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Our round-up of Indie Author Podcasts for your Holiday Listening

Jay Artale our ALLi communications manager has put together a roundup of our Ask ALLi and Indie Author Fringe podcasts, and coaxes us to take time for ourselves over the festive season to listen and be inspired.

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Podcast: Stop! Don’t launch your book without following these 6 crucial steps from Kathy Meis

Today’s book marketplace is highly competitive. You need to bring you’re A-game not only on the craft side, but on the business side. In our latest Indie Author Fringe podcast, Kathy Meis from Bublish delves into the six crucial steps that authors need to take before launching their book.

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Writing: 9 Rookie Errors to Avoid When Plotting Your Self-Published Novel

Author, ghost-writer and writing coach Roz Morris provides a handy checklist to help you make sure you’re not making classic novice errors when planning the plot of your novel. Far-fetched or trite story metaphor Metaphors only work if they are used well and go deep. If your characters’ activities are to be a metaphor, such […]

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Why You Should Use Video Media to Market your Self-published Books

Author design consultant and ALLi Partner Member Aimee Coveney makes the case for including video media, vlogging and book trailers as part of any indie author’s marketing campaign, and describes some compelling benefits. One of the challenges to indie authors in marketing their self-published books is that people simply don’t have the time to browse […]

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4 Top Social Media Rules for Indie Authors

Using social media successfully is a bit like Alice travelling through Looking-Glass World – to reach your goal, you shouldn’t aim for the most obvious target. Instead, taking what might seem a less direct, more circuitous route might be more effective. Scottish self-published writer Wendy H Jones explains why overt marketing won’t help you sell […]

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Book Production: Should You Change Your Cover?

Changing your book’s cover is a hot topic at the moment, with many authors reporting that revamping the look of their book can dramatically change their book’s sales. It takes courage, however, particularly when you’ve grown attached to the original design – the well-known authors’ maxim “murder your darlings”, suggesting the wrench involved in ditching […]

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All The Ways To Self-publish A Book On Amazon

Self-Publishing: How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Over the coming weeks, Orna Ross and Valerie Shanley are building the latest versions of ALLi’s How-To Guides to the most crucial publishing platforms for indie authors. First up: who else? Amazon. If you can read it, Amazon has a publishing platform for it. The biggest online […]

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Opinion: You Can’t Beat Live Meetings

Still buzzing from attending Kingston University’s excellent conference at the end of March, organised by Dr Alison Baverstock, ALLi’s Author Advice blog editor Debbie Young enthuses about the advantages of real-life meetings to keep you informed and motivated in your self-publishing journey. With so much happening online, it’s all too easy to forget the marketing value […]

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