At ALLi’s Watchdog Desk, we frequently hear from authors whose publishers aren’t living up to expectations. While substandard vanity presses like Author Solutions and Austin Macauley are the most common source of this author discontent, complaints about independent publishers are plentiful. Some of these publishers are unqualified. Some are understaffed and overwhelmed with the extensive […]
Author Archive | John Doppler
Ask any author’s group when you should pay for reviews, and the answer will usually be a resounding “NEVER!” But is that true? That depends on what type of review is involved, and how those reviews are obtained.
Popular advice states that in any publishing relationship, money should flow toward the author. But what does that mean, exactly?
The purpose of an online complaint isn’t venting — it’s change. Learn how you can transform a futile rant into a powerful tool for getting results.
When confronted, criminals tend to fall back on a reliable pattern of behaviors to defuse suspicion. How many of these tactics have you seen?
Indie authors are being targeted by criminals who impersonate them online, then collect royalties on their books. Learn how to detect and stop book counterfeiting.
Can indie authors fight back against plagiarism?
Learn how—and when—to combat piracy. The first of a three-part series on fighting copyright infringement.
When you endorse a product or service, you’re tying your reputation to that advice. Protect yourself from bad endorsements with these five simple steps.
Meet Jessica Bell, a multi-talented artist who creates unique, best-selling book covers.