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How to Get Published (the hard way)
by:  Steve Bevilacqua
Scratch and claw until your book is published
March 31, 2014


As of today, you can enter to win 1 (that’s right, 1!) free copy of my book, KAFKA AT THE BEACH: A Layman’s Handbook for Those Falsely Accused of Felonies.

I recently discovered, which is kind of like a massive online book club. It has 20+ million users so I suppose I’m a little late to the game here, but this site seems like a excellent resource for writers to tell people about their books. And for readers to share their opinions about books. So far, this site looks awesome and I’m all for it.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Kafka at the Beach by Steve Bevilacqua

Kafka at the Beach

by Steve Bevilacqua

Giveaway ends May 02, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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March 18, 2014


An ISBN is an “International Standard Book Number.” You need ISBNs to distribute and sell your book. The ISBN system was created back in the 1970s to develop a standardized global network to connect your books to the entire world. Having an ISBN is like having a book passport or social security number.

Your ISBN is a 10 or 13 digit number that is assigned to your book. Since 2007, the 13 digit format is the industry standard. This 13 digit code is broken down to categorize your book by different elements. Basically, it’s like plugging in your book to the giant worldwide book matrix.

ISBN on Wikipedia

You need to purchase your ISBNs from an authorized dealer, and various companies do this. I bought mine through a company called Bowker and I found them to be very straightforward.


You can buy 1 ISBN for $125 or buy a package of 10 for $275. The catch with ISBNs is that you need a new one for each different format of your book. If you create a paperback, that’s one ISBN. Then if you create a digital version of your book, that requires a separate ISBN. If you create any other versions of your book, or a digital version in a different format, you’ll need another ISBN. So you’re probably better off buying the bulk package of them. I did.

Your ISBN number identifies your book by title, publisher, edition, price, as well as physical properties such as trim size and page count. You have to fill in a lot of info on the Bowker site for each ISBN that you assign to your book, but then it’s on record and exists in a more official way than you just having it written down somewhere. It now exists in the mighty BOOK MATRIX!

You also need barcodes to accompany your ISBN. I don’t know why you need two different arbitrary codes attached to your book. You just do…but only for physical copies of your book, i.e. hard-covers and paperbacks. Barcodes are not required for digital books. You can usually buy your barcodes where you buy your ISBNs. I know Bowker sells both.

Be sure to leave a spot for both the barcode and ISBN when you design the back cover of your book.

If you publish your book on CreateSpace, you’ll also need to decide what you want to do about an imprint. Your book can say “published by CreateSpace” or you can create your own imprint. I chose to create my own imprint. I didn’t know enough about the implications of control and rights if CreateSpace is my publisher of record. I couldn’t find this clearly explained on their site either, so I created my own. It wasn’t very difficult. You create your own imprint via a DBA (“Doing Business As.”) It’s pretty simple and not very expensive.

For more on your Imprint, see the earlier post, Making Your Book a Reality:

Making Your Book a Reality

You now are the owner of your very own publishing entity, with ISBNs in hand! You’re on record with your local government, and you officially “exist” according to the book matrix overlords. You’ve got your barcodes for the checkout line…so now it’s time to deal with proofs!

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January 30, 2014


I chose to publish the paperback version of my book with CreateSpace, and it’s gone well. I described the first stages in an earlier entry, and now we’re moving forward. There are many articles and material on the technical specs of CreateSpace, and almost all of them will be more informative than mine, so I’m just going to give you the highlights of my learning curve.

Here are some tips that can save you time and money:

1) Be sure to match the paper size to your trim before creating the pdf of the manuscript that you plan to upload to CreateSpace. If you’re new to self-publishing, this sentence probably just raised a lot of questions and you’re probably wondering what the hell it means.

Let’s start with “trim” which simply means the dimensions of the front of your book. Look here:

Wikipedia – Book Trim

CreateSpace – Trim Size & Page Count

I learned this part the hard way and it ate up a lot of time. Match the paper size with your trim before uploading the pdf file. If you don’t, the CreateSpace cyber-elves with adapt and re-scale it for you, and it can get a little wanky. Basically, if the trim of your book is 5 x 8, be sure you make that’s what you choose for the paper size of your file before you creating the pdf of your manuscript.

2) Be sure that your book cover fits your book properly. Every time you change something in your manuscript; font, font size, anything…it will change the page count of your book. This, in turn, changes the size that the spine of your book cover needs to be. Once the spine shifts, the front and back of your book cover shift as well.

If the page count changes by a large enough margin, your cover will need to be adjusted because the images and text on your cover will move, and this is annoying as hell. So every time I made adjustments that changed the page count by a noticeable degree, I needed young Huntley the graphic designer to adjust the spine size to conform to the new book length. My page count varied from 20 to 50 pages as we evolved from version to improved version, so each time, Huntley needed to work his magic, which slows down the process of getting your book on the market. It’s time well spent to get it right, but still, it can be frustrating. Huntley explained to me that it’s not a straightforward maneuver. While re-sizing the spine, the proportions of the book cover get weird due to inches being a random measurement without a basis in ten, so there were issues to figure out on his end too. I don’t understand the equation precisely, which is why I found an art director to handle it.

