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UNC Research Study on Self-Publishing

Author Erin Ryan, a former member of the Charlotte Writers’ Club and current graduate student in library science and archives/records management at UNC-Chapel Hill, is conducting research for her master’s paper. Her focus? How are self-published books preserved for posterity? What happens to our masterpieces in the long-term?

If you have self-published a book, please consider taking the following survey. It should only take about five minutes.

To access it, please click this link:

If the survey does not open automatically, copy and paste the URL into your browser.

The survey will close on March 30, 2017, at 11:59 pm.

(Note: By clicking on the link to the survey above, you are consenting to participate in this study. Please remember you may leave the survey at any time. Erin will not count responses from anyone under eighteen, or from anyone who has not self-published a book.

(At the end of the survey, there will be an option to participate in a short interview to discuss your responses to the survey questions in more detail. If you choose to volunteer, you will be taken to a new page that will allow you to enter an email address so that Erin may contact you. Not all participants who choose this option will be contacted. The e-mails will not be linked to the survey responses, which remain anonymous.

This project has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject, you may contact the IRB at 919-966-3113 or by e-mail to