InstantPublisher Offers COVID-19 Writing Advice and Book Self-Publishing Services Discount

According to 2002 study popularized by Joseph Epstein of the New York Times “81 percent of Americans feel that they have a book in them — and should write it.” This equates to roughly 170 million adults over the age of 18 out of the entire United States population alone, a conservative number of potential authors. Maybe you are one of them.

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COVID-19 Has Created Time for Writing That Book

During the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, many people have been impacted by the stay-at-home orders requested by state and national leaders, and many have had work hours cut severely, been laid off, or released from jobs completely all waiting for the COVID-19 crisis to pass. With these stay-at-home orders keeping many social and entertainment venues closed, many people find themselves with a lot of free time on their hands, and the “someday” that many of us have stated as the day we will find the time to write that book is “today.”

But writing a book is just half of the battle. The next step is getting your book into the hands of readers. Many authors long to get a lucrative book deal from one of the Big 5 book publishers such as Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster, but landing a publishing contract with one of these companies is highly competitive and takes a lot of time and rejection before you find success. This leaves many authors looking for an alternative way of getting their books into print–an alternative way such as using a self-publishing book printing company.

The COVID-19 outbreak has also unleashed incredible demand–and corresponding sales–for cookbooks, self-improvement books, and binge-worthy novel series, just to name a few. So, how do you, as a potential author, take advantage of this demand? Write that book now and get it in the hands of a high-quality self-publishing book printing company such as InstantPublisher.

InstantPublisher Offers a Discount for First Time Customers

To help potential authors reach the goal of seeing their creative works in print, InstantPublisher is offering a limited-time 10% discount for first-time customers on any book publishing package if the order has been placed by July 1st, 2020. Use the coupon code: print-2020. We also will be running a series of blog posts over the next 3 months dedicated to guiding the author along the writing process and educating them about the numerous benefits of self-publishing your own books.

InstantPublisher is here to encourage potential authors during this difficult time. Helping them get those books written and into print as fast as possible. We have printed over 11 million books since our start in 2001, and hopes to help authors achieve their self-publishing dreams, and help create something positive out of this crisis.

Join the Ranks of Our Self-Published Authors Today!

InstantPublisher.com is the short-run printing and book publishing division of Fundcraft Print Group located in Collierville TN. We are a third-generation family owned publishing conglomerate with 7 divisions specializing in all types of print from family history books to long-run commercial print jobs. The InstantPublisher division launched in 2004 has helped thousands of authors self-publish and print their own books.

Join the ranks of our self-published authors by calling 1-800-259-2592, filling out our online contact form, or sending an email to questions@instantpublisher.com. Let us help you begin fulfilling your dream of seeing your own book in print today.

How to Prepare Your Book Manuscript Format for Self-Publishing Companies

Proper book manuscript format assures that a book looks professional and is easy to read. Each book printing company will have certain rules about the format they want your manuscript submitted in. The manuscript may need to be submitted as an RTF, DOC file, or printable PDF. The book printing company will have specifications about page size and margins. Digital printing services will have different requirements than softcover book printing services. Such specifics can be provided by your selected book printing company.

The interior book design suggestions below are universal and should be followed regardless of what book printing company you use.

Title Page

Every book should have a distinct title page which should include the title, author name, and publisher, where applicable.

The title page should always appear on the right side of the finished book. This is the side where the odd-numbered pages should be.

An open book to show proper interior book design.

Typically, the copyright page should appear after the title page and include the written ISBN number, the name of the intellectual property holder, and the year. Often, there is also a note about the limitations of use such as a notice that no one may copy any part of it without permission. Additionally, any other notices such as the work being fictional and any similarities to real entities being unintentional and coincidental can also be on this page.

Chapter Breaks

Most books are broken into chapters. Every chapter should start on its own page. The chapter header and any chapter numbers should be capitalized along with the chapter title. These should appear approximately 1/3 of the way down the page. Like the title page, new chapters should appear on the right-side page of an opened book. The title headers should also be in a larger font and/or set in bold to be easily recognizable to readers.

