Current news stories from the independent book industry

Backword Books Announces Writing Contest: Win 7 Books

I’m normally somewhat reticent to post too much about Backword Books here because I don’t want SPR to become too much of a site for my own self-promotion – Backword Books is a self-publishing collective I belong to.  But I think this contest could be interesting: write a blog post about self-publishing to win 7 books by 7 Backword authors. …

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The Quartet Press Story

One of the things that’s not talked about enough is that self-publishing is no different than starting your own publishing company – if it were couched in these terms, perhaps it would get more respect.  How can there not be respect for someone who’s in charge of every facet of the publishing process? …

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Smashwords Ebooks to be Distributed by Barnes & Noble

In a major development for self-publishers, Smashwords has reached an agreement with Barnes & Noble to have B&N distribute select titles on the site. From an email sent out to Smashwords members:

Smashwords is evolving to become a full service ebook distributor.  

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Two California Author Appearances

Two authors who have previously been mentioned on the Self-Publishing Review have appearences coming up.  Rosie Sorenson, author of They Had Me at Meow, will be appearing at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California.  Info:

Rosie Sorenson, author of They Had Me at Meow:  Tails of Love from the Homeless Cats of Buster Hollow, is giving a free benefit reading at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday, June 27 at 4:00 p.m. 

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