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.

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

AmandaRachael

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

ljx160601webSelfPub

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

Indie Ebook Award Logo

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

Ben Galley

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.

A Single Step: SELF-e Journeys | SELF-esteem

Nocturne for a Widow

The personal journey is often reflected in the miles a character must travel through the course of a story. Whether it be to create greater opportunities or leave behind a comfortable home, the reason for a sudden change in setting may set up a protagonist for important inner growth. The pilgrimages embarked upon by the […]

Call for Indie Ebook Award Judges

Indie Ebook Award Logo

Calling all voracious readers! LJ is hosting its second annual Indie Ebook Awards, and we’re looking for discerning librarians to serve as judges. Volunteers are asked to assess books in one of five categories: romance, sf, fantasy, mystery, or YA. This is a great opportunity to discover and support indie authors. Initial judging will begin […]

Women To Root For: Female Narratives in SELF-e | SELF-esteem

AppalachianJustice

March is a month dedicated to women—cheering for their triumphs, identifying with their struggles, and basking in their general fabulousness. While both history and the contemporary age provide a plethora of admirable women figures to exalt, there is something to be said for discovering new literary ladies to celebrate. Below is a sampling of the […]

Q&A with Robin Bradford | Self-Publishing & Libraries

Collection development librarian Robin Bradford discuss the stigmas, challenges, and possible solutions for including self-published books in library collections.

A Literary Love Affair: SELF-e Romances | SELF-esteem

manofcharacter

In the afterglow of Valentine’s Day, strive to keep the love alive by carving out a bit of time to share with fictional romantics. Whether you like your courtships with a dash of magic, a historical backdrop, or a contemporary feel, there’s something here for every hopeful heart. All of these stories, and many others, […]

Building Blocks for Writers | Self-Publishing & Libraries

images__1460997517_93120

Whether trying to avoid common pitfalls, learning about self-promotion, or just figuring out if this industry is a good match, both novices and the more experienced can find value in these guides.