20 March, 2007

Your Book and the Library of Congress (CIP Data)

By |2023-06-09T11:42:29-07:00March 20, 2007|Publishing, Resources|Comments Off on Your Book and the Library of Congress (CIP Data)

We have been discussing the Library of Congress’s role in the publication of your book. Today we will discuss the CIP data.

Cataloging-in-Publication (CIP) Data

Because current cataloging data will not be available by the time your book is released, the Library of Congress provides a shortened, barebones cataloging copy to publishers so that they could print that in the book in advance. CIP data, a bibliographic record based on the subject and content of your book, allows libraries to easily catalog your book. This way when librarians receive your newly published book, there will be already enough information in the book for them, even though the Library of Congress hasn’t yet created the definitive cataloging data.

When you publish your book with Wheatmark, we can provide cataloging-in-publication data for your book and include it on the copyright page. Your CIP data will be prepared by professional catalogers.

Finally, the Library of Congress provides […]

19 March, 2007

Your Book and the Library of Congress (LCCN)

By |2023-06-09T11:42:35-07:00March 19, 2007|Publishing, Resources|Comments Off on Your Book and the Library of Congress (LCCN)

“Will you send my book to the Library of Congress?”

This is a question we often hear from our authors. The answer is yes – unless we misunderstood your question.

Let me explain.

The Library of Congress may be involved in several different aspects of your book’s publication. The first one is the LCCN.

LCCN — The Library of Congress Control Number

Local librarians want to be able to shelve a new book correctly as soon as they receive it. They do not have the time to catalog every single book upon receipt, so they turn to the Library of Congress (LOC) for help. They connect to the library’s database and download the cataloging data that has been prepared by the LOC’s catalogers. To find the data, they use the LCCN that’s printed in your book.

Thus, before your book is published, Wheatmark applies for an LCCN from the Library of Congress. This number is then […]

1 March, 2007

Does Your Publisher Offer Returnability?

By |2023-06-09T11:42:51-07:00March 1, 2007|Publishing, Resources|Comments Off on Does Your Publisher Offer Returnability?

If you’re just beginning your research into publishing companies, don’t be surprised if you stumble across a number of unfamiliar words or concepts.

Initially, you may be put off by these terms. But, please – for the sake of your book – don’t be!

Now that writers have become self-publishers, it’s important to learn some of the vocabulary of traditional publishers.

Today’s publishing word? Returnability. What does it mean? And why should you care?

In layman’s terms, returnability means “whether or not a bookstore can return books to a publisher that they cannot sell.”

Now, let’s pretend for a moment that instead of writing books, you sell books in a lovely little neighborhood bookshop. Every writer in your town dreams of walking into your store and finding her book inside.

Needless to say, you’re inundated on a daily basis with requests from publishers to stock their writers’ books.

How do you, the bookstore owner, decide which books […]


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