What can artificial intelligence and blockchain do for you? Kathy Meis of Bublish gives a clear summary and a link to a free webinar on 13 February. (Can't make the event live? Register anyway to access post-event recording.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Recently on the closed ALLi Member Facebook Forum there've been a couple of active comment threads with questions about how indie authors set paperback prices. Here's a compilation of the responses so you can see for yourself what some of the options are for pricing your own books.
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.
Many indie authors struggle with how to handle their author photo. They’re shy, or modest, or frugal, and don’t want to hire a professional photographer “just” for their author photo. Here’s why Boni Wagner-Stafford, ALLi's communications manager and co-founder of ALLi Partner Member Ingenium Books, believes you should.
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.
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.
Feeling overwhelmed by the need to market your book? Try breaking the process down into baby steps - a system that Cathy Dudley found worked for her, as she describes with a case study here.