Library of Congress

It turns out that you cannot get a Library of Congress Catalog Number for books published by indie authors or an indie author’s publishing company (Magic Wand Press is mine) unless it publishes more than three books by authors other than the owner. Luckily, all is not lost. They have the Preassigned Control Number (PCN) Program, which allows one to get a unique PCN for new books and new editions of existing books that haven’t been published yet. Yesterday, Magic Wand Press was approved as a PCN publisher, and today I applied for PCNs for the next editions of Hell Holes 1 and 2. Once I have the PCNs, I will be able to finish the CIP data blocks and insert them into my copyright pages. Then, once I get set up with a wholesaler, I can finally start selling to libraries. And then, maybe I can finally get back to working on Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back.

Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Block

Most librarians won’t consider buying a book that doesn’t have a CIP block on the copyright page. I just created CIP blocks for Hell Holes: What Lurks Below and Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. What a pain in the butt. Now I understand why a lot of indie authors pay someone to generate them. This is what one looks like:

Name: Firesmith, Donald.
Title: Hell Holes: What Lurks Below / by Donald Firesmith.
Description: Third edition. | Pittsburgh : Magical Wand Press, 2015. | Series: Hell Holes, Volume 1. | Summary: Oil company sends team of scientists to investigate huge holes that mysteriously appear in the tundra of the Alaskan North Slope. | Audience: Adult. | Language: English.
Identifiers: ISBN 978-1515068075 (softcover) | ISBN 9781310431210 (ebook) | ASIN B012IUE14U (Kindle).
Subjects: BISAC: FICTION / Action & Adventure. | FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal. | Fiction / Science Fiction / General. | LCSH: American–Fantasy–Fiction. | American–Paranormal–Fiction. | American–Science Fiction–Fiction.
Classification: DDC 813.62 F57 2015