforcement.

  1. Writing Can Help You Feel Good

James Pennebaker, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Texas-Austin has undertaken a series of investigations into the benefits of writing, including its ability to heal emotional wounds.

Short-term, focused writing can, benefit anyone who is dealing with terminal illness, victims of violent crime, or new college students struggling with the transition from high school.

Witnesses from the GraveYard

Finally, the novel Witnesses from the GraveYard Vol. 2 of the Silent Voices Series with 330 pages and 70,426 words is in the process of being proofread and edited. I’m so glad to be able to submit this work to morganpatrick20 over at Fiverr.

Morganpatrick20 was also the editor and proofreader for Rights of the Dead Vol. 1 of the Silent Voices Series. This particular Volume is being submitted to Smashwords, Nook, and Amazon. The purchase is very inexpensive. Witnesses from the GraveYard will be officially released next month ~ August, in honor of my Mother’s Birthday.

Special thanks to Maxcovers for designing the cover with the images that I forwarded to him. I’m extremely proud of this series. Look for Vol. 3 You Can’t Have Us ~ Grace from the Dead coming soon.

 

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My Inspiration

Well, I’ve found a cute little studio to call my own and having fun just decorating it. Moved from Ohio and have been here in New York for almost a year. I’ve only had my studio since February, and I think at this point I have everything I need to be happy. Space is a little confining, but I will make it work. I have one wall that’s dedicated to windows overlooking the bay. Loving It! 

I‘m in the process of obtaining a bookcase.  I had to leave all my literary material behind. Just have to figure out where I’m going to set up my Character Board, that in itself will take up one wall. In the meantime, House Music motivates me to write. Depending on the track I can gauge the tempo of my fight and love scenes. Besides, it relaxes me so I can think out of the box on some of the plots. I’ve written the Silent Voices Series ~ free style with no outline.

Silent Voices Series ~ T. Otelia Scriber

Rights of the Dead ~ Vol. 1

Witnesses from the Grave Yard ~ Vol. 2

You Can’t Have Me ~ Grace from the Dead ~ Vol. 3 {To be released in the Fall 2017}

 

House Music

Raw, Hard, Electrifying, Tribal, Primal

Stomp your feet, Shake your body

House Music makes no excuses for its existence

It just Is

Raw, Hard, Electrifying, Tribal, Primal

House Music makes you Happy when your heart is feeling sad

Stomp your feet, Shake your body

House Music is a Healer when you don’t feel good inside

Stomp your feet, Shake your body

House Music is a Spiritual Journey, taking you higher than you thought possible

Raw, Hard, Electrifying, Tribal. Primal

Nothing matters when House Music takes over your soul

Stomp your feet, Shake your body

Let the energy take over your body

Taking you higher and higher, fragmenting your soul

Fusing your body with fire so hot, soaring for the stars

Raw, Hard, Electrifying, Tribal. Primal

Stomp your feet, Shake your body

House Music preparing your body for the free fall

No fear, you need it, waited for this moment

Raw, Hard, Electrifying, Tribal. Primal

Race, age, gender, youthfulness or handicap

All want it, all look forward to it

Yes, It’s MINE. Go for it…… Spiral Down

Raw, Hard, Electrifying, Tribal. Primal

Stomp your feet, Shake your body

The feeling so intensifying, sizzling

No constraints, joy overflowing,

No container can hold it ~ Clap your hands

Raw, Hard, Electrifying, Tribal. Primal

Stomp your feet, Shake your body

You need it, you want it, got to have it

Your body screaming for release

Crash and Burn

Freedom

Theresa Otelia Scriber

My Writing and Dancing Mantra

2017

 

 

 

 

 

Witnesses from the Grave Yard

Witnesses from the Grave Yard: Silent Voices Series Vol. 2, is finally in its rough draft stage. I’m going to try ProWritingAid as the Program Editor. Managed to obtain the program for $25.00 instead of $40.00 and jumped at the price. especially since it’s for one year.

Thanks to my Graphics Designer, I now have two E-covers for the book.  I will make a decision on which one will grace the cover, when the proofreading and editing have been completed. You can also assist by letting me know which one catches your eye.

You can also assist by letting me know which one catches your eye. Who knows you might be graced with a FREE download of the 549 paged book

If you haven’t read the First Series: Rights of the Dead, you can see it here.

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