In the US, every version of every book published needs to have its own International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The print version needs a different number than the ebook version, but more than that: the hardback and paperback versions have to have different numbers, and the ePub, mobi, and PDF versions of the digital edition have to have their own unique ISBNs, too.
One ISBN costs $125. That’s not very useful, is it? 10 ISBNs costs $250, which covers 2, maybe 3 titles. For $575 we can buy 100 ISBNs, a much more useful number. It can publish about 20 books, or our planned catalog for the next three years. That’s what we’d like to do.
Our publisher and editor, Carrie Cuinn, teaches online workshops on a variety of subjects related to writing and editing. Her next class, which begins Sunday, November 17, is on “Plotting the Short Story”. She’s going to put the proceeds of the class signups toward our ISBN purchase. From her website:
All workshops take place in my private online forum, so you can post questions, comments, and writing excerpts without worrying who will see it. Plus, since we have deadlines of a certain day, not a set class hour, you can be anywhere in the world and still participate!
We’ll cover how to fit a whole story into different lengths: flash (1000 and under), mid-length short story (about 4000 words), and longer short stories (up to 6500 words). What do you put in and what do you leave off the page? Fundamentals of storytelling, prepping (including outlining, character arcs, and plot twists) and editing (including how to recognize the different moments of your story so you can move them around) are also covered. Only $50 for 4 weeks. sign up here
Like her other classes, this one will be capped so it doesn’t get too big. Plus, once you’ve taken any of her workshops, you retain access to the forum, which has space for sharing critiques, a market directory, and more. You can also purchase enrollment for a friend if you don’t need one for yourself (be sure to note that when you fill out the form).
Thank you for your support.
(Because we’ve been asked, yes, you can simply donate a few dollars to our goal by clicking here; link goes to PayPal. But we’d rather give you something for your money, so please make sure to let us know who you are, and we’ll send along a special thank you.)