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My ALLi author guest this episode is Mary Louisa Locke, who was first inspired to write back in 1979, when her academic research showed her the stories of some incredible 19th-century women. But it wasn't until after Mary Lou retired and began her new career as an indie author that she gave these women new life in historical fiction. Mary Lou's story is one of patience, perseverance, and a vision of the past as well as the future.
Book pre-orders are not a new idea, but the rise of self-publishing and ebooks have changed the way they work. Seeing new opportunities, indies have built avid readerships, improved their read-through and even found new ways to hit coveted bestseller slots by using pre-orders.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about How has the COVID-19 Crisis changed your writing?
KDP lets you print hardbacks, and PublishDrive adds distribution through Ingram as the global supply chain for print books run into problems. Meanwhile Audible Plus continues to expand.
The Alliance of Independent Authors is a long standing organisation for "indie" independent authors. It's mission is to uphold ethics and foster excellence in self-publishing. ALLi has a global team who, together with ambassadors and advisors worldwide, provide trusted, best-practice information and advice to the author community and provide our members with an extensive suite of benefits. If you're not a member of the organization this post explains the benefits of being part of it and why you should join the Alliance of Independent Authors.
How can I set my first book up for success? This is among the questions answered on our #AskALLi Members Q&A hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of science fiction and fantasy novels as well as author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about What the Only Fans Ban means for Indie Authors with Dan Holloway
Fintech company Intuit buys Mailchimp for £12bn. Amazon updates Kindle software. Joanna Penn celebrates 10 years as full time indie.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Should authors censor themselves?
The moment you receive an email from a publisher or licenser pitching you for a potential rights deal, is an exciting moment. But there are also lots of scammers in the world, many of whom will try to scam rights, money and your sanity from you. That said, there are also many genuine publishers and licensers out there who really do want to partner with you. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team looks at what you should do when you're approached by an overseas publisher.
My ALLi author guest this episode is Phil Simon, who has written a number of books on collaboration. We all know that self-publishing is a misleading term because most self-publishers work collaboratively with editors, designers, marketers, and other specialists to produce a book. Phil not only writes about collaboration, but practices it in the way he publishes.
In this episode: the indie author business cycle. All businesses go through a life cycle and in this #AskALLi Advanced Podcast Orna Ross and Joanna Penn consider the three stages of the author-publisher business cycle. Highlighting the main goals, challenges and opportunities of each stage, they offer their top tips for taking your publishing business from startup through growth to maturity.