The ISBN Tangle

I get so many questions regarding ISBN’s because it’s a confusing subject. Each book format (print, audio, eBook) needs a different ISBN and I explained why in an earlier post. Some will even argue that a separate ISBN is needed for different eBook formats. This is a gray area.



The most confusing is ISBN vs. ASIN.

I attempt to untangle the difference here.


When you publish on Amazon they give you an option for a free ASIN.

Is an ASIN the same as an ISBN? No!
Is this important? Yes!

Before you publish you need to think about where and how you want to sell your book. Which online and/or brick and mortar options you chose will guide you to the correct search number option you will want to use.

ASIN stands for Amazon Standard Identification Number. This number is a unique block of 10 letters and/or numbers that identify items within Amazon’s system.  This number is not a searchable number outside of Amazon. If you plan to sell your print books and eBooks outside of Amazon you will want to use an ISBN for each format because an ISBN is searchable worldwide.

In my opinion, if you are ONLY going to sell your book on Amazon an ASIN is just fine.


1 Comment

Filed under Self-Publishing

The Closed Door Stare

12661976_10153442256052362_4527753824254232713_nThis picture made me giggle. How many times do you look at rejection letters over and over?

When you do this you are staring at the closed door. STOP THAT! Shove those letters in a box or under a pile of books and stop wallowing. Keep looking ahead with your head up.

You can do this! Keep writing and working on your projects. Change your mantra to, “I will not stare at the closed door. I can do this!”

When a door closes a window opens…keep looking for your window!

Leave a comment

Filed under Inspiration

Prince – Artist – Legend

It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 days since Prince (Prince Roger Nelson) passed away and I’m still a little speechless.

Prince was a private, dare I say painfully shy man that came alive on stage while playing his music. He loved music and it shined through him. Paisley Park was his home but also his studio and the perfect place to share his music with the local community. A community that loved him and will miss him dearly. Prince was a household name and his music is like no other. He was a true entertainer, artist, and musician. He was famous for 37 of his short 57 years. He plays over 20 instruments, has a double diamond record (Purple Rain – 21 million copies sold), has 19 platinum albums, and 6 gold albums! What a legacy he leaves behind. May he forever play the music in his heart in heaven.
I ventured to Paisley Park on Friday and First Avenue on Sunday and the outpouring of love for Prince is amazing. For those of you that have never been…welcome to Paisley Park and First Avenue!


Prince: Son, Brother, Friend, Neighbor, Musician, Songwriter, Actor, Artist, LEGEND.

You have touched our lives with your music and we will never forget!

Leave a comment

Filed under Tribute

Amazon Giveaway

Did you know Amazon allows anyone to set up an Amazon Giveaway?  What a great marketing idea! Follow the link for step-by-step directions to set up your Amazon Giveaway today!

Leave a comment

Filed under Marketing, Self-Publishing

What Lies Within

Pink Daisy Flower by Simon Howden ID-10059998 - Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

What lies within us is very powerful. Use it to your advantage and let your characters write themselves. Your past shapes who you are and it’s where our actions and reactions to every day happenings come from. If you use what lies within you, your characters will have depth because their actions and reactions will be believable.

Leave a comment

Filed under Inspiration, Writing