Hi writers,

Welcome to the second issue of Books+Publishing’s monthly Independent Publishing newsletter, and a big thanks to everyone who has reached out over the past month. I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter break, and that you managed to squeeze in some writing time.

The recent announcement of the Aurealis Awards shortlists, presented annually to the best Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writing, gave me the chance to talk with Alan Baxter, who’s nominated in three different categories for his collection The Gulp. As a hybrid author, Alan has a unique perspective on the up- and down-sides of self-publishing, as well as plenty of advice for writers looking to publish on their own. Along with the latest news and opportunities, below you’ll also find an article by author, editor and consultant Angela Meyer on knowing when your manuscript is ready to publish, and the second instalment in Ellie Marney’s ‘Self-publishing essentials’ series.

As always, please reach out to me at with any feedback or questions about the newsletter.

Happy reading (and writing)!

Brad Jefferies

Editor, Independent Publishing