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Is Bookbaby or Smashwords Best for Self-Publishers?

Part One of A Five-Part Week Series: “Which Distributor“. A Guest Post by Giacomo Giammatteo. All this week on the Alliance blog, we are featuring personal experience and opinion pieces from our members, on the various ebook and pbook distribution options open to indies — and what to expect from which. Today, Alliance member Giacomo Giammatteo […]

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An Indie Author Is Not An Island

Our decision here at The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) to hire a rights agent to represent our members’ books in translation markets has raised the hackles of those who think an indie author is not allowed to make publishing partnerships. Snarky comments emerging across the Internet, of the indies-admit-they-are-not-so-indie-after-all variety, show that there is […]

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Guest Post: Independent Authors and Visibility by Linda Gillard

  In an over-crowded marketplace, we assume it’s reviews that sell books and, predictably, it’s now possible to buy “honest reviews”. Could paid-for reviews be a good investment? Possibly, but I think we should be asking ourselves a different question—how do books find their readers? Or, to put it another way, what makes a book visible […]

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Self-Publishers Promote Each Other

We’ve been having a debate about self-promotion on our Alliance of Independent Authors’ member-only Facebook group.  And one of our members, Richard Bunning, came up with a great idea to get around this  perennial problem for self-publishers and the forums they hang out on. Like most great ideas, it’s simple. Naturally, as writers, we want […]

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Writer: Who Are You? A Guest Post by Dan Holloway.

OK, I’m the first to admit I’m subject to a not insubstantial influence from Ginsberg, Cassady, Patti Smith and various other parts of late mid twentieth century American countercultur — but this really has nothing to do with navel-gazing, primal screams or the Age of Aquarius. Just like those slightly awkward elements of hippydom, though, […]

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