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This Week’s Self-publishing News

This Week’s Self-publishing News

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No, you’ve not got double vision. You did see me yesterday. And now you’re seeing me again. I will try to not appear myself tomorrow, don’t worry!

Copyright

So, this is the reason you’ve seen me twice. Yesterday’s post (here) was devoted to the current consultation on proposed changes to Australian intellectual property law. There are some updates (here) but if you do nothing else, go back and have a look at yesterday’s post.

Kobo on the March

koboIt might be item number 2, but really big, and exciting news is that Waterstones is handing its ebook business over to Kobo. Find out the full story here.

Kickstarter Success

Rebel Girls, from the book’s Kickstarter

Rebel Girls, from the book's Kickstarter

Rebel Girls, from the book’s Kickstarter

Indies are increasingly using Kickstarter. And our own Ben Galley has had great success with it as a platform. It is particularly useful for those books that have big upfront costs such as translations or, like Ben’s, graphic novels. It is into that category our next story fits with news of the colossal success of the Rebel Girls Kickstarter. You can read the full story here but the long and short is that the initial $40,000 target for the book that seeks to provide inspiring role models for girls has been surpassed 15 fold in just a few days!

Self-publish and be Sneered at

This was a really interesting piece in the Bookseller this week from Clare Christian offering a timely reminder that not all self-published books are the same and it makes no sense to judge them as such. Thanks to Peter Snell of Barton’s Bookshop for the tip.

Price Tag

dollarMeanwhile, over at Writer Unboxed (here – thank you to Jane Davis for the tip), Porter Anderson offers a typically thoughtful and provocative analysis of the effect of the downward pressure on ebook pricing on consumers and the industry as a whole

Upcoming conferences and events

MAY 2016
International Literature Festival: May 21 – 29 [Dublin, Ireland] Australian Booksellers Association Conference & Trade Exhibition: May 29 – 30 [Melbourne, Australia]

JUNE 2016

Dublin Writers Conference: June 24 – 26 [Dublin, Ireland] Seoul International Book Fair: June 15 – 19 [Seoul, Korea]

JULY 2016

Hong Kong Book Fair: July 20 – 26 [Hong Kong, China] South African Book Fair: July 29 – 31 [Johannesburg, South Africa]

(The above list may not include all the major events; please feel free to email us with any important ones we’ve missed out, or include in comments below.)

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  2. Thanks for the link to Clare Christian’s article. She makes a good point that readers might be interested in a particular author, but they really don’t care who publishes a book. I am sure the prejudice against authors who publish their own books will continue for a while yet, but it will gradually become confined to a small part of the book industry.

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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

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