Blog: Tips for the Self Publishing Author

Writing, editing, publishing, promoting and selling your books takes a lot of work. We here at Steuben Press want to help, and in this category we'll share our knowledge and stories with you!

7 Simple Ways to Beat Writer's Block

The stage is set: You're at your desk, a tasty beverage at the ready. Your hands are clasped in front of your chin, eyebrows creased in concentration, and you're drawing a blank as large as the blank page illuminating your screen.

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What should be included in the "Back of the Book Blurb?"

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, that's true, but remember a book's cover includes the "stuff" on the back. That stuff, also known as a blurb, typically goes a long way in determining a potential reader's likelihood of purchasing and reading your book. And let's face it, we all do it: we pick a book off the shelf at the bookstore or library, look at the cover, and then almost instinctively turn the book over to peruse the "back of the book blurb." Most of us utilize that one-handed reverse flip motion of our dominant hand's wrist.

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How many books should I print?

Whether dealing with Steuben Press or any other book printer, a key question for every author to ask is “how many books should I print?”

There’s no exact answer, of course—everyone author and every book is different—but we ask our clients to consider a few points when making their decision.

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What in the World is an ISBN, Anyway?

For any author, making sure people can find your book is one of the essential elements of success (maybe second only to actually writing a book). It sounds much simpler than it is, of course; the main challenge of self-publishing is the self-promotion and marketing.

With all of the work involved in self-publishing a book, it could be tempting to trim down the process. While we’re all for making life easy there’s one element no author should skip: the ISBN.

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I worked with Jamie Howell at Steuben, editing, formatting, and printing my first book, Divine Ordinariness. She did a superb job offering ideas that truly enhanced the final product. Sharp, responsive, creative, and quick processionals, a pleasure to work with. Jamie even stopped the press to make a major revision when I got midstream deal-breaker feedback and had to rework the project. Steuben is the way to go for fine quality service. Thanks a lot, Steuben.

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