This past weekend, I was lucky enough to both organize and participate on an amazing self-publishing panel (though it’s over, see my original announcement for more details). For those of you who couldn’t make it, you missed a 90-minute, crash course on self-publishing success, failure, resilience, and prediction.
Join Karen Cantwell, author of the comedy-mystery Take the Monkeys and Run, Matt Iden, author of the crime fiction novel A Reason to Live, Scott Nicholson, author of Troubled, Michael J. Sullivan, author of the Riyria Series, and Robin Sullivan, founder and editor of Ridan Publishing, as they share their personal experiences in self-publishing and discuss the how-to of becoming a successful self-published author at George Mason University’s Fall for the Book festival near Washington DC.
Includes a one hour panel followed by a one hour informal meet-and-greet with the authors. No fee, registration, or RSVP required to attend!
|When:||Saturday September 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|Where:||Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22030 [map]|
|What:||1 hour panel discussion (includes short Q&A) followed by a 1 hour meet-and-greet. Books will be available for purchase and signing.|
|Info:||For more information, please see the full Fall for the Book calendar.|
|Karen Cantwell writes the humorous Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series which includes Take the Monkeys and Run, Citizen Insane, and Silenced by the Yams, all of which have been Kindle bestsellers. She is currently working on the fourth Barbara Marr novel, Saturday Night Cleaver, while also strategically planning how to grow as both an author and publisher. http://www.karencantwell.com/|
|Matthew Iden writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist. Matthew’s crime fiction series featuring retired DC homicide investigator Marty Singer debuted in A Reason to Live and continues with Blueblood. http://matthew-iden.com|
|Scott Nicholson has hit the Kindle Top 100 ten different times in three countries and more than a million of his ebooks have been downloaded. He’s published more than 80 books and is currently self-publishing foreign editions of his work. http://www.hauntedcomputer.com|
|Michael J. Sullivan: Named to the io9 most successful science-fiction and fantasy authors list as well as EMG’s Top 25 self-published authors to watch list. Michael made over a quarter of a million dollars in self-publishing then sold that same series to big-six publisher Hachette Book Group for six-figures and more than twice that for 14 foreign language contracts. http://riyria.blogspot.com/|
|Robin Sullivan is a lecturer, blogger, small press publisher, and business manager/publicist for her husband, author Michael J. Sullivan. For over six years she has been actively following he changes in the publishing industry and has helped hundreds of authors determine what option will best meet their needs.http://www.ridanpublishing.com/|
Robin Sullivan over at Write to Publish has a nice post about how, as an indie author, you can keep from being left in the cold as Amazon–love ’em or hate ’em–goes about its quest to retain market leadership in publishing (c.f., KDP Select exclusivity, flexing contract muscles on Independent Publishers Group, etc.).
- It would be foolish to forget that authors’ interests and Amazon’s interests are often ALIGNED, but they are not IDENTICAL. I waxed poetic about this when Amazon announced KDP Select.
- Diversification isn’t just a good word for crossword puzzles. Whether we’re talking financial investments or outlets for your writing, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Amazon is the biggest basket, but not the only one.
- I find those who boycott or hate on Amazon without referring to history or the bigger picture irritating. This is hopping on a bandwagon. Where were those people when traditional publishers kept the majority of authors under their thumb and allowed publishing as an industry to stagnate for the last thirty years? You can recognize Amazon for what it is (a corporate entity running a tight P&L sheet) without pillorying it or hopping into bed with it. Celebrate them when they do good, chastise them (or even fight them) when they do bad. Extremists make life hard.