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Opinion: How to Prepare a Successful Book Launch

A book launch is one part excitement and one part terror. You're finally putting your creation out into the world, which means you're actually putting your creation into the world! People can have opinions and make judgments. But you can also find wonderful readers and supporters of your work. ALLi author member Kristan Julius recently launched her first independently published book and is here to explain how she made it a success.
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Writing Competitions: Why Enter and How to Win

Publishing books is most indie author's bread and butter, but how many of us still enter writing competitions? Dea Parkin,  ALLi partner member, Editor-in-chief at Fiction Feedback and Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association, gives us an insight into her experience administrating and reading for major writing competitions and advises how best to go about preparing your entry.
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Everything You Need To Know About Fiction Editing

Everything You Need To Know About Fiction Editing

Getting your first book edited can be an overwhelming experience. There's different types of editors, huge swings in price ranges and that's all before you receive the feedback itself. ALLi partner member and CEO of Fictionary.co Kristina Stanley, is here to explain everything you need to know about fiction editing.
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Opinion: The Emotion of Book Publishing

Once you've published a book or three, it's easy to forget the emotional rollercoaster the first book took you on. Sure, there are always highs and lows in this business, but there's nothing quite like the first book. ALLi associate member Nadia Stewart knows the emotion of book publishing all too well. She tell us about her journey trying to publish her first book. 
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Opinion: Choosing the Right Audiobook Narrator

It's perhaps no surprise that just like a reader has a preference for one author's voice over another, listeners will have a preference for one narrator over the another. Rosalind Minett, ALLi author member debates whether the author's spoken voice is the best choice for narration or whether we should leave it up to the professionals. One thing's for certain, choosing the right audiobook narrator is a difficult task.
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How to Create a Business Plan for Your Indie Author Business

The beginning of the year is a perfect time to set goals and plan actions, especially if you're an author. While most businesses write a business plan, it's not always a consideration writers make. Tetania Bak, from ALLi partner member MiblArt is here to explain how to create one and as well as the goals in it.
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Use Data to be a More Productive Writer and Win #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month is a now twenty-year tradition. Every November, writers take up the challenge of penning 50,000 words in a single month. A monstrous task to some, a weekly habit to others. Either way, writing more is something we all strive for. ALLi author member Rachel McCollin is here to show us how to use data to be a more productive writer.
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Make the Most of Your ALLi Associate Membership: Everything You Need to Know and More

As an associate member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (known as ALLi, pronounced like the word “ally”), you’re probably looking for every available tool and resource to kickstart your journey towards self-publishing your first book (and hopefully the first of many). How sure are you that you’re getting the most out of your ALLi associate membership and that you know about all the resources available here? ALLi Communications Manager Boni Wagner-Stafford offers some insight. 
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Opinion: The BookLife Prize for Indie Authors

As independent authors, one of the biggest challenges we face is “discoverability.” In the vast ocean of new books being uploaded onto Amazon every day, launching our own may feel a bit like casting a tiny message in a bottle into titanic waves. In order for our readers to find us, we need reviews—a lot of them—and preferably great ones from well-known and respected sources. With this in mind,  Kristan Julius, ALLi author member checked out the Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize. This is her review and experience.
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