Scene Breaks

In works of fiction, scene breaks should be clearly indicated. These can be one to three centered symbols on a page. Most commonly these are asterisks or hashtags but some people use decorative symbols that are book-specific such as a sword in a fantasy novel. In a printed book, a scene division can also be three entries of the return key to create a three-line gap.

If the goal is eBook publishing, you should use a visible symbol because line breaks can be harder for readers to see on an e-reader than they are in a print book.

Miscellaneous

Paragraphs should be indented in a fiction book. In non-fiction, paragraphs may be indented or line breaks can be used to divide paragraphs. All books should be printed using a standard, easy-to-read font.

Typically, books should be printed in 12-point font. Large print books should have between 16- and 18-point font sizes, and may need to follow different guidelines for spacing, contrast, and images within the book depending on the target community.

InstantPublisher Can Help

InstantPublisher is a book printing company that is easy to work with and eager to help with all your book printing needs.

We offer a wide range of services for self-publishing authors including layout and typesetting services. Our expert staff is available to assist you at 1-800-259-2592. Call today, fill out our online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com.

How to Select a Christian Book Publishing Company

Jesus told Peter, “if you love me, feed my sheep” (John 21:17). As believers, it is a message that all of us should take to heart. One way to feed our Master’s sheep is through the written word. Whether that word comes in the form of devotionals or the sharing of how becoming a Christian has changed our lives, the written word has the power to share God’s message with all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.

Finding the right book publishing company can help you as you share Christ’s message of love.

What Do You Need?

What are your goals? Is your book a collection of devotionals you want to give as gifts to family and friends? Is it a collection of sermons to share with your congregation? Is it a book of your personal journey of faith that you wish to sell at conferences where you have been called to speak? Understanding what you need from a book publisher will give you a clearer picture of what things to ask for and how to decide if that publisher can meet your needs.

Self-published book from a Christian Publisher.

How Many Copies?

How many copies do you need? Having an idea of how many books you want to print is important when you approach a publisher. Look for publishers who can cater to your individual needs whether you are printing twenty devotionals to give as Christmas gifts or one thousand books to take to conferences.

The book publisher you choose should be able to provide as many or as few copies as you need, all at a reasonable rate.

Do You Need Help Writing Your Book?

When God called Moses to speak to Pharaoh on behalf of the enslaved Hebrews, Moses was worried he wouldn’t have the skills to relay the Lord’s message. God appointed Aaron to help Moses share his message with the Egyptians.

If you, like Moses, have a message God has put in your heart to share but are worried about your skills as a wordsmith, some publishers offer ghostwriting services. These services allow you to work with a qualified professional who can help you put your message on paper in a clear and readable way.

Do You Need a Custom Book Cover?

In Romans, chapter 12, we are reminded that God gives different gifts to different people. If art isn’t your gift, you may need help designing your book cover. As you look for a Christian book publisher make sure they offer services such as custom book cover design and book manuscript formatting if those are not talents you have been blessed with.

E-book Distribution

If your goal is to feed Jesus’ sheep outside of your local area, then you should consider choosing a book publisher who can convert your manuscript into an e-book and set it up for distribution. The internet has made it easier than ever to spread the message of God’s Grace globally. By turning your book into an e-book and distributing it through online sellers you are able to share the words of God more widely than ever before.

For all your Christian Book Publishing Needs InstantPublisher is here to help. Connect with our knowledgeable and experienced staff by calling 1-800-259-2592 or complete our simple online contact form today.

Sewn perfect bound book binding.

InstantPublisher prides itself in offering the most customizable self publishing and book printing service around. I am going to start randomly posting about some of the different book printing options we offer, as many of our customers do not know that we offer so many different configurations in our book printing line and that  many do not know what the terms even mean.  This week I am going to talk about sewn perfect binding.

