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The Ultimate Guide to Winning Book Awards: Tips and Tools

For a long time, book awards were only open to traditionally published authors. But that's just not the case any more. With an enormous swathe of awards open to indies, the Alliance of Independent Authors thought it was time we created an ultimate guide to all things book awards. With thanks to Annie Mydla from the North Street Book Prize and Hannah Jacobson from Book Award Pro for their contributions to this post.
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Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast 2021

2021 So Far: Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast With Orna Ross and Joanna Penn

We're taking a podcast break during the month of August, so instead we'll bring you what we've covered in 2021 so far on our Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast with Orna Ross and Joanna Penn. Below are some of the highlights, with links to the full podcasts, videos, and transcripts. We'll return in September with new episodes.
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What to Do if Amazon KDP Asks You to Prove Your Publishing Rights

While the aim of many indie authors is true independence, at the moment, many of us still rely heavily on one particular store: Amazon. Which is why when you receive a threat from them, like having your publishing account closed, or your affiliate account shut or that they're going to pull your book unless you can prove you own the rights, it's scary. In this post, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team looks at what you can do if Amazon ask you to prove your publishing rights.
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Paid Newsletters

Indie Authors ‘Go Wide’ With Paid Newsletters: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy

Paid newsletters are an increasingly popular way for authors to keep in touch with their readers. Are they for you? The Alliance of Independent Authors' Self-Publishing News podcast looks at new options for monetizing social media content such as Twitter super followers and Tumblr posts. News Editor Dan Holloway and News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy discuss new ways for indie authors to diversify income streams. Also, do Substack's subscription newsletters offer a real opportunity or a distraction?
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The Ultimate Guide to Comparison Authors, Genres and Tropes

Comparison often gets a bad rap. But there are times when comparing in order to understand a genre and the expectations a reader will have of you and whether or not you've met those expectations are actually really important. Today's post dives into the nitty gritty of what you should be comparing to help your author business succeed. This is the ultimate guide to comparison authors, genres and tropes.
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