Welcome to ALLi's Self-publishing Advice Center, a community outreach service from the Alliance of Independent Authors, offering advice and guidance you can trust, across the seven processes of publishing: Editorial Design Production Distribution Marketing Promotion Publishing rights management
While there are many concepts debated in the writing world, one that is universally accepted is that writing has healing power. In today's encore podcast, Howard speaks to Angelique L'Amour. Back in 2009, Angelique L'Amour received news that she had cancer. But her first thought was not for herself. It was for her family, particularly her children. How was she going to hold things together for her kids while she went through the ordeal of chemotherapy.
In today's encore post, Alison Clifford, author member shows you how to increase your global reach. Many self-publishing platforms have an extensive world-wide reach for potential sales. But what should authors think of in order to be global and create a global audience? What can we indie authors do to truly embrace our world-wide audience?
Here's a smart businesslike way to manage the production of your self-published books: devise and follow a book project plan, as outlined here by John Wagner-Stafford of Ingenium Books.
How to write a trilogy - Rosalind Minett shares the lessons she learned while writing her Relative Invasion trilogy.
Co-writing has always been around. But in recent years, with the rise of faster publishing it's become more popular. One of the drawbacks of co-authoring as Indies is the lack of technology to help with royalty sharing and royalty payments. Until now. Publish Drive have launched a new royalty split system for co-authors which makes sharing royalties simple and pain-free.
PublishDrive launch Abacus, a new tool to enable indies to manage the paperwork that goes with collaboration, and the Audies open to entries.
What can artificial intelligence and blockchain do for you? Kathy Meis of Bublish gives a clear summary and a link to a free webinar on 13 February. (Can't make the event live? Register anyway to access post-event recording.)
Welcome back to encore month, today Howard interviews special guest Rachel Thompson about her books, coming to terms with sexual abuse and how she's inspired many other survivors to come out of hiding and seek help.
In today's encore post, Authorpreneur Karen Myers explains why indie authors need to keep learning and expanding their indie author business activity in order to remain vibrant, profitable and dynamic in an increasingly diverse publishing marketplace. She draws on examples of opportunities she has seized upon to grow her expertise, her reach and her reputation, while continuing to write and publish her own series of fantasy and sci-fi novels.
If you've ever pulled out your hair trying to figure out how to add spaces between paragraphs, or to bold or italicize your font when formatting book blurb on your Amazon KDP dashboard, you'll appreciate these HTML (hypertext markup language) tips from Rob Johnson.
Like to get your books into bricks-and-mortar bookstores? It'll help if you understand the bookseller's objectives and viewpoint - and this extract from ALLi's guidebook about bookstores will quickly put you in the picture.
Novelist John Lynch defines the narrative arc and talks about the classic three- or five-act structure. Do you use it? Should you?