Weekly Write-Up: May 1st 2019
by Tom Ashford
Welcome to the SPF Weekly Write-Up, where each Wednesday we collect together the self-publishing news of the week so you don’t have to.
This week: a bookstore installs a Print-It-Yourself machine, and a UK newspaper runs a publishing competition.
Instantly Print Your Book in Bookstores
There might be a new way of getting your indie books into bookstores: “Espresso Book Machines.”
They’re named as such because that’s how long it takes for the machine to print a book, and apparently the cost is the same as if the customer took a regular book up to the cashier. This novel approach to stocking shelves is being deployed by a New York bookstore called Shakespeare & Co., and major publishers such as HarperCollins and Penguin are lining up to get their books included.
That said, about 60% of the books printed are for self-published authors – it sounds like a great way to get people to go into a store and buy your book, particularly when not everyone looks forward to ordering paperbacks online.
Daily Mail Book Competition
I know that at SPF we’re all about self-publishing, but for any of you still contemplating going down the traditional route (or maybe being a hybrid author), you might be interested in a competition being run by UK newspaper, The Daily Mail.
The winner gets £20,000, a top literary agent and guaranteed publication by Penguin Random House UK. Not bad! You don’t need to submit your whole novel, either – the first 3,000 words will do, plus a 600-word synopsis.
There is a catch, however. You can’t have already published a novel (either traditionally or as a self-published author), which takes most of us out of the running. And your book has to be written in one of a select few genres – fantasy and science fiction are a no-no.
If you’re yet to publish a book, you can give the competition a go here.
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