This is the self-publishing advice blog, written by members of the Alliance of Independent Authors. We cover the seven processes of publishing – editorial, design, production, distribution, marketing, promotion and licensing publishing rights – here week on week, together with writing advice and how to run an indie author business. See menu above for key timeless posts on these topics. And don’t forget […]
The agenda for March 18th Online Indie Author Fringe conference will include topics that are aimed at beginner, intermediate, and advanced authors. So no matter where you are in your writing or author journey, there will be a session that personally speaks to you.
Our monthly Ask ALLi broadcasts are an ideal way to keep learning about being an indie author and the skills you need to acquire to become a successful self-publisher. Each month, Orna Ross, ALLi Director, invites a special guest into the indie author hot seat to answer ALLi Members’ self-publishing questions. This month’s special guest […]
Cartoonist and author Alex Hallatt shares her top tips on how to produce ebooks using the Mac-only Vellum software, including books that feature lots of illustrations.
Novelist John Lynch defines the narrative arc and talks about the classic three- or five-act structure. Do you use it? Should you?
It’s not easy writing topical introductions to a global column. At least, it’s not when you’re from the UK and the thing you naturally talk about most is the weather. Because it would make no sense for me to talk about how I’ve been running through the snow and expecting our boiling Australian readers to […]
Indie author Anoushka Beazley explains why she turned door-to-door salesman to get her debut novel into bookstores
We’ve started to unveil the Indie Author Fringe Speakers and details of our Book Description Competition. This Free Online Event is schedule for March 18th, and is being held in association with the London Book Fair.
For indie authors of children’s books: valuable insight into how children’s books are bought, from Mumsnet, via Karen Inglis
Vanity presses — predatory companies that sell authors worthless or overpriced services — profited mightily with the rise of indie publishing. The growth of that industry (or perhaps more accurately, the spread of that cancer) was aided by publishers who eagerly partnered with the worst vanity presses. Simon & Schuster (Archway), HarperCollins (WestBow), Harlequin (DellArte), […]
How to use wordclouds to identify and eliminate writing tics – a simple self-editing tip that costs nothing!