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Publishing: Is the Quality of Print Books Diminishing?

Paperback books were developed as an affordable alternative to hardbacks, democratising book ownership. These days ebooks usually offer a cheaper alternative to print. But are production standards of trade paperbacks falling as publishers aim to optimise their profit margins? On ALLi’s closed Facebook group, visible to members only, there was a lively discussion of the […]

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Publishing: How to Make an Audio Book – Interview with Audio Artist Elizabeth Klett

With so much talk about audio books being the Next Big Thing for indie authors, ALLi author member Jane Steen, currently creating her first audio book, volunteered Elizabeth Klett to tell us more about the subject from the audio artist’s point of view. It was a pleasure to interview this highly experienced and enthusiastic professional. […]

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Publishing: How do Book Bloggers Work? Interview with Stephanie M Hopkins

Understanding how book bloggers operate will help you approach them in the right way and increase your chance of gaining traction for your self-published books on their websites. I’m therefore very pleased to interview today a prominent book blogger, Stephanie M Hopkins, to take us behind the scenes. First, to set the scene, here are a few […]

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Publishing: Can Indie Authors Dispense with The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook?

Here’s an interesting debate to start the weekend! Should indie authors dispense with the weighty publishing industry directories that have long been a must-have for any author’s bookshelf, like Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (UK) or The Writer’s Handbook (US)? In this post, Scottish indie author Ian Sutherland describes how becoming a self-published author made him […]

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Writing: Turning a Blog into a Book with “Indie Authors Naked”

As a fervent blogger with a passion for repurposing blog content, I’m always on the lookout for blogs that have been transformed into coherent stand-alone self-published books. When I discovered “Indie Authors Naked”, a riveting set of interviews with successful indie authors I was keen to interview the author, Loren Kleinman. The book’s launch next week […]

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Writing: Advice Videos on ALLi’s YouTube Channel

When looking to increase their knowledge about self-publishing, many indie authors instinctively turn to the written word via blogs or books. But there’s also plenty of valuable audio-visual material freely available to ease your self-publishing journey, starting with ALLi’s YouTube Channel. Why Use Audio-Visual Resources? Audio-visual media provide: a welcome break from your computer keyboard […]

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How To Make the Most of ALLi Membership #2: Write A Guest Post for Our Blog

This month’s top tip for how self-published and indie authors may make the most of their ALLi Membership comes from Debbie Young, Commissioning Editor of ALLi’s blog of self-publishing advice. This blog is, of course, visible to the general public, and you don’t have to be a member of ALLi to benefit from reading it. But two […]

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