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.
Why paying for author services is the mark of the professional authorpreneur – and nothing to do with vanity publishing
Beginners’ Self-Publishing Salon with Jay Artale & Michael La Ronn In a follow up to last month’s podcast about writing tools, writing styles, and writing challenges, Michael and I discuss the different types of editing that beginning authors should familiarize themselves with. We chat about your role as an author in the editing process, and the […]
Jay Artale, co-host of our Beginners’ Self-Publishing Salon podcast, looks at the challenges of writing a memoir and shares a selection of articles that offer tips and inspiration to overcome the writing dilemmas that are getting in the way of self-publishing your own memoir.
Our weekly news roundup from Dan Holloway includes updates about the future of ebooks, Digital Rights Management, Geoblocking, the launch of Inara (a new ebook platform whose business model is driven by in-book adverts), Indies and Libraries, Amazon updates in Poland, and the demise of America Star Books.
Digital text, books and media are currently being re-imagined in ways that are likely to have a big impact on authors and author earnings, says Orna Ross, Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors. It’s Self-Publishing 3.0 and we need to understand what’s coming if we are to have a say in how it develops […]
How indie authors can secure radio and podcast interview slots around the world to promote their self-published books
If you struggle to find time for your writing and publishing amid the demands and distractions of 21st century life, this session is for you! Mark will help you carve out time consistently, while still managing all the other important commitments in your life.
When David Gaughran exposed clickfarming scams that were manipulating the sales rank of books on Amazon, authors expressed a wide range of reactions. Some — a substantial majority by my reckoning — were furious that scammers were reaping the rewards of a “best-selling” title. Some felt it was a victimless crime, and not a big […]
Ever wondered whether you ought to hire a virtual personal assistant (VA) to lighten your self-publishing admin load? Clare Flynn, now on her fourth VA, shares her top tips
Libraries are magical places. I am absurdly lucky in Oxford to spend a great deal of time in some of the most remarkable reading rooms in the world, from the eccentric rotunda of the Radcliffe Camera to thousands of the world’s earliest printed texts in Duke Humfrey’s Reading Room. Libraries are doorways for the mind, […]