Self-Publishing with Unshelved

We had a great evening on Monday hanging out with Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum of Unshelved. The purpose of the get-together was to pick up some pointers on self-publishing, and we gleaned quite a bit of useful information from them. No one knows better how to take an internet property and translate that into book sales, merchandise and the center of a rabid fanbase than these guys. If you’ve never read the strip, you might be surprised how well a story primarily set inside of a library can translate to those of us who have never worked in one. Dewey and the rest of the cast of characters experience many of the same conflicts as a person might run into in retail. Fortune smiled on them when they decided to tap into a market that was untouched and hungry for something of their own, and they’ve been rewarded with loyalty and praise from a surprisingly large number of people who are in fact, librarians, among many others.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

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