Thursday, August 18, 2011

Indie Publishing Secret #14- Getting an LCCN

Hopefully, the article I posted here last week got you curious about all the information that's out there on indie publishing. If you Google or Bing "indie publishing", you could take the rest of your life reading articles and posts about it. Stay on top of it, but don't let it bog you down. You need to be actively working toward getting your book out, not just reading about other people doing it.

Alright...

You know when you look on the title page of books and they have an LCCN Number and words after it?

This number is for cataloguing with the Library of Congress.

You want this number in your book.

Check out all your books by traditional publishers. They have this number. You should, too. (use the links in the text below to get you to the right places.)

You have to apply for that number and it takes a while to go through the process. It is a two step process and it's free.
  1. You are the publisher, so fill out the publisher's form. This is the application to start the process.
  2. You will receive an email with your account number and password to log onto the site and apply for your number.
Once they've reviewed your application, they will send you your number and you can print it in your book. (You will have to send them a copy of the book as soon as you print it.)

A word of caution. If you publish your book before getting this number, you will not be able to get one. You will need to start over with a new ISBN. Don't make that mistake.

You do need very specific information about your book when applying for the number. If you haven't uploaded your interior text file to Createspace yet. You will need to do that before filling out the second form to get your number.

Go ahead and fill out the publisher form and check back next week about final clean up on your interior file.

You will want to read next Tuesdays post before you submit the file and order your proof copy.
Get a jump on your application process this week, though. Don't wait.

By next week you'll have everything in order to answer all the questions on the second application form that gets you your number.

Happy Applicationing. Hee Hee.

11 comments:

C. K. Bryant said...

This is GREAT information, Cindy. Thanks. I'd love it if you'd share this with my followers. Would you like to be a guest blogger on DAY DREAMER??? Pretty please.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Cindy, you're my go-to person for indie publishing, if that's the route I decide to take.

Canda said...

Wow--I wouldn't have even thought about the Library of Congress Catalog. Thanks!

kbrebes said...

Good stuff to know! Thanks, Cindy!

franklycreative said...

Thanks Cindy,
I would have never thought about this. There is so much stuff to absorb, I hope I can remember it all. I'm such an unorganized fool, I don't even know how to begin to organize all these good suggestions until I'm read to do it.

Stacy Coles said...

Cindy, thanks for passing along this information to those of us who really need someone to walk us through this process!

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

Thanks you guys. I just don't want you all to have to go at it blindly like I did. And yes, I found out about it after I'd published. I had to go and re-do it all. Boo

Cindy R. Williams said...

Thanks for the info. I was published by a small production company, and they didn't get a LCCN. Turned out to be a good thing, because they didn't pay me my royalties either . . . long story short, I now own the book outright. I created my own LLC, and and am in the process of replacing any mention of the prior company with my own LLC as the publisher. I learned that if the book is coming out with changes, even minor, like ISBN and new publisher listed, I am eligible for a LCCN. I purchased a block of 5 ISBN numbers and am on my way. Since I created my own LLC while I was at it, I now have a corporation that I use for all sales etc. It protects my family and makes taxes much easier. I have other things that will be coming out by traditional publishers, but I run all business deals through my LLC. Another blog right?

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

Cindy R, it's nice when things turn out in the end. I like the idea of a LCC.

ali cross said...

This is great info, Cindy. Thank you! Gonna have to go read the previous articles ...

Maria Hoagland said...

As always, Cindy, awesome info! I'm still at the interior and cover stage (can't quit tweaking the cover!) but I check back frequently for step-by-step processes! You're great!