Is copyright broken? That's the question the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is asking today. We don't think it's broken, but it doesn't always work. In a two part series starting today and finishing next Monday, we explore both piracy and plagiarism and the impact they're having on members as well as what you can do about them. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed with insightful comments and a special thanks to John Doppler, our resident watchdog for his knowledge and contributions to the posts. The Indie Author's Guide to Piracy.
My guest this week is Michael La Ronn, who many of you know as the co-host of the AskALLi Members' Q&A podcast. You also may know him as a video blogger, and writer of fantastic fiction. He lives and thrives at the border between genres, and as an African American author who was raised in a biracial family, he chooses to try to bring people together in these polarized times.
Everyone loves a good bargain. Part of being an Alliance of Independent Authors member is access to the vetted, trusted Partner Member directory. And it's with great excitement that the AskALLi team shares a whopper of a summer sale. With thanks to all our trusted partners who have been extra generous with their discounts and sales for ALLi members. This is The Alliance of Independent Authors Summer Sale Bonanza.
My guest this week is Eric Twiggs, an indie author and motivational speaker who is an expert in procrastination. In fact, it took him a little while to figure out that was his calling, and then he held off on writing a book about it. Now, though, the author of The Discipline of Now and One Moment in Time has some advice all authors can use on the value of getting things done today rather than tomorrow. So, without further delay, here's Eric Twiggs.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) we asked questions about Processes, Outsourcing and Automation.
My guest this week is Scottish author Lorna Fergusson, who has tried publishing the traditional way, but found that she enjoyed the control she had over her own work that comes with being an indie author. Lorna has also devoted her career to coaching other indie authors on how they can chase away self-doubt and join the indie publishing revolution.
When you start writing, your only concern is getting to the end of your manuscript. Even publishing is a distant concept. But eventually, if you stick at this long enough, the world of rights, translations and selective licensing opens up. The Alliance of Independent Authors’ ran a six month rights program, its aim was to open up the rights industry to indie authors. This is a write up of everything learned during those six months. This is the ultimate guide to selling book rights for indie authors.
My guest this week is Dean Blake, who has turned Instagram fame into an indie author career. What began as simple drawings that poke fun of ridiculous life situations went viral on social media and have struck a chord, especially in these times, when we can all use a good laugh.
Is it time to reboot your author brand and reassess your business? As the world begins to tentatively unlock from social cocooning and quarantine, indie authors and others are reassessing what’s most important to them as writers and publishers. Both Orna Ross and Joanna Penn have used this as a time for reflection and reassessment, and they share what they’ve been doing to reboot their author brands.
My guest this week is Dan Holloway, who many of you already know as ALLi's news editor who updates us on our blog and podcast with the latest news from the world of independent publishing. Who you may not know…
In this month’s Fiction & Nonfiction Self-Publishing Salon, Sacha Black and Orna Ross outline the advantages and downsides of selling books directly to readers from your own author website and consider the implications for exclusivity with platforms like KDP Select.
My guest this week is Lynda Edwards, an indie author who left her childhood home of Jamaica long ago, but whose writing is still flavored with the culture and magic of the Caribbean.