A Coming-of-Age Summer | SELF-esteem

For many young people, summer is a time of freedom and a chance for a bit of adventure—or sometimes, love. Here are some SELF-e Select titles featuring teens who could write quite the essay about how they spent their vacations.

Love Between the Covers | SELF-esteem

Valentine’s Day means love is in the air again. Readers wishing to spend the holiday swept up in a romance or to live vicariously through literary lovers should look no further than these SELF-e titles.

Indie Ebook Winners Talk Royal Intrigue | SELF-esteem

This year marked the introduction of an overall honoree in LJ’s Indie Ebook Awards. In addition to winning in the romance category, Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s A Queen from the North deservedly snagged the title of Best Indie Ebook of the Year. An alternative British history where the Yorks and Lancasters never stopped fighting, it tells the tale of a political marriage between Prince Arthur and Lady Amelia Brockett—with a touch of magic and an absorbing slow-burn romance. Here, the authors go into depth about the book’s origins, their tag-team writing process, and being successful in self-publishing.

Indie Ebook Award Winners 2017

The third annual LJ Indie Ebook Awards has now come to a close. Committees of librarians—plus the authors of some of last year’s winners—volunteered their time to evaluate hundreds of submissions and determine the best ebooks self-publishing has to offer in Sf/Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, and YA. These books—and many others—can be found in SELF-e, a subscription-based digital discovery platform for indie fiction. Congratulations to all of the honorees, including our first-ever overall winner.

Bite-Sized Reading | SELF-esteem

Sometimes an author can capture an audience in only a few dozen pages. All available in LJ’s SELF-e Select, these novellas manage to pack a big punch with limited word counts.

Indie Halloween Reads | SELF-esteem

A good Halloween read can mean many things. Some readers are looking for scares that will keep them up at night, while others want to feel the coziness of autumn in a more lighthearted romp. Evil can come in the form of zombies and monsters, or you can root for well-meaning witches and ghosts. LJ’s SELF-e Select runs the gamut for a well-rounded literary experience this October.

Lez Get Literary | SELF-esteem

While the umbrella term LGBTQ encompasses numerous identities, it only begins to address the diversity among marginalized communities. Fortunately, the rise of self-publishing allows for broader representation, particularly from “own voices.” The three f/f titles reviewed below, available through SELF-e, showcase both the hardships and successes faced by lesbian characters.

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

A Q&A with author Jane Davis, plus the top historical fiction novels being read through SELF-e Select, a subscription-based digital discovery platform that culls the best self-published submissions. To bring SELF-e to your library, visit the SELF-e website.

Worthy YA Heroines | SELF-esteem

The Marauders’ Island

The female protagonists who helm YA novels come from different walks of life with a variety of experiences that help them overcome their circumstances. Here are two, featured in LJ’s SELF-e Select, who are bound to make an impression.

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.