TulipsHyacinth_IMG_0034Out of the blue came an email inviting me to participate in the third Thursday Self-e Twitter chat focused on international authors in indie and self-publishing.

How come I wasn’t invited to the first two? Never mind, I wouldn’t have participated anyway just as I’m not planning to participate in this one, but I am interested in indie and self-publishing and who and what is SELF-e ?

SELF-e is a discovery platform powered by Library Journal designed to expose self-published ebooks to more readers via the public library, locally or nationwide (that means the US).

Authors whose ebooks are selected by Library Journal for inclusion in SELF-e modules can use a digital badge promoting their inclusion to potential readers who may choose to purchase a copy of the title and/or to purchase other books by that author via retail channels. Ebooks that are not selected by Library Journal will still be accessible to local library patrons via state-specific modules.

Okay, what’s the catch, as in how much are they going to charge?

But wait, there is no cost to participate, and distribution via the SELF-e platform is royalty-free.

What they do ask is if your book is selected you give them a non-exclusive license to make your ebook available to public library patrons via subscribing institutions in the public library market, including subscribing public libraries in your state.

My local library is currently carrying my six novels, which they actually purchased (a thousand thank you’s), but I would have gladly donated them.

Authors and their publishing service providers/future publishers are not restricted in any manner from promoting and selling their ebooks to any market (including the public library market via other vendors).

This information comes off their website which has yet to be updated to let authors know they are now also accepting international titles.

So why is Library Journal doing this?

Forgive me if I’m skeptical but there’s an entire industry of sycophants who’s sole purpose is to rip off vulnerable, delusional, hopeful and yes, stupid new indie authors. Is LJ the exception?


They claim their primary directive is connecting indie books, libraries and readers.

“Libraries are driving a new era of ebook discovery for indie authors and small presses. SELF-e helps develop robust local writing communities and keeps libraries at the center of the indie book movement.”

Well, all can say to that is “hurrah!”, and what took you so long.

Visit their blog http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/blog/to see the latest SELF-e news and events.

Submit your books at self-e.libraryjournal.com

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