And now for the news.
Highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing:
As mentioned last week, awards season is now well and truly underway, with some of the biggest awards for authors of self-published works either beginning their consideration periods or announcing winners. In the latter category comes arguably the biggest news of this week, the PR Underground announcement of the 2019 Best Indie Book Award winners. While the linked PR Underground article provides a great summary, the complete list of winners can be found at https://bestindiebookaward.com/live.
This week’s article from Rafael Castillo (originally published by the Express-News service and boosted by MySanAntonio.com) is one of the best pep talks we’ve ever read, and it comes just in time to pump us up for the main bulk of 2020. (Can you believe January is almost over? Neither can we!) Writes Castillo, “The internet, Instagram, Facebook and cellphones are the new masters of the mass publishing market. And that, my dear friends, is a good thing. The democratization of poetry, publishing and getting the word out will become a fad making everyone a Walt Whitman or an Emily Dickinson. The decade of the MFA artist is slowly coming to an end.” In its place, the independent author is flexing his or her artistic muscles, adds Castillo, and many a hybrid author is carving out a niche–sometimes a well-paying niche, as is the case with visual and poetic artist Rupi Kaur. While there are far more authors out there pushing the envelope than ever before, hard work is seemingly still required to get a leg up on the competition. Still, Castillo’s article is the motivation we needed this week.
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