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How Indie Authors Plan for Publishing Success: Producing, Processing & Promoting

A to-do list works as a planning method only for those writers who have third-party publishers (and other people whose job is straightforward and singular). If all you have to do today, tomorrow, and forever is get words done, drafted and delivered, then a list will serve you just fine. But indie authors are creative directors of an author-publishing business, a much more complex endeavor.
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The Ultimate Guide to The Perfect Book Cover for Indie Authors

Getting a look at your first book cover is one of the most exciting parts of the publishing journey. It’s often the first time your book ‘feels’ real because you get to see it in a tangible way. But it’s also scary because everyone knows first impressions count. What if the cover is off genre, what if it doesn't resonate? We all want the perfect book cover for our book. ALLi prides itself on its approved partner directory and services vetted by our Watchdog Desk, if you want to search for trusted cover designers, start there. Today's post is all about finding the perfect book cover. With special thanks to Helen from ALLi Partner members Miblart, Jane Dixon-Smith ALLi partner member from JD Smith Design, and ALLi partner member and author, Helen Baggott.
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The Ultimate Guide to Mailing Lists for Authors Part 3: Maintaining a Mailing List

In a three-part series starting two weeks ago, the Alliance of Independent Authors #AskALLi team explores mailing lists, how to set them up, how to grow them, manage them and most importantly, build and sustain relationships and connections with your readers. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed insightful comments and a special thanks to members. This is the ultimate guide to mailing lists for indie authors part 3: maintaining a mailing list.
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The Ultimate Guide to Mailing Lists for Authors Part 2: Growing a Reader Mailing List

In a three-part series starting last week, the Alliance of Independent Authors #AskALLi team explores mailing lists, how to set them up, how to grow them, manage them and most importantly, build and sustain relationships and connections with your readers. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed insightful comments and a special thanks to... This is the ultimate guide to mailing lists for indie authors part 2: mailing list growth. 
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Authenticity For Indie Authors

The Ultimate Guide to Authenticity for Indie Authors

The term “authenticity” is banded around a lot when it comes to marketing. But what does it mean and how do you “do it”? Well, that’s what the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team aims to answer today. With deep thanks for the contributions from members and partners. In particular, Connor Whiteley, A.G. Billig and partner member Karen Ferreira.
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150 Self-Publishing Questions Answered: New ALLi Guidebook by M.L. Ronn (Michael La Ronn)

The following is an excerpt from ALLi’s new guidebook, 150 Self-Publishing Questions Answered: ALLi’s Writing, Publishing, and Book Marketing Tips for Authors and Poets, written by ALLi’s Outreach Manager M.L. Ronn (Michael La Ronn). In this section, Michael tackles how to distribute and manage your e-Bbook at retailers like Amazon and Google Play, how to make your book free, and more. Read this post to get a taste of the book, or listen to the audiobook excerpt narrated by Michael.
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The Ultimate Guide to Content Repurposing

Content repurposing is banded around a lot. But what does it mean and how do you "do it"? Well, that's what the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team aims to answer today. With deep thanks for the contributions from members and partners. In particular, Nate Hoffelder, Debbie Young,  Alison Morton, Tom Fowler.
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The Ultimate Guide to Self-Editing your Manuscript

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. 
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The Ultimate Guide to Building A Solid Author Platform

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.
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Everything you need to Know about the Self-Publishing Advice Conference

The Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Advice Conference is coming! With less than two weeks to go until the London Book Fair, our first Self-Publishing Advice Conference of 2020 is just about ready. While we’re preparing the presentations, I thought I’d share the schedule, speaker information and everything you need to know about the self-publishing advice conference so you can plan your attendance. But first...
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