The Writers’ Union of Canada Votes to Admit Self-Published Authors

Twuc_Votes_To_Admit_Self-Published_Authors (link to press release)

This decision has been causing a big stir.

I am hugely in favour, of course, and not just because I represent independently published authors, but because big publishing houses are finding they have less opportunity to nurture as many new writers as they’d like. And there are many valid reasons to choose to self-publish (see this link for a few: http://www.lisallamrei.com/2013/05/22/why-i-chose-self-publishing/). This choice is increasingly respected as such, being seen as more than vanity publishing.

“This is a landmark decision,” said a delighted Merilyn Simonds, Chair of TWUC, “one that addresses our sincere desire for inclusion and innovation, while maintaining our tradition of defining and upholding professional standards for writers in Canada.”

Authors of self-published books will have to demonstrate commercial intent, have those works peer-reviewed, and have an ISBN.

The decision won’t be ratified — if indeed it eventually is — until the fall, but since it was unanimous, I am hopeful attitudes are changing.

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