Opportunities for Self-Published Authors with Shelf Unbound

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A guest blog post from Shelf Unbound founder Margaret Brown.

When we launched our first Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book last fall, I was thrilled by the response (800+ entries), by the quality of the submissions, and by the sense of community I felt from engaging with these authors and their works. In response to all of that, Shelf Unbound has some new initiatives for 2013 that might interest self-published authors.

First, the call for entries for our second annual writing competition for best self-published book will go out in the middle of the year – if you sign up for a free subscription to Shelf Unbound magazine, you will be the first to know when we announce it. The winners of the 2013 competition will be featured in the December/January 2014 issue of Shelf Unbound magazine, which reaches 125,000 avid readers in the US and in 57 countries around the globe.

Second, we’re launching a regular department that will feature notable books submitted to our competition that did not make it into the “winners” issue.

Third, in an effort to provide a forum and community for self-published authors, I’m inviting self-published authors to be guest bloggers on the Shelf Unbound blog. I’m looking for 250- to 300-word essays on writing and/or self-publishing — feel free to talk about your book and give it a plug and include your website and/or links to your book. Just email me your text and I’ll let you know when I run it (margaret@shelfmediagroup.com). Please put “guest blog” in your subject line.

Finally, we have ad rates for self-published authors starting as low as $250 – shoot me an email if you’d like details – Margaret@shelfmediagroup.com.

I invite you all to be a part of the Shelf Unbound magazine community. I wish you all the best in the New Year. Keep writing. – Margaret Brown, publisher, Shelf Unbound.

Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown is the founder and publisher of Shelf Unbound book review magazine, a 2012 Maggie Award Finalist for Best Digital-Only Magazine. She is a lifetime member of the National Book Critics Circle.

3 thoughts on “Opportunities for Self-Published Authors with Shelf Unbound”

  1. A big problem with independent writing is the leeches that feed off of you – so-called publicisits, marketers, pr firms, you name it. They swarm on you like flies, but deliver little, if anything. I’ve had my share of blind alleys up that route.

  2. Question, “Who can you trust?” Even though my first book was self-published, I still enlisted the services of a publishing company in order to get my library of congress number, the ISBN, get listed with Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other book sellers. My problem is, I have yet to receive any royalties even though I know books were sold. I am working on my second book and am in need of another publisher. Who can I trust?

  3. This is a great opportunity for self-published authors to advertise their work. Blogging and letting everyone know about their book. Self-publishing is all about hard work and good work.

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