The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has chosen Book Expo America week to launch a campaign to encourage the book trade, literary festivals and book award organisations to ‘open up’ to the self-publishing community. In a week where several book trade CEO’s spoke openly at BEA about the challenges and threats facing the industry (and happily pointed fingers at who they feel is to blame), ALLi focussed more on a constructive campaign to petition trade organisations and associations in the UK, USA and Canada to do more to acknowledge the value and diversity of self-published books.
“While recognising that there are challenges in incorporating such writers, it has become a necessity if bookstores, libraries, literary events and reviewers are to be inclusive of writers and cogniscent of readers’ requirements.”
“I would like the Booksellers Association in the UK to encourage booksellers to recognise that indie bookshops and self-published writers are a natural partnership, and to work together with writers to exploit that partnership to their mutual benefit.”
“We would be happy to speak to ALLi about how we can help each other in the future. Ultimately it is up to individual bookshops about who they choose to stock, but the first step is to get booksellers and writers together, and we can help with that.”