Self-Publishing News: 7.7.2020

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And now for the news.

Highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing:

Some good news for parents out of the Big Sky State! Many parents have found themselves in the unique position of having to be educators as well as bread-winners, and with case numbers all over the map (literally as well as figuratively), it doesn’t look like that will be changing any time soon. Whether you’re electing to be cautious in states like Montana that have begun to reopen or following state and federal recommendations elsewhere, a much-needed resource has arrived to fill the gap. Writing for Helena’s Independent Record, Tyler Manning writes about how “Two Helena teachers recently self-published a kindergarten readiness guide for parents.” The project had been in the works for six years or more, but this proved just the right moment for teachers (to observe proper classroom etiquette) Ms. Hankins and Ms. Buresh to self-publish. As Manning puts it:

According to Hankins, they had many tips but verbally explaining them lots of individual parents wasn’t wholly effective. The pair then had the idea to start writing down tips, idea and exercises. Before they knew it, they had enough to write a book.

The book takes the form of activity pages for each letter of the alphabet. It teaches concepts like numbers, shapes, colors, vocabulary and more. Hankins said the book also aims to answer many of the social questions that parents have as their children start school for the first time.

“It’s two-fold,” said Hankins. “It’s to get the kids ready and to put parents minds at ease.”

While the material might have been embraced by a traditional publishing house, the lag time would have prevented many parents from getting their hands on the book when they most need it––which is now. According to another article from the Independent Record, Helena’s schools are still aiming to reopen for the Fall semester, despite a recent rise in recorded statewide COVID-19 cases that will still seem small to those states with city-concentrated populations. In any case, this local Montana effort will hopefully signal the start of a new wave of high-quality self-published resources for parents of young children that are both timely and teacher-tested as this one seems to be. 

Tyler Manning’s coverage includes much more and is worth reading in its own right. You can find out more about Hankins, Buresh, and their book at www.summerbeforekindergarten.com. More news soon!


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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 each month to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

In Your Corner: Top 3 Reasons to Self Publish THIS July

If you have been considering self-publishing your book, this July is the perfect time to take the leap! Here is why.

Patriotism!

July is when Americans celebrate freedom. And even if you’re not American, chances are many of your potential readers are. Celebrate your and their freedom of speech, and share your writing by finally self-publishing that manuscript you’ve been holding on to. Truthfully, self-publishing books is part of many cultures. While it’s totally fair to be proud of your own country’s contributions to the world of words, we hope that you’ll contribute your own words as well.

Independence Must Be Declared!

No matter where you live in the world, the freedoms and independences that you do possess exist for a reason, and new freedoms are only won when existing ones are seized upon! These days, you don’t need an agent or a traditional publisher to get started. And if you don’t feel confident that you’ve got all of the details down, you can always look to a full-service self-publishing company, and get your book published in exactly the way you want it to be.

Live in the Sun!

With summer comes longer days, and July starts just after the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year. (Or shortest night, depending on how you look at it.) Longer days mean more time to work on your manuscript and get all of the other things done that you need to in life, which in 2020 might be a whole lot of additional things on top of the ones you had originally planned. Take advantage of the extra hours by finally finishing your book––not to mention the special holiday savings many companies offer over the July 4th weekend!

You are not alone. ♣︎

Do you have ideas to share? Please don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comments section, below.
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ABOUT ELIZABETH JAVOR: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Elizabeth Javor works as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Outskirts Press. The Sales and Marketing departments are composed of knowledgeable publishing consultants, customer service reps and book marketing specialists; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Elizabeth Javor can put you on the right path.

Self-Publishing News: 6.30.2020

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And now for the news.

Highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing:

Here’s a bit of encouragement on a slow news week (slow, that is, if you subtract the constant barrage of doomsday-like reports on matters pertaining to health, politics, and the environment). Author Louise Ross, better known under her pen name LJ Ross, has reached the pinnacle of self-publishing success. With 19 best-sellers under her belt at age 35, she came to a crossroads 5 years ago that many writers are facing today as a result of ongoing economic uncertainty and the instability of the job market: What next? This article from Jonathan Owen of iNews covers her story from childhood to present day, and repeatedly highlights what makes her such a great advocate for self-publishing authors. “Being able to self-publish,” Owen quotes Ross as saying, “a fantastic opportunity to be creative but also earn a living from your creativity.” There are also tangible benefits: “I have a six-year-old and it’s nice to be able to be there after school for him,” says Ross. “Having the privilege of flexibility that a career in writing brings is worth its weight in gold.” Her DCI Ryan mystery series has netted her a comfortable 5 (or so) million sales, which she attributes to word of mouth and the excitement of her fan base.

