Is copyright broken? That's the question the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is asking today. We don't think it's broken, but it doesn't always work. In a two part series starting today and finishing next Monday, we explore both piracy and plagiarism and the impact they're having on members as well as what you can do about them. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed with insightful comments and a special thanks to John Doppler, our resident watchdog for his knowledge and contributions to the posts. The Indie Author's Guide to Piracy.
Everyone loves a good bargain. Part of being an Alliance of Independent Authors member is access to the vetted, trusted Partner Member directory. And it's with great excitement that the AskALLi team shares a whopper of a summer sale. With thanks to all our trusted partners who have been extra generous with their discounts and sales for ALLi members. This is The Alliance of Independent Authors Summer Sale Bonanza.
It's mind boggling that just 15 years ago, there were no iPhones, no Kindles and barely an inkling of the impending self-publishing revolution. In a few short years, indie authors have irrevocably changed the industry: now accounting for 24-34% of all ebook sales in the largest English-language markets, depending on which source you read (and none of them tell the full story). Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors #AskALLi team look at the facts and figures about self-publishing and the impact of indie authors on the wider publishing industry.
When you start writing, your only concern is getting to the end of your manuscript. Even publishing is a distant concept. But eventually, if you stick at this long enough, the world of rights, translations and selective licensing opens up. The Alliance of Independent Authors’ ran a six month rights program, its aim was to open up the rights industry to indie authors. This is a write up of everything learned during those six months. This is the ultimate guide to selling book rights for indie authors.
When you open your completed manuscript to start editing, it seems like a monumental task. But like any project, if you break it down into stages, the baby steps are much more manageable. Which is why today's ultimate guide is all about self-editing your manuscript. The Alliance of Independent Authors’ AskALLi team thanks all ALLi members and partners who shared their experiences, in particular Alison Shakspeare of Shakspeare Editorial, Kristina Stanley of Fictionary.co and Lisa Lepki of ProWritingAid for their in-depth contributions and advice.
We're living in a digital age, which means no matter how you're published, you need some kind of platform to connect with readers. Author platforms are made more important by international crises like Covid-19. Today’s post outlines how you can create a platform. This is the ultimate guide to author platforms.
There are no rules in prose, you can get away with virtually anything, even not using a full stop but there are tactics that sharpen your descriptions and improve your sentence-level craft and things to avoid when writing prose.
While the digital age combined with Covid-19 lockdown has seen an increase of readers turning to ebooks, there are a huge section of readers who are staunch paper readers and specifically, hardback or premium book readers. This is the ultimate guide to hardback and premium books
Selling books is bread and butter for any author and increasing numbers of indie authors are making their own website the hub of their publishing business, with other online sellers as outposts. The Alliance of Independent Authors has a bookshop on this website where non-members can buy its books (All are free to members who can download by logging in allianceindependentauthors.org and navigating to the BOOKS menu). Today, we bring you the ultimate guide to selling books on your author website.
It's unfortunate that in every industry there are people who will gladly take advantage of you. That's why the Alliance of Independent Authors is proud to run a watchdog desk that runs a number of services including: highlighting trusted service providers through their vetting service and monthly watchdog posts on the not so trustworthy. Today, we have a round up of all of the articles you need to avoid being ripped off as an indie author.
Rather than cancelling or postponing physical events due to coronavirus, many indie authors are look at taking their events online. The Alliance of Independent Authors Ultimate Guide to Hosting Successful Online explains the pros and cons and how to ensure your event is a success.
Arguably, when you publish a new book, gaining reviews is a key book-marketing activity; possibly the most important of all marketing tasks. But it's hard, and the rules about what you can and can't do constantly change. This is the ultimate guide to getting book reviews.