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.

A Good Beginning | SELF-esteem

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

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

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.

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

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.