how would you know if you're a good writer?
Apparently hubscores don't really mean anything...
I think you're addressing two different issues here.
ISBNs are used for real world published books. If you go through an agent or publisher, you don't need to worry about that - they'll organize an ISBN for your book.
To tell if you're a good writer online is difficult - but things like how much traffic you get that stays around for awhile (you can check on hub metrics for a general idea or the average visit time on analytics), or you can see how many appreciative comments you get that are NOT from hubbers or spammers.
I've compiled a list of self-publishing resources on one of my hubs. There's a link to a PDF file that compares all the self-publishing houses in detail, and I also address forming your own company and using the same resources the self-publishing houses do (without the markup).
You can buy a block of ten ISBNs for a little under $300.
If you publish via Lulu or Smashwords, you can also obtain a free ISBN that designates one of these as the publisher.
http://createspace.com Go there and sign up for an account. They will publish your book(s) with an ISBN and put it on Amazon also. Make sure your artwork is high quality, as in 300dpi. and the correct sizes.
How does a person tell if they're a good writer?
It depends on exactly what you mean by "good". Commercial success and artistic success are often not the same, and personal taste is totally subjective.
If lots of people don't like your books they won't buy your work again. If a publisher or agent suspects your books may not sell well, especially in the current climate, then they'll be unlikely to accept you as a client even if your writing is, in itself, flawless.
If you write an original book, you can submit it to Smashwords, and they will assign you a free isbn.
by Mark Bruno 6 years ago
I have been asked by a book publisher to publish my bookI have received today a formal contract of the manuscript I sent to publisher 2 months age. The problem is that they want $3,995.00 refundable before they start to work on editing etc. This is my first at this so can anyone help with me...
by Sue B. 7 years ago
What is the easiest way to write a book and get published?For those of you who have written books and are published, what is the best and/or easiest way(s) to write a book and get it out there?
by Darlene Yager 8 years ago
Would it be a mistake to post the whole novel on hubpages if you were thinking of trying to get...it published? If not how much is ok? Or should it not be posted at all?
by MrDSpade 8 years ago
If you have, give details about the process you went through. Alright for those who say they don't understand the question, I'm asking about the process you went thru publishing a book with no money down. Has anyone done this before?
by Matthew Dawson 8 years ago
What is your opinion, Is it better to self publish or find a publisher and get a contract...Now days with modern technology as it is it has become easy for an author to self publish. However is it really worth the time that it takes to also self market? I have found that the old traditional way of...
by Dani Alicia 5 years ago
If there are any professional, published authors here on hubpages (and I'm sure there are tons of you guys) I was wondering if someone could tell me if self-publishing is good or bad, and maybe give a couple of pros and cons. It would be my first book.
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