Book Reviewers

Marketing for Authors & Publishers

For Writers

For Children's Writers

Indexing Services


Selling Books & eBooks Online

Book Stores &
Book Sellers

Book Awards & Contests

Book Festivals & Trade Shows


Legal Information

Useful Extras

ISBN, Copyright Registration & BISAC Subject Headings
R R Bowker is the official US agency for assigning ISBNs. Publishers and distributors seeking to update or add to title listings found in Books In Print, Global Books In Print, and the Publisher Authority Database, click here. The application form is available online, as is the list of prices for books of 10, 100 and 1000. Bowkers also sells bar codes, but please note that: Sun Editing and Book Design includes a bar code in the price of cover design services so there is no need to purchase one elsewhere.

Library of Congress Control Number: When you are publishing your book in the USA, you are likely to want a Library of Congress Control number for your title. To open a new account and start the application process, click here. After you have published your book, be sure to send 2 copies to the Library of Congress.

US Copyright Office provides information about copyright registration for books in the USA. Instructions to register your book with the Library of Congress can be found on the Literary Works page. For information on obtaining a Library of Congress card number for your forthcoming book, begin the application process by clicking here.

The Canadian ISBN Agency assigns ISBNs for Canadian books.

Canadian Intellectual Property Online provides information about copyright registration for books in Canada.

Access Copyright provides innovative copyright licensing solutions for Canadian copyright holders. To become an affiliate, click here.

The BISAC Subject Heading List is an industry-approved list of subject descriptors, each of which is represented by a nine-character alphanumeric code. Many of the major businesses within the North American book industry, including Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Bookscan, Booksense, Bowker, Indigo, Ingram and most major publishers use the BSHL in a variety of ways. You may wish to put the code that best represents the subject of your book on the back cover. This list is provided by the Book Industry Study Group, the U.S. book industry's leading trade association for research and supply chain standards and policies. To read the FAQ page, click here.

The Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR) "is a not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents. To qualify for membership in the AAR, an agent must meet professional standards specified in the organization's bylaws and agree to subscribe to its Canon of Ethics." We suggest that if you use an agent, it be a member of the AAR.

Agent Query is a free, one-stop writer’s resource about literary agents with a searchable database of over 700 reputable literary agents.

Agent Research offers a number of services to help you locate the agent who is right for you. It has a free agent verification service that enables viewers to find information about agents they are interested in. It also offers the complimentary resource for writers, Talking Agents Literary Ezine.

Writer Beware maintains a list of literary agents to avoid.

Agent SearchFirst Writer Literary Agents provides a database of literary agents. It gives you the ability to search using any combination of over 15 variables so you can find just what you are looking for. Click here for information.

Book Reviewers
Click here for a list of Book Reviewers and their guidelines.

Marketing for Authors and Publishers
Please visit the Book Promotion section of this Web site to find suggestions, book reviewers,
independent booksellers on book promotion and marketing.

Booksense of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) is a marketing program intended to increase awareness of independent bookstores.

ForeWord Magazine Connections offers promotional and advertisement resources for publishers and publicists. Registration is free.

Authors' Coalition offers career-boosting services and collateral material to authors. "We're small enough to care about every single project, large enough to provide superior quality," says Director Pat Avery. Author's Coalition offers sponsored fair booth sharing at major book fairs.

The Independent Book Publishers Association (PMA) is "the largest non-profit trade association representing independent publishers." It offers numerous programs for independent publishers including PMA University Online, the Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Ingram Wholesale Acceptance Program to help the publisher who has no current distributor relationship. Read about their Trade Distribution Acceptance Program if you are a small, independent publisher seeking distribution at the bookstore level. Checklist is here.

The Independent Book Publishers Association (PMA) is "the largest non-profit trade association representing independent publishers." It offers numerous programs for independent publishers including PMA University Online, the Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Ingram Wholesale Acceptance Program to help the publisher who has no current distributor relationship. Read about their Trade Distribution Acceptance Program if you are a small, independent publisher seeking distribution at the bookstore level. Checklist is here. allows authors and publishers to list their books online with links to Web sites where the books can be purchased.

Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) has information about book sellers throughout Canada. It has a search page on which you can find a bookstore based on specific criteria.

Search Inside the Book is not difficult to set up on If your book is listed there, learn how you or your publisher can make this feature available for people who browse online. enables companies, organizations and individuals to submit their press releases for FREE. Download a list of locations online where you can post your press release. Sales Rank Express is the Premier Amazon tool for authors and publishers. Check all your Amazon sales ranks and more on and other Amazon sites Internationally.

For Writers
The Writing Show, “where writing is always the story,” interviews authors, publishers, editors and other professionals in the field of publishing. Listen to the interviews or download the MP3 podcasts. To listen to an interview of Jill Ronsley on editing, book design and children’s books, click here.

The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) is a national organization dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers across Canada and to encourage works of literary and artistic merit.

Writer's Relief, Inc. has been helping writers find the best markets for their work since 1994. Writer's Relief offers a free e-mail monthly newsflash with valuable information for writers. "If you love to write, but hate the business of writing, Writer's Relief can help."

First Writer is a site for hundreds of literary agents, book publishers, writing competitions, and magazines. Visit! Improve your chances of publication with daily e-mail alerts of new and updated markets. Submit to the online magazine for free.

WOW! Women on Writing is an online magazine, designed to support women's creativity through all stages of the writing process. The site has articles on writing, interviews with agents and contest information.

The Muse it up Conference offers writers the chance to mingle with personalities and colleagues in the writing and publishing world and learn from them through organized workshops, chats and e-mail.

