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


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.

Diversity Trumps Puppies | Hugo Awards 2016


Despite the best efforts of the anti-diversity Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies groups to game the Hugos by flooding the ballot system with their own nominations, female authors swept the major fiction awards.

On & off the Record | What We’re Reading


Two debut novels, a true crime thriller, father-son comparisons, and fashion week in NYC.

Louise Penny | LibraryReads Author, August 2016

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Numerous mysteries bind Louise Penny’s gracious, richly conceived A Great Reckoning, next in the series starring ­Armand Gamache, former chief of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec and just named commander of the Sûreté’s academy.

A Thriller with Heart: John Hart’s “Redemption Road”


Perennially on the New York Times best sellers list and the only author to have won Edgars for two consecutive titles, Down River and The Last Child, John Hart returns this year with the already hailed Redemption Road.

Q&A: Rumaan Alam | Debut Spotlight, August 2016


Alam’s first novel, Rich and Pretty, tells the compelling, multifaceted story of two women in their 30s who have been best friends since junior high school. Here, he discusses these distinct protagonists and how he was able to portray the intricacies of female ­friendships as a male author.

The Winner by a Nose | What We’re Reading


“What We’re Reading” rides into town on our fictional horses this week.

Librarians Day & Bradford | RWA 2016


The Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual conference kicks off with Librarians Day, a full complement of panels for local librarians, a luncheon, and a networking hour with authors and editors

Partners in Crime: How Indie Authors and Libraries Gain New Readers

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When I decided to participate in the SELF-e program, I did so because I saw it as a boon for indie writers, librarians, and readers. As a relatively unknown author writing in the very popular crime fiction genre, I often find it difficult to make my work stand out and to establish a loyal audience. I’ve also found this to be true with the first YA novel that I’ve written. Today, there are so many great books available by both traditionally published and self-published authors that it is more challenging than ever to catch the attention of new readers.