Self-publishing has become a global phenomenon. Last year over 350,000 titles were self-published in the US alone. Self-publishing has become a key way for global self-expression in many countries without a massive publishing infrastructure or suffering under onerous regimes of censorship and state control. Our panel looks at these and other areas of interest and concern in this fast growing, fast changing environment. How will it affect literary publishing? What kind of controls can or should be put on it? Will it continue to grow? Panelists include representatives from key platforms like Kobo and WattPad as well as successful self-published authors.
Robert K. Logan—Emeritus professor physics and Fellow of St. Michael's College, U. of Toronto and Chief Scientist of the sLab, OCAD U.
Deborah Barnett—Co-founder, Co-owner and Creative Director, Someone Design Studio (www.someone.ca).
Bob Kasher—VP Business Development, First Source/Digi-Rights.
Nathan Maharaj—Director of Merchandising Kobo.
Hal Niedzviecki—Founder and Fiction Editor, Broken Pencil.
Caitlin O'Hanlon—Publishing Marketing Manager, WattPad.