This Week in Indie Publishing



Jade Stewart is persistent. The Irondale native spent almost a year searching for a literary agent to help secure a publisher for her debut novel.

“I got rejected by 33 literary agents,” she recalled.

Stewart then took matters into her own hands. After doing extensive research, she found Amazon’s CreateSpace, a program that provides tools for self-publishing and distribution of creative materials.

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Dear Apple, Please Don’t Give Up on iBooks in iOS 11

Here are some ideas I have to improve iBooks in iOS 11, because I want to see it succeed. As an avid reader, I was disappointed that there was nary a mention of iBooks at WWDC 2017. I’m not just talking about the app, I’m referring to Apple’s eBook ecosystem as a whole. I think improvements can be made in both areas, and that Apple could give iBooks a bigger presence in physical Apple stores.

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art3New Opportunities in International Indie Book Space

A lot of authors have found new opportunities in the digital publishing and self-publishing revolutions, but it’s all too easy to overlook the fact that the US retail book space is not an isolated market. It’s not even a market that is limited to Amazon regions. There are thriving digital sites all around the world, and if authors aren’t taking full advantage of international readership, then they’re missing out.

A new announcement from WebNovel shows the reach–and the potential–for those involved in self- and small press publishing. China’s top online reading platform Qidian has launched an international program that is not only spreading the reach of books, but also opening doors to monetization for translators.

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art4The 7 best books from indie publishers right now

From Virginia Woolf’s 1917 launch of Hogarth Press to the oft-told story of how John Kennedy Toole’s “Confederacy of Dunces” — years after his suicide and countless rejections from major publishing houses — was finally published, small and independent presses have been producing brilliant, beloved, strange and daring works of literature for decades. And yet the majority of book coverage today remains of books from bigger houses.

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Wilbur Smith signs ‘eight-figure’ book deal at age of 84

Wilbure Smith has struck a blow for elderly authors after signing a book deal worth at least £10m, for eight novels, at the age of 84.

The South African author, who splits his time between London, Cape Town and Switzerland, will leave HarperCollins, his publisher since 2012, and join Bonnier Zaffre, a three-year-old publisher based in London, which is a division of Bonnier Publishing, the English-language book publishing arm of Sweden’s Bonnier AB.

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