Sewn perfect binding looks similar to a regular perfect bound (paperback)  book but the book block is actually sewn together before gluing the cover to the book block.   The reason we offer this binding style is that perfect binding by itself is not suitable for long term usage because the glue hardens by alternating cold and hot weather and will eventually break and the pages will fall out. When some people read a book they will tend to try to make the book lay flat by folding the book back onto the spine.  This also tends to break the glue where the book is folded and will cause the pages to fall out.

Sewn Perfect binding is recommended for books that need to last for a very long time or books with a coated stock like our gloss coated papers.  Gloss coated papers do not let the glue penetrate as well as regular text stock so, with gloss coated books with more than 80 pages, we recommend that you take the sewn option.  Sewn books are first glued together, sewn with thread, then they are perfect bound to hide the threads.  The threads can still be seen when the book is opened wide but they are barely noticeable.  The outside of the book will have a slight bulge as well where the thread is but it is not very noticeable.   This is the same binding style that we use in our hardcover book binding to be sure the books last a very long time. See more on this binding style here.

Notice the threads inside the spine of the sewn perfect bound book
The sewn perfect bound book appears just like a regular glued perfect bound book

Family History Books

Did you know that InstantPublisher prints family history books? We’ve helped many customers self publish their family histories, genealogies and memiors over the years.

Whether your family history is humorous, sober or serious, we can print it. This is your opportunity to professionally publish family traditions, ancestors’ stories and memories you have of family members. Many customers choose to have their family history printed in a color hardback cover, but the options are endless.

Here are just a few family history books we’ve printed:

If you’re interested in publishing your family history, you can order our free self publishing guide by visiting our website or giving us a call at 800-259-2592. Our customer service reps are ready to help you every step of the way!

Book Publishing Industry has steady Growth

A recent study in August 2011 shows steady growth in the modern U.S. publishing industry — capturing its size, scope, revenue and rapid strategic expansion across multiplatform content and sales distribution channels. Spanning 2008-2010, BookStats offers data and analysis of the total industry and the individual Trade, K-12 School, Higher Education, Professional and Scholarly markets. Produced jointly by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group, its highlights include:

Overall U.S. publishing revenues are growing — Publishers’ net sales revenue has grown annually; 2010’s $27.94 Billion is a 5.6% increase over 2008.

Overall U.S. publishing unit sales are up as well — Publishers’ 2.57 Billion net units sold in 2010 represent a 4.1% increase since 2008.

Americans, young and old, are reading actively in all print and digital formats — 2010 total net sales revenue in the consumer-focused Trade market is $13.94 Billion, increasing 5.8% since 2008 (and excluding 2011’s e-book sales surge). Both Adult Fiction and Juvenile (non-fiction and fiction) have seen consistent annual gains.

Education publishing holds steady and, in some segments, shows solid growth — Higher Education’s $4.5 Billion net sales revenue for 2010 represents a significant 23.1% increase over 2008. K-12 School, the industry’s second largest category by net sales dollar volume, reached $5.5 Billion revenue in 2010.

Professional and Scholarly publishing shows gains — The Professional market’s $3.7 Billion net sales revenue was +6.3% over 2008. Scholarly publishing experienced 4.7% growth since 2008, with $191 Million net sales revenue for 2010.

“This study indicates that the publishing industry is healthy and growing during a time of unprecedented change.”

