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Printed Books 101

From publishing terminology to best practices, interior design to distribution, print-on-demand to cover design, we’ve got tons of information to help you become an expert in book publishing!

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How Many Words Are in a Novel?

Getting ready to write a book and wondering how many words you need to pen? Here are some rule-of-thumb insights into how long your book should be.
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Choosing Your Book’s Trim Size

BookBaby publishing specialist Sierra Edwards discusses what a book’s trim size is and how to choose the one that’s right for your project.
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Paperback vs. Hardcover Books: Which Is Right For You?

One choice self-published authors need to make is whether to go with a hardcover vs. paperback book cover. They both have their benefits — so which is right for you?
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Why Is Editing So Expensive?

This “Indie Author Minute” video offers insight into why manuscript editing services cost what they do, what you can expect from your edit, and why a professional book edit is an investment you cannot...
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Print On Demand Made The Self-Publishing Revolution Possible

In our ongoing BookBaby Live series, Steven Spatz addresses the real reason self-published authors can find major success in today’s publishing marketplace: print on demand.
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The Four Cornerstones to Self-Publishing Success

Steven Spatz, BookBaby president and self-published author, talks about the four essential things you need in place to achieve self-publishing success.
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How To Sell Books Through Gift Shops In Parks

The National Park Service turned 105 on August 25, 2021. It's a good time to talk about how publishers can sell books through gift shops in parks and historic sites.

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