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Self-Publishing

BookBaby is a haven of self-publishing expertise, and we share everything we know here on the BookBaby Blog. If you’re an independent author with questions about self-publishing, you’ve come to the right place.

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Lyrics In Books: Your Questions Answered

If a music artist wants to record someone else’s song, there is a set fee for that use, but rights and fees are entirely up to the publisher when it comes to printing lyrics in books. If you don't want to violate US Copyright Code, read on.
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eBook Formatting: What Page Size Should I Use?

What page size should you use when preparing for ePub conversion? Standard 8.5 x 11" page size ensures any included images will be large enough for an iPad.
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How To Format Your Book Using Microsoft Word on a Mac

This video gives instructions on how to format your book using Microsoft Word on a Mac. Interior Templates are also available on bookbaby.com.
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How Print On Demand Works [Infographic]

Print on demand books for the independent author haven't just leveled the playing field, they've changed the nature of the game. It is now cost-effective to print books as needed, not relying on offset printers to churn out thousands of books to justify the fixed costs.
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The #1 mistake of self-published authors for worldwide book sales

"Less is more" is a cute phrase for minimalists, but don't limit yourself when it comes to online retail options for worldwide book sales. Successful self-published authors are tapping into larger markets, which include many other retailers beyond Amazon.
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Simple Self-Publishing Tips

In this interview, BookBaby’s Steven Spatz lays out some basic self-publishing tips for the aspiring author.
eBook Checklist from BookBaby

Your eBook Checklist

Think you're ready to self-publish your eBook? Great! We're here to help, and this eBook checklist will help you get off on the right foot in your journey from your laptop to the marketplace. Note: many of these items are needed for printed book production as well.

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