Self-Publishing Week in Review: 8/20/13

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, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

Why is self-publishing still scorned by literary awards?

This reporter brings up a very interesting, and true, point: as an increasing number of self-publishing authors climb the bestseller lists, book prizes will have to rethink their entry criteria. Currently, most literary awards are closed to self-published books.

Self-Published Author Takes Two Spots in iBookstore Top 10

Supporting the point that self-publishing authors produce quality, in-demand books, this article talks about a self-published author who recently took two spots on a top 10 list. That is a major accomplishment for any author, self-published or not.

Cozy Mystery Rises on Self-Published Bestsellers List

Here is yet another self-publishing success story. This mystery author recently took three spots on MediaBistro’s Self-Published Bestsellers List. If you are planning to self-publish a book, you should frequently check out the list to stay up to date on industry trends. It is helpful to know which books readers are enjoying and what other authors are writing.

Self-published author wins $25,000 PEN prize

Sergio de la Pava’s self-published book “A Naked Singularity” recently won the PEN/Robert W Bingham award, winning the author $25,000. The Robert W Bingham prize is the most lucrative award given by PEN, and it is often awarded to writers published by small or unconventional presses that take risks on unfamiliar names.

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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, 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

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