As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self publishing process, which will lead to a greater self publishing experience. To help you stay current on self publishing topics, I’m starting a new weekly post that will give you summary of the recent hot topics. Simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news in self publishing this week.

50 Free Books to Be Thankful For

One of the best ways to improve your writing, get ideas and find inspiration is by reading other books, especially classic and popular reads. While you never want to copy other authors’ stories, it is useful to learn how to read books critically  to figure out why readers love certain books and how you can use those techniques in your own stories. This post shares 50 free ebooks, most of which are classic stories all self publishing authors should read.

Best Writing Music of 2012

Some self publishing authors enjoy listening to music to make them feel inspired. Everyone has different tastes and techniques. Some authors love music while they brainstorm but need silence while they write. Other authors like to listen to music that is related to their setting, characters or storyline. Whatever your personal preferences, it is always fun to learn about other authors’ choices. This post might just include your next favorite song for inspiration.

Bookstore Installs Random Book Dispenser

Sometimes our favorite reads are books that we stumble upon on accident. This book store in Toronto installed a machine that reproduces that experience. You simply put two dollars in the machine and you receive a completely random book. I love the idea of being introduced to something I may not normally pick out for myself, and I’m interested to see if this becomes a trend in other bookstores.

What is New Adult Fiction?

A relatively new genre has been hitting the self publishing best sellers lists: new adult fiction. This growing genre is geared towards twentysomething readers who are at a point in their lives between YA novels and adult novels. This post is great for self publishing authors who are interested in writing in this genre because it explains the new category and offers examples of books in the genre.

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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.