The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) publishes a series of detailed reference books that bring you the reliable, first-hand advice from established indie authors.
Self-publishing is a fast changing world and have recently revamped our ALLi guidebooks for independent authors. We divide our advice across the five stages of the author-publisher journey: writing, editing, design, production & distribution, marketing & promotion, author rights, and running an author business.
Members of ALLi can download all our guidebooks as part of their membership. (Just visit the members’ website HERE (you’ll need to log-in).
By Helen Sedwick & Orna Ross
How to navigate today’s complex book-rights marketplace.
How Authors Sell Publishing Rights shows writers the best ways to reach decision-makers in various industries, what these rights-buyers are looking for, and what to expect in negotiating a licence or sale of rights.
It covers how to pitch, negotiate and close a sale with producers, literary agents and global publishing houses, how to manage book fairs and other sales trips, and how to keep track of your rights business.
Covering financial, relationship and legal aspects, and focussing particularly on audiobooks, TV and film, and translation, How Authors Sell Publishing Rights shows how the publishing landscape for authors is transforming and yielding unprecedented opportunities.
This is the how-to book for authors who want to understand and confidently sell publishing rights.
Launching at the San Francisco Writers Conference Feb 11th
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by Jim Giammatteo & Orna Ross
“A must-read for indie authors, both new and established.” Joanne Phillips
“This book is a guide that I wish was out a couple of years ago! Brilliant and packed to the gunnels with useful information.” Tom Evans
“It takes the hassle and legwork out of the process, leaving you more time to concentrate on writing… Writers would be hard pressed to find something better.” Eliza Green
“Extremely informative book on the self-publishing industry-the un-whitewashed truth about who to go for and who to avoid. There are many predators out there-this book identifies them.” Mary Simmons
“Deep gratitude to The Alliance of Independent Authors for putting together such a succinct and thorough guide.” Nancy Freund
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by Debbie Young and Dan Holloway. (Pub date: April 2014)
A Guide for Bookstores, Libraries, Reviewers, Literary Event Organisers … and Self-Publishing Writers
“A must read for all Indie authors. Useful, informative, interesting. Everything the Indie author needs to know about getting their book “out there” in one superb guide.” Helen Hollick
“Excellent! A crisp read filled with extraordinarily useful information.” Stacey Blake
“There is something in here for all of us to learn. Authors can better understand how and how not to approach bookstore owners, librarians, etc. Readers and industry pros gain a better perspective on indie authors and author-publishers ….. A must-read for all authors and all others trying to understand the role of indie publishing in today’s changing landscape.” Antony St Clair
“The Alliance folks are the ones to listen to, and this book is a great entry point into self-publishing and all of the other benefits of the group. And whether you join or not, it serves as a solid standalone resource.” Michael Peck
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How To Get Your Self-Published Book Into Bookstores
by Debbie Young
At last year’s Indie Author Fringe event, Debbie Young helped to launch our #Authors4Bookstores campaign, and this is the companion book, providing encouragement and inspiration for all authors to build better relationships with bookstores. It addresses questions frequently asked by indie authors such as:
- How do you make the first to approach to a bookstore?
- What’s the best way to publish your book to appeal to bookstores – is CreateSpace taboo?
- How do you set the retail price and the bookstore’s discount?
- How do you sustain supplies without absorbing your profit?
- Is it possible even to make a profit?
- What is the future of bookstores – are physical shops a dying breed?
- Should you even bother going into print, or stick with ebooks?
The answers to these questions, and much more, are contained in this easy-to-follow guidebook, written with the marketing needs of indie authors in mind, but also very useful to authors who are not self-published. It explains:
- how bookstores operate, equipping you to work more effectively with them
- how to decide whether or not to pursue this route for your books
- how to make your book bookstore-ready
- how to approach booksellers professionally and with confidence
- how to make an effective case to pitch your book for shelf-space
- how to deal both with independent stockists and with chainstores
- why bookstores are important to all authors
- how forward-thinking booksellers are developing new and exciting store concepts
After reading this book, whether or not you decide to seek opportunities to get your books into bookstores, you’ll know that you’ve made an informed decision and reached your conclusion for all the right reasons.
Written in Debbie Young’s friendly and encouraging style, familiar from her previous how-to books for authors and from her role as Commissioning Editor of ALLi’s Author of advice blog, this book is an easy, quick and interesting read for all authors, no matter how they are published.
On sale Summer 2016.
by Orna Ross
Includes Self-Publishing Workbook & Checklists
“There is no right way to self-publish,” says Orna. “There is only your way. This book shares what I’ve learned through observing thousands of ALLi members navigate the territory, brings you through, step-by-step, how I’ve chosen to do it, across ebook, print books and audio, and — most importantly, offers checklists and planners for you to work out your own best way to publication.”
On sale Autumn 2016
Members of ALLi can download all our guidebooks as part of their membership. Just visit the members’ website HERE (you’ll need to log-in).