And now for the news.
Highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing:
One of the things we love so much about self-publishing here on the blog is its adaptability–how it’s just such a perfect fit for so many different stories and contexts. Such is the tale of Len Shaw of The Syncopated Times, who just released a collection of his “Jazz Jottings,” including interviews with those musicians helping to shape and reshape Jazz in the vast and evanescent present. Shaw’s second book, JAZZ BEAT ENCORE, More Notes on Classic Jazz follows up his first successful self-published book from 2013 with rich and varied interviews with some fascinating musicians.
If Shaw was empowered to publish interviews with Jazz musicians, what untold stories do you have to tell?
Not to belabor a point, but it still amazes us that in the year 2019 there were still some folk who hadn’t fallen in love with the opportunities and possibilities and vision of self-publishing the way we have. Luckily, as Suzanne Van Atten attests in this article for AJC, an Atlanta-based news site, despite the initial sadness and setback of being excluded, the self-publishing authors of Georgia have banded together to create something exciting and new: “Some members [of the Georgia Writer’s Association] quit, including novelist Vickie Bley, who was prompted to start a separate awards program for self-published authors.” Bley then “established the Georgia Independent Author of the Year (GIAY) awards for self-published authors.” So if you’re an author based out of the peachiest of states, we hope you’ll boost the new awards and take part. Nominations close on June 15.