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This Week’s Self-Publishing News

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

Dan Holloway head and shoulders photo

Dan Holloway, ALLi's new News Editor

An untrodden path only stretches before you once. Or some other metaphorical way of saying hello, it’s my first time here, and I feel the most remarkable performance anxiety about making too small/too big a splash as I open the door, walk into the room and announce “Dah-lings, I’ve arrived!”

So, what has my first week (well, technically the fortnight since the last round-up) brought self-publishing? For starters, there are various things of particular interest in two areas very close to my heart from the Open Up to Indie Authors campaign – prizes and bookshops!

Awards Embracing Indie Authors

International Rubery Book Award logo

The International Rubery Book Award is one of the highest profile prizes to accept self-published books. It exists to promote the work of independent presses and indie authors the world over and you have until 31st March to get your entries in (full details here). And self-publishing has been making the headlines with the announcement of the longlist for this year’s Baileys Prize. Becky Chambers’ highly-praised The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was originally self-published via a Kickstarter campaign before being picked up by Hodder and Stoughton (full story here – thank you to Jane Turley for the tip).

polari first book prize logo

Still with prizes, The Polari First Book Prize may be limited to writers born or resident in the UK, but it more than earns its place here having been one of the first prizes that openly welcomed self-published titles and having featured many on its shortlists since its inception in 2011. The prize is for the very best debut books that explore the LGBT experience. Entries opened late last month and run until the start of May (full details here).

Second Bookstore for Amazon

dusk at pjboox

P J Boox in Fort Myers, Florida

In bookstore news, we finally know where Amazon will be setting up its second bricks and mortar store. They’ve headed for the other end of the West Coast in San Diego. Meanwhile, over in Florida, a fascinating development as P J Boox, has opened up shop. The store will sell only books from small independent presses and self-publisher, and already has a global list of authors represented (find out more here). And while we're on the subject of Amazon, looks like the gremlins have instigated a bit of a panic resulting in an urgent call to Kindle owners to update their software by March 22nd or lose all kinds of functionality (details of what to do here).

…While Nook Goes into Decline

That’s a lot of exciting. But it can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that Barnes and Noble’s Nook has made some big announcements this week.nook First, we were told in the UK they were handing ebooks over to supermarket giant Sainsbury’s, and then the news that the Nook store will be closing down in phases from March 15 to April 30 (full story here – thanks for the link to Rasana Atreya).

Data Guy Compares Indie Prices with Trade

slide showing price of indie ebooks compared to traditionally published

The very different graphs of indie ebook prices and those from traditional publishers

Digital Book World has been taking place in New York this week, and when it comes to self-publishing the silence has been fairly deafening. Author Earnings’ Data Guy proved the exception, and his message on indies was simple and twofold and summed up perfectly in this slide – indies make up a massive hidden segment of the ebook market – and the pricing structure for indie authors looks very different from that of their mainstream-published colleagues (check out this fascinating interview with Data Guy on the Digital Book World website).

Upcoming Author Conferences & Event


MARCH 2016

New Zealand Writers Week: 8 – 13 Mar [Wellington, New Zealand] Mountains to Sea – dlr Book Festival: Mar 9 – 13 [Dublin, Ireland] Love is Murder Conference, mainly for mystery and romance writers: Mar 11 – 13 [Chicago, Ill.] The Tucson Festival of Books: Mar 12 – 16 [University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ, USA] Noted Festival: Mar 16 – 20 [Canberra, Australia] Paris Book Fair: Mar 17 – 20 [Paris, France] 2020: A Publishing Odyssey (SYP): Mar 18 [Edinburgh, Scotland] Alexandrina International Book Fair: Mar 24 – Apr 5 [Alexandria, Egypt] Tampa Writers Conference, Mar 25 [ Tampa, FL ] Fort Lauderdale Conference for Writers: Mar 26  [Ft. Lauderdale, FL]

APRIL 2016

Newcastle Writers Festival: Apr 1 – 3 [New South Wales, Australia] Bologna Childrens Book Fair: Apr 4 – 7 [Bologna, Italy] Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: 9 – 10 Apr [Los Angeles, USA] Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival; 8 – 10 Apr [Penticton, BC, Canada] London Book Fair: 12 – 14 Apr [London, UK] Indie Author Fringe: Apr 15 [Online, Global] – brought to you by ALLi
Pikes Peak Writers’ Conference; Apr 15 – 17 [ Colorado Springs, Colorado] Story Circle Network Women’s Writing Conference; Apr 15 – 17 [ Austin, TX] Writer’s Institute; Apr 15 – 17 [Madison, Wisconsin] Jane Austen Festival Australia: Apr 15 – 17 [Canberra, Australia] 23rd Annual Budapest International Book Festival: Apr 21 – 24 [Budapest, Hungary] Buenos Aires Book Fair: Apr 21 – May 9 [Buenos Aires, Argentina] Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival: Apr 23 {Gloucesterhire, England}
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair: Apr 27 – May 1 [Abu Dhabi, UAE] Geneva Book & Press Fair: Apr 27 – May 1 [Geneva, Switzerland] Las Vegas Writers Conference; Apr 28 – 30 [ Las Vegas, Nevada]

MAY 2016

Teheran International Book Fair: May 5 – 15 [Teheran, Iran] The Self-publishing Conference: May 7 [Leicester, UK] Auckland Writers Festival: May 10 – 15 [New Zealand] Book Expo America: May 11 – 13 [Chicago, Illinois, USA] Franschhoek Literary Festival: May 13 – 15 [South Africa] Varena-Sydney Writers Festival: May 14 – 22 [New South Wales, Australia] Sydney Writers Festival: May 16 – 22 [New South Wales, Australia] Indie Author Fringe: May 14 [Online, Global] – brought to you by ALLi
Warsaw Book Fair: May 19 – 22 [Warsaw, Poland] Kingsmead College Book Fair: May 21 [Johannesburg, SA] 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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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


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