Self-Publishing News: 10.3.2016

And now for the news!

This week in the world of self-publishing:

“I’ve got an agent. So now what?” asks William Kowalski as he opens this October 1st article for AuthorLink.  You wait and you wait, but nothing happens.  “If your agent hasn’t managed to sell your book within a year or so, you may be justified in moving on,” he writes before urging authors not to wait that long before opting to go with self-publishing.  He acknowledges the checkered past attributed to authors choosing this route (“It was the last resort of the unpublishable, the illiterate, the hack, and the crank who couldn’t get anyone to take him seriously.”) before moving on to defend it as anything but:

There is nothing inherently wrong with self-publishing.  It does not mean the author is devoid of skill; it means that the commercial publishing world does not yet see a market for it.  There’s a big difference.


I think that writers are on the right side of the historical tsunami that is currently sweeping over the publishing world.  As of this writing, it is no exaggeration to say that the publishing industry is on life support, and is not expected to recover.  It’s really that simple.

And it is.  Kowalski gives ample attention to authors of genre fiction as well as hybrid and experimental works, “literary fiction,” and the constant struggle to make peace with traditional publishing and all of its attendant demands.  An all-around fascinating piece, you can check out Kowalski’s article at the link.

A lot has been made recently of Rupi Kaur’s self-publishing blockbuster success with milk and honey–yes, that’s all lower-case in e.e. cummings fashion–a collection of poetry with a firm grip on the bestseller list despite its complete lack of traditional connections.  “Forget Wordsworth, Whitman and Yeats. A new generation of inspiring young female poets are changing the way we look at the form, using social media to reach their rapidly growing fanbase,” writes Stephen Russell in his October 1st piece for The New Daily.  Because Kaur’s not the only young female poet making a mark in the world this year, and she’s not even the only young female self-publishing poet.  Although Kaur’s book has been picked up by AMP after proving it had legs, she’s just one of several “insta-poets” AMP’s publisher and president Kirsty Melville says to watch out for, according to Russell: “These young poets write as a way of communicating their inner lives in a very relateable way, and in a form that is readily shareable.”  By choosing to self-publish on Instagram and other social media websites, Melville says, readers are given “immediate access to poets’ written and performative work and this immediacy engenders a closer emotional connection.”  Kaur is in good company, with “insta-poets” Lang Leav, Cleo Wade, Hera Lindsay Bird, and Alicia Cook round out Russell’s list of authors to watch out for.  To read more, click here.

The people behind Indie Author Day 2016 are spreading the word of a new opportunity related to their upcoming event in this press release posted to Digital Journal on September 28th.  The event, taking place at the Montclair (N.J.) Public Library, is one to watch!  It will feature Jane Tabachnick, a book promotion consultant (with her own website and everything!) and take place on October 8th along with all other IAD2016 activities, the featured online streaming element of which is scheduled to begin at 2 PM EST.  According to the organizers, Tabachnick “will outline the key components for publishing and promoting your book successfully,” and will focus on “best practices for self-publishing and book promotion”:

While the industry often speaks about the two sides of publishing – tradition and self-published, Ms. Tabachnick will speak about the complexities of self-publishing, which underscores that it is more than one single method, in contrast to traditional publishing. She will cover the range of options for authors to consider within self-publishing, going over the pros and cons of each strategy, so that authors will be better informed about how to position themselves for success She will also cover top book promotion strategies including no cost, low cost and premium options.

Tabachnick’s panel will take place just before the main event, from 12 noon to 1 PM, and while there’s no word yet on whether any of the on-site interviews will be archived for public access, the Montclair Public Library encourages drop-ins and last-minute registrations.  So if you’re in New Jersey on the 8th of this month, consider swinging by their website to learn more!


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Indie Author Day is ONE WEEK from today! Time to get your writer on.

Last week we alerted you to the rapid approach of a very, very special day on the literary calendar: Indie Author Day! And this week, we’re popping our heads out of the holiday season frenzy to remind you of its imminent arrival. Mark it on your calendars! (We’ve certainly marked it on all of ours.) Indie Author Day takes place on October 8th, 2016. And there’s a lot you can do to get involved, from tracking down the closest participating library and attending events to streaming the headline “Digital Gathering” online.

