Advice for Indie Self-publishing Authors

Self-Publishing in Australia

It’s still a rarity to see someone on a bus in Australia with an e-reader, even an iPad, says ALLi Advisor, Steven Lewis (Taleist).  And self-publishing down under is largely focussed on Amazon. Australian readers are now aware of the digital revolution. Our booksellers are screaming loudly and not a weekend newspaper supplement appears without […]

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Amazon Pen Name or Real Name?

What is an Amazon Pen Name? Your Amazon Pen Name is the public name associated with contributions to the Amazon Community. You are asked to pick a Pen Name the first time you participate in the community but you can change it later. This pen name shows on your public profile page and next to […]

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How To Get Book Reviews

Trying to get readers to write a review is like getting your two-year-old child to take a horrible-tasting medicine, says ALLi member and regular contributor, Giacomo (Jim) Giammatteo. But it is possible and it is worth it.  In the first of a three-part series on reviews, he explains how he gets more than twenty reviews a […]

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Superb Self Publishing – the Motherlode for Overgrounding

Self publishing is at the cutting edge of the most interesting, radical and provocative writing that’s happening right now.  Dan Holloway comes up from writing his own great work to overground some others.  Underground, Overground… No, whilst they were a central part of my childhood, I’m not talking about the Wombles. In my last post here […]

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Alliance of Independent Authors Self publishing survey

Self-Publishing Survey

Help us to help you. The Alliance of Independent Authors has teamed up with Dr Alison Baverstock of Kingston University to carry out a self-publishing survey this autumn. To make it work, we need you to go to this link and answer some questions about your writing and self-publishing. It won’t take you more than ten minutes […]

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Is Self-Publishing A Dead End?

Guest Post:  by Mary Louisa Locke A while back, I read a post by Anderson Porter about a four-piece article written over a few weeks in the Boston Phoenix by Eugenia Williamson, titled The dead end of DIY publishing. I had read the Williams piece earlier, and the more than fifty comments, which in my opinion had done a more than […]

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Self-Publishing and The Midlist.

Guest Post by  By Catherine Czerkawska There has been a great deal of talk in publishing circles about the ‘midlist slump’. A couple of years ago, I even read reports confidently predicting the ‘death of the midlist’. With the rise in indie publishing, these appear to have been exaggerated. If I were to define midlist, I suppose […]

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Five Questions Indie Authors Should Always Ask An Agent

As more and more self-publishing authors make a success of our endeavours, more agents and publishers come calling. But too often they come with a traditional publishing contract in hand. This fails to recognise that an indie author’s situation is different to that of a tyro,  unpublished author. As self-publishers, we have built our readership and […]

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