Barcodes for Indie Authors

Important information for indie authors …

Meeka's Mind

I’m assuming that any Indies reading this post will have gone through the same frustrations that I did, so I’ll jump straight into the how-to part of the post. Once that’s done, I’ll talk about barcodes in general and discuss why you might want one. Let’s do it!

There are only TWO things you need to create your own, free barcode:

  1. an ISBN for your book
  2. a free online barcode generator

In Canada you can get an ISBN for free. In the US and Australia, you can buy an ISBN from a company called Bowker. The web address for the Australian company is:

https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/

Once you have your ISBN, you can go to the following website to use the free, barcode generator [you do not have to register first]:

https://www.bookow.com/index.php

On the Home page, select ‘Free ISBN-13 Bookland Barcode Generator’ as shown below:

You should now be looking at a…

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Mid-year blues – or reviews?

At the beginning of the year I made a plan for 2018.  And now it's June. It's the middle of my plan - do I dare look at the plan and see how I've done? Of course - I'm a masochist, love to inflict pain on myself - and I have to measure the tread … Continue reading Mid-year blues – or reviews?

Caturday funnies — movie edition

These are so good – check out Sweeney! He’s amazing! Adorable!

bluebird of bitterness

DRIVING MISS DAISY

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

CINDERELLA

THE WEDDING SINGER

DIRTY HARRY

A DAY AT THE RACES

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES

THE HORSE WHISPERER

SPIDERMAN

HARVEY

PUSS IN BOOTS

DAMN YANKEES

ROCKY

THE SECRET GARDEN

OTHELLO

SHINE

THE BOSTON STRANGLER

UP

INTO THE WOODS

THE GREAT DICTATOR

SWEENEY TODD

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

THE WIZARD OF OZ

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

LES MISERABLES

DOWNFALL

WEST SIDE STORY

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

ROMEO AND JULIET

FIGHT CLUB

THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER

WAITING FOR GODOT

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Looking at Creativity the Write Way

This is the best way to say it! Long live the cooks, the builders, the artists, the day-carers …

KL Wagoner

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was upset by the snobbery she read about between creatives, specifically literary writers versus romance writers. (If it comes to fisticuffs, I’ll put my money on romance writers any day.) Setting aside personal preference regarding reading or writing a certain genre, this kind of comparison seems as rational as making fun of someone who prefers polo shirts over t-shirts or the color red over blue. I’m still trying to understand where this kind of thinking comes from.

Creativity vs. Creative Expression
Webster’s New World College Dictionary (Fourth Edition, 2001) defines “creative” as: (#2) having or showing imagination and artistic or intellectual inventiveness [creative writing]; and (#3) stimulating the imagination and inventive powers [creative toys]. In other words, creativity demonstrates imagination and inventiveness and stimulates the same.

Is what we think of creativity actually the expression of creativity? When we say…

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Poems

  Spirit Moments The sheoak whispers and wails A wattlebird warbles and whistles The laughing bird claims the tree – my tree, my tree, mine A possum tail flicks high in the red gum Silver-green leaves dance in the morning light Shivers of bark peel and curl and swirl down the trunk The ancient tree … Continue reading Poems