So I found out that ISBNs are free in Canada, seeing as I am currently looking to publish my NaNoWriMo novel, The Eldermaid, I was just like “What the Hel, ISBNs are free,” and decided to apply for my own prefix.
I received an email today approving my application.
So I guess that makes me a publisher now, er, a self-publisher, which apparently counts as a publisher in Canada.
Do you know what this means?
It means I can, as far as I can tell, publish whatever I want without any gatekeepers lurking around being like “This character is too queer, make them straight!” and all those other things publishers do to authors.
This means that I don’t need to give a traditional publisher a cut….
….but it also means I have to do all the work.
Still, now I can PUBLISH ALL THE THINGS! ALL THE THINGS! IN DIFFERENT FORMATS (I have to assign a new ISBN per edition, though)! I still need to read everything and figure stuff out.