Publishing and Distribution

“When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou

Publishing a book is a complicated job. Luckily, you have iUniverse to take care of the complexities of turning a manuscript into a professional, published book available to thousands of retailers and readers around the globe. But there are still aspects of publishing that every author should know. Empower yourself with this critical information so that you are informed and aware as a modern, indie author. 


Master Biographer Carl Rollyson on the Benefits of Self-Publishing

Carl Rollyson has published more than forty books, many of which are biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag and Jill Craigie and more, and authored more than 500 articles on American and European literature and history. He shares what he believes are the benefits of self-publishing. Publishing Tips »

Cover Design Essentials

When you publish a book with iUniverse, our book design team will work with you to create a unique cover that exceeds your expectations and beautifully represents your book's contents. Cover Design Tips »

Layout and Formatting

Learn when and how to apply typefaces (such as boldface or italics), punctuation marks and indents to format your manuscript in a way that is attractive, effective and easy to read by reading this section. Layout and Formatting »

Parts of Your Book

This guide will describe the appropriate content and subject matter to include in each section of your book and will help you put all the parts in the right order. Parts of a Book »

Avoiding Legal Trouble: A Checklist for Authors

Even if you are writing a work of fiction, it's very important that you understand and respect the rights of other people who may be identifiable in your manuscript. Review our checklist of potential legal issues. Publishing Law Checklist »

The Production Process

You've written it, now it's time to begin production!  iUniverse has made this process painless by providing you with great tools and the professional advice you need to produce a flawless book.  Book Publishing Process »

How to Get Published: A Timeline for Traditional, Self and DIY Publishing

Often, writers don't know how to publish a book or what happens between finding a publisher, usually the first step of publishing, and getting it in the marketplace, the last step. Here, iUniverse will cover three popular routes to publishing - traditional, self-publishing and do-it-yourself (DIY) - and the steps of the publishing process for each method. Read on »


Bookseller Distribution

There are plenty of companies that will print your book, but our self-publishing services include the most extensive book distribution network to get your book into the marketplace. Bookseller Distribution Details »

Book Stocking Standards: Does Your Book Measure Up?

Dream of seeing your book line retail shelves? Learn about book stocking standards and how iUniverse's Booksellers Return Program helps your book hit the mark. Read on »