As the year draws to a close, in ALLi we've been busy looking at the year's highlights. Today, we're celebrating some of our favorite books published in 2019 for writers. We've purposefully not included any of the books mentioned in yesterday's best audiobooks of the year post so we celebrate a range of book. So if you'd like a comprehensive list of the best writing books of 2019 have a look at both post.
December sees the ALLi team look back at the year and review the highs and lows. Today is the AskALLi Member Q&A Podcast review of 2019. ALLi team member Michael LaRonn, is here with his round up of the best moments this year.
AskALLi Member Q&A Podcast Review of 2019
2019 was another great year for the AskALLi Member Q&A Podcast. Together, Orna Ross and I answered over￼￼￼ 50 self-publishing questions for ALLi members! Every year seems to have slightly different trends though, and 2019 was no different. Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting questions from the AskALLi Member Q&A Podcast this year, plus some predictions for 2020.
#1: Help! My publisher isn’t paying my royalties (or, my royalties are incorrect)!
We received this type of question more times this year than we would have preferred. Some members who have published with small presses have written to us privately about not receiving their royalties on time, or being paid the wrong amount. Either of those situations is a red flag that should not be ignored.
We recommend reviewing your contract to see what your options are. First, write the publisher to ask what’s going on, and if necessary, see what your termination or reversion rights clause says to see if you can get your rights back.
We also recommend that you read this excellent post by our Watchdog John Doppler.
#2: What’s the best way to brand my series?
This is such a great question that we’re hearing more of. We’re seeing stronger author branding in the marketplace right now, especially for self-help and nonfiction. As the ebook market continues to mature, it will be critically important as ever to make your book stand out however you can.
Listen/watch this episode of the AskALLi Self-Publishing Fiction & Nonfiction Salon where Orna Ross, Adam Croft, and Boni Wagner-Stafford talk about this very topic!
#3: What is hybrid publishing and should I consider it?
Hybrid publishing is a publishing model where the author and publisher both share the costs of book production. It’s still a relatively new publishing model, so ALLi is watching the space closely. As always, we recommend being the creative director of your career and retaining your rights wherever possible.
Read this post to get up-to-speed on how hybrid publishing works.
Looking Ahead to 2020: Our Predictions
Audiobooks will continue to gain steam. We have been seeing an uptick in audiobook questions and expect that to continue.
As the market matures and gets savvier, we also predict we’ll get more savvy business and copyright questions as authors continue building their businesses. We received a number of great copyright questions this year, and it’s definitely on our members’ minds.
Last but not least, ALLi will be releasing a new guidebook in 2020 that compiles over 200 of the most common self-publishing questions we receive, written and narrated by Michael La Ronn! To get notifications when the book launches, join his mailing list at www.authorlevelup.com/fanclub
Thanks for another great year, and we’ll see you in 2020!
OVER TO YOU
What was your favorite question or helpful answer this year?
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