Each month, Joanna and Orna answer Members’ self-publishing questions during our Ask ALLi event. In this month's Author Q&A we have a myriad of questions about formatting and publishing services. There's plenty of advice, no matter where you are in your author journey.
Watch the You Tube video or listen to the podcast to find out the answers to the questions listed below. Also, find out what Orna and Joanna have been focused on recently.
Orna is busy preparing for our first Indie Author Fringe event of 2016. Our online conference will commence at 10am April 15th and run for 24-hours straight.
It's free to attend, and you can register here for updates and information about the sessions, competitions and speaker giveaways.
Joanna is in heading out the the Smarter Artist Summit in Austin Tx, but will be back in time to be one of the scheduled speakers for our Indie Author Fringe (See the rest of the speakers and sessions here). She's also squeezing in time for the final edit on Destroyer of Worlds, #8 in her Arkane series, which is on it's way to proofreading and a beta reader.
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Ask ALLi Self-Publishing Questions
Here's a summary of the questions in this month's Ask ALLi with Orna and Joanna:
Q: What should you do when you feel badly served by a self-publishing service provider? And do you have a list of book formatters?
Q: How do you create front matter and chapter headings, so that they look good on Kindle?
Q: What company would you recommend for a Non-Ficiton Hardback?
Q: There's still so many really bad Indie Book Covers, do you think they'll every become a thing of the past?
Q: Is there any good tools out there that can help you chart the months leading up to a book release?
Q: I'm publishing a book about rural libraries in Zimbabwe, how can I have them published widely?
Q: Once you've self-published, what would it take to get an agent interested?
Q: How can I get estimates of adding illustrations to my KDP file?
Q: Should manuscripts be proof-read after you've completed the interior book layout?
Q: Do I own rights to my book cover designs?
Q: Do I need a separate ISBN for my audio format?
Q: How long does it take for Amazon to price match my book price after I've reverted from a free price-point?
Q: What are your thoughts about Archway? I'm looking for assisted publishing for a memoir.
Q: I have a signed contract with Matador to publish and market my book. What should I beware of, and what should I do myself?
Q: Should I do a book tour to actual physical books stores, or pay for an online blog tour or a publicist?Find out what questions @OrnaRoss & @TheCreativePenn answered in this month's #Selfpub Q&A. Click To Tweet
Monthly Ask ALLi
Our monthly Member Q&A is part of our “Ask ALLi” Campaign: in which ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) commits to answering any question about self-publishing.
Our next Ask ALLi is on April 26th.
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Meet the Ask ALLi Hosts
Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as writing non-fiction for authors. She is also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013.
She spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporations across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in September 2011.
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She also publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is greatly excited by the democratising, empowering potential of author-publishing.
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