This month Orna’s planning workshop is a comparable authors workshop. To access the workshop, join Orna’s creative business planning membership for authors and poets on Patreon. More details here.
If you're a regular reader of this blog or a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), you'll be aware of the campaign called "Audiblegate". This post by ALLi Director Orna Ross explains the nature of that campaign, how it began, the latest developments--and why it matters to all authors and publishers.
Today's authors can be creative business owners building independent publishing enterprises based on intellectual property (IP). Yet many independent authors forgo their independence, and compromise the value of their IP, by signing or assigning their books exclusively to another business without due diligence. This post explores the important principle of publishing inclusivity for authors and the dangers of going exclusive with one publisher or one self-publishing service.
Most authors don't need to worry about libel. It’s rare for a novelist to be sued for libel. But there are occasions when libel can cause problems for authors. This post examines how to avoid libel and defamation as an author.
It's been a tradition since founding the Alliance of Independent Authors in 2012 for ALLi's Director, Orna Ross to do a prediction post at this beginning of the year. Here's last year's post which was also a prediction for the decade to come, and is still relevant). But the events of 2020 have made such posts seem like hubris. Which is why today, Orna brings you her thoughts on what self-publishing in 2021 will look like.
Happy holidays, dear indie authors! It has been our honor and pleasure to work with you in 2020. Closing: Our home…
Leaders around the world have told us that we are in the middle of the health crisis induced by COVID-19, coronavirus, and we are all now facing into its implications. Most of us, we are told, can expect nothing worse than a week in bed with flu-like symptoms, but some of us are greatly vulnerable. We at ALLi want to wish you and your loved ones wellness and recovery. Your health and wellbeing is what’s most important at this time. Stay as safe as you can.
On Saturday we ran the Self-Publishing Advice Conference Spring 2020 -- 24 sessions over 24 hours on the theme of boosting your author income. Sacha Black asks: have you registered and tuned in yet? If not, now is the time. The self-publishing advice conference is free for another 24 hours.
Self-publishing is much more than an alternative route to market for authors, says Orna Ross, director of the Alliance of Independent Authors in her opinion post this month. Drawing on two new reports about conditions for authors, she explores myths and misunderstandings about authorship that are relics from an age that's now over. And explains how self-publishing changes everything for everyone in publishing.
If there's one thing we can all be assured of in our industry, it's that change is a constant. The blog has run in its current format for a while, but with algorithm changes at Google Search affecting SEO for authors, we're changing our format. This post explains the changes you can expect around here and what the Google Search algorithm changes might mean for you.
This New Year is special as it marks not just the changing of a year but the start of a new decade. And how things change in a decade. It's hard to believe that barely more than a decade ago the iPhone was a new fangled piece of technology. But here we are a decade later with a plethora of technology at our fingertips. Today, ALLi director Orna Ross looks not to the past, but to the future, to 2020 and the decade to come. Here are her self-publishing predictions for 2020 and the 2020s.