The moment you receive an email from a publisher or licenser pitching you for a potential rights deal, is an exciting moment. But there are also lots of scammers in the world, many of whom will try to scam rights, money and your sanity from you. That said, there are also many genuine publishers and licensers out there who really do want to partner with you. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team looks at what you should do when you're approached by an overseas publisher.
The lack of diversity in publishing is a problem. It's an unfortunate truth, but racism, discrimination, ableism and prejudice still tarnish the publishing industry. Today, the Alliance of Independent Author's AskALLi team alongside Eliana West, look at some of the issues in the industry and common mistakes authors make, as well as how you can avoid making them. This is inclusivity in indie publishing: a guide for authors.
For many authors, it’s their dream to sign a contract with a publisher and see their work on the shelf of their favorite bookstores. But what happens after publication when your “season” is over, the book doesn’t sell the way you want and you’re not making the money you want? Sure, you can ask your publisher to promote your books, but for most authors, it’s up to you to do a majority of the promotion. Today's post looks at rights reversion. Thanks to Alliance of Independent Authors member Katlyn Duncan and ALLi advisor and literary agent Ethan Ellenberg.
Digital ebooks and audiobooks make up the bulk of income for most indie authors as they are more straightforward to produce and sell. But print books remain popular with readers and the Alliance of Independent Authors recommends that indie authors produce print books too. In this post, the AskALLi team looks at print publishing options for indie authors and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
It's safe to say that writers are usually prolific readers too. Over in the AskALLi team, we thought we would collate a mid-year reading list for you, whether you're on a beach, or huddled up by a fire, this mega-list will help to stock up your e-readers and bookshelves full of books for Indies. This is ALLi's 2021 best indie author books for
For a long time, book awards were only open to traditionally published authors. But that's just not the case any more. With an enormous swathe of awards open to indies, the Alliance of Independent Authors thought it was time we created an ultimate guide to all things book awards. With thanks to Annie Mydla from the North Street Book Prize and Hannah Jacobson from Book Award Pro for their contributions to this post.
While the aim of many indie authors is true independence, at the moment, many of us still rely heavily on one particular store: Amazon. Which is why when you receive a threat from them, like having your publishing account closed, or your affiliate account shut or that they're going to pull your book unless you can prove you own the rights, it's scary. In this post, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team looks at what you can do if Amazon ask you to prove your publishing rights.
Comparison often gets a bad rap. But there are times when comparing in order to understand a genre and the expectations a reader will have of you and whether or not you've met those expectations are actually really important. Today's post dives into the nitty gritty of what you should be comparing to help your author business succeed. This is the ultimate guide to comparison authors, genres and tropes.
Ask a dozen people what rest looks like, and you'll get a dozen different answers. Indie authors by nature tend to be workaholics. We have to wear so many hats, and so many roles to play, it's often difficult to remember one of those hats should be self-care. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is diving into what creative rest for indie authors should look like.
SEO is one of those acronyms that strikes fear into the heart of non-techy authors. We may know it stands for Search Engine Optimization and that it's key to our websites and books being found by readers but we may not have the first clue how to go about it, or even why it's important. And while there is a lot of advice for making straight how-to, non-fiction findable, literary writing poses particular challenges. This is the Alliance of Independent Authors no-coding required, Ultimate Guide to SEO and Findability for Indie Authors. Our thanks to Penny Sansevieri of Author Marketing Experts, Michele DeFilippo for contributions to this post.
We've all heard of pre-orders, but how many of us actually use them? How do we use them and are they useful in today's market? That's the topic the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is answering today. This is the ultimate guide to pre-orders.
ALLi members get free title set-up and revision codes for Ingram Spark. But find out what's changing in today's post.