Kate DiGirolomo

About Kate DiGirolomo

Kate DiGirolomo is the SELF-e Community Coordinator at Library Journal. She received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute. Follow her on Twitter @KateDiGirolomo.

Beyond the Winners | SELF-esteem

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This year’s Indie Ebook Awards brought forth some amazing submissions, but sadly not all of them could be winners. Here are a few notable titles worth putting on your SELF-e reading list.

Indie Ebook Award Winners 2016

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LJ recently concluded its second annual Indie Ebook Awards. Committees of librarians volunteered their time to combing through hundreds of submissions in five fiction categories: fantasy, sf, romance, mystery, and YA. These books—and many others—can be found on the SELF-e, a subscription-based discovery platform for self-published books that is a partnership between LJ and BiblioBoard. Congratulations to all our 2016 winners!

Witching Hour: Haunting SELF-e Reads | SELF-esteem

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Halloween is quickly approaching, giving way to pumpkin spice, carefully chosen costumes, and a healthy dose of all things spooky. Whether you’re in the mood for full-on terror or just a taste of the supernatural, these SELF-e Select titles, available via LJ‘s SELF-e publishing platform, have got you covered for some late-night chills and thrills.

A Good Beginning | SELF-esteem

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Reading a series means a long-term literary commitment, and there’s nothing like finding that amazing Book 1 to get you started. Here are just a few indie titles available on SELF-e that will provide an engaging first taste of worlds waiting to be explored.

Self-Made Success | Designing the Future

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Sea of Secrets author Amanda DeWees, featured on LJ’s SELF-e Select self-publishing platform, and hybrid author Rachael Herron (“Darling Bay” and “Cypress Hollow” series) chat about their paths to self-publishing and the future of the industry.

Books for All: Self-Publishing at FlameCon | SELF-esteem

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On August 20 and 21, downtown Brooklyn provided the LGBTQ community a safe space to geek out at the second annual FlameCon. Attendees descended upon the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott to get their fill of fan-crafted merchandise and to discuss everything from representation in nerdy media to their favorite fanfiction. Saturday afternoon began with a panel simply titled “Self-Publishing,” moderated by King Features Syndicate’s editorial project manager Tea Fougner, dressed up like X-Men’s Emma Frost.

Q&A: Amanda DeWees & Rachael Herron | SELF-esteem

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Self-publishing continues to be an enticing option for writers just beginning their careers and traditionally published authors looking to put forth new passion projects. Here, Amanda DeWees, who is featured on SELF-e Select for novels like Sea of Secrets and Nocturne for a Widow, and hybrid author Rachael Herron (the “Darling Bay” and “Cypress Hollow” series) chat about their paths to self-publishing and the future of the industry.

LJ’s Self-Publishing Survey | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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LJ reached out to public librarians in a recent survey to get their take on how self-published titles are represented—or not—in their own collections.

LJ’s Indie Ebooks Awards 2016

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LJ is hosting its second Indie Ebook Awards, celebrating the best self-published titles in the following genres: romance, mystery, sf, fantasy, and YA.

Q&A: Ben Galley | SELF-esteem

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Bloodrush (LJ 5/15/16), the first book in Ben Galley’s “Scarlet Star Trilogy,” was recently added to LJ’s SELF-e Select. Below the indie author discusses his love of fantasy, his research process, and what brought him to self-publishing.