How to Keep Growing as a Writer

Written by Arthur Zulu

Continued from page 1

Because ofrepparttar present information explosion andrepparttar 147814 doubling of human knowledge—over 150,000 new books are published each year inrepparttar 147815 United States alone—how can you then benefit from whatrepparttar 147816 United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization termedrepparttar 147817 “local gateway to knowledge”? It is by knowing how to locaterepparttar 147818 book that you need in a library.

You could probably get around your local library, but it is another ball game when you find yourself in a state-of-the-art library with its intimidating volumes and complex book search procedures. Don’t panic! The librarian is available for help. But know that you basically need one or both ofrepparttar 147819 following:

The Card Catalog

There are three separate cards forrepparttar 147820 book you are looking for inrepparttar 147821 library—the author card,repparttar 147822 title card, andrepparttar 147823 subject card—all bearing information aboutrepparttar 147824 book. The most important thing aboutrepparttar 147825 card is its “call number”—atrepparttar 147826 top left hand corner—with which you will locaterepparttar 147827 book. But how do you knowrepparttar 147828 right number?

Since many libraries userepparttar 147829 Dewey Decimal System—invented by Melvil Dewey, a famous American librarian—the answer is in knowingrepparttar 147830 right Dewey decimal code for your source material. Here arerepparttar 147831 major groups ofrepparttar 147832 system:

000-099 General 100-199 Philosophy and psychology 200-229 Religion 300-399 Social sciences 400-499 Language 500-599 Natural sciences and mathematics 600-699 Technology (applied sciences) 700-799 The arts 800-899 Literature and rhetoric 900-999 Geography and history

This is further divided into ten subgroups with specific subjects. For instancerepparttar 147833 Bible is 200, andrepparttar 147834 “New Testament” or Greek Scriptures is 225. The following added digits are forrepparttar 147835 book category:

01 Philosophy and theory 02 Miscellany 03 Dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances 04 Special topics 05 Serial publications 06 Organizations and management 07 Education, research, related topics 08 Collections 09 History of

If you therefore wanted an encyclopedia aboutrepparttar 147836 Bible,repparttar 147837 number you would be looking for is 220.3, whilerepparttar 147838 number 225.7 would serve your need if you were searching for a commentary onrepparttar 147839 “New Testament.”

Which number would you need if you wantedrepparttar 147840 history of William Shakespeare?

Should you visitrepparttar 147841 Library of Congress;repparttar 147842 following classification will help you findrepparttar 147843 right number:

A General Works B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion C-D History and Topography E-F America G Geography, Anthropology, Sports and Games H Social Sciences J Political Science K Law L Education M Music N Fine Arts P Language and Literature Q Science R Medicine S Agriculture, Forestry T Engineering and Technology U Military Science V Naval Science Z Bibliography

Book Catalog

If you were unable to find what you needed in a library, chances are that you might find it by checkingrepparttar 147844 book catalog. For instance, withrepparttar 147845 National Union Catalog, you can find books inrepparttar 147846 Library of Congress and elsewhere.

Learning to narrow your search will keep you from going from one library torepparttar 147847 other. For example, Best-seller is notrepparttar 147848 same thing as, How to Write a Best-seller.

You can visitrepparttar 147849 above mentioned libraries and others here:

The Library of Congress

The British Library

Russian State Library

National Library of France

Libraries ofrepparttar 147850 World

You are now an established writer, having published a best-seller and taken advantage ofrepparttar 147851 above provisions. What next?

(Excerpted from HOW TO WRITE A BEST-SELLER by Arthur Zulu, coming soon!)

ARTHUR ZULU is an editor, book reviewer, playwright, and published author. He also writes short stories, scripts, essays, and poems, and ghost writes for others. For his works, professional services, and FREE helps for writers, goto: mailto: Web search: Arthur Zulu

ARTHUR ZULU is an editor, book reviewer, playwright, and published author. He also writes short stories, scripts, essays, and poems, and ghost writes for others.

Print-On-Demand - A Definition and a Comparison

Written by Michael LaRocca

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(Daddy is in that group, byrepparttar way. How about your family?)

Places who publish only POD began by accepting anything sent their way. Pay your money, and do your own editing and marketing. This gave POD a credibility problem. There are POD outfits who don't operate this way, butrepparttar 147742 credibility problem will take time to heal.

