News From the Self-Publishing World: 9/28/15

This week in the world of self-publishing:

In this September 24 article for Southlake Style, self-published authors Paige Weaver and Leslie Fear sit down for an in-depth interview.  The interview—and the article as a whole—addresses many of the issues at the heart of the self-publishing experience today, from what led these two (successful, I might add) authors to choose a self- or an indie publishing experience over the traditional publishing route, to what the process looked and felt like, to what draws readers to their books, to how they themselves have found a sense of community in the network made possible only by self-publishing. All around, we just love hearing from authors who unapologetically love what they do and are willing to walk us through why they do it.  Follow the link for more!

Good news sometimes comes in waves, as you’ll discover courtesy of Allison Flood’s September 24 piece for the eminent British news engine, The Guardian.  Cornelia Funke, a German author perhaps best known for her Mirrorworld series, has elected to pursue self-publishing for her next book, citing creative differences with her American publishers.  “I’m a careful business woman,” says Funke, and Flood goes to great lengths to place Funke within a greater framework of self-publishing that further proves that her choice to veer away from the path set by Little, Brown and Company is not a hasty or ill-informed one.  Here’s the good news for all of us: self-publishing is no longer the elephant in the room, when literary and commercial heavyweights opt to self-publish as an alternative to the Big Five.  An author like Funke can go toe-to-toe with a major publishing house and still sell books!  More at the link.

In her September 24 article for New Zealand-based website Booksellers.co.nz—the official website for the Association of New Zealand Booksellers—Jillian Ewart takes a quick look at a whole slew of recent publications by indie, hybrid, and self-publishing authors in her home country, a nation long celebrated for its rich publishing market.  To see that self-publishing has gained such a foothold in the international arena is encouraging indeed, whether you are looking to take the first step down the road to self-publishing, or already secure in chosen mode of publication, or even if you are unsure if your work “fits” better here or there. (Hint: there is ALWAYS room for your book in the world of indie and self-publishing!)

Earlier this week, in a September 23 press release to Business Wire, Author Solutions (the digital self-publishing arm of the Big Five publishing company Random House) announced its partnership with Alliant International University. Together they are launching Alliant Press, “the first-ever university press to utilize the supported self-publishing model.” The press presents significant opportunities to authors, but may also present some significant challenges; that being said, the best news may be for universities looking to launch new imprints … and to the students whose pocketbooks are emptied by necessary excursions to prohibitively expensive university bookstores.  Who knows?  Maybe self-publishing has the answer to their problems too!


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 Monday 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 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, kellyschuknecht.com.

2 thoughts on “News From the Self-Publishing World: 9/28/15

  1. Thanks for the latest news. It is, indeed, encouraging to read about authors like Cornelia Funke pursuing indie publishing as a viable option for her books.

    The news about Author Solutions is not good, however. Not in the least. Any self published author who is following trends knows that Author Solutions has gotten into a LOT of trouble in recent years. Regardless of anyone’s opinion on Author Solutions, I would urge all independent authors to vet their publishing vehicle of choice before making a commitment.

    1. We absolutely agree! An informed decision is of the utmost importance, especially when what’s at stake is your book and your publishing experience. — Kelly S.

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