Author Archive | Debbie Young

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Opinion: How (and How Not to) Involve Your Family in Your Self-publishing Career

Advice Centre Editor Debbie Young shares thoughts from the ALLi hive on how indie authors can mobilise their families to support their self-publishing journeys, even if they’re not interested in buying, reading or reviewing their books.  A Reality Check on Family Support Indie authors often report that their families are less supportive than they’d expected […]

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Book Marketing Shots in the Dark

At the end of each month, we share unusual book promotion ideas contributed by ALLi author members who are adopting creative tactics to market their self-published books. Unusual Outlets Bookstores are not the only shops that sell books, as the following round-up confirms: Obviously, as we all know, it’s really hard getting books into bookshops, […]

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Opinion: The Importance of Informed Independence

Enjoy your independence, but make sure your decisions are well informed, cautions ALLi Author Advice Center editor Debbie Young.  As the self-publishing sector continues to evolve, it’s heartening to see more indie authors self-publishing their books to ever higher standards. When indies have questions, they’re more likely to consult more experienced self-publishing authors and respected advisors […]

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More Writers’ Wednesday Aphorisms

For this Writers’ Wednesday, we have a second helping of ALLi members’ favourite wise words about writing to inspire indie authors to aim high and achieve their self-publishing goals. On Quality “The first draft of anything is shit!” –  Ernest Hemingway “This quote reminds me not to expect perfection out of the gate,” says Jay […]

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Production of Ebooks: 6 Ways to Make Your Self-published Ebook More Accessible to More Readers

Indie author and ALLi Advice Centre editor Debbie Young explains how to reach more readers with your ebooks by making them more accessible to the print-disabled, i.e. those who have trouble reading conventional books due to visual or other physical disabilities. These six quick and easy tips will help you avoid classic rookie formatting errors […]

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Book Marketing Shots in the Dark

Three fun tips in this month’s light-hearted post in our series of off-the-wall, outside-the-box book promotion ideas from our members. 1) The Walking Advertisement First up, English novelist Anne Allen has a wonderful necklace with matching earrings made up of her (very beautiful) book covers. I spotted her sporting these at the Romantic Novelist Association […]

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Opinion: Writing Swear Words – It’s Not Appropriate, It Isn’t Clever and It Isn’t Funny – or Is It?

As indie authors, the freedom to write whatever we like – including swear words and curse words – is one of the great joys of self-publishing – but what responsibility does the self-published author have for the finer feelings of the reader or audience? Debbie Young asks the question after finding herself unexpectedly wrong-footed when reading her short […]

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