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Billips' Weekly Banter- 2-12-22

Cover Reveal!! What do you think?

I've been working hard this week figuring out some of the intricacies of being an indie author. One major item I came across was that of the ISBN number. This number you will need to sell you book and for it to be categorized in stores and libraries. KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) offers this for free, the catch is you will not be able to sell your book anywhere else; no stores, other digital formats, no libraries. The other option is to get an ISBN outside of Amazon. You can use through Amazon's platform and everywhere else. The catch is, they are pricy for beginner authors. You will also need one for each type of book you create, i.e. paperback=1, ebook=1.

The site that I discovered that sells these is Bowkers.

They sell one at a time or you can buy a 10 pack and save a few bucks. I am still learning the ropes on each item, but I hope my struggles and discoveries along the way might help another author starting out. Or maybe just show the readers all the crazy things involved in getting our stories out to them.

I feel like my new cover turned out successfully. I did make it through #Canva. I also purchased the image through #iStock. I am working on my free prequel for my newsletter. The story revolves around Jaime Nethersby, the cousin of Miss Sweeting, and gives you the back story on him and how Annabelle came to live with him. I'm pretty proud of how its turning out, and I hope my readers enjoy it as well. I plan to add it as a readers magnet in #StoryOrigin.

I was also thinking of doing some sketches of the gizmos Annabelle creates as a fun bonus. If you have anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, drop me a comment or send me an email at

That's all I have for now. #happysleuthing

LK Billips

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