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The things you learn when you’re fixin’ to self-publish…

I always knew that the ISBN — that long number that identifies a book as an individual thing in the universe of publishing — was important. I was secretly tickled when my first novel came out and had its own ISBN. It was something of a status symbol, as if the book itself wasn’t enough of an accomplishment.

So I was determined to nab an ISBN for my forthcoming novel, Yesterday Road, because, you know, nobody was going to take it seriously if it didn’t have one. That’s the conventional wisdom anyway. If you want to compete with traditional publishers, you need all the trappings of a traditionally published book, from a professional cover to top-notch editing to — better believe it — an ISBN. And the only way to obtain an ISBN for a book published via Amazon.com (Smashwords…

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