As an author, your goal is to write what's in your heart, find people who like to read what you like to write, and get it out to them. (That's my goal, anyway.) If your name happens to be Tom Clancy, that equals many readers. But that's simply luck ofrepparttar 147743 draw.

Many of us don't have such mass appeal. Possibly you'rerepparttar 147744 sort of writer who knows exactly where you stand in that respect. But many don't, and they're floodingrepparttar 147745 POD market with stuff that most readers just plain don't want. Add to thatrepparttar 147746 badly edited stuff, andrepparttar 147747 credibility problem with POD is understandable.

Ideally, what you want is for your e-publisher to simultaneously release your book in both formats without charging a POD setup fee. That way, you can direct all your promotional efforts to that single URL. However, these e-publishers have a real problem with backlog now, so if you want to travelrepparttar 147748 road I did, you'll need much more patience than I did.

Taking advantage of a free POD option with your e-book will also help your promotional efforts. Many reviewers just plain won't touch an e-book. If you've donerepparttar 147749 POD bit, in addition to being able to tell all your friends and family, "Look at this, I'm a real author because here'srepparttar 147750 paperback," you'll be able to send review copies via POD to those book reviewers.

If you find yourself with an e-publisher who doesn't offer free POD, you may wish to shop around for a POD publisher. As you do this, rememberrepparttar 147751 business model. If a publisher makes all its money from writers, it doesn't need to sell a single book to a single reader to stay in business.

No matter how much praise they send your way, that'srepparttar 147752 bottom line. Writing is a calling, but publishing is a business. Those authors who can't distinguish betweenrepparttar 147753 two are what keeprepparttar 147754 opportunists in business. I was such an author for most of my life.

Some POD places are no more than thinly veiled vanity (or subsidy) presses. They have a role to serve, but let's be honest. Most do no editing, and they don't care. They may not be making a massive profit from your setup fees, but they're making enough to stay in business. Even if you don't sell any books to anyone except your Gramma.

Earlier, I recommended e-publishing before print publishing forrepparttar 147755 free editing you'll receive. If you're going with POD, consider it mandatory. Either that, or pay an editor. The author who can write a mistake-free manuscript does not exist.

Still interested in POD publishing? Here arerepparttar 147756 questions you should ask yourself when you select a POD publisher:

A) Sale price of each book 1) Who decides what it is? 2) Will readers pay that much?

B) Profit per sale vs. your setup cost 1) How many copies must you sell to break even? 2) Can you do it? 3) If not, do you care? How big of a financial hit are you willing to take just to see your name in print?

As a rule, US$100 or less setup cost is good and US$1000 is very bad. The latter, no matter how much publicity they promise you, is only a thinly disguised vanity publisher. You won't sell enough books to recoup that $1000 unless you're a real marketing machine. Even then you shouldn't payrepparttar 147757 $1000. It won't get you anything that $100 won't.

Ifrepparttar 147758 POD place only prints "trade paperbacks," which arerepparttar 147759 larger ones, your cost per book (and sale price per book) will be higher than if you can print "mass-market paperbacks." The choice is yours, but whatever you decide, visitrepparttar 147760 local bookstores and price similar-sized books. If you write like Stephen King but charge twice as much per book, readers are going to buyrepparttar 147761 author they've heard of, and that's probably not you. Yet...

A comprehensive list of POD publishers, along with descriptions, can be found on-line at

It fails to mention Booksurge (, also known as Digitz ( US$99. I have no experience with them, but I've heard only good things about them.

Another that isn't mentioned is Digital Print Australia at I've used them. My setup cost was AUD$35 (roughly US$18 back then), which compares rather favorably to those listed.

Their price per copy is also excellent. The quality equals what you'll find inrepparttar 147762 bookstores. If you've ever bought a paperback from Writers Exchange, you've seen it. If not, Digital Print will send you a free sample. They sent mine to China.

Two problems you may have with them, though, are shipping charges from Australia if that's not where your readers are located, andrepparttar 147763 fact that they don't offer a way to sellrepparttar 147764 books on their site.

Michael LaRocca's website at was chosen by WRITER'S DIGEST as one of The 101 Best Websites For Writers in 2001 and 2002. His response was to throw it out and start over again because he's insane. He teaches English at a university in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, and publishes the free weekly newsletter WHO MOVED MY RICE?

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