Once a week, the ALLi blog serves as a soapbox for one of our members to speak out about an aspect of self-publishing that excites or enrages them.The more controversial the post, the better! At least in terms of fuelling debate about issues that are key to the success of us all and of indie authors everywhere. These Opinion pieces often fuel lengthy comment threads, and here are some of those that stirred the greatest response.
- What IS an Indie Author? by Orna Ross
- Why Indie Authors Should Give Honest Reviews as Readers by Karen Myers
- Why Indie Authors Need to Understand the Subculture of Amazon Reviewers by Debbie Young
- A Self-Published Author's Rebuttal to Jonathan Franzen by Amira Makansi
- Why Being a Self-Published Author is a Bit Like Being a Bouncer by James Sheridan
- Why This Indie Author is Dispensing with Social Media Like-Fests by Sue Millard
- How Indie Publishing Compares with the Indie Music Scene by Jessica Bell
- If Indieland Must Have Gatekeepers… by Dan Holloway
- Why Amazon Bestsellers Don't Impress My Dog by Michael N Marcus
- Why Building A Reader Community is More Important Than Marketing by Matthew Wayne Selznick
- Social Media? No Thanks, I'd Rather Be Writing by Linda Gillard
- Never Take Yes For An Answer by Dan Holloway
- Why Every Indie Author Should Be Easily Discoverable Online by Helen Hollick
The comment threads are still open, so it's not too late to add your views – and if you'd like to read ALL the Opinion pieces, please click here for a full menu.
If you have a burning issue to do with self-publishing (or indeed with trade publishing and its attitudes to the indie sector) and would like to write an Opinion piece in 2014, please don't hesitate to get in touch with blog editor Debbie Young at debbie[at}allianceindependentauthors.org.
Happy New Year to you all – and here's to some great debates in 2014!