News From the Self-Publishing World: 8/17/15

This week in the world of self-publishing:

Here’s What I Learned By Self-Publishing My YA Novel

In this article, Brenna Ehrlich shares what she learned from self-publishing her YA novel. She discusses why she picked the self-publishing route over traditional publishing and tells other writers that, while it requires hard work, self-publishing is a possibility for them as well. She also gives useful advice such as hiring a professional editor, using beta readers, and more. Learning from successful self-published authors is a great way for you to improve your craft and self-publishing strategy.

BCALA, BiblioBoard Launch Self-Publishing Award

Librarians have long sought more guidance on self-published books as well as books by authors of color. Aiming to answer both needs is a new award offered by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and BiblioBoard (the company that partners with LJ on SELF-e), called the SELF-e Literary Award. It will honor the top self-published fiction and poetry ebooks by African American authors who were born in the United States, with the winners receiving $500, formal recognition at the Black Caucus of the ALA Literary Awards, and a BCALA Literary Award Seal to use on their books. Not only is the lauding of self-published books a first for the BCALA, the new award will also be the group’s first to recognize digital content. Awards are a great way for authors to gain exposure and credibility. For submission details, be sure to check out the full article.

What I Learned When I Self-Published My Book

Writer, actress, and producer Lisa Marie Wilson shares what she learned when self-publishing her book. Her story includes why ebooks are more cost effective, how to apply for a copyright, the motivation behind her book, her regrets, and her plans for her next book. Her story is inspiring and informative. It is a must read for writers.

The Myth of The Lazy Writer

Successful authors work their butts off whether they self-publish or publish with a traditional publishing company. There is no such thing as a lazy successful author. In this article, self-publishing expert Hugh Howey debunks the myth of the lazy writer. He argues that regardless of the publishing route, writing and publishing is tough work. This is an interesting read for writers deciding which publishing route is best for them and for anyone who needs a reminder that they aren’t a lazy writer.

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. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

KellyABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive 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,

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