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Encore Opinion: Be a Tolerant #IndieAuthor

It's vital that we support each other if we want to continue to grow the indie community. In today's encore post, Barb Drozdowich says indie authors need to be more tolerant of each others' strengths and weaknesses, especially with regard to technical skills. From the perspective of a technical trainer, she explains how it's too easy for those with strong IT skills to inadvertently bully, belittle and upset those who struggle, and reminds us of the need to be more sensitive, especially when responding to comments on social media. 
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Journey To The Perfect Book Cover

Commissioning your first cover is one of the most exciting parts of the publshing 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 all of us want to have the perfect book cover for our story. ALLi prides itself on its approved partner directory and vetted services. Author member Helen Baggott tells us about her experience of finding a designer and receiving her first cover.
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Book Marketing from a Standing Start as an Indie Author

The longer you're in an industry, the more knowledge and information you build. But, in a way, the more blinkers you wear too. It's hard to remember those early days of no readers and single sale days. But there's a huge number of debut authors publishing every day. Author member Alastair Crombie has just launched his first book and is here to explain what marketing from a standing start is like in the current market.
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ALLi Launches the Indie Authors’ Copyright Bill of Rights

Copyright is fundamental to an author’s ability to publish and trade in books, create successful author-businesses, and earn an income from their work. Thus, changes in copyright law are of deep concern to the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Our Copyright Bill of Rights offers ALLi’s interpretation and recommendations of what today’s authors and readers currently need from copyright law, policy, and practice.
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Self-Publishing Solutions To Low Author Earnings

Self-Publishing Solutions to Low Author Earnings: ALLi Members Respond

Another month, another report about poverty-level author incomes. Boni Wagner-Stafford, ALLi's Communications Manager shares ALLi voices participating in the discussion of the UK's All Party Writers Group report's recommendations. Does the APWG report miss the point? Are there self-publishing solutions to low author earnings?
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Psychology Of Success For Authors

The Psychology of Success For Authors: Do You Secretly Think Self-Publishing is Second Best?

Is there a psychology of success for indie authors? Recently I found myself, as I often do, at a writers' conference. It was a mixed event, with about half of attendees aspiring to publication and the other half evenly divided between trade-published and self-published authors You can always tell which is which at these get-togethers. The indies are animatedly swapping tips and tools, ideas and insights. The trade-published authors are swapping stories of the latest problem with their agent or publisher.
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Is it Characterisation or Cultural Stereotyping?

As authors, it's important that we're free to write the things we feel most strongly about. Whether that's the travel and cultures we've experienced or the made-up fantasy worlds of our imaginations. But we also need to be sensitive to the nuanced differences between our own culture and the ones we write about. Virginia King discusses the boundary between characterisation and cultural stereotype.
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Ten Years Of Nonfiction Publishing

What’s Happened in Ten Years of Nonfiction Publishing?

There's one thing we can all be assured of in our industry, and that's that there will always be changes. Whether it's to platforms, algorithms or technology change shows no signs of slowing down. ALLI Partner Member Karen Williams from The Book Mentor is here today to talk about the changes she's seen in the nonfiction industry over the last decade.
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