This week in the world of self-publishing:
In this March 18th article for Publisher’s Weekly, contributor Jennifer McCartney compiles a list of the titular “house and home” books published so far in 2016 in the tradition of Marie Kondo’s decluttering handbook, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up––a book which became a massive bestseller after its release in 2014. Of more specific interest to fans of self-publishing, however, is McCartney’s use of an indie favorite to provide context to her list: Francine Jay’s 2010 self-publishing phenomenon, “the minimalist lifestyle guide The Joy of Less,” which according to McCartney “has sold almost 25,000 copies in paperback.” While Jay’s book has “found a home” with the traditional publishing label Chronicle, and will be releasing a hardcover edition under that same label in April featuring new material, it had its start in the world of self-publishing. “Like many decluttering proponents,” writes McCartney, “Jay is fond of acronyms and advocates the STREAMLINE approach: start over; trash/treasure/transfer; reason for each item; everything in its place; all surfaces clear; modules; limits; if one comes in, one goes out; narrow it down; and everyday maintenance.” Fans of the original indie pick may be interested to know that the new edition includes a “five-step program” called “the clutter-free family,” which by all accounts “addresses readers at various stages of life, from a newly cohabitating couple to a household that includes teenagers.” McCartney’s list does not, disappointingly, include any other self-published titles, but you can find out more about The Joy of Less at the book’s Amazon bookpage!
Becky Robertson, in this March 18th article for Quill and Quire, gives a much-needed update on the inaugural Whistler Independent Book Awards, “jointly produced by the Whistler Writing Society and publishing and editorial services company Vivalogue Publishing.” While Quill and Quire, which self-describes as “the magazine of the Canadian book trade,” remains a subscription-only magazine, the full details of the Whistler Independent Book Awards are available from the Tidewater Festival website. Tidewater, “the first book festival exclusively for independent and self-published authors in western Canada,” now assists in organizing events for the indie publishing across the entire nation of Canada, including the aforementioned Whistler Independent Book Awards, which aim “to recognize excellence in Canadian independent publishing,” and will offer prizes in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, crime fiction and poetry. According to the website, there will be a “single winner in each category, with two additional finalists.” The awards close for entries on June 3rd, with finalists announced on July 15th and winners announced at a “Literary Cabaret event held as part of the Whistler Writers Festival” in October. If you’re a self-published author of Canadian extraction and are thinking of applying, we’d love to follow your journey! For more information including eligibility requirements and prize details, follow the link.
Taking somewhat of a different tack in her view of self-publishing, Guardian contributor Marta Bausells takes on a specific brand of poet in this March 20th article focusing on Scottish poet Robert Montgomery, who has “consciously made an ‘awkward space’ for himself in between artistic categories.” As Bausells reports, his work “puts poetry in front of people in eye-catching visual formats: from advertising billboards he has covered with poems, to words he has set on fire or lit with recycled sunlight in public spaces––including the Sussex seafront and a Berlin airport.” Of more recent interest, says Bausells, Montgomery has been working “on tomorrow’s World Poetry Day ‘Pay with a poem’ campaign, through which customers can get coffee in exchange for poetry in cafes across the globe. Montgomery will then collect the public’s poems to create an installation in a secret location.”
Fascinating stuff, and definitely of an “indie” bent, but more relevant to us here on Self-Publishing Advisor is Montgomery’s words on self-publishing. As Bausells puts it, he “celebrates the fact that self-publishing is becoming essential online, and that these peer-to-peer demographics mean poets garner audiences that ‘bring their work alive’ before they get a chance to get published.” Public poetry, according to Montgomery, is at its best when the barriers between poet and public are finally broken down–and there’s no better manifestation of this trend than in self-publishing! We encourage you to read Bausell’s full article on Montgomery’s rise in popularity here.
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