Self-Publishing News: 7.24.2017 – Publishing Trends

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Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically regarding publishing trends within the publishing industry, and their implications for all authors!

Could changes be in the wind for the literary establishment? In her July 14 article for the Sydney Morning Herald, ​Jane Sullivan posits a firm “yes!” She begins with the story of Naomi Klein and her latest book, No Is Not Enough. But what, exactly, was not enough?As Sullivan reports, it was “the prospect of going to a big US publisher to put [her book] out” as well as the inevitable delays which accompany traditional publishing. “Instead,” writes Sullivan, “Klein bypassed both her agent and her previous publisher […] and went straight to a small press.” This allowed her to release her book both at home and abroad in a timely fashion, all the more important since Klein’s book comments upon the current political situation in America. She chose Haymarket Books, a small Chicago-based nonprofit publisher, eschewing decades of tradition and her own storied history as a blockbuster success.

The remainder of Sullivan’s article examines the rise of self-publishing, contrasting it with the so-called “vanity” press, and touches on the stories of three independent Australian authors pursuing self-publishing today: fiction author John Birmingham, cartoonist Judy Horacek, and romance novelist Kylie Scott. Each of these “hybrid” authors came to the new publishing paradigm on their own terms, and by their own path–and Sullivan’s article concludes by hinting at why their stories may be important for a new generation of authors. Read the rest of this excellent article at the Sydney Morning Herald!

Well, it’s official: Brits love books, and they love writing them almost as much as they like reading them according to this July 21 article which appeared on Fife Today, the website of the Fife Free Press, providing news from Kircaldy in Fife, Scotland. The article covers the results of a recent poll by self-publishing company Type & Tell, wherein one in eight British residents was found to have “already written or is currently writing a book (13 per cent), while 39 per cent of people are planning to write one.” Interestingly, the study also shows that science fiction, drama, and children’s books, not romance, are the leading genre contenders in this large population of authors–although there was plenty of diversity represented in genre overall, with mystery, crime, short stories, fantasy, and romance all in the mix, as well as nonfiction. That’s a lot of books!

But the most interesting finding of all? According to Fife Today:

Despite the rise of e-readers, the research shows that people are still in love with the feel of flicking through the pages of a physical book. Eight in ten (82 per cent) budding authors want to see their words printed on paper, while just over half (58 per cent) would be happy to be published in e-book format.

This more or less confirms our suspicions here on Self Publishing Advisor–that one should never close a door on printed books, but certainly pursue publishing options which enable a diverse readership with both paper and digital predilections to access your stories! To read the entire article, visit the original article here.

You can find all of these authors’ excellent books for sale online.


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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 every Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.
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ABOUT 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.

Self-Publishing News: 7.17.2017

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Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically new releases written by self-publishing authors and published by independent presses! Today we’ll be featuring brand-new releases in the Outskirts Press Bookstore!

If you’re looking for the perfect book to help you beat the summer heat, you can’t go wrong with Joseph Brisben’s Skip Day, a novel of rural Oklahoma and of one teenager’s ambition to leave a legacy.

Every year, during the high school’s annual ‘Skip Day’ celebration, the students craft a series of hijinks–but this year, 1959, Joe Ralston wants to make a special impression. He rents a hearse from a mortuary, covers it in graffiti, and then is challenged to see how many people they can cram inside. (The answer? 75. You bet these kids were creative.)  Things can only get worse from there, and better, from a story perspective, as Ralston and his friends work through their own personal issues and continue seizing upon every opportunity for fun that they can. This is the sort of book which commands your respect as well as your attention; conversations shift from making meaning out of live to civil rights to the correct way to coax your hungover friends to clean a hearse.

Sometimes, we all really need to hear that we’re more than the sum of our parts or the victims of circumstance, and this is nowhere more true than it is among teens. I Am More contains, as promised, a year’s-worth of empowering short meditations geared toward teens and young adults, providing what the author describes as “things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”

This book is not only perfect for young people, but for people of faith. Myia Ellington cites Philippians 4:8-9 as an inspiration, and speaks to faith as a platform or springboard from which to launch into a healthy, fulfilling future–“a life of art,” as she puts it. And Ellington should know; she’s CEO of Exclusively ME Motivations Inc, an empowerment specialist, spiritual counselor, teacher, and lecturer on top of being an author. She lives the kind of life many of us can aspire to–providing real leadership and hope to teens in need of that little extra boost to make it through the day.

Look, summer is about escape, isn’t it? And those fantasies which always seem too far out of reach at all other times of year. Well, with her new book Sons of Twilight, Collette Jackson-Fink invites her readers to indulge a little in those fantasies. This, the second in a series beginning with Daughters of Twilight, continues the story of Dane Coles–just your average member of a special tactical team trained to deal with ordinary human events–and the edenic war angel who has been brought jarringly back into contact with humanity after the traumatic conclusion to the Genesis story.

