Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Publish and Be Published. Resources and links.

The Author-Publisher Network, 6 Kelvinbrook, West Molesey, Surrey, KT8 1RS . This organisation supports self-publishers in various ways. They run courses and publish a newsletter. Membership is around £15.
Notes From Underground; Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture. Stephen Duncombe. Publisher; Verso. An indispensable intro to the world of zines. Combines spot-on analysis and a clear overview of the zine scene. Duncombe’s in-depth knowledge really shines through.
Below Critical Radar; Fanzines and Alternative Comics from 1976 to now. Eds; Roger Sabin and Teal Triggs. Publisher; Slab-o-Concrete. A bit worthy, but a genuine enthusiasm carries the book.
Stolen Sharpie Revolution. Ed; Alex Wrekk. Publisher; http://www.microcosmpublishing.com/ Available from most distros. A brilliant how-to zine. Stuff on making zines, putting out records, running a distro, etc.
http://www.bookmouth.com/ Useful advice on self-publishing, and 30 tips for promoting a DIY project. Also lists places to get your work reviewed.
http://www.factsheet5.org/ Soon to relaunch (December 2005), this huge site is set to feature more reviews of zines than you can shake a stick at.
http://www.zinestreet.com/ A humungous database of zine distros around the world.
http://www.zinebook.com/ A great collection of info on every aspect of zines and zine production.
Zineworld. Endless happy hours of reading for anybody into zines and the DIY world. http://www.undergroundpress.org/
Peter Finch. http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/peter.finch/howpub.htm Read a sample chapter from Peter Finch’s solid and useful how-to book, How to Publish Yourself .
http://nomediakings.com/ Jim Munroe is a novelist who baled out of the mainstream to go DIY. Huge amounts of useful info, inluding detailed stuff on the financial side of self-publishing.
http://www.markwagstaff.com/index.html Mark Wagstaff self-published a novel, After Work. I wrote to him for advice before publishing BCL and he kindly sent me a helpful letter sharing experiences and knowledge. Cheers Mark!
http://www.literaryrevolution.com/ Home of the US based Underground Literary Alliance; challenging the mainstream book world by doing it themselves.
http://www.wredfright.com/ Top man!
www.leekinginc.com/resources.htm A useful list of places that review zines.
http://www.mpawson.demon.co.uk/ Home of Mark Pawson, one-man DIY cottage industry, artist, maker of art books, badges, teeshirts.
http://www.thefwwcp.org.uk/ The Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers lists affiliated writers’ groups.
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