Wishing you all things merry and bright for the holiday season. And a peaceful and prosperous new year.
Each year in the Alliance of Independent Authors, we take a look back at the year and review what's happened in the industry. Last year was gruelling for many, this year has continued to be a rollercoaster for many. This is the self-publishing review 2021.
All year round there are birthdays and festivals, celebrations and national days, theme days and religious celebrations, breaks and holidays and a thousand other opportunities to give gifts to the writers in your life. But what on earth do you give them? It's with deep thanks to the Alliance of Independent Authors members today that we bring you a post full of ideas for gifts for the writers in your life.
The lack of diversity in publishing is a problem. It's an unfortunate truth, but racism, discrimination, ableism and prejudice still tarnish the publishing industry. Today, the Alliance of Independent Author's AskALLi team alongside Eliana West, look at some of the issues in the industry and common mistakes authors make, as well as how you can avoid making them. This is inclusivity in indie publishing: a guide for authors.
It's safe to say that writers are usually prolific readers too. Over in the AskALLi team, we thought we would collate a mid-year reading list for you, whether you're on a beach, or huddled up by a fire, this mega-list will help to stock up your e-readers and bookshelves full of books for Indies. This is ALLi's 2021 best indie author books for
Ask a dozen people what rest looks like, and you'll get a dozen different answers. Indie authors by nature tend to be workaholics. We have to wear so many hats, and so many roles to play, it's often difficult to remember one of those hats should be self-care. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is diving into what creative rest for indie authors should look like.
Networking and meeting other authors and industry experts is vital in this day and age. Previously everything was in person, but now being able to network both in person and digitally is essential to keep growing your author business and network. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors is focusing on networking for authors.
The last year has been exhausting, and difficult for millions if not billions of people. But there are so many people who have personal struggles on a day to day basis without the added pressures of global pandemics. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is talking to some of our members who have continued publishing through personal struggles. We listen to their inspirational stories and find out how they've overcome their struggles to publish. With thanks to Angeline Trevena, Jack Lench, Rachel McLean and Debbie Young for their contributions to this post.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about So How Was 2020 for You?
My ALLi author guest this week is Joanna Penn, who many of you already know as a successful indie author, businesswoman, and podcaster for ALLi. In fact, her name is almost synonymous with the term authorpreneur. So, this podcast will not focus so much on Joanna's current work, but we'll hear more of her own backstory, what motivates her fictional characters, and what motivates her as a writer, self-publisher, and role model for other indie authors.
Creative business is not business as usual. Authors often define success very differently from your average business owners, work from different drivers, and find most planning methods are too one-dimensional and mechanical. This session from ALLi Director Orna Ross provides a simple creative planning method designed for febrile creative minds.
How do I manage my privacy as an author? Our #AskALLi Member Q&A is hosted by Michael La Ronn and ALLi Director, Orna Ross,and this month they'll be answering this question and more.