Here’s a story you won’t find just anywhere: with a sensitivity to life in a small Midwestern town, Jackson-Fink manages to construct an elaborate fantasy world which strikes just the right notes of familiarity to keep it grounded within the Western mythological canon–and is populated by characters who are bright and warm and interesting. The plot is gripping, too, which doesn’t hurt. Come for the brilliant fantasy, stay for the fascinating plot! Here’s hoping the final book in the trilogy doesn’t take too long to hit our shelves!


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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 every Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.
Kelly
ABOUT 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.

Self-Publishing News: 7.10.2017

And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically interviews with or articles written by self-publishing authors and experts!

Every now and again, an interview comes along which we just can’t ignore, and this July 9 article on Rolling Out by Yvette Caslin is one of those. Its opening tells you a lot of what the interview has in store:

“I love being able to call my own shots with my writing and publishing. The creative freedom is something you can only find when you are an entrepreneur,” offers Carlos Harleaux when asked why he wants to be an entrepreneur.

And a spirit of entrepreneurship, independence, and creative freedom is at the heart of what Harleaux is all about. His latest book, No Cream in the Middle, is a follow-up novel to the popular self-published book, Fortune Cookie. He answers questions about the more difficult aspects of publishing, about how he came to be an author, and how new authors can break into a packed market. You can find the full text of the interview at the link!

Author John Marrs pulls no punches in this piece for the UK’s Express. He was, like many authors who eventually pursue self-publication, under the impression that working with a traditional publishing house to find his book a home would be a relatively straightforward process. Says Marrs, “I assumed that with more than 20 years as a journalist behind me, writing for national magazines and newspapers, I might have had a slight advantage over other new writers on the hunt for an agent. How naive I was,” he concludes.

The path was not an easy one. He queried 80 publishing houses––and the results were less than enthusiastic. “The first few rejection letters trickled through the letterbox within seven days,” says Marrs. “More came within a fortnight and by the end of the month, my hope of becoming the next publishing success story deflated like the slow puncture of a tyre. Over the next four months, the rest of the rebuffs appeared in dribs and drabs.”

We’ve all been there. But what’s great about Marrs’ story is that he didn’t stay there. He found a different way forward. And he’s not alone: according to Marrs and a study put out by by Author Earnings, “42 per cent of all books now downloaded are by indie writers, many of whom, like me, have been rejected by agents.” Marrs has ideas on why this isn’t, in the end, such a bad thing––and much, much more to chew on. You can find the rest of his article here.

Can they? Can they really?

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking there’s only one right way to do ‘publishing.’ After all, traditional publishing houses and the agents who work with them have a vested interest in perpetuating the myth of blockbuster success. And self-publishing companies, too––let’s be honest, here––drum up a little business by touting self-publishing as the one feasible, one easy alternative.

So who do we believe?

Here’s a thought: Let’s believe the authors. And authors like Savi Sharma have plenty of ideas about the future of publishing, and possible routes through the swamp of options. Sharma, whose breakout hit Everyone Has a Story debuted in 2015, may be young but she has, now, plenty of publishing experience. She says, “In the past years, people used to say self-publishing is a bad choice, as you can’t sell more books through it. But today, it’s a great opportunity. You can sell books if you know how to go through the entire process. But yes, you need to learn many things like how to connect with the audience, etc. If you do it effectively, you can be successful.” For the full interview, visit Financial Express online.

You can find all of these authors’ excellent books for sale online.


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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 every Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.
Kelly
ABOUT 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.

Self-Publishing News: 7.4.2017

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And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically news from or regarding self-publishing companies!

Ever heard of Totally Entwined? It’s a name that’s been around for a while, but now … now it’s an e-store and self-publishing platform for those writing in the romance genre. Says Katherine Cowdrey of The Booksellerthe new site offers great benefits not just for authors looking to break into the genre, but also to readers who consume romance books like you and I consume coffee. And also romance books. We consume a lot of those around here at SPA. (Just being honest.) The royalties situation looks a little complicated, though, so fair warning! Cowdrey lists them as such:

… authors selling books in the First For Romance e-store will receive 60% of the sale price of an e-book over $1.99/£1.99/€1.99, and 40% of the sale price of an e-book under $1.99/£1.99/€1.99; 50% of the sale price of a print book; and 40% of the sale price of an audio book.

It may not be the best offer on the market, but it’s a solid attempt, and as previously mentioned there are a lot of perks for people interested in the genre of romance. According to Cowdrey, the self-publishing aspect of the website will launch in August 2017. Watch this space—as we will track their progress for you!

