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More than 1000 authors earned over US$100K in 2018 says Amazon

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Amazon has reported that authors earned more than US$260 million (A$359m) from the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select Global Fund in 2018, totalling more than US$840m (A$1.16bn) since the launch of Kindle Unlimited. Amazon said, ‘hundreds of thousands of authors have self-published millions of books through KDP since launching the service in 2007’. It added that ‘thousands’ of authors […]

EU agrees on copyright directive

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The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission have made an agreement on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which modernises copyright law for the first time in 18 years. The parliament had adopted the directive in September 2018, which makes online platforms and aggregators liable for copyright infringements where only a small part […]

New Macquarie Uni research to examine Aus rights sales

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The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts will contribute $30,000 each to a new Macquarie University study examining the international rights sales and export of Australian books over the past 10 years. In conjunction with book industry representatives, Macquarie University academics David Throsby, Paul Crosby and Jan Zwar will conduct […]

ASA advises authors to send takedown notices to Internet Archive

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The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has condemned the activities of the Internet Archive’s Open Library in its unlicensed lending of scanned copies of physical books and is advising authors to contact the Internet Archive and request the removal of their titles from the Library. The ASA’s advice follows a response from the Internet Archive to […]

Upcoming events

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March Adelaide Writers’ Week (2–7 March), Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, Adelaide Leading Edge Books conference (17–19 March), Hilton, Adelaide April International Military Writers’ Festival (5–7 April) Sydney Writers’ Festival (29 April–5 May), Carriageworks, Eveleigh, NSW May Clunes Booktown Festival (4–5 May), Clunes, Vic Scribblers Festival (8–10 May), The Goods Shed, Claremont, WA Institute of Professional Editors conference (8–10 […]

All-women shortlist announced for inaugural Selfies Awards

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In the UK, BookBrunch has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Selfies Awards for a self-published novel. The new prize was unveiled in December 2018, and aims to ‘discover new talent and recognise the best self-published titles each year’. In the inaugural year, the award is for adult fiction only, but will expand to include other categories in […]

Seven tips for self-publishing a high-quality book from Michael Hanrahan

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Have you written a book and you’re not sure what to do next? Do you think self-publishing is too hard? Don’t know where to start? Not moody enough to call yourself a writer? Don’t worry, none of these things will stop you. These days you don’t have to wait for a publisher to accept your […]

Advice from the ISBN team

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When registering at MyIdentifiers.com.au you can choose a pen-name or pseudonym to include as the publisher name. When assigning title detail, the author’s name can also be a pen-name, however, it is mandatory to supply your proper name as the contact person during registration. This needs to be added as an internal contact. This name wouldn’t be […]

Self-published Aussie novel longlisted for Republic of Consciousness Prize

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Brisbane author Nicholas John Turner’s debut self-published novel Hang Him When He Is Not There has been longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Turner’s novel, which was sold into the UK and Ireland to Birmingham-based small press Splice in May last year, was praised by judges as ‘the novel as hall of mirrors, and it rewards you for […]

Rhea Dempsey on ‘Birth with Confidence’

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Rhea Dempsey is a counsellor, independent childbirth educator, trainer and author who works with women and families before, during and after birth. This month, she spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about self-publishing her first book Birth with Confidence with the help of her editor daughter. Describe your book in under 50 words Birth with Confidence is for women yearning […]