There are times when being a self-published author can be challenging. One of those challenges is gaining access to platforms automatically (or so it seems) available to traditionally published authors.
If you aren't savvy as to publishing terminology like self-pubbed vs. trad-pubbed, let me help. Traditionally published authors are those whose books are delivered to the marketplace via a publisher, such as Harlequin or HarperCollins. Self-published authors, also called indie (independently) published authors, coordinate all aspects of book production (cover design, writing, editing, distribution) themselves.
Access to platforms like libraries and retailers is much easier for traditionally published authors as publishers have already negotiated these partnerships. With the increase in self-published books, platform gatekeepers (like librarians and store managers) are starting to recognize the need for some kind of entry point for indie authors.
SELF-e is one such program. Founded by BiblioBoard and administered by Library Journal, SELF-e provides an opportunity for self-published authors to introduce local libraries to their books. Books must be submitted for consideration and are evaluated for quality and professionalism.
A Code of Love, book 1 in the Code Breakers series, was recently named a SELF-e Selection. I'm proud of this endorsement, but more importantly, I'm grateful for the chance to share my book with local Seattle librarians and readers.
Connecting with libraries is an important means of discoverability for all authors, but especially self-pubbed authors. According to Library Journal, "Over 50 percent of all library users go on to purchase ebooks by an author they were introduced to in the library.”
The next time you visit your library, ask about the SELF-e program. You might discover a new favorite!