Self-Publishing News: 9.16.2020

And now for the news.

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

We’ve written about Technavio reports before; unfortunately most of each of their reports is hidden behind a paywall, but they always create an attractive summary infographic that is useful all on its own. Their timeliness in collecting and publishing data means that they’re often among the first to note new trends and developments in both traditional and self-publishing. Their latest report (and infographic) is out now, and the news is mostly positive: Technavio reports that the data suggests publishing will actually grow in 2020, albeit incrementally and not dramatically all at once. (Which would be fun, but also potentially unsustainable.) They also speculate on possible dates when the market might “normalize” after COVID-19, which ranges from the third quarter of 2021 (at the earliest) to the first quarter of 2022. It’s always worth being reminded to be patient with a market as large as publishing (traditional and self-publishing) when going through something as disruptive as this virus. We can only imagine what’s hidden behind that paywall at present in respect to further information, but even just that news is both encouraging and realistic.

This week in The Arrow, Lucas Irizarry covers the story of Jasmine Jones, a student at Southeast whose first self-published book came out in 2018 when she was, herself, only 18––and who has just released her second and latest book of poems in July. According to Irazarry, Jones “said the process of getting self-published is surprisingly easy, and she learned of the opportunity by watching poetry Youtubers.” That’s not an avenue one might expect, given that most of the stories we’ve heard and reported over the years have focused on careful comparisons of existing self-publishing platforms, and not so much the possibility of discovering a resource by way of YouTube. But Jones’ story is interesting in many ways, not just her source point of discovery; she published through the B&N website, and states that the appeal of self-publishing was in that it “allows the user to decide the color of the pages, if the book will be hardback or paperback and the size of the book. Jones designed the covers for both of her books, but she said authors can hire any designer or illustrator to create them. She said it took about a week for her to perfect each of her covers.” We’re always excited to hear about new young authors embracing the process of publishing, and Jones seems to be emblematic of that particular trend. We’re excited to see what Jones does next!

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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: 9.1.2020

And now for the news.

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

Here’s a bit of much-needed good news! The Publishers Weekly staff have released their latest round of self-published titles, which comes out each month. The books released in the month of August included some real standouts, such as Janet R. Macreery’s A Little Noble, in which 13-year-old “Mercy must rely on Calum, a Highland lad, to finish her mission by midsummer. Their journey takes Mercy to places she had never imagined and Calum to the place he vowed never to return to.” Perfect for younger fans of the Outlander series, right? Mercy is something of an expert on plants despite her youth, and between them Calum and Mercy make for a great (and funny) team. And of course don’t neglect the other interesting books on PW’s August list! There are 97 in total to choose from. (So many books, so little time. Our favorite problem of all.)

One could be forgiven for thinking, at first and even second glance, that Jeva Lange of The Week has something of a chip on her shoulder when it comes to self-publishing. And perhaps she does; like almost all articles pertaining to free speech and self-publishing right now, she approaches the medium’s absence of gatekeepers as the death of fact-checking and good grammar. (You probably already know which examples she cites in her article.) But Lange concludes her article with an interesting statement:

It’s true Trump Jr. has fired a shot across the bow of traditional publishers as self-publishing becomes an appealing alternative for conservative writers both financially and politically. But for the imprints that have legitimized falsehoods with their reputable logos for decades, it’s time to say good riddance.

Steering clear of the electoral politics involved in this quote (and the article at large), it’s clear that Lange and others who bemoan the decline of traditional publishing (which we see as a co-evolution, by the way; self-publishing and traditional publishing are not mutually exclusive propositions) are also on another level aware of its benefits. Self-publishing, as we’ve argued before, is a democratizing influence. Instead of editors and publishers and agents deciding upon whose voices get to be heard (on any subject, not just politics), everyone has a chance to speak up and speak out. In a country as fractured and polarized as ours is just now, the thought that there are more voices of all kinds speaking on a given topic ought to be an encouraging one. We aren’t limited to just two options (for or against, either or or) any one idea, despite the careful curation of certain conversations to seem that way by some others. As a market force, self-publishing has opened the floodgates to countless new perspectives on critical issues, including those guaranteed to ratchet up the tension of  dinner table conversations everywhere. And because readers are hungry for more information, and are hungry for more perspectives on topics they care about, self-publishing happens to be a safe place for authors of all kinds to weigh in. We hope that the publishing houses Lange discusses in her article catch on to the benefits of a both/and world as opposed to an either/or. 


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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.

News From the Editorial Desk: Changes Ahead!

Dear Readers,

Can you believe it’s already August?  We here at Self Publishing Advisor certainly can’t!  With the start of the new month comes a whole host of good memories, because guess what?  We started this blog exactly seven years ago, and have been blessed ever since with wonderful, engaged, and responsive readers like you!  We don’t acknowledge your contributions nearly so much as you deserve, but we wanted to take a moment out of our day today to say: THANK YOU!  From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you for seven years of excellence.

Happy 7th Anniversary to Us!

Seven years is a long time to be doing what we do!  And there’s nothing like an anniversary for providing the energy and momentum to make some tweaks and changes to our lineup to better reflect the rapidly changing world we live in––the world of self-publishing!  So, moving forward, here’s what you can expect to see each week:

Monday: “News From the Self-Publishing World”
You’ve seen our “Self Publishing Week in Review” posts in the past; but it’s time we get ahead of the trends, rather than simply reporting on them.  We’ll be bumping our news segment to Mondays and launching you into the week with some carefully curated thoughts on the current headlines in our industry.
Tuesday: “From the Archives” + “From the Experts”
Every Tuesday, we’re going to take a little retrospective trip down memory lane by revisiting some of our most popular posts from years past; you can imagine that in seven years, a lot has changed!  We’ll be updating you on these changes, and hopefully throwing some light on what lies ahead.  We will also be dedicating this spot to the occasional guest blog.  Who better to tell us what’s what than an industry professional or a successful indie or self-published author?  We hope to represent a wider slice of the whole pie by providing a platform for indie authors from all sorts of backgrounds.
Wednesday: “Marketing for the Indie or Self-Published Writer” (Kelly Speaks)
You’ve tuned in each Wednesday in years past to hear what Kelly Schuknecht, Executive Vice President for the hybrid self-publishing company Outskirts Press, has to say––and you can trust to see her here each Wednesday for years to come.  This weekly post will continue to focus on the various ways and means and arts of self-promotion.
Thursday: “On the Home Front” (Elizabeth Speaks)
You will remember Jodee Thayer’s Monday morning posts for us in the past; this year, she passes the torch to Elizabeth, who will be taking on our Thursday morning slot with all the style and panache that a pillar of the industry brings to our little corner of the blogoverse!
Friday: “Conversations With a Self-Published Writer” (Royalene Speaks)
As with our Wednesday posts, our Fridays will remain, as ever, dedicated to the bloggers who have made Self Publishing Advisor better and better for the last seven years!  Royalene will continue to bring you insights from her years’ of experience in the industry––best practices, encouragement, and tips for continual self-improvement.
Saturday: “Self-Published Book Review of the Week”
Because we think you deserve more, you’ll be getting more!  We’re moving our weekly self-published book review to Saturday mornings, and we’ll be providing you even more content as we improve upon our existing model!
Thank you again, dear readers, for your continual support.  Just by reading this blog, you affirm our belief that we’re in the absolute best line of work possible!
Warm wishes and regards,
the Self Publishing Advisor Team