Posted on September 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Updated yesterday at 11:00 AM
HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A partnership between the Henderson County Public Library and the Daviess County Public Library is aiming to help new writers find a market with electronic publishing.
Library officials say the effort will also help published writers sell more books.
Interested authors can access a website — epublishorbust.com — and do the publishing themselves.
"We don't publish the books for them," Henderson library Director Essy Day told The Gleaner (http://bit.ly/1BZ5r5l). "We provide the resources to help them do it themselves. It's like a one-stop website that gives you tools and resources, and we also have a calendar where they can book a date at a library to come and promote their work."
Organizers are hoping other libraries join in the network.
"We're the first libraries in Kentucky to do it, but we're hoping to branch out and have other libraries come on board," Day said, noting Bowling Green will probably be the next participating library system."
A Seattle Public Library contest to encourage self-publishing by authors hopes to spur new eBooks and the attention they get.
"Brad suggested that traditional libraries or schools start developing creative writing or poetry competitions where young people can hone their craft and have their prose judged by library professionals. The winning entries that can be made available for the library to distribute for free to all of their patrons. Since the eBooks are self-published, they do not have to abide by the traditional one book, one lend philosophy."
"By Henrietta Verma, Library Journal on June 2, 2014 "
"SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.
If selected via Library Journal's SELF-e curation process, the author's ebooks will become part of a unique discovery platform for participating public libraries across the United States that enables patrons to read ebooks on any device, at any time. This free service is available to all self-published authors, no matter which self-publishing service(s) they use.
All that is required is an engaging story, and your ebook file.
If you're ready to share your ebook with library patrons, visit our submission portal to start the process.
For more information on the SELF-e program, check out our FAQ. "
By Josh Hadro on April 11, 2013
"It's been nine months since the launch of With a Little Help, and, as with most trade books, the action has slowed down. All in all, the book has earned me $2,231.23 over the summer and cost me $167.88 in costs.
Since I last checked in, I've sold a moderate number of print-on-demand books from Amazon (69), a small number from Lulu (14), and brought in a moderate stream of donations ($568 from 43 donors, equal to the royalties from about 280 paperbacks). I'm selling about one limited edition hardcover a month, and each one nets me about $160, depending on postage. The net income now stands at $17,146.46-better than I've earned from my other two short story collections combined. However, this one's been a lot more work!
...What's next? For some months, my PW editor, Andrew Albanese, has been telling me that I'm crazy not to pitch the book to libraries. He's right. Libraries love me, and it's mutual. I spend a lot of time touring libraries, I speak at ALA and several regional libraries, I lobby alongside professional librarian associations, and I worked at libraries through high school. So, yeah, I should be selling to libraries. But how?
I tapped Tor, the publisher of my novels, for advice. Throughout this experiment, Tor has been remarkably generous with advice and help, and this was no exception. Talia Sherer, Macmillan's library sales director, directed me to several librarians, and I tapped each of them. They were warm, and helpful, and blindingly organized about delivering advice.
The most important thing I learned? It costs libraries significant time and labor to set up accounts with new vendors. Even though Amazon can handle library orders, it's not widely used, and a library would have to really, really want With a Little Help on its shelves to go through the trouble of adding a new vendor. So if I wanted this book to show up in libraries, I'd have to sell it where librarians shop—somewhere like Ingram.
I spent all summer chasing down Ingram's print-on-demand program, Lightning Source. It's by far the most cumbersome of all the POD programs I've tried to set up. But after three months, Ingram has now listed the book in its catalogue. And I've just finished an interview with ALA's Booklist announcing the book's availability, and many librarians have offered to help spread the word through their mailing lists."
Publishers Weekly (PW) announced today the creation of a quarterly supplement listing self-published materials called PW Select, which will also include reviews. Listings in the issue will cost $149, though review choice will remain at the discretion of the PW editorial staff.
Issues for libraries -- Self-published books can be a sticky issue for libraries, even more so as the number of self-published titles skyrockets in comparison to output from "traditional" publishing houses. Meanwhile, self-publishing platforms have grown in sophistication and distribution reach, while self-published books are regularly listed by online retailers like Amazon.
Often, libraries are required to justify purchases with independent evaluations of the materials acquired for collections. For example, the Salem Public Library in Virginia states in its collection development policy that "[i]n most cases, the library will not purchase self-published materials that are not reviewed in established review journals," mirroring the language of many other libraries' policies.
Lists strategies for informing the library community about your product or service, especially books and getting reviews in the major library periodicals; advertising; direct mailing; exhibiting at library association conferences – and be sure to see the section in the center of the page, Special Note to Self-Published Authors, Authors with Print-on-Demand Books
By Susan Gibberman, Head of Reader Services, Schaumburg Township District Library and RWA's 2008 Librarian of the Year
Libraries often choose books by the application of a collection development policy designed to meet the needs of a particular user community. Many libraries and reviewers do not clearly distinguish between vanity publications and self-publications.
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