Indie Focus: A Beginner’s Guide To The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off


A LIGHT BULB MOMENT FROM A GENEROUS BENEFACTOR

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS THE BOOK CONTEST FOR INDIE AUTHORS THAT IS TAKING THE FANTASY SCENE BY STORM

 

If you’ve not yet heard about The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, this is a brief introduction to the most exciting development in independent publishing in the last couple of years. As the name probably suggests, the SPFBO is a book contest for self-published books in the fantasy genre. It is the brainchild of fantasy author, Mark Lawrence, who made the following observation in a blog post in February 2015:

“…as a new author, particularly a self-published one, it is desperately hard to be heard. It’s a signal-to-noise problem. Who knows how many Name of the Winds or [fill in your favourite] are lost to us because they just couldn’t be seen? None? A hundred?”

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Update: Changes Are Coming


ANOTHER WORLD’S UPCOMING CHANGES

THE MONTH OF JUNE WILL HERALD A SHIFT IN FOCUS IN ADDITION TO SOME OTHER MINOR CHANGES

 
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A new month is almost upon us, and there are some minor changes coming to the blog moving forward. The most significant of these changes is a new feature called Indie Focus. As the name suggests, this feature will bring about a deliberate and concerted effort to highlight more self-published books and authors. This decision has been prompted, in large part, by my recent foray into self-publishing, giving me an appreciation of how difficult it can be for independent authors to gain visibility for their work, and find people willing to review their books. As a result, I intend to do my part to redress this situation by spotlighting more self-published fantasy and science fiction titles, securing interviews with independent authors, and (more importantly) increasing the quantity of self-published book reviews. The review policy link will be updated in the coming days to reflect this change in focus.

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