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Want to sign up? Hop on by the official Indie Author Day website at Most helpful, the website includes a “NEWS” tab, where you can find up-to-date information on events happening both near and far from you. You can also check out the latest information on the online “Digital Gathering” for indie authors, advocates, and fans. As with everything else Indie Author Day-related, this will take place on October 8th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) and will feature a Q&A session with writers, agents, and other industry leaders.

The Digital Gathering will be moderated by Jon Fine, a native New Yorker as well as longtime industry expert and author advocate by way of his experience as Director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon, and before that he worked for Random House, NBC, and King World Productions. Having left Amazon as of 2015, he now works as a consultant.

The program’s four panelists are Robin Cutler, who has worked in publishing for over 30 years for many of the industry’s major players, indie and traditional both; Kiera Parrott, who works as Reviews Director for both Library Journal and School Library Journal and has years of experience as a children’s librarian; Jim Blanton, Chair of the Kentucky Public Library Association and repeated award-winning librarian before that; and last but not least, L. Penelope, self-published author of Song of Blood & Stone, her debut novel and winner of the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. You couldn’t begin to dream up a more star-studded cast than this one! Better yet, they have been primed by very particular life experiences to answer your questions related to the indie publishing process.

And as we mentioned last week, libraries hosting the Digital Gathering and other Indie Author Day related events will be streaming these events onsite, but if you can’t make it in or if no library near you happens to be playing host, you can also watch the event live or after the fact on YouTube. The Indie Author Day website even offers a “How-To” page with information on tuning in.

See you at the library!

Thanks for reading!  Keep up with the latest in the world of indie and self-published books by watching this space every Saturday!

Self Publishing Advisor


Let’s Celebrate! Indie Author Day Is Just Around the Corner

October is a big month for festivities—Halloween, we’re looking at you—but there’s one party you absolutely don’t want to miss: Indie Author Day, which this year will take place nationwide on Saturday, October 8th. Why is this a big day? First of all, it’s the day where we celebrate you and all that you do as a self-publishing author. And if you needed a second reason, here’s another: Indie Author Day provides a fantastic opportunity for networking with other authors and partner organizations, as well as a great centerpoint for launching your next promotion or giveaway at your local public library!

indie author day 2016

Want to know how to get involved? Your first stop should be the official Indie Author Day website ( There, you can find out if your local library is participating (under the “WHERE” tab) and even get involved in signing yourself and your library up for next year (under the “AUTHOR INQUIRY” and “LIBRARY REGISTRATION” tabs, respectively). The website is chock-full of useful information and tips to get you started.

Perhaps the most important feature of the Indie Author Day website is, however, the “NEWS” tab, where you can find the most up-to-date information on events happening both near and far from you as well as ways for you to watch live streams or take direct part. And don’t dally, if you can help it—some of the opportunities out there have fast-closing deadlines, so it’s worth diving in with both feet right away; there are plenty of how-to resources available through the website as well as elsewhere online (don’t forget about your advocates and your Personal Marketing Assistant at Outskirts Press, for example!) to help you find a foothold.

To top it all off, there will be an online “Digital Gathering” for indie authors, advocates, and fans on October 8th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). The gathering will feature a Question and Answer session with writers, agents, and other industry leaders that you absolutely won’t want to miss. Libraries hosting Indie Author Day related events will be streaming this gathering, but if you can’t make it in (or if there is no library near you playing host), you can also watch the event on YouTube—live or after the fact, depending on what works for your schedule. As is fitting for an event seeking to advocate for indie and self-publishing authors, the wonderful people behind Indie Author Day do their best to make theirs a flexible, adaptable, and responsive event.

We here at Self Publishing Advisor and our friends over at Outskirts Press will be following the events of Indie Author Day closely. You can follow along as we post more information here and by accessing that all-important Indie Author Day website.

See you at the library!

Thanks for reading!  Keep up with the latest in the world of indie and self-published books by watching this space every Saturday!

Self Publishing Advisor