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How the self-publishing industry has changed

8 August 2019
Nigel George is an educator and author of five books on technology and self-publishing. In his first piece for Australian Self Publisher, he surveys the past five years of the...

Offset printing with Ellie Marney

8 August 2019
While print on demand (POD) is the most heavily promoted model of book printing for self-publishers who need physical copies of their books, it’s not the only choice out there....

Angela Ball on ‘ABC the ACT’

9 July 2019
This month, author Angela Ball spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about ABC the ACT—which explores 'the wonders of the Australian Capital Territory’. Describe your book in under 50 words. ABC the...

Selling indie authors in bricks-and-mortar stores

9 July 2019
Recently, Readings Kids bookstore in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton ran a self-published children’s books promotion. The two-month-long initiative included a feature window and an in-store display. Australian Self-Publisher spoke...

Excerpt: ‘So You Want to be a Writer’

9 July 2019
In June, the Australian Writers' Centre (AWC) published So You Want to be a Writer, by AWC CEO Valerie Khoo and bestselling author Allison Tait. Sharing the name of the...

Advice from the ISBN team

9 July 2019
How is a barcode file opened? Please do not try to open a barcode file. Barcode files are inserted, not opened. Do NOT double-click on the barcode to begin working...

Advice from the ISBN team

3 June 2019
If a spouse or family member passes away, can a relative or surviving spouse use their remaining ISBNs? ISBNs are considered property of the publisher and all of their ISBNs...

How do bookstores find out about self-published titles?

3 June 2019
For the past few months, Books+Publishing has been asking Australian book buyers—the people responsible for selecting which books are stocked on a bookstore’s shelves—how they find out about new books...

Georgia Spanos on ‘When the Tomatoes Are Ready’

22 May 2019
Georgia Spanos is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and ‘advocate for all things food and culture’. When she’s not the digital editor at Halliday magazine, she is working on her second self-published cookbook. She...

Drew Turney on ‘Falling’

30 April 2019
This month, author Drew Turney spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about Falling—a ‘sweeping adventure of the paranormal in the technology age’ that’s 25 years in the making. Describe your book in...

Advice from the ISBN team

30 April 2019
Who should apply for an ISBN? It is always the publisher of the book who should apply for the ISBN. For the purposes of the ISBN, the publisher is the...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...