Welcome to our new series on self-publishing. For a long time, we have been trying to find a way to cover self-published books. As many of you will remember, we've had a couple of false starts, but now we think we've come up with a way of finding the best self-published works without getting overwhelmed by emails and manuscripts.
We have started this series because we know there are some great books being self-published, but it's not always easy to find them. We don't only want to discover the good stuff for ourselves, but for other readers, too.
The format of this series is straightforward: each week we invite a self-published author to complete a Q&A, telling us about their work and giving us a little taster of it. They then nominate the next self-published author to answer our questions - like a daisy chain. If we find that we have a run of pieces from authors writing in the same genre or on the same subject, we will break the chain. This is where you come in. Using the form below, we'd like you to tell us about any great self-published authors you have read and you think deserve more attention. We'll pick the next author from your suggestions. Make sense? I hope so.
As always, if you have any suggestions about how this could be better executed, do please tell us in the comment thread.
If you are a self-published author who'd like to put forward your book for this series, please fill in the form and make it clear that you are the author. This will not automatically disqualify you from being picked, but we will prioritise those titles that we think have been nominated by a true fan.
If you know of a self-published author you'd like to recommend, please take the time to do so. Promotion is a difficult thing. Authors, especially those of us without a big publishing house and their publicity behind them, need all the help we can get. Besides, you may just find another handful of authors you enjoy reading!