Susan Wittig Albert on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Heart

An LJ 2016 Indie Ebook Award winner, Susan Wittig Albert’s historical novel Loving Eleanor tells of the romance between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) and reporter Lorena Alice “Hick” Hickok (1893–1968). Here, Albert talks about the significance of their story and her own experience being an indie author.

Judges Needed for Indie Ebook Awards 2017

LJ’s third annual Indie Ebook Awards are almost underway, and we’re looking for voracious readers to serve as judges. Volunteers will be asked to assess books in one of five categories: romance, sf, fantasy, mystery, or YA. This is an amazing opportunity to discover and support local authorship and reward self-published talent.

SELF-e Circs: Top Ten Most Read Fantasy Titles in SELF-e Select

A 2015 Honorable Mention in LJ’s annual Indie Ebook Awards, Anthony St. Clair’s Forever the Road is a quirky offering filled with fantasy, travel, and beer.

Q&A: Catherine Brunelle | SELF-esteem

In Claire Never Ending, SELF-e author Catherine Brunelle traces a family though generations of captivating women, all of whom share the middle name Claire. Each vignette gives a snapshot of a life in progress—from a hot air balloonist to those with connections to witchcraft to the first-generation Claire sailing to her new life. Here, Brunelle talks about ancestry, pregnancy, and her favorite reads.

Not Quite Love at First Sight | SELF-esteem

Not all romances begin with instant attraction; some start with a misunderstanding, a false assumption, or even a bit of good old-fashioned snark. These SELF-e novels see their couples set off on the wrong foot before finding their happy ending. After all, as the Bard once said, “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

Q&A: Nicole Evelina | SELF-esteem

In her “Guinevere’s Tale” trilogy, Nicole Evelina turns the image of Camelot’s queen on its head and allows this iconic figure to tell her story in her own words. Below, the author discusses the importance of a character often synonymous with adultery and betrayal, the research required to rework a legend, and how to avoid rookie mistakes in self-publishing.

Striking a Chord | SELF-esteem

While the musical experience is typically an aural one, there’s something to be said for reading about one’s appreciate for the medium. Here are a few odes to music available on LJ’s SELF-e platform.

Beyond the Winners | SELF-esteem

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

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

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.