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 all have a life story to tell – but when is it better to turn it into fiction rather than memoir? Sue Johnson provides a case study from her own past.
This week’s essential self-publishing news round-up from ALLi includes positive developments at Smashwords, perspectives on piracy, and a new survey about Facebook ads for authors.
Here’s a chance for you to take part in an important new survey about the effectiveness of Facebook advertising for indie authors – don’t miss out!
Don’t fret if you can’t get your books into bricks-and-mortar bookstores – take inspiration from Jude Lennon, reaching readers via other shops and community venues
We’ve officially opened our Back Book Cover Competition. Enter for your chance to win a copy of Dragon software from Nuance for Mac or PC, which offers fast, accurate dictation and transcription that can increase your daily word count and productivity.
In today’s Beginner’s Self-Publishing podcast Michael and Jay discuss the different elements you should consider in the eBook design process, and your author role. We also let you know how to find and work with a professional cover designer.
Check out this handy list of editing reference books for indie authors – and add your favourite if it’s not there already! Both US and British English included.
If you write non-fiction, this post is a must-read, giving a succinct guide to the specialist subject of indexing, why you need an index for your book and how to acquire one.
This week’s top self-publishing news stories for indie authors, including Amazon’s crackdown on fraud, Kobo’s new audio service & falling ebooks sales.
As an indie author, should you employ businesslike time management strategies, or will they kill off your creativity and do more harm than good? Debbie Young considers the options.