This is the self-publishing advice blog, written by members of the Alliance of Independent Authors. We cover the seven processes of publishing – editorial, design, production, distribution, marketing, promotion and licensing publishing rights – here week on week, together with writing advice and how to run an indie author business.
We’ve all been there: discovered regrettable writing errors in our own work. It’s not for nothing that juvenile or unfinished work is often suppressed or destroyed by authors who have gone on to become highly successful. The late Terry Pratchett, in inimitable style, went so far as to have his files destroyed by steamroller. That’s one […]
Writing gives us freedom. Being indies gives us even more freedom. But new research asks how much freedom we really have in this marketplace.
What makes readers actually buy books? Whether your books or anyone else’s? Maggie Lynch delves into various surveys and presents the answers to help you sell your books more effectively.
Welcome to AskALLi, the self-publishing advice podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it’s our monthly beginners’ self-publishing salon with advice, tips, and tools for indie authors just starting out. Topics discussed this week include: Publishing a series/catalog of books to become successful; The different kinds of backend businesses authors can have behind […]
Need to write your author bio? Haven’t looked at yours for a long time? Embrace the task with fresh eyes and new focus when you’ve read these top tips for great author bios from the ALLi author hive
We’ve seen quite a bit of media buzz recently about a new startup, De Montfort Literature (DML). DML’s novel venture — if you’ll excuse the pun — promises to select writers algorithmically, and pay selected writer a £24,000 annual salary (about $31,000 USD) while they write their books and cultivate their talent. To an aspiring […]
Ever wondered whether it’s possible to change from one genre to another without losing your audience? Science writer turned historical novelist Tom Imerito explains how he managed the switch and got the best of both world
Piracy is in the news this week, with file sharing site oceanofpdf taken offline and a new study that posits a direct link between piracy and reduced sales.
Self-Publishing with Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is recommended to all ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) members, in combination with other key, direct publishing services and, crucially, development of the author’s own website and platform. No self-publishing service is larger, more innovative, more influential with readers, or more useful to writers than KDP. But of course no […]
Pick up extensive practical advice and gain inspiration and motivation from our detailed interview with the hugely diverse and hardworking Richard G Lowe Jr, with over 60 books and 26 audiobooks to his name – and rising…