Current news stories from the independent book industry

Mick Rooney Releases To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish

Via Troubador Publishing comes this press release:

A fantastic new self-publishing resource for all authors that focuses on the two areas of self-publishing that self-help books tend to neglect: it asks the question ‘why are you self-publishing?’ and provides an in-depth analysis of the many different self-publishing services on the UK and Irish market.

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New Self-Publishing Contest from Wattpad/Shelf Unbound

Via a press release from Wattpad:

Wattpad, the world’s most popular eBook community, and Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine announce the launch of the Wattpad + Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for self‐published authors. The competition is open to any self‐published writer who has an active Wattpad account (go to for further details).

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Seth Godin Becomes Self-Publisher

Amazingly interesting move, reported in the Wall Street Journal:

In a significant defection for the book industry, best-selling marketing author Seth Godin is ditching his traditional publisher, Portfolio, after a string of books and plans to sell his future works directly to his fans.

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The New Publishers Weekly Select

Publishers Weekly has introduced an intriguing new program called PW Select that will review self-published books.  They couch it in very positive terms:

We are returning to our earliest roots. PW dates to 1872, when it was first known as Trade Circular Weekly and listed all titles published that week in what was then a nascent industry.

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