Quitting your day job to write full-time is a huge achievement. But what happens when you walk away from a salary? How do you survive your first year? Alliance of Independent Authors blog manager, Sacha Black is approaching her one year anniversary and is here to share both the lessons she learned in her first year of full-time writing as well as the lessons some of our members learned. Learn how to survive your first year as a full-time author.
My guest this week is Jules Horne, a Scottish author who understands that the best way to read a book may not be only through the eyes only. With the rise in audiobooks and podcasts, we're returning back to the age of oral storytelling, and Jules is probing the borders between reading and listening, between the eyes and the ears.
Do you want to perfect your book launches? Do you wonder if book launches are even relevant in 2020? This week’s AskALLi session with Sacha Black and Adam Croft will discuss the conflicting and often confusing subject of launching your book and giving it the greatest chance of success.
Leaders around the world have told us that we are in the middle of the health crisis induced by COVID-19, coronavirus, and we are all now facing into its implications. Most of us, we are told, can expect nothing worse than a week in bed with flu-like symptoms, but some of us are greatly vulnerable. We at ALLi want to wish you and your loved ones wellness and recovery. Your health and wellbeing is what’s most important at this time. Stay as safe as you can.
On Saturday we ran the Self-Publishing Advice Conference Spring 2020 -- 24 sessions over 24 hours on the theme of boosting your author income. Sacha Black asks: have you registered and tuned in yet? If not, now is the time. The self-publishing advice conference is free for another 24 hours.
Self-publishing is much more than an alternative route to market for authors, says Orna Ross, director of the Alliance of Independent Authors in her opinion post this month. Drawing on two new reports about conditions for authors, she explores myths and misunderstandings about authorship that are relics from an age that's now over. And explains how self-publishing changes everything for everyone in publishing.
The Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Advice Conference is coming! With less than two weeks to go until the London Book Fair, our first Self-Publishing Advice Conference of 2020 is just about ready. While we’re preparing the presentations, I thought I’d share the schedule, speaker information and everything you need to know about the self-publishing advice conference so you can plan your attendance. But first...
Do you want to take your nonfiction books to the next level? Are you keen to learn how digital tools are changing nonfiction publishing for authors? In this session, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn focus on advanced nonfiction considerations for authors. Both believe that almost all writers, including poets and novelists, benefit from including non-fiction in their publishing mix. In this revealing podcast, these two leading indie authors share behind-the-books stories about their own creative successes and challenges in writing and publishing nonfiction.
Getting your first book to publication is an enormous feat of learning, time and energy and iteration. But what do you about those learning habits once you've finally published it? Well ALLi author member L. N. Mayer suggests we should continuing learning and growing throughout our careers.
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.
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.