Two items come to us this week from Outskirts Press, one of our favorite self-companies for a variety of both objective and self-interested reasons. First off comes this piece from the Book News Desk of Broadway Worldand describes OP’s brand-new Live Chat option on its website. Says OP Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht, “It may seem like a small thing, but LiveChat makes a real impact on our customers … It lets us respond immediately to questions about our self-publishing and book marketing services and walk them through their best options. The quicker we can lend a hand to an author, the more effective that author can be, too.” All prospective authors need to do is access any page on the Outskirts Press website, and the chat box will appear, including the picture of the staff person on the other end answering the questions. All in all, it seems like a personable approach.

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The second piece from Outskirts Press this week comes in the form of a press release through PRWeb, and outlines their new offering for publishing children’s books. The service in question may cost a pretty penny, but the services bundled together within OP’s one-click offerings routinely lead to award-winning products, and there’s also the matter of OP’s award-winning customer service. And while no one should publish without a careful evaluation of the risks and rewards, it’s fair to say this is a contender in the self-publishing market.

Another day, another self-publishing service, another press release! This one comes from Business Insiderand delivers good news for authors looking to get into magazines! FlipBuilder has released Flip PDF Pro, a service will allow people to convert their professional PDF files into interactive magazines with flipping page effects and background sounds, and which is no doubt intended to broaden the reach of these magazines in the digital age. After all, as many librarians and store owners might tell you, paper magazines don’t move nearly so much as they used to, and profit has waned. These days, self-published magazines can provide invaluable tools for the average businessperson as well as self-publishing authors looking to create samples of their work, or to distribute bite-sized portions of their work to drum up interest in their longer works. There are thousands of reasons one might make use of a high-quality and easy-to-use self-publishing magazine service. We imagine you can think of one or two!


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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 every Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.
Kelly
ABOUT 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.

Self-Publishing News: 6.12.2017

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Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically newly released self-published books!

  • Mrs. Bonnie Bunny Blueberry Pies

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This week, I’d like to highlight some exciting titles coming hot off the Outskirts Press, starting with Mrs. Bonnie Bunny Blueberry Pies–a book which has made it to the Amazon Featured Book of the week list! In this thrilling children’s book, Outskirts Press author Delilah Jackson Hall tells the tale of Mrs. Bonnie Bunny and her famous blueberry pies (for which she wins yearly awards at the Fall Festival). These famous pies get Mrs. Bonnie Bunny some negative attention, however, when the Bunny clan and a few other mischievous friends of theirs decide to sabotage Bonnie and snatch her pies from the window sill before she can enter them in this year’s Fall Festival! Watch the scandal unfold amongst these critters and see the truth behind it all “in the most unlikely of places.”

  • Stan, the Little Turtle

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Outskirts Press author Anne Toole is up next with another children’s book, Stan the Turtle. A true introvert, Stan the Turtle upset his mother by never wanting to meet the other critters that lived near his family. Instead, Stan insists on swimming on day long, all by his lonesome. This tale of an introvert takes an unexpected turn with Stan’s mom disappears, nowhere to be found, and Stan has no critter friends to help him find her! Will he be able to gain their favor and get help in his search for mother turtle? Read this amazing story to find out and “discover what important lesson little Stand learns.”

  • Good Morning, How Are You?

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Next up is Dr. Papijazz’s children’s title, Good Morning, How Are You?, a story which features Richard the Rooster. Richard discovers that being different can be a great thing, and that each and every one of us has some unique talent that we may need some help discovering. Downtrodden Richard had yet to tap into his unique talent and was feeling sad and lonely, going to bed in the dumps. However, one morning, a beautiful sunrise greets Richard and he is overcome with joy and simultaneously overcomes his depression. In that moment, Richard discovers his unique talent, and lets out a loud crow, teaching other birds around the globe that they can do the same!

  • Old Dog New Tricks

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In Old Dog New Tricks, Marie-Yolaine Williams paints a heartfelt story of a shelter dog who got a second chance. Hoping to encourage people to adopt shelter dogs, dog lover Marie-Yolaine wrote the tale of Boscoe, an 11-year-old dog who winds up at a shelter, competing with cute puppies for a potential new home. While most families come in and swoon over puppies, Boscoe’s ears perk up when a family finally comes in looking for an older dog. Read this wonderful, EVVY Award winning story to find out if Boscoe finds a forever home.

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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 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.

Self-Publishing News: 5.29.2017

And now for the news!

Some highlights from this week in the world of self-publishing:

This week’s Publisher’s Weekly features a piece by Calvin Reid which highlights Jason Pinter, the man who founded the indie publishing house, Polis Books. Pinter found himself inspired by the 2016 election and has decided to return to his passion–writing books. The Castle, Pinter’s political thriller, will be a self-published title and be kept separate from the Polis Books list.

