Scarcely a week goes by here at the library without an inquiry from someone who has self-published a book and wants us to buy it or accept it as a gift. Not surprising in this community, which includes many writers as well as Author Solutions, one of the world's largest self-publishing businesses, and we know that last year, 300,000 titles were published through traditional publishers and 3,000,000 -- 10 times as many -- were self-published in this country. As we struggle to find ways to evaluate and select books in this new environment with ten times more choices and without reviews, we want to support local writers in finding the best outlets for their creative endeavors.
On May 6 at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium, we'll be hosting Kevin Gray, media manager for Author Solutions, as he describes "More Options than Ever Before for Publishing Your Book." He'll suggest four paths now available for authors to get their books in the hands of readers and then answer questions from the audience. We hope you'll join us; no registration is necessary.
If you're considering self-publishing, you might also want to check out Jane Friedman's blog "Writing, Reading and Publishing in a Digital Age." Friedman has worked in publishing since the late 1990s and has in-depth knowledge of both the editorial and business sides of book and magazine publishing, as well as online media.