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Self-publishing News: Indie Breakthrough

Self-publishing News: Indie Breakthrough

Dan Holloway head and shoulders photo

Without wanting to elicit nothing but sympathy (virtual honey and lemon gladly accepted though) I have been somewhat under the weather this week and, as a result, have spent much of it panicking about how to deliver a suitably sparkling epigram for this week's column. As I sit, handkerchief at one side, Lemsip at the other, violins winsome in the background, I realised that actually this is the message of the week. That with the freedom of being indie comes the responsibility, the need to get the words down whatever, even if the words you get down are more of a dour reminder than a glittering aphorism.

Indie Author Fringe

alli-newsletter-2-column-2ALLi's Book Expo Indie Author Fringe is upon us already. This June 3rd there will again be 24 hours of fabulous online sessions. For all the info on how you can share the conference online, go here. And there is a full programme, including details of how to join in the conversation throughout the whole day over here. This time round we have pretty much everything you could want to know about marketing. And my personal highlight of teh programme, at 11pm New York Time, is Debbie Young's guide to running an inclusive literary festival.

Indie Success

speak-its-nameI love stories of indie success, and this is a real biggie. For the first time, a self-published author has reached the shortlist of the prestigious £10,000 Betty Trask Prize, for writers under 35 whose novels are in a “traditional style”, which makes it in many ways more of an achievement. Huge congratulations to Kathleen Jowitt, author of Speak its Name


Who'd have thought that Scribd would get not only a passing mention but its own subheading. Pioneer of subscription services and once, in the mists of time, a glorified open source dropbox for short, dull Word files, Scribd has mainly been in the news for dropping first romance and then comics from its subscription model, realising that they were actually losing money hand over fist by including them. Well, now it seems as though they might have got the mix of their offering if not right then considerably better. They aren't just dropping services. They have just added a series of newspapers and magazine such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and now have over half a million subscribers.

Your Chance to be an Indie Breakout

pfdTime is fast running out for the opportunity for you to be the next indie breakthrough. The Peters Fraser Dunlop Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award closes on June 2nd. Open to UK resident writers under 35 the award, whose past winners include Sarah Waters and Zadie Smith, is actively seeking out the very best indie writers. Please do consider putting yourself forward – all genres, poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels welcome.

More from Pronoun, and Vellum

Better news is that Pronoun's offer has increased again, this time with the addition of an “also by the author” page that can be conveniently added to the end of your book so that readers who loved what they just read can find it even easier to buy more. And for everyone who loves Vellum software for creating ebooks, from this week it is available for paperbacks too.

Cataloguing in Publication

libraryMany thanks to ALLi member Barb Drozdowich for this tip off. Cataloguing in Publication is a voluntary arrangement in Canada between publishers and libraries to ensure that information about new releases gets pushed out to libraries in a fast and efficient manner. Sadly the arrangement will no longer, as of yesterday, be available to self-published books – that is “publications produced and marketed at the expense of individual authors.”

Upcoming Conferences and Events

MAY 2017
Book Expo, May 31 – Jun 2 [New York]

JUNE 2017

Indie Author Fringe, Jun 3 [Online] Xpo North, Jun 7-8, [Inverness] Dublin Writers Conference, Jun 23-25 [Dublin]

JULY 2017

Thrillerfest, Jul 11-15 [New York]


Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, Sep 23 [Fredericksburg] Self-publishing masterclass, Sep 23 [London]


Frankfurt Book Fair, Oct 11-15 [Frankfurt] Indie Author Fringe, Oct 14  [Online] BuCon, Oct 14 [Germany]


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Author: Dan Holloway

Dan Holloway is a novelist, poet and spoken word artist. He is the MC of the performance arts show The New Libertines, which has appeared at festivals and fringes from Manchester to Stoke Newington. In 2010 he was the winner of the 100th episode of the international spoken prose event Literary Death Match, and earlier this year he competed at the National Poetry Slam final at the Royal Albert Hall. His latest collection, The Transparency of Sutures, is available for Kindle at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transparency-Sutures-Dan-Holloway-ebook/dp/B01A6YAA40


This Post Has 8 Comments
  1. Don’t forget Denver’s Lighthouse Writers annual conference, from June 2-16. It’s got a lot of programming, guest authors, agents, and more.

  2. Dan,

    I hope you feel better soon!

    I’ve been waiting for the Vellum paperback release for ages, so I was delighted to see it’s out today. (I actually jumped out of bed having read your blog post first thing this morning)

    Their web page, however, hasn’t got a link yet, although the blog says today is the date it should be out. Any further intelligence on the actual release date?

    Impatiently yours,


  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Dan – and I should say that you have been a highlight of the Hawkesbury Upton Lit Fest, which is what my IAF post will be broadly about!

    Perfect timing for Kathleen Jowitt’s shortlisting for the Betty Trask Prize – and I can’t help being glad that her shortlisted novel has such an appropriate title for drawing attention to the indie sector. Self-publishing can proudly speak its name these days! Indie fingers must be crossed all around the world now that Kathleen might win the prize outright now!

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