Here's our complete Spring 2012 PWSelect supplement, with reviews, features and listings of new self-published books.
PW Select April 2012: A Growing Chorus of Voices in DIY Publishing
This sixth PW Select quarterly—our first was in Dec. 2010—is our most robust: the most submitted titles and the most (52) that merited a review in our editors’ estimations. Among the highlights in fiction: a “confident debut” by Peter Christian Hall; Helen Soister’s Dan Brown–worthy thriller; a charming whodunit by Robin Lamont; and a winning portrait of the pre-AIDS gay community by Jeffrey Sharlach. In nonfiction, Stacy Dymalski’s “laugh-out-loud funny” mom memoir; and the enterprising Matt Ivester’s lol...OMG!, a guide to digital citizenship.
PW Select April 2012: The Reviews
PWreviews of books selected from among the titles listed in this quarterly supplement.
PW Select April 2012: Self-Publishing Speeds Book to Reader: Matt Ivester
Unlike many authors who turn to self-publishing, Ivester didn’t receive a host of rejections from publishing houses. He didn’t send his manuscript out to agents. In fact, he never looked for representation of any kind. He simply didn’t have the time.
PW Select April 2012: Blurb Grows as Authors Benefit
In the five years since Blurb, the self-publishing platform, went live in mid-2006, the Silicon Valley startup has grown with the book publishing industry overall. Founded by Eileen Gittins, who was frustrated when she couldn’t find an affordable way to print 40 copies of her photography book, Five Hours in Napa, to give to friends, Blurb.com was launched to help others who wanted to make high-quality, one-off books of baby pictures, photo collections, or journals. Personal books continue to play an important role as Blurb moves forward, making up 50% of its business.
PW Select April 2012: Spreadability: Books, Ideas and the Domino Project
Seth Godin, marketer extraordinaire, entrepreneurial maverick, and publishing visionary, says the latest exercise in reinventing publishing, the Domino Project, is an effort “not to be a hypocrite.” What he means is that after 25 years and 13 books often focused on what is wrong with the publishing industry, he set himself the task of showing the way forward.