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.

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

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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

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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.

What’s in a Publisher? | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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While some librarians feel that buying self-published books is a revolutionary act, there has been a lot of progress made toward readers accepting them as just books, the same as any other in the marketplace.

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.

Building Blocks for Writers | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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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.

Building Blocks for Writers | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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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

Trials and Tribulations | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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Mainstream publishers drop Christian fiction lines, authors go indie, but the genre sees promise in a broader, more diverse readership. A report by Julia M. Reffner

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! A Library Journal Day of Dialog Town-Hall Meeting

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Attendees, prompted by questions from a panel of their fellow librarians, discussed several hot-button issues at LJ’s Day of Dialog last week. The Town Hall meeting—planned to encourage the “dialog” promised on the day—was chaired by LJ’s Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert, who introduced Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services at Darien Library, CT; Melissa […]

Simon & Schuster’s New Self-Pub Venture Raises Eyebrows on Cost

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On Tuesday, Simon & Schuster tentatively dipped its toes into the lucrative self-publishing market with a service called Archway, launched in partnership with Author Solutions, Inc. (a company owned by Penguin parent company Pearson, but separately operated). The announcement has raised several eyebrows both for the service’s cost—which is thousands of dollars more than similar […]