Publishing “extras”

Actually, what we will outline here is more than ‘extras’. In fact, for authors who intend to self-publish their work — which an ever-increasing number are doing in these times when it is so much of a long shot to capture the interest of an agent or major publisher — these operations are required, or at least highly desirable as part of each book’s credentials and commercial acceptability in the marketplace, particularly in bookstores and libraries.

Publisher registration with R.R. Bowker Company for “Books in Print” and other reference volumes: A self-publishing author or small publisher should register with this master source of book publishing information. There is no charge, but the process is a bit complicated. We will handle the process for you as part of the workflow if we do the production work on your book, or for a nominal fee ($45) if we don’t.

ISBN Numbers: The ISBN (International Standard Book Number), issued by R.R. Bowker Company in the U.S., serves to identify your book and its publisher and is required on books sold in a retail environment. We recommend that you register as a publisher (see above) and purchase a block of ten (10) ISBN numbers (one should be used on each version of the book you publish). The cost for a block of ISBN numbers is currently $295. We will do the requisite application work for you as part of the workflow if we handle the production services on your book, or for an additional, nominal labor charge of $50 if we don’t.

Library of Congress Pre-assigned Control Number (LCCN): This is a free, optional service of the Library of Congress. It identifies your book in the master catalog of the Library of Congress. When your book is published, one copy is to be sent to them for the Congressional Archives. We recommend this service and will take care of this for you within the workflow if we do the production work on your book. Otherwise, you can do it yourself by going to and navigating to the information regarding the PCCN program, where you can apply for and receive your LCCN.
Please note: if you are a one-book author/publisher you will not qualify for the Library’s Cataloging-In-Publication (CIP) program — a “bulk user” program reserved for publishing houses with ten or more titles in print. Please do not confuse the two programs.

Book Cataloging: Even single-title nonfiction and academic publishers should consider participating in this optional program, which is generally used by larger publishers but is very helpful if you intend that your book be carried in public or academic libraries. In fact, the absence of such cataloging can often disqualify a book from library purchasing systems. You may apply for cataloging services from Quality Books ( or from any one of several private catalogers who may be located through the Google search engine. The average cost of cataloging is about $100 but may vary slightly from one supplier to another. We would be happy to provide advice at no charge, and we can also refer you to catalogers and indexers (see below).

Indexing. Librarians, booksellers, academics and even ordinary book purchasers often turn first to the Index when deciding whether to purchase a nonfiction book (and even some fiction works based on historical fact). Indexing is much more than simply generating a list of terms; it includes cross-referencing, multiple-entry of individual terms, plus thought-out connections and relationships that make the text of the work more accessible to readers, researchers and catalogers. Books with specialized subject matter are especially enhanced by indexing. Pricing varies by indexer and by book content and length.

Certification of Copyright: A book is an item of intellectual property. Therefore, it should be legally protected from plagiarism by others, as well as to be a potential source of added income from people who would use significant excerpts from your work in other media. The U.S.Copyright Office, a division of the Library of Congress is the final repository of proper copyright on literary products, and your book should be certified even if it will see very limited distribution. The service can be implemented by the author, but if we do the production work on your book, we will handle it as part of the workflow at no charge beyond the basic submission fee, which varies from time to time (currently it is $45 for single-title, self-published works). We can also handle the transaction for non-client authors on a fee basis, which involves the one-time payment of $45 to the Copyright Office plus a $35 labor charge by OPA Author Services.

Out Of Print? We have a separate page for this within our Basic Services section, but the idea bears repeating here. If you are an author whose book has gone out of print, for whatever reason, and if you would like to restore your work, we can help. This service is inexpensive and really quite simple. We can either scan your book and replicate it exactly as it was originally published (except for the possible need to apply a new ISBN number and re-register the book with the appropriate agencies), or we can do a completely new production (a revised edition) that will allow you to add content or to change earlier content. Of course, you must own all rights to the work you wish to re-publish. We’ll be happy to advise you on this and work with you if permissions or revocations of rights are needed. We can’t quote you an accurate price because costs will vary as a function of the original work; i.e., number of pages, illustrations, charts and graphs, interior design complexities, etc., but in general, our services are billed at $55 per hour, and a “clean” republish can usually be achieved with less than 20 hours of work.

If you would like more information on any of the “extra” services shown above, either in printed book or in e-book form, please call us or send us an e-mail. Go to the Contact Us page now.

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