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Book Cover Designs

The cover for your book is a very important selling tool. You can have a great story to tell, but if the cover fails to draw attention, the book will not sell. All large book publishers and distributors look for an attractive cover and book title. Good designs are what make buyers reach for the product.

publishing books First Choice— (Black & White)
Instantpublisher.com book publishers have four choices to make in cover design. The first, a black and white design printed on white cover stock. This can include grayscale images on both the front and back cover. Covers are to be uploaded separately to your library. [ JPG, TIFF and PDF files may be emailed as well after placing your order with the order number.] *Cover specs are set to 1/8″ larger than your actual book size to incorporate bleeds with .5″ margins for text. Photoshop templates are available.

publishing booksSecond Choice— (Stock Full Color)
Stock full color cover designs is the second choice offered by Instantpublisher.com and can be personalized with your wording and the selected typestyles. If you chose this selection on your order, you will be given a screen during the order process to complete the information you want imprinted and the cover design you selected. Back cover text and images can be added for a flat fee of $20 for initial set up.

publishing booksThird Choice— (Customer Full-Color)
Customer full color is the third choice. You will email, upload to your library or ftp your custom cover art separately after placing your order. Customer full color photos or art designs can be printed on your front cover including bleeds. All images for the cover should be scanned and saved as EPS, TIF or PDF files at 300 dpi. For color accuracy, be sure to use CMYK colors and take the hard copy proof option. Cover specs are set to 1/8″ larger than your actual book size to incorporate bleeds with .5″ margins for text, Photoshop templates are available.

publishing books Fourth Choice— (Instant Publisher)
The fourth choice is to have an InstantPublisher designer take your concept and design your cover for you. If you want a completely custom cover design, but do not know how to complete the process, this is the option for you. Two options are offered with the service, the first being the standard custom cover design service. This service includes 1 hour of design service and 2 online proofs costing $65. The second option is the premiere design service which includes 2 hours of design time and unlimited online proofs costing $120. Most basic designs can be completed with the standard services, and more intricate designs will require the premium service.

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5 More Ways to Cure Writer’s Block

6. Limit Writing Time

If you’re a procrastinator, this might work for you. It works for those under pressure. Instead of writing for an entire day. Write an article, and restrict yourself to two or three hours. Sometimes knowing that you have a whole day to complete an assignment or book will only succeed in giving you an excuse to slack off. You think to yourself “It’s okay if I hang out with the girls (for girl’s day out) because I have the whole day… it won’t take very long, and I can write later”, or “I’ll just go play tennis for awhile and maybe something will come to me.” This usually leads to wasted time. Tell yourself, for example, that it has to be completed by 1pm, no excuses, no ifs ands or buts. Make no excuses about completing your work.

7. Read a Book, Magazine or Newspaper

Sometimes scanning the headlines or flipping through the images can inspire you, when browsing through a book, magazine, or newspaper. Seeing a headline that says “Loose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks” might inspire you to write “10 Ways to Get Fit”, and so on. Reading current news can also help you think of an idea for your personal writing adventure. Also, reading for fun can help too. If you love to read National Geographic. You may be inspired from a favorite article or subject you find.

8. Always Carry a Voice Recorder or Notebook

Write down or record your ideas…anytime and anyplace. This will provide inspiration as you use your notes or listen to your voice notes. It’s very easy to forget about the things that inspire us as we go about our daily lives, so keeping a log can be a real lifesaver. This will spark us to expound upon a topic for your next chapter or next book.

9. Mind Mapping

Brainstorming, if you will, and write all your ideas on paper. Write down anything and everything you want to say about a particular topic. Try linking together your most unusual ideas. Once you have everything written down, it’s easy to sort ideas into categories and find something interesting to write about. For example, write down all words related to a picnic. (pickles, apples, oranges, sandwiches, chips, blanket, basket, peanut butter, knife, fork ,etc) Then you may write about a romantic couple having a picnic in the middle of the park.

10. Meditation

Meditate. Having a healthy body is important. Making time to meditate helps all aspects of life. However, emotional and psychological stresses, of daily life, convey tension and worsen our episodes of Writer’s Block. The answer is MEDITATE. Meditation at the beginning of everyday, for example, brings harmony to our body, mind and soul. It helps the thought process. It will help the writing juices flow, and you’ll write better every time you pull out your laptop or little notebook. Conquer your Writer’s Block.

