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Welcome guests and guest authors to the blog at First Choice Books.  We look forward to your insights on self-publishing whether it be a discussion about your latest book project, or your most recent accolades as an author, or even your secrets to creative inspiration – messy desk or tidy, etc.?  Please share with us!

What to look for in a book printing company?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in Publishing Advice | 0 comments

Whether you are an individual who is getting your first book printed or someone who has already carved a niche for yourself in the market, choosing the right book printing company is of the utmost importance. Here are some important things to look for in a printing company to get things right the first time: Reputation Determine the market reputation of the printing company. Make sure that the company you choose is known for quality book printing services. If you get too many negative reviews about a company, it is better not to choose such a...

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Go Ahead, Judge a Book by its Cover!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Book Design Matters | 0 comments

Readers judge a book by its cover. Your book may have great content, but without an attractive cover, your book has a much lower chance to sell. Your cover has to be designed to attract the attention of the buyer. An easy solution if you’ve hit a proverbial creative “wall” is to visit your local bookstore (or not-so-local — try our online bookstore at fcbookstore.ca  or peruse amazon.com) for ideas. You can go one of two ways — replicate, or “be inspired by” current and popular titles — or try to get attention by being...

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Why should you choose to self publish your books?

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether your book is a novel, poetry, memoir, children’s book, or technical in content and form, choose to self publish your book. Self-publishing gives a lot of opportunities to authors that traditional publishing doesn’t and cannot afford to give. In traditional publishing, the author exchanges his/her right and control over the work for money. The author can’t put any questions to the publishing company as to why they changed the title of the book, its cover, plot, and even the ending of the book. The publishing company enjoys...

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Online book printing: It’s simply great!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Online book printing is fast replacing traditional book printing companies. More and more authors, poets, fiction writers, and children story book writers are choosing online book printing due to the numerous advantages offered by it. Compared to traditional book printing, on demand printing is really quick and easy. You don’t have to send your manuscript to a publishing house and then wait for months, anticipating whether they would agree to publish your work or not. With the advent in technology, you can now self publish your book easily,...

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School yearbook

Posted by on Mar 17, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Creating a school yearbook allows students to express their creativity and memories of the past year. With the help of a teacher or school staff member, the following tips will help turn your yearbook ideas into reality. First Choice Books offers many options to meet your School annual budget from a simple low cost saddle stitch booklet to a Smyth sewn hard cover. Our prices are affordable and quality superb. Colour printing does cost more, so if you are on a tight budget we recommend only a few pages in colour (class photo pages)....

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Why should you consider self publishing in Canada?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are a writer, there are several reasons why you should consider self publishing your own book in Canada. FirstchoiceBooks,a Canadian company, gives you complete control over your work. There won’t be any major publishers or publishing companies making inappropriate changes to your work. You can self publish what you had actually thought of and written using your own creative abilities.Traditional publishers quite often change the cover of your book, the title, and even the names of the characters, if they want without even any...

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Another Revenue Stream for Your Published Book

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Technology is moving in the direction of everything digital. The future promises hand-held reading devices that will be able to hold hundreds of eBooks at a time. When you sell your eBook on the internet, it is instantly available to the whole world, not just a few bookstores. Anyone from any country, at any time, can buy your eBook, and download it instantly. There are many distinct benefits to eBooks and FCB’s offering you many of them. It would be a good revenue stream for your published...

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Sell your eBook with First Choice Books

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For over 20 years, First Choice Books has created a reputation for exceptional quality and service that has fuelled unprecedented growth through old-fashioned word of mouth and smart advertising. Unlike faceless internet book publishing companies, that offer you the world and deliver very little, we know how important your book is to you. We make sure that your book is designed, formatted and bound in a way to attract readers in bookstores. Take advantage of our many free services such as an ISBN, CIP and a barcode. We are proud to have...

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Is Self Publishing a business?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Self publishing is a business and should be treated as such. You want to capitalize on your endeavours by maximizing your profit margin. Your profit starts dwindling when companies charge up-front fees to publish your book. Be careful! Many promises are made to put your book on the shelves of Brick and Mortar Bookstores. Book returns are plentiful since most of these books are on a consignment basis. Did you know that royalty returns from a traditional publisher can be as little as 5-10% and this could be after 1-2 years? They also keep all...

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10 Reasons to Self Publish Your Book

Posted by on Oct 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My first book Grading the Teacher took four years to write. It was published by Penguin Books Canada in 1996-and became a best-seller! Over time, for several reasons which I will describe in a later post, I developed the idea for a Mining Your Resources series I believed would be beneficial to individual readers as well as to workshop facilitators. So …why did I decide to self-publish the  four-volume series instead of approaching traditional publishers? 1. CONTROL I’m also an artist. No one else puts their paintbrush into any one of...

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