As an author member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (known as ALLi, pronounced like the word “ally”), you’ve self-published at least your first book and are looking to hone your skills, perhaps building your author business and author brand. How sure are you that you’re getting the most out of your ALLi author membership and that you know about all the resources available here? ALLi Communications Manager Boni Wagner-Stafford offers some insight.
Why ALLi Is Your Ideal Home for All Things Self-Publishing
ALLi is here to help you in self-publishing your books with confidence, no matter how much or how little you currently know about the self-publishing process and industry. ALLi is the only global nonprofit association for self-publishing writers.
As an author member, you’ve likely discovered already that being a successful indie author is about far more than writing well. You’ll benefit from a complete rundown of how to self-publish, what it means to self-publish, and how to turn yourself from a self-publishing author into a self-publishing digital business (aka an authorpreneur).
Our goal is to help you to learn more about the decision-making processes in each of the seven stages of publishing:
- Design, including cover and interior
- Formatting and other production issues
- Licensing and publishing rights
Benefit from advice on when to hire, who to hire, and which elements of the seven stages of the publishing process you keep yourself.
Remember that you’re not alone as you set out to write and self-publish your next book. ALLi offers many resources that will help you reap the benefits of being an indie author.
Your ALLi Author Membership Benefits
So, what exactly are all the benefits of being an author member with ALLi?
1) Free Books
The team at ALLi has, over the years since ALLi formed in 2012, collaborated to write and publish several complete guides and guidebooks related to all things self-publishing, and we have more to come in the next weeks and months. We’re excited about that.
- Creative Self-Publishing
- Your First 50 Book Reviews – A Quick & Easy Guide for Indie Authors
- Your Book in World Libraries – A Quick & Easy Guide for Indie Authors
- How to Get Your Self-Published Book into Bookstores
- …and too many more to mention that we are rolling out over the next twelve months.
Creative Self-Publishing and Bookstores are in the editorial stages, while both the Book Reviews and Libraries guides are out for endorsement reviews, so you’ll see those very soon.
- Successful Self-Publishing Series
- Choosing the Best Self-Publishing Companies and Services
- How Authors Sell Publishing Rights
- Copyright Bill of Rights
- Opening Up to Indie Authors
- How to Get Your Self-Published Book into Bookstores (update coming early 2020)
- Authors and the Blockchain
All members have access to our full library of guides and guidebooks, for free, providing you with years of experience and knowledge you can’t get anywhere else.
2) Author Advice Centre
Whether it’s an issue about your author branding, publishing strategy, or even just plot points for your next book, right here at ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center, as an author member you’ll find full access to our Watchdog Desk and reports, links to #selfpubcon sessions, our weekly audio and video podcasts, including our Inspirational Indie Author showcase, our daily blog, and more.
3) Private Author Member Forum
Don’t forget to join our members-only private Facebook forum, where along with all our members you’ll have the space to ask any question at any time about self-publishing, and you can expect an answer in just moments! This is a moderated group and only ask-answer-advice posts are permitted… in other words, no promotion! Members often remark about the civility on our forum: no question is too basic or advanced, we’re friendly, supportive, and supporting.Ask to join here.
Don’t be shy – ask away, and let experienced authors who have “been there, done that” answer all your questions for you.
4) Write for The Blog!
We invite you to choose a topic and focus to share and then pitch a blog for our selfpublishingadvice.com daily blog. Only ALLi members can write posts for us, and we welcome all levels of experience and views. You can find our blog guidelines here.
5) Podcast Interview
Your author membership makes you eligible to pitch for an interview on the Inspirational Indie Authors podcast. Host Howard Lovy runs weekly audio author interviews with members whose books or personal stories are inspiring to other authors. The interview focus is on the stories, not the business or marketing side of indie publishing.
6) Upload Your Books
As an author member, you have the opportunity to upload your books to your member profile, which becomes our author database and is periodically shared with media, rights buyers, and other interested parties. A good reason to keep your profile up to date!
7) Discounts on Services
With your ALLi author membership, you’re eligible for discounts and deals from our partner members, who have all been vetted by our WatchDog Desk to be sure they meet our standards for ethics and excellence in self-publishing. These discounts cover everything from editorial to print fees, design to coaching, marketing to distribution, and more.
8) Get Paid to Be a Member
ALLi’s Affiliate Program rewards members for spreading the word by paying 30 percent of first-year membership fees back when someone else joins using your affiliate link.
It’s our way of saying thank you for taking the time and trouble to recommend us to other authors or aspiring authors. And your author friends will thank you too.
Talk to Us: That’s Why We’re Here
And finally, we want to stress that being a member of ALLi gives you an open channel to our self-publishing experts, allowing you to contact us whenever you want. We answer self-publishing questions from members in our monthly Member Q&A, which is also published online every Saturday on the AskALLi podcast.
You can expect to hear from us in the following intervals:
- Weekly (weekly blog round-up)
- A few times each year (periodic newsletter)
- Quarterly (The Indie Author, our self-publishing quarterly advice magazine)
More Than a Membership
Headquartered in London, ALLi is a global organization with members on every continent. We are building a growing community of like-minded and supportive indie authors, to spread motivation, inspiration, and knowledge to indie authors around the world.
OVER TO YOU
So, are you making the most of your membership?
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