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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trends in the romance genre and readership are evolving as quickly as the technology. Direct access to a huge variety of new print books and ebooks is exciting for voracious romance readers. At the same time, the ability to control the publishing process and market books directly to interested readers is exciting for emerging and established romance writers.