We believe the entire publishing industry gains when author-publishers are accepted as an intrinsic part of the literary and publishing world.
That means good author-published books are sold in bookstores, eligible for competitions and prizes, stocked in libraries and accepted for review on equal terms with good trade-published books.
And author-publishers appear at literary festivals and events on equal terms with their trade-published colleagues.
To that end, the campaign team at ALLi is engaged in an email writing campaign to raise awareness and persuade resistant libraries, bookstores, literary events, book reviewers and prize-givers to open up to indie authors who write great books.
Being the types that like to focus on the positive, we also want to hear about bookstores, libraries, festivals, organisations who are doing it well, to hold them up as role models to show it can be done – and how everybody benefits when it is.
So if you know about a bookstore, a library, a literary festival or event, appropriately recognising indie authors and books, especially if it's a change of policy, please leave your commendations below.
And don't forget to share this post on social media to help us highlight more examples of best practice!
“Help boost the status of self-publishing by joining ALLi's Name & Gain programme: http//www.selfpublishingadvice.org/name-and-gain/”