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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Faster than the human eye...
Only 4 months from the submission of the draft manuscript to the availability in bookshops of the final print edition! After the euphoria of signing that contract, and then the buzz of developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading, silence descends, and the author waits ... and waits ... and waits. It can take years for a book to get into print and out to the stores. Digital publishing has made all the difference -- and particularly so in Italy, it seems.
During a public event on June 23rd, Rizzoli unveiled the final winner of BigJump, the first literary award in Italy for self-published novels, launched by Rizzoli, Amazon’s KDP and the Italian start-up 20lines.
Out the three BigJump Category Winners, the romance novel “Dimmi se ne vale la pena” by Stefania Balotelli won the Rizzoli Bigjump Winner award that consists in the additional publishing of print edition (it was already published as ebook, a few weeks earlier together with the other two BigJump Category winners) . The print edition has been made available on all main Italian trade bookshops, only 36hrs after it was announced.
During the same event, Amazon’s KDP announced the BigJump KDP Winner among the 30 BigJump finalists, taking into consideration customers’ appreciation. It is “Il cammino delle parole” by Veronica Gussoni. The self-published novel gets, as prize, a special promotion support on Kindle Store in Italy.