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The author next door: Stocking self-published books

28 March 2019
Kelsey Oldham talks to booksellers about stocking self-published books. Most Australian bookshops acknowledge that stocking self-published books is important—in theory. In practice, however, store policies are often opaque or ad-hoc,...

Advice from the ISBN team

28 March 2019
Why does a book need an ISBN? ISBNs are linked to essential information. They allow booksellers and readers to know what book they are buying, what the book is about,...

Upcoming events

28 March 2019
April International Military Writers’ Festival (5–7 April), Darwin, NT 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...

Matt Simon on ‘Dancing with the Bull’

28 March 2019
Matt Simon spent 25 years in senior executive roles for multinational companies like J P Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, Merrill Lynch and NAB—but one day, he realised he’d had enough....

Self-publishers among Aurealis Awards finalists

28 March 2019
Three self-published books are among the finalists for the Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia. We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson is one...

Survey: self-published author incomes are on the rise

1 March 2019
Earlier this month, The Authors Guild shared the results from its 2018 Authors’ Income Survey, leading to much discussion of dwindling author salaries. IngramSpark’s Regan Kannamer explores the results and finds self-published...

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

1 March 2019
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...

EU agrees on copyright directive

1 March 2019
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...

New Macquarie Uni research to examine Aus rights sales

1 March 2019
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...

Upcoming events

1 March 2019
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...

Advice from the ISBN team

1 March 2019
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,...

Rhea Dempsey on ‘Birth with Confidence’

1 March 2019
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...

In the November issue

29 November 2018
It’s that time of the year where work might be slowly grinding to a halt for some or leading into a busy period for others! Either way, we hope you...

Debunking copyright myths for self-publishers

29 November 2018
This month, Jo Teng, a senior lawyer at the Australian Copyright Council, explains Australian copyright for self-publishers.  As a self-publisher, you have total control over your book. You get to...

Amazon unblocks Oz shoppers from US store

29 November 2018
Australian consumers are now able to purchase and ship items from Amazon’s international website, according to a statement from Amazon. The retailer suspended shipping to Australian addresses from its international website...

Networking tips for authors

29 November 2018
Why network? For some authors, the concept of ‘networking’ is like pulling teeth—painful and to be avoided at all costs. However, it could present useful opportunities, and there are different...

New pricing model at PublishDrive

29 November 2018
PublishDrive, a global ebook distribution platform for authors and independent publishers, has introduced a new subscription pricing option, reports Publishers Weekly. Under the new plan, authors will pay a flat...

Dianne Blacklock on ‘Jack and Kate’

29 November 2018
This month, author Dianne Blacklock spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about self-publishing her latest book, after having nine novels traditionally published. Describe your latest book in under 50 words. Jack and...