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Introducing In the Stacks Publishing & Digital Librarian Developer Lab

I started an imprint, In the Stacks Publishing, to independently publish my novels. I have a few contract employees who help.

This was after 7 years of workshopping my first novel in two different reputable 3-month long writing immersives, having more than two dozen beta readers, and querying more than 50 agents. I kept writing, and I keep querying, working part-time for years to make this dream come true.

The book was in good enough shape to publish, but the coming of age story is told in a day in the life writing style, not a speed-read action novel, or written like a tv script, plus teen novels were just coming out of the Twilight. Like I said, I hadn’t stopped writing—in addition to my first teen novel, I’d finished a sequel, and a stand-alone historical novel I researched in grad school. I also completed a memoir about the new choices women have today, compared to our mother’s generation, and my experiences as a writer in San Francisco.

Then I read Guy Kawasaki’s Agent, Publisher, Entrepreneur, and decided to indie publish, because it would cost me $0 and what harm could it do, really? Nothing was happening with traditional publishing, and I was tired of waiting. Plus with indie publishing, we keep the majority of the proceeds from book sales.

I’ve always planned to arrange a hybrid publishing deal, where a traditional publisher releases the paper version of the books, and handles foreign and dramatic rights, but who knows what will happen. I still query agents, looking for partners to help me expand the business, but doubt if I will ever “sell” my eBooks to a publisher. I’m not sure what they can do for me, that I can’t do myself. Maybe an agent or publisher will want to convince me, we’ll see.

Sometimes you can’t just sit around and wait. Whenever I’ve typically made unique choices, I’ve been just fine. It’s when I follow pedestrian advice that things are unbearable. There are a lot of opinions on the current state of publishing. Be sure to do what is right for you. Write for you, seriously, and your fans, if you are lucky enough to have them.

The publishing world is changing, and it’s time to write our own rules. Also, as a digital librarian developer lab, In the Stacks is creating products to help authors, publishers, libraries and media succeed. First up, is a librarian book recommendation app. More coming soon. XO—Michelle Z.

ITS Worldwide

Here are a few places where we’ve spotted Reading Is Sexier In the Stacks stickers. View more hereGet your own, snap a pic and send it in to us! Cheers – Michelle Z. from In the Stacks.tv

ITS Evolving

Whatever happens In the Stacks, everything that’s already gone on has been worth it. I’ve become a better public speaker. No longer a victim of insecurity, I look people in the eye. The little self-doubting voice that’s been there for a hundred episodes telling me that I suck is gone. I face-down challenges, from others and my own self-sabotaging. ITS been a great growing experience.—Michelle

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