3) Don’t forget your copyright page. Assuming you have a copyright, which you should because your book needs a copyright, you need to create a copyright page. (If you don’t have a copyright, email me and I’ll explain, because that is an entirely separate matter.) At first, I made the mistake of assuming that the CreateSpace software automatically adds a copyright page and you simply fill in the pertinent details, but this is not the case. You need to manually create a copyright page in your manuscript.

There are many things that CreateSpace does for you, but this is not one of them. As I navigated the CreateSpace maze, I was expecting to find some template for the copyright page, but that never happened, and I forgot about it, until I looked at my digital proofs and realized that there was no copyright page, which also contains your ISBN number. Basically, you need to manually type the copyright page onto your manuscript before saving as a pdf because the CreateSpace pixies don’t do it for you. Lesson learned.

Okay, so…now your trim size and paper size are in sync. Your copyright page is in place, with your imprint listed on it. Soon, you’ll create a pdf of your manuscript, and you’re that much closer to holding your paperback in your hand and gazing upon it admiringly.

NEXT UP: ISBNs and uploading your cover and getting this bad boy all together…

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January 24, 2014


Here’s my book at Small World Books here in Venice Beach! It’s right on the boardwalk by the skatepark. It’s a great bookstore. Check it out!

KAFKA AT THE BEACH: A Layman's Handbook for Those Falsely Accused of Felonies

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December 18, 2013


These are the radio shows I’ve recently done to promote my book. And there are more coming up! (Doing one this afternoon, even…)

Keep hustling your book! Contact radio shows and talk your way on. It helps book sales immensely! Some shows help sales more than others, but the overall impact is pretty major. Look up radio shows, find their contact emails, and make as long a list as you can. Then write an email pitch that’s catchy and brief, and start emailing them like crazy!

Many of these shows put up a podcast online after the show has aired, which helps you reach an even wider audience. And almost everyone I’ve dealt with from these radio shows has been super-nice. I’ve met some really great people along the way.

12.17.13 – Overnight America with Jon Grayson – Nationally Syndicated

12.15.13 – Bob Salter – WFAN 66AM/101.9FM – New York

12.8.13 – Jim Brown’s Common Sense Radio Program – Clear Channel Radio

12.6.13 – Sergio Sanchez – 710 KURV – Dallas, TX

12.5.13 – The Schilling Show with Rob Schilling – 1070 WINA – Charlottesville, VA

12.5.13 – The Frankie Boyer Show – Syndicated

12.4.13 – The Ed Tyll Show – New York – online

12.3.13 – The Bev Smith Show – American Urban Radio Networks – Nationally Syndicated

11.27.13 – America Now with Andy Dean – Nationally Syndicated

11.26.13 – America Tonight w/ Kate Delaney – Nationally Syndicated

11.25.13 – The Brett Winterble Show – SiriusXM Satellite

11.24.13 – Peter Solomon – WIP 94FM/610AM – Philadelphia, PA

10.17.13 – Adam Montiel “Up and Adam in the Morning – Q104.5 FM – Central Coast, CA

10.8.13 – Warren Lawrence – WKNY 1490 AM – Kingston, NY

9.30.13 – 98.1FM The Rude Awakening Show with Bulldog – Ocean City, MD

9.26.13 – 1380 The Woman – St. Louis, MO

9.23.13 – The Thom Hartmann Program – Nationally Syndicated

8.26.13 – The Rusty Humphries Show – Nationally Syndicated

8.12.13 – LifeBites with Nina Boski – Los Angeles/Podcast

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A R C H I V E / H I G H L I G H T S

originally posted: August 2, 2013

The Huffington Post just featured my piece about my book! YEAH!!! Please check it out:

Thanks for reading!

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originally posted: August 23, 2010

I know nothing about publishing. Zip. To me, it is an impenetrable sphere. I have no contacts and no experience in the book world.

But I have a story to tell and I'm going to get published.

I jumped into this journey completely clueless, and it's grown into an astonishingly complex labyrinth. I've learned everything the hard way, and I'm still not finished. But this is what I have discovered so far, and maybe it can help you in your quest to get published. How many book agents will you need to contact before you find the right one for your book? I don't know...maybe 58. I guess we'll see. I've made some great friends on this trip, and I've dealt with some colossal tools. And I'm getting closer every day.

The problem of getting published is hardly new. For centuries, hundreds of thousands of writers have struggled to get their books published. Hell, even Chaucer had to tackle this obstacle back in 1387, when he wrote, Whan the tale ende as raught, thanne seke the boc daelere...

Okay, maybe Chaucer didn't write that. But go to a bookstore and look around, and remember this: Every published author was once an unpublished author. And there's only one way to fix that. So let's get to it...

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A B O U T   T H E   A U T H O R

My name is Steve Bevilacqua and I’m going to get my book published. Starting with nothing, I’m going to scratch and claw my way into the world of publishing. Learn from my adventures as I kick down doors and struggle up the book ladder. Each step brings me closer to getting my book published.

Maybe this blog can help you on your quest to get published. It will probably save you some time - by avoiding the many mistakes that I’ve already had the pleasure of making - and helping you jump right to the parts that were useful.