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How Indie Authors Should Approach Change in the Publishing industry

Samantha Warren, US author of speculative fiction, highlights one of the many benefits of being a self-published author: the ease with which we may accommodate changes in the publishing industry. Publishing is tough, no matter which way you go. But if you want to succeed in this crazy world of writing, you need to have maneuverability. One […]

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New Writing Project Celebrates Bookshops – Call for Entries

What writer doesn’t love bookshops, or hasn’t been influenced or inspired by visiting bricks-and-mortar bookstores from an early age? Independent Booksellers’ Week in the UK seems a good time to announce that as part of ALLi’s #Authors4Bookstores campaign, we’re planning two new writing projects that will celebrate bricks-and-mortar booksellers, and we’re inviting ALLi members to […]

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Opinion: We Need Greater Social Diversity in Publishing

At last week’s IndieReCon conference, author, poet and campaigner Dan Holloway performed his new poem calling for social diversity in publishing. With his kind permission, we’re reproducing it in the Opinion slot here today to share his moving and important message further afield. A recording of the performance will be available on this website a […]

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Watchdog: The Two-Way Ethics of Authors and Service Providers

    Continuing the conversation begun in ALLi’s Ethical Author campaign towards the end of 2014, ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammaetteo draws attention to the importance of indie authors behaving ethically towards service providers. Ethical Behavior Is Not An Option I’ve seen a lot of talk—complaining actually—about the ethics of traditional publishers, vanity presses, and even […]

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Publishing: Target the German Market – Now!

From Berlin, Evi Chantzi of German-based publishing platform epubli offers excellent advice on the significance of the German market for self-published books, providing compelling reasons for authors to target that territory right now. epubli is a partner member of ALLi. Germany is the biggest English language market in Europe after the UK. According to recent […]

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Why Self-publishing Is So Good For Literary Culture

Half or more of the books on Amazon’s daily bestseller lists are now self-published. At The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), we have many members who have sold more than 100,000 books and some who have sold in their millions. Many others are producing work of outstanding literary merit. Corporate publishers and agents now scour self-publishing […]

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7 Ways To Integrate Your Writing & Your Day Job

Sci-fi and YA author Steven O’Connor provides practical tips for self-published authors to maximise their writing time without giving up the day job. Very few writers earn enough from their endeavors to write full time. We all know that. Yet we write on anyway! Because we love creating new worlds and immersing ourselves in them. […]

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How Indie Authors Can Remain Resilient: Know Which Critics To Listen To and Which To Ignore

 Before you react to a disappointing review, consider who sent it – “the peanut gallery” or your peers? ALLi’s Creative Advisor Mark McGuinness offers valuable advice on how self-published authors can remain resilient in the face of adverse criticism. Leonard Cohen is not your typical rock star. Not only does he write slow, melancholic, poetic […]

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