Author Publisher Partner Links

ISBN, Copyright and Library of Congress Links  As the U.S. ISBN Agency, R R Bowker is the exclusive US source of publisher prefixes and accompanying ranges of ISBN numbers for eligible publishers. It provides information and advice on the uses of the ISBN System to publishers and the book trade and promotes the use of the Bookland EAN bar code format.  U.S. Copyright Office promotes progress of the arts and protection for the works of authors. It serves the copyright community of creators and users, as well as the general public. At their website you’ll find all their key publications, including information circulars; application forms for copyright registration and other copyright information.    The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts.

Publishing Houses, Production and Consultants  Literary Market Place (LMP) is the directory of America and Canadian book publishing. For more than 50 years, LMP has been the resource consulted by practically everyone looking for industry data--whether they are publishing professional, authors, industry watchers, or those seeking to gain entry into the world of publishing.   The industry’s largest Web-based bibliographic resource for professionals.   Innovative products that present your book news in a variety of media-friendly formats.    Book School will help you:

  • share your positive message with the world   
  • craft a process that you can use over and over again to write and publish non-fiction books     
  • create your expert status as a published author     
  • gain media exposure, instant credibility, and speaking opportunities
  • realize your dream of seeing your name on the cover of a book.   Free information and resources on book marketing, book selling, book publishing, self-publishing, book promotion, free publicity, e-publishing, selling e-books, print-on-demand, POD publishing, writing books, internet marketing, online book publishing, website promotions, writing novels and promoting books.

Author Publishing Organizations  PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association is a trade association of independent publishers whose mission is to advance the professional interests of independent publishers. PMA provides cooperative marketing programs, education and advocacy within the publishing industry.   Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network or SPAWN offers information on writing and publishing as well as links to research sources, publishers, printers, and the media. Small Publishers Association of North America or SPAN. Its mission is to advance the image and profits of independent publishers and authors through education and marketing opportunities.

Desktop Publishing Software Resources  Adobe® is perhaps best knows for its cross platform document format or .PDF and its free reader Arobat® Reader. However they also are the developers of some of the best known desktop publishing software:

  • Adobe InDesign® - design professional page layouts with graphics and typography.
  • Adobe Illustrator® - create graphics and color
  • Adobe Photoshop® – image and color editing and enhancement of digital files   Quark® is the developer of QuarkXPress® which is used to design professional page layouts with graphics and typography.  Microsoft® is the developer of two desktop publishing programs used by many self publishers as follows:

Word which is their best selling word processing software that is used by tens of thousands authors around the world to create book manuscripts.

Publisher is a relatively inexpensive page layout and design program used for brochures, cards, catalogs and other publications where precise control over positioning text, images and other design elements is required.

Editing, Writing, Cover Design and Other Resources  - tools for the business of writing  - A very good article on the advantages of having another person edit your work. (Special thanks to Mrs. Lowe's 4th grade class!)