Pinter’s reason for self-publishing? The feeling of the books immanent importance in the wake of our current political situation. Publishing a book by traditional means can take over a year, and this was a book he felt should be published now, and right now. According to Pinter, “several editors liked the book, but said it needed to be out now. I agreed with them.” Another reason for self-publishing was that Pinter didn’t want to cut in front of other authors trying to publish through Polis Books, nor did he want to overshadow the other titles currently being publishing by his press.

Once Polis books got up and running–it will be publishing 27 books in 2017!–Pinter decided that he would make time to return to his passion for writing, which is why he’s devoted himself to publishing The Castle. Don’t expect Pinter to quit working on his publishing company though, he is instead hoping to have the best of both worlds working as an author and a publisher.

In this touching piece by Fiona Ashe, we see the story of a daughter helping her father’s dream come true. When Fiona’s father wrote 31 Years of Hell, documenting the history of the two world wars, she decided that she would edit, produce and self-publish the book herself. While an extremely rewarding process, Fiona wanted to share how it was that she also was able to make this an extremely successful process.

First Fiona reminds us of the importance of having a good editor whom you can trust and whose opinion your trust. Calling the editor “your book’s bouncer,” Fiona says, “It’s completely reasonable to be emotionally attached to your favourite paragraph in which you injected clever humour, shared a personal anecdote and created a slick metaphor. But if it doesn’t serve the story, it has to be consigned to the literary cutting room floor.”

After explaining the im portance of editing, she goes on to elaborate on the stylistic and interior formatting components of self-publishing. She says,“One thing to consider when designing the interior pages of your book is whether you understand your target market’s reading habits. Do they binge-read the way people binge-watch TV drama on Netflix? Or do they dip in and out of books periodically?” It was decided that the audience of a WWI/II book would most likely dip in and out of it, “In order to facilitate this episodic reading behaviour, we chose to break up the text with subheadings and add timelines at the end of each chapter.” Further, Fiona says she “also illustrated the book with maps and emotionally evocative photographs to enhance the storytelling.”

Read more from the article above for some more stellar advice from Fiona, the daughter of the year!


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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 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.

Self-Publishing News: 5.15.2017

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Some highlights from this week in the world of self-publishing:

Beginning in March, Amazon began a policy which allowed third-party sellers the right to purchase the “Buy Box” for new books being sold on Amazon. Why is this such a big deal? Traditionally, by default, the “Buy Box” has always been something that belonged to the original publisher of the book. That way, when you purchase a book, 45% of the profits go back to the publisher, and in turn, help pay authors. “This contributes to authors’ royalties,” says Brook Warner, “and also means that your purchase is supporting the entity that published the book, namely the publisher.” Warner suggests that this policy not only favors the largest third-seller parties, but it drastically affects publishers and authors.

Warner is affiliated with the publishing industry, so she has seen first hand the negative impacts of this change. One of the authors published under Warner’s press called her to inform her that her book was no longer being offered at all on Amazon from her publisher. If someone were to search for the title of her book, the only available purchase options were from third-party publishing companies. “Amazon’s policy states that ‘eligible sellers will be able to compete for the buy box,’” says Warner, “but in this case, we had been completely wiped off of Amazon as an eligible seller in any capacity, without being notified.” After more investigation, Warner found that some books published by a company she used to work at, Seal Press, were only offering copies from third-party sellers.

The problem with this new policy, according to Warner, is that it affects publishers’ backlist for books “(typically meaning any book that’s six months or older).” To someone buying the book, it appears as though the third-party seller is the only available purchase option, and if they did click the “more buying options” button, it would only alert them to cheaper versions of the book, not the one for sale by the publishing company which is listed as “sold by Amazon.com,” with no nod to the publishing company at all. Because small publishing companies are especially dependent on backlist sales, and because Amazon is the main source for backlist sales, Amazon is making it look as though a lot of these books are out of print with their publishing companies when in fact, they are not.

What are the biggest takeaways from this new policy by Amazon? For Warner, it is that they are trying to further drive down the value and cost of books, something they’ve already done with their ebooks by encouraging authors to sell their books for under $10 by giving the incentive of better royalties if they do so. Further, this makes it so that authors can’t earn royalties for the sale of their books. Amazon has suggested to people who are upset about the “buy box” competition that they should keep their books in stock which is problematic for self-published authors or backlist authors whose books are only available by print-on-demand, which are only printed to order, i.e. out of stock. “This new third-party seller policy is potentially terrorizing,” says Warner, “in that it can and will literally result in publishers selling fewer copies and ultimately being forced to declare backlist books out of print.”

In order to counter this effort by Amazon Warner suggests supporting indie bookstores, avoiding third-party sellers and always considering how your purchase will affect the authors, especially if you yourself are an author. Driving down the cost of books means driving down the value of your creative and intellectual property, which as authors we should all value very highly.


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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 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.