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Confidence and Success with Self-Publishing

Success in Self Publishing

It’s not unusual that so many new and seasoned authors are turning to self-publishing more and more in this economy. While self-publishing has been around, it’s become even more popular since the economic crash in 2008 which sent large publishing houses scrambling for manuscripts they “believed” would definitely sell. After all, with money tight for everyone, large publishing houses became even more leery of taking on unknowns than before.

All the while, literary agents, continued to follow suit with the perception that taking on unknown authors was well – just plain too risky. What did that mean for the world of self-publishing? Big business – more than before. Instant Publisher, one of the nation’s leading book publishing companies began to see an increase in customer interest while a large sect of authors flocked to self-publishing companies because of many reasons, although much is speculation at this point and not statistical yet. (Statistics will be available by the end of 2010.)

We do know that in 2009 self-publishing hit an all time high with self-published titles hitting around the 764,000 mark. That’s a lot of books. That’s also a lot of authors! With that in mind Instant Publisher kicked up advertising and reached evermore for the right audience, which led the company even closer to its current success.

With the rise in unknowns and even seasoned authors turning to self-publishing, revenue increased and Instant Publisher began to climb even higher to a position of being one of the best self-publishing companies to use. Why? Well, for starters they got the word out!

  • Superior Quality Books
  • Excellent, Live Customer Service
  • No hidden side-kick fees like most self-publishing companies have lurking in the find print
  • Affordability
  • Quick Turnaround
  • Minimum orders beginning at 25 books

While many authors view any publishing venture as risky – working with a book publishing company like Instant Publisher puts many authors at more ease – knowing all of the above. Money saved on the front end means more money on the back end that can be spent on marketing and gaining book placement, which ultimately leads to sales. And sales is the key word. Sales means = Money.

The Self-Publishing Advantage

Control. So, we are in a fragile economy, yet it’s better than it was a year ago.

People still go to the movies, out to dinner and yes, read. They purchase books. The great catch to the author, who self-publishes, however, is that they aren’t required to share the majority of their royalties off of book sales with another person or entity. They remain in the driver seat and maintain control over earnings.

This is a big attraction to many authors (especially today) who self-publish because they can actually make more money self-publishing. Of course, who wouldn’t love a million dollar advance? Well – those aren’t that common. Some self-published authors who take a chance and hold confidence within their book and their self-publishing company sometimes do end up being picked up by a major publishing house, but only after they have shown that the book sells. (Again – makes money! )

With Instant Publisher, authors can control the design of their book, how they want it bound and the number of books to print and publish. The author calls the shots according to their budget.

InstantPublisher.com has been in the book publishing business for about 10-years and falls under the parent company, Fundcraft Publishing, a family owned, 100-year old cookbook publishing company – and one of the nation’s leading cookbook fundraising companies.

Consider using InstantPublisher.com for your book! Let Instant Publisher bring out the book in you!

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As always – Start Writing and Good Luck from the awesome Instant Publisher team!

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Today’s Writing Tips are for Inspiration and Organization!

{ It’s time! Bring Out The Book in You! }

Remember a few things first:

1) Give some thought to plot.

2) Complete a first draft.

3) Be prepared to revise.

4) Get feedback.

5) Put it aside.

Who is your favorite writer? Read their work. You certainly won’t copy them, but just reading their work will sometimes serve as inspiration for you. Like an artist sometimes views many pictures before they finally begin to draw.

Take a walk – a real walk. Is there a park nearby, or a lake? Go somewhere where you can actually be in nature and enjoy the simple beauty. Make SURE to bring your pad and pen! (Always!)

Now, when you feel as if you are getting a bit more inspired, then begin thinking of your plot. Start free writing. Just write what comes to mind and do NOT worry about editing right now. Next, make your first draft and be prepared to revise because you will revise and probably revise more than twice! Always get feedback from an objective person. Mom may not work too well. Finally, put it aside. Yes, simply walk off from your masterpiece in work for an entire day. Make sure when you go to bed at night you have the pad and pen handy! You may need it!

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