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.
In my latest Inspirational Indie Author interview, I talked to Maggie Lynch, who writes science fiction for and about women. And I, for one, welcome females of the human species to outer space as real characters. Like many awkward, nerdy boys, I grew up reading a lot of science fiction. This was in the 1970s, […]
Welcome to AskALLi, the self-publishing advice podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week, it’s our monthly Self-Publishing Life Salon with Alli Director Orna Ross and author Dan Blank. They discuss the importance of finding your rhythm and balance across the days and weeks. Orna proposes a three-part planning system that takes account of processing, promotion as […]
We spend months or even years thinking about the content of our book. But how much time do we spend thinking about the front and back matter? I’m betting barely more than a few minutes. But perhaps you should. Indexes can be extremely useful for your readers. Denise Gaskin is here to explain how to […]
Many indie authors struggle with how to handle their author photo. They’re shy, or modest, or frugal, and don’t want to hire a professional photographer “just” for their author photo. Here’s why Boni Wagner-Stafford, ALLi’s communications manager and co-founder of ALLi Partner Member Ingenium Books, believes you should.
As authors, it’s important that we’re free to write the things we feel most strongly about. Whether that’s the travel and cultures we’ve experienced or the made-up fantasy worlds of our imaginations. But we also need to be sensitive to the nuanced differences between our own culture and the ones we write about. Virginia King […]
Mailchimp has pivoted and made itself a lot less user friendly. Reedsy has added a new ebook conversion tool, and Amazon Publishing turns 10.
There’s one thing we can all be assured of in our industry, and that’s that there will always be changes. Whether it’s to platforms, algorithms or technology change shows no signs of slowing down. ALLI Partner Member Karen Williams from The Book Mentor is here today to talk about the changes she’s seen in the nonfiction […]
Today the theme is crime and the human mind. What if you were falsely accused of a murder? Our guest is one of the most-popular authors of British crime fiction today, Adam Croft, who is also a leading self-published author. I don’t know why this is, but I cannot get enough crime mystery. And while […]
Welcome to AskALLi, the Self-Publishing Advice Podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it’s our monthly Member Q&A where ALLi Members’ have their most pressing self-publishing questions analyzed and answered. Join your regular hosts for the Member Q&A: Michael La Ronn and Orna Ross. Questions this month include: How do you go about […]
It’s that time of year again. #SelfPubCon is launching the Fall 2019 Self-Publishing Advice Conference. Behind the scenes we’ve been preparing the conference and this year’s theme, “sell more books”. Here’s what you need to know.