When I left my publisher for the creative freedom of going it alone, I was delighted to find a community of likeminded people, who weren’t afraid to take control of their own work and show the rest of the world that there are many pathways to excellence in writing and publishing. ALLi was started in response to that experience and in two years, our organisation has grown into a significant voice in publishing because we are not just one person, we are many.
Still the books infrastructure lags behind the reality that is this vibrant sector of the literary community. Self-publishers regularly find their books excluded from all sorts of opportunities, often on dubious grounds.
ALLi has been busy over the past few months preparing for the launch of our “Opening Up to Indie Authors” campaign and guidebook. The campaign was formed from a belief: that the wider world of books, be it libraries, bookshops, literary festivals, reviewers or professional associations and institutions, can only benefit from including author-publishers.
Which is where you come in.
We recently talked on the Self Publishing Advice blog of how author advocacy can work and why self publishing is so good for literary culture – and as we start sending our message out to the world, we want you to stand with us.
What Can You Do?
Add your name to our petition and send the link to an indie author friend asking them to do the same. Use the following text: “I just signed The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)’s petition calling on media, libraries, bookshops, literary festivals, reviewers or professional associations and institutions to Open Up To Indie Authors. They are aiming to get 10,000 to show indie authors care about this. Please sign it too, and spread the word to any other authors you know: http://www.change.org/petitions/open-up-to-indie-authors. It only takes a second and makes a world of difference to writers, readers and literary culture.”
Use the #publishingopenup tag on Twitter and tweet about our goings on.
Come to the launch of the “Opening Up To Indie Authors” guide by Debbie and Dan, if you’re attending The London Book Fair next week.
Join us by co-launching one of your own books together with the guide at a Kobo store near you.
Read the guide (we’ll be email members with their free copy shortly) and pass it on.
Working together we can make a real difference for each other.