Learn how to set your book up for long-term success, improve sales opportunities, and protect your investment.

2020 Edition


When you need one, registration tips, answers to 23 FAQs. Pros/Cons of the 2 KDP Print options. ISBNs & SEO.


When you need one, when you don’t. Barcode options for KDP Print and IngramSpark POD printing.


Why and how to file a copyright, and a guide to completing your book’s copyright page. 13 sample legal notices.


When and how to get a Library of Congress Control Number; why you want a P-CIP data block. Is it worth the expense?
“Does your head hurt from hunting for answers for all of those pesky little questions you have about ISBNs, bar codes, copyright and library registration? David Wogahn has been my go-to guy for answers on this topic for years now, and I’m thrilled that he’s provided this information in one concise guide. Keep it close and proceed with confidence in spending your time and dollars to get it done right, the first time.”
Carla King

Self-Pub Boot Camp

ANNOUNCING the All-New 2019 Edition:

  • Instructions about how to use the new Library of Congress LCCN application and assignment system launched in May 2019.
  • Amazon KDP Print ISBN and barcode handling, as well as how this changed Expanded Distribution (KDP Print replaced CreateSpace).
  • Clarification about the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding copyright registration.
  • Addition of ISBN requirements for eBook aggregators.
  • More than a dozen new “Tips” added help new publishers save time and come up-to-speed quickly.

Also available from the IBPA Bookstore (member discount)

“Straightforward and easy to digest, this is one how-to that every new author or publisher should have in their arsenal!”

Brooke Warner

Publisher, She Writes Press

“An essential guide to publishing identifiers, their benefits and uses, and (most importantly) what NOT to do. Required reading for every new entrant into book publishing…”

Laura Dawson

Numerical Gurus

More from the Countdown to Book Launch™ series. Authoritative, practial, step-by-step help for any author: self-published, traditionally published, or hybrid.
Don’t settle for Amazon’s free ISBN until you read this book. It’s your guide to understanding the facts, your options, and the key decisions you need to make before you publish a book. Once made, they cannot be reversed.
The Book Review Companion is a detailed resource for authors seeking book reviews; before the book released (always ideal!) and after the release.