Several current and future authors met up in Chatswood for SelfPub Australia’s first physical get together.
Author Peter Stankovic showed off the first copies of his latest novel Murder In Chatswood. Peter used Ingram Spark to created the printed version – he chose a matte cover and is very happy with the result, which has a very professional look and feel. Digital sales are probably strongest for Peter’s crime-thriller genre, particularly internationally, but many readers still enjoy turning physical pages.
One topic of discussion was ways to distribute and promote physical copies as self-published/independent author. Approaching individual bookshops is one route, but sadly there are fewer and fewer of these. The nearby Lindfield Book Shop, which might have been an ideal outlet for local authors writing books about the neighbourhood, closed last year after 46 years in business. Sadly it’s not the first to do so in recent times, nor will it be the last.
What have you tried when it comes to physical distribution? Have you tried cafés or businesses that have relevance to your book, or a stall at a local market? Let us know what worked for you and what didn’t!