This is the self-publishing advice blog, written by members of the Alliance of Independent Authors. We cover the seven processes of publishing – editorial, design, production, distribution, marketing, promotion and licensing publishing rights – here week on week, together with writing advice and how to run an indie author business.
Posts for those new to self-publishing
ALLi & Mark Dawson have joined forces to offer a special opening of Mark’s Self-Publishing 101 this weekend. http://www.selfpublishingformula.com/alli/
Jay Artale our ALLi communications manager has put together a roundup of our Ask ALLi and Indie Author Fringe podcasts, and coaxes us to take time for ourselves over the festive season to listen and be inspired.
Today’s book marketplace is highly competitive. You need to bring you’re A-game not only on the craft side, but on the business side. In our latest Indie Author Fringe podcast, Kathy Meis from Bublish delves into the six crucial steps that authors need to take before launching their book.
Author, ghost-writer and writing coach Roz Morris provides a handy checklist to help you make sure you’re not making classic novice errors when planning the plot of your novel. Far-fetched or trite story metaphor Metaphors only work if they are used well and go deep. If your characters’ activities are to be a metaphor, such […]
English indie author C J Browne, who has recently launched her debut thriller Revenge Ritual, describes how finding a great writing buddy help both parties work towards their goals of publishing their books, no matter how your books are published. Writing can be a solitary occupation, but it doesn’t have to be. One way to […]
Author design consultant and ALLi Partner Member Aimee Coveney makes the case for including video media, vlogging and book trailers as part of any indie author’s marketing campaign, and describes some compelling benefits. One of the challenges to indie authors in marketing their self-published books is that people simply don’t have the time to browse […]
Using social media successfully is a bit like Alice travelling through Looking-Glass World – to reach your goal, you shouldn’t aim for the most obvious target. Instead, taking what might seem a less direct, more circuitous route might be more effective. Scottish self-published writer Wendy H Jones explains why overt marketing won’t help you sell […]
Changing your book’s cover is a hot topic at the moment, with many authors reporting that revamping the look of their book can dramatically change their book’s sales. It takes courage, however, particularly when you’ve grown attached to the original design – the well-known authors’ maxim “murder your darlings”, suggesting the wrench involved in ditching […]
Self-Publishing: How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Over the coming weeks, Orna Ross and Valerie Shanley are building the latest versions of ALLi’s How-To Guides to the most crucial publishing platforms for indie authors. First up: who else? Amazon. If you can read it, Amazon has a publishing platform for it. The biggest online […]