The Alliance of Independent Authors has launched a campaign calling on bookstores, libraries and literary events to include more self-published authors.
The campaign, called #PublishingOpenUp has so far seen 750 signatures on a petition which has been sent out to the Booksellers Associations of America, the UK, Canada and Australia, calling on libraries, literary events, reviewers and book stores to incorporate more self-published authors.
“I, and the Alliance of Independent Authors, urge you to find ways to include self-publishing writers as a matter of priority.” The petition says. “As you know, more and more writers are turning to self-publishing and many such authors are producing work of proven value to readers… I trust you will give this matter the attention it deserves.”
The UK BA has so far not responded to a request for comment on the petition.
In a separate post on ALLi’s website, the UK chairman of the alliance Orna Ross argues that indie authors deserve more credit because “half or more of the books on Amazon’s daily bestseller lists are now self-published. At ALLi, we have many members who have sold more than 100,000 books and some who have sold in their millions. Many others are producing work of outstanding literary merit. Corporate publishers and agents now scour self-publishing sites, hoping to woo writers away from the indie option.”
In a separate development this morning, Dulwich Books and The Bookshop Kibworth have revealed it is teaming up with New Generation Publishing to stock self-published titles by the company. The partnership will work whereby both bookshops will tweet the book's availability and feature it on their Facebook page, while New Generation Publishing will send out a press release to the media each month naming the titles in each store.