Every Wednesday ALLi will tell the world about our members' latest book launches, news, awards, freebies, workshops and updates on the writing life and take a look at the projects and businesses of our partner members.
Kobo and ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors) need you for our Open Up to Indie Authors launch!
ALLi is working with Kobo on the next stage of our Open Up to Indies campaign – and we are looking for member contributions to the Open Up to Indies guidebook and launch. For more information and guidelines, take a look here:
The Quagga Prize for Literary Fiction First there was The Booker. Then for the ladies there used to be The Orange. Now for the enterprising independent author there’s The Quagga Prize for Literary Fiction. Quagga is different, not just because it’s cheaper to enter, but because its promoter David James is seeking to support independent authors whose work may not fit snugly into any genre slot, but instead belongs in that catch-all category, Literary Fiction.
The Quagga Prize is awarded annually to the best novel in paper format written in English by an independent self-published) author. While any work of fiction may be submitted, preference will be given to Literary Fiction, as outlined on the website below. The Gold Medal (£350) is reserved for Literary Fiction. All submissions will be acknowledged by email. If you have not given an email address receipt will be acknowledged by regular mail, provided an SAE has been enclosed. The deadline for receipt of completed submissions is June 30, 2014. The results well be announced on the Quagga site on or around November 30, 2014. David James is a writer, critic, and book reviewer, and has been a teacher of literature and creative writing in many countries. He is a regular speaker at the Winchester Writers Conference, having spoken on the writing of sequels, writing biographical fiction and self-publishing, as well as giving talks to writers’ circles. For more detail on the Quagga Prize and entry forms please visit our website.
Guest Blog Opportunities For several months, my blog has focused on the key—and occasionally controversial— themes that drive my forthcoming novel, A Fitting Place. The discussion has benefitted greatly from the contributions of guest bloggers, many of whom have written memoirs or novels dealing with similar themes. If you would be interested in doing one or more guest blogs, please click the website for a summary of the topics, and the general guidelines for guest bloggers.
Announcing the release of my new WW2 spy thriller, The Wings of the Eagle on Kindle. This is a sequel to bestselling thriller, The Black Orchestra. A WW2 spy story. 1943. Kurt Muller and a young colleague parachute into southern Germany to rescue a British-Canadian agent. The Allies have won the battle of the Atlantic, and German forces are retreating on all major fronts. The war in Europe is effectively over, but the Nazis will never accept defeat. An Abwehr deserter and member of the German resistance — the Black Orchestra — with a price on his head, Kurt quickly finds himself in a deadly race to prevent the Nazis from developing the first atomic bomb and changing the outcome of the Second World War.
The team behind Words with Jam (including Jane Dixon-Smith, JJ Marsh, Gillian Hamer and Catriona Troth) are proud to unveil their brand new book review site, Book Muse. In the true spirit of Words with Jam, Book Muse will bring you light-hearted but intelligent reviews (no ratings!) of a wide range of books, from both independent and trade published authors. Please submit tweetable review links to us and we'll share them with our readers. And of course, visit us to read our first reviews.
Australian ALLi member Rebecca Lang (aka R.R. Lang) published her first Kindle short story, Army Dreamers this week, pitched fare and square at the horror genre. The story is the first in a series of chilling tales that will be making up an anthology. The early reviews for Army Dreamers already sound promising: “Tightly written with an almost cinematic feel, the story is worthy of M.R. James, William Hope Hodgson or E.F. Benson.The thing that crawls from the pages of this tale makes most modern horror fare seem tame.”
The Writing in a Nutshell all-in-one edition by Jessica Bell, is now available in eBook ($4.99) and paperback ($12.99). That saves you quite a few bucks. And guess what? It also includes fifteen BONUS! writing exercises to sink your teeth into that aren't in the original books. Read more about Writing in a Nutshell: Writing Workshops to Improve Your Craft HERE.
If you are a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors and you would like to showcase your work on our ALLi Showcase, please send it to [email protected] to reach me no later than the Friday proceeding the Wednesday you would like it published.