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.
- You are the publisher, so fill out the publisher's form. This is the application to start the process.
- You will receive an email with your account number and password to log onto the site and apply for your number.
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.