How do I self-publish my book in the United States? | Self-Publishing around the World

Who are you: Author name, Where people can find you, Books you’ve self-published MK! (that’s me)

Country you live and publish in – USA

What platforms do you use to self-publish your eBooks? – Smashwords, KDP, GooglePlay, StreetLib, PayHip

What platforms do you use to self-publish your print books? IngramSpark, KDP

What platforms do you use to self-publish your Audiobooks? ACX, Findaway Voices, PayHip

Where do you get your ISBNs from in your country and does your country charge for them? (If so, how much?) Bowker. 1 ISBN is $125, 10 are $295, and 100 are $575

Which service registers your copyright in your country and do they charge? (If so, how much?) US Copyright Office. Technically my copyright is covered as soon as I create something. However, if I wanted additional coverage , I could register with the US Copyright Office for $65 per book.

Which service issues barcodes in your country and do they charge? (If so, how much?) I get mine from Bowker as well for $25 when I want the price on them. Otherwise, I’m fine with the free barcode from IngramSpark or KDP. There are a lot of free online barcode generators out there that I plan to test out in the coming months.

Are there any limitations or workarounds you need to use because many of the major self-pub platforms are US-based or US-centric? (Ex. to get your audiobooks onto Amazon, do you need to use Findaways Voices because ACX limits the country of origin?) Nope, U.S. centric pays off once again.

Any specific tips for your countrymen (and women) on self-publishing wide? My biggest tip for anyone self-publishing is to have patience and a plan. I see so many new authors rushing and that leads to mistakes and regrets. Be patient.

Okay, that’s today’s video for our Self-Publishing Olympics and self-publishing around the world. Tomorrow I’m going to have my regular monthly interview with the team from FormattedBooks and they also help authors all over the world! See you again on Wednesday for more of the self-publishing parade of nations!

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