Wednesday, September 25, 2013

iWN Tour

by Donna K. Weaver

We have a special event planned for January. We're going to have a tour of a police station (South Salt Lake) to learn about police procedures.

What? You mean you can't learn how the police do things by watching movies and TV?

Slap yourself! No, you can't.

Because the officers will do better answering your questions if they know in advance what your questions are, please post your questions in the comment section below. The deadline is December 25th (so you'll remember the date).

Mark your calendar for January 11, 2014.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Building Stronger Vocabulary

by Deanna Henderson

Whether it's in your writing or your own personal reading, vocabulary is important. It gives you the ability to communicate your thoughts, ideas and emotions in a precise and effective way. Reduces repetitive word use and ability to make finer distinctions. You are able to understand other vocabulary better. i.e. My husband speaks Spanish fluently, one benefit, he tells me, is that he now understands English better because of his understanding of another language.

A vast vocabulary comes before success and not because of it, therefore, if we are hoping to become successful as authors (and I am), it stands to reason that we should have a boundless number of words at our disposal. So how can you increase your own vocabulary?

There are a lot of different ways. As children we learned our vocabulary from our parents. We spoke as they did, mimicking the words we heard and inferring meaning from the sentences our parents used. In my own family my husband is constantly asking me to "dumb it down" to which I refuse. My children will learn from me and I will not change my speech patterns for the sake of simpler words. Instead I try to structure my sentences to help them decipher the meaning of a word they may not already be familiar with. I will explain a word if asked, otherwise they eventually pick up the vocabulary and I hear it from their own mouth, used correctly. :)

You can study suffixes and prefixes, root words and buying a word of the day calender. You can even get an email with a word of the day and meaning sent to you, but my personal favorite is to read. It's hard to find books that have a higher vocabulary in them these days, but when you find them they're golden.

You can write down words you are unfamiliar with and look them up, or ask others for the meaning. This method is particularly helpful for my daughter who's is in the 3rd grade. And finally you can make vocab flash cards to learn the words and meanings--takes you back to your high school/college days right? :)

I love words, even if I read a book that didn't go the way I wanted or had characters I was in conflict with, if the writing is beautiful with well chosen words that ring in my ears long after the story ends, I will reread the book for the love of the words.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Importance of LCCNs

by Cindy M. Hogan

I always get LCCNs for my novels
I get asked all the time about LCCNs since all my self published novels have them.

It's time to put all the answers in one place.

What is an LCCN?

The Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is a unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to titles that it is likely to acquire.  It may not acquire your  book, but if you don't get an LCCN, they definitely won't.

Why do I want one?

LCCNs are used by librarians access the associated bibliographic record in the Library of Congress’ database or to obtain information on various book titles in other databases. This makes you more visible to libraries and people who frequent them-readers. Just who you want to find your books.

Where do I find the LCCN in books?

A book publisher (that's you if you are self published) typically prints the LCCN on the title page in the following manner: Library of Congress Control Number: 2001012345 (this number is just an example).

Can I get one as a self-published author?

Only U.S. book publishers are eligible to obtain an LCCN. That means you have to get a business license as a publisher. If you self publish, you should definitely get a business license. There are huge penalties if the government finds you without one. Just remember, you are the CEO of your publishing company. To receive an LCCN, publishers must list a U.S. place of publication on the title page or copyright page.

Does it cost money to get an LCCN?

There is no charge for registering, but you or your publisher must send a copy of the “best edition” of the book for which the LCCN was pre-assigned immediately upon publication to the Library of Congress. They give you the address where you are to send it. The “best edition” of a book is the retail paperback or hardcover version of the book.

When do I get my LCCN?

You apply for your LCCNs when you send your book for it's final copy edit. You can only get one for your book before it is published. 

Can I get one for my eBooks?

Books published in electronic form are ineligible for an LCCN. Said another way, eBooks are not eligible for LCCNs, only print books are.

How do I get one?

Should you wish to obtain an LCCN on your own, the first step is to complete the Application to Participate and obtain an account number and password, which takes one to two weeks. The application is found online. Complete information about the LCCN process can be found at   From there, you are given a liaison that will work with you on all your other books and send you all your LCCNs from then on. During peak seasons, it may take another few weeks to get your number.

The nitty-gritty

You don't have to get an LCCN, but all traditional publishers do, so why not you? Don't you think your book should be in the Library of Congress? Pretty cool if you ask me. 

Get your business license as a publisher and go get your LCCNs. Why not?

Now that you know, are you going to go for it? 
Why or why not?