How’s that for inspiration?


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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 each month to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

Self-Publishing News: 6.24.2020

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And now for the news.

Highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing:

Technavio, a business research firm, has just released its latest market research report, titled “Global Publishing Market 2020-2024.” As covered by BusinessWire, Technavio’s report shows that some key trends are already taking shape as a result of COVID-19 are already:

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis.

Technavio has provided a free sample report that you can access by way of the BusinessWire press release, and it’s looking rather nice.

2020 Indie Book Award Winners and Finalists Announced!

We’ll keep this short, since half of the fun is browsing the lists and discovering new gems for yourself––but in the middle of hard times, it’s good to know one thing that still holds true: Indie authors are worth your time and money at the bookstore. Some of the titles on this list come from self-publishing companies, and some come directly from authors without any assistance, and now we know what we’ll be doing with the rest of our summer! (Reading these books, of course!)


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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 each month to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

Self-Publishing News: 6.17.2020

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And now for the news.

Highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing:

“Michael Volpatt, the chef-owner of Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, has released a new book, Cooking In Place: 50 Days, Stories, and 70+ Recipes to Keep You Sane in Challenging Times,” writes Sonoma West editor Laura Hagar Rush in the opening to this article. The state of Arizona has been hit particularly hard by the novel Coronavirus, and is still seeing huge spikes and clusters in the number of positive COVID-19 cases––as well as deaths. In the middle of all of this bad news comes at least one bit of good: authors are pushing through, and innovating, and making use of self-publishing even while the world of traditional publishing is still operating at a crawl. Volpatt, writes Rush, “decided to self-publish his new book when established publishers couldn’t meet his demand for a faster turnaround time than normal. ‘My book agent and I would have gone to my current publisher with this, but we decided to bypass traditional publishing so we could get it out fast,'” said Volpatt to Rush. The cookbook chronicles his at-home cooking adventures, which were a Facebook Live hit, and includes both recipes and suggestions for cooking during times of hardship and limited ingredients. This idea is, simply put, genius–and we’re glad self-publishing is around to make its rapid publication possible.

Struggling to keep your kids occupied as you work from home? Simon Brooks of Mom.com might just have one possible solution: writing a children’s book can keep both the adults and kids in a house busy for days, even weeks. It’s not a process, however, without its complications, Brooks admits: “using pictures and illustrations to tell a compelling story in thirty-two pages is not a very easy thing to do. The low word count does not mean that the genre is not a ‘no brainer,’ and there is a lot that goes into writing a good children’s book in such a competitive industry.” He goes on to provide what he calls a “roadmap” to writing one of these little gems, and advocates for self-publishing the finished product, calling it a “comfort” to those in need of a solution. We couldn’t agree more–and if you make use of this international crises to write a book with your kids, please let us know in the comments!

Well, that sounds interesting, doesn’t it? In another fascinating article from Scroll.in, Manish Purohit describes the experience of self-publishing in India during this unfolding COVID-19 situation–and even steps back and reframes the development of self-publishing throughout India’s history as a nation and subcontinent. “Self-publishing in India is as old as publishing itself,” writes Purohit: “Publishers may scoff at this, but deep discounts to authors, subsidy publishing and buyback arrangements have always been available and used. And these terms have always guided publishing decisions.” The process is even easier now, with the availability of so many self-publishing options, and many authors are considering it as their first and preferred option. Says Purohit, “Self-publishing platforms democratised the dissemination of writing and earned a dedicated audience,” and now they may prove ever more important in providing additional avenues to publication outside of traditional publishing houses, many of which will struggle to overcome the increased inventory returns resulting from COVID-19 and will have to resort to publishing what Purohit calls “mostly comprise safe, sellable titles.” Without the modern flourishing of self-publishing alternatives, midlist authors would see ever-shrinking options to get their words out there. Thankfully for all of us, this shutdown happened in 2020, when we are mostly equipped to overcome.


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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 each month to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.