For Children's Writers
Book Editors and Book Publishers
A long list of book editors and publishers can be found at John Kremer’s

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) posts information on book lists and book awards.

Jacket Flap provides a comprehensive database of statistics and information on children's book publishers. The site helps writers find publishers that are accepting new authors and that publish titles in specific categories.

The Purple Crayon has a page called Who's Moving Where. Harold Underdown’s page documenting which children’s editors at various publishing houses are moving where in the industry.

SCBWI - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. A professional organization for writers and illustrators of children's books.

Children's Writers' Marketplace offers market information and other services for children's writers. Fiction-writing classes are offered by column writer Margaret Shauers. The site is updated every month.

Publishers Weekly Archives of people in the industry. If you are trying to find someone in the publishing industry and they have left their former position, you may have trouble finding their current contact information. Check this page.

Writing query letters and cover letters. For information and samples, click here.

Renaissance Learning provides a wealth of information including the page and word count for published books.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to the children and families who need them most.

Indexing Services
Clive Pyne Book Indexing Services offers professional freelance back-of-book indexing services for reference, scholarly and trade non-fiction books. Subjects: Biology, Business, Computers, Technology, Environment, Spirituality, New Age, Self-help.

For information about printers and printing click here.

Selling Books & eBooks Online
For information about selling your books and eBooks online click here.

Book Stores & Book Sellers
For bookstores and booksellers click here.

Book Awards & Contests
American Library Association provides information about a wide range of book awards.

Benjamin Franklin Awards are offered by the Publishers Marketing Association (PMA). Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing.

ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award was established to honor excellence in independent publishing.

Jacket Flap provides information on contests and awards for children's writers.

Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly books and other media.

New York Book Festival offers awards in several categories. It considers traditionally and independently published non-fiction, fiction, children's books, poetry, science fiction, romance and biography/autobiography.

Midwest Independent Publishers' Association (MIPA) hosts the annual MIPA Book Awards. Any independent or non-profit publisher or self-publishing author located in the 12-state Midwest region is encouraged to enter: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD & WI.

Independent Book Publisher Awards (IPPY Awards).

Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards are given annually to the children's books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.

The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States in the preceding year. Up to five honor books and up to ten highly commended titles may also be named each year. For eligibility and submission guidelines, click here.

Book Festivals & Trade Shows
Research local book fairs and shows in your city, state or province. They can give your book exposure that leads to sales and recognition. Below are a few of the largest shows. You might like to join a group to exhibit your book, cutting your costs and increasing your title's exposure, such as the or PMA Exhibits or the Author's Coalition.

Book Expo America (BEA) is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association and Association of American Publishers. Please read How to Maximize Book Expo America by Jerry D. Simmons.

Book Expo Canada (BEC) is an industry event for Canadian booksellers and publishers. With a diverse exhibit floor, a comprehensive educational program, and an opportunity to shake hands with authors, attendees come to BookExpo Canada to see aisle after aisle of new titles and books, find out more about the latest industry trends, learn about how to best meet the most crucial competitive challenges in the book business, meet authors and uncover niche publishers and titles.

PMA Exhibits, organized by the Publishers Marketing Association (PMA), provides publishers with booth space at major book trade shows.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The West Hollywood Book Fair encourages reading, writing, and literacy in the West Hollywood and greater Southern California area communities. Exhibit your books and peruse the schedule of Panels, Special Guests and writing workshops. Review the schedule to determine what subjects you are interested in. The next show is September 28, 2008.

Midwest Booksellers (MBA) Trade Show is hosted by Midwest Independent Publishers' Association (MIPA). The Midwest Independent Publishers Association serves the upper-Midwest publishing community in a collaborative sharing of publishing, production, promotion, and marketing information.

The American Library Association (ALA) The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Booklists and information about book awards are available.

The Henry Miller Library offers the acclaimed Big Sur Writing Workshops for writers.

Worldcat is an online catalogue of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

AcqWeb is a World Wide Web site providing links to information and resources of interest to librarians with acquisitions or collection development responsibilities. The scope is international. Click here for more information.

Legal Information
Ivan Hoffman, attorney at law, provides legal information for writers and publishers.

The Publishing Law Center provides legal information for the publishing community.

Useful Extras
Dexigner provides a directory to graphic designers and delivers design news, competitions, forums and links.

The Trademark Checklist was compiled by the International Trademark Association (INTA) to assist authors, writers, journalists, editors, proofreaders, copywriters and fact checkers with proper trademark usage. It includes listings for nearly 3,000 U.S. registered trademarks and service marks with their generic terms as well as proper capitalization and punctuation.

You Send It is an invaluable service for sending large files through the Internet. Register for free, login, fill in the recipient's e-mail address, upload your file and hit SEND IT. The recipient will receive an e-mail notification and can download the file to his or her computer anytime within the following week.

Send This File is similar to You Send It, but it makes downloads available for a shorter length of time.

Download the free Adobe Reader to read PDF files.

Skype provides inexpensive phone services to anywhere in the world through your computer. You can reach land lines and mobile phones, conduct conference calls, make video calls and use voice mail.
Click here
for information.

Fetch is is an easy-to-use program for transferring files, similar to WinSCP for Windows. It allows Mac users to transfer files directly from or to any connected machine that supports SFTP.
For information on how to use it, click here.

US Postal Rates can be figured out using the easy US Postage Price Calculator on the USPS Web site. Just enter the destination, type of package and weight. Then pick the method and delivery speed of your choice.

Vertical Response provides an easy and cost-efficient way to build, target, send and track email marketing newsletters.

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