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.
My guest this week is Liza Perrat, a truly international indie author—an Australian by birth who writes historical novels about France, her adopted country. In fact, you'll hear a combination of both countries in her voice.
Last week on the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) we asked the question "How are you Coping?". We discover how the community is coping with lockdown.
My guest this week is Edward Trayer, but many schoolchildren, parents and teachers know him by the name Billy Bob Buttons. Edward went through a few incarnations before he settled on this persona, from a teacher to a pilot, but he found his life's calling when he brought the joy of reading and writing to children.
Selling books is bread and butter for any author and increasing numbers of indie authors are making their own website the hub of their publishing business, with other online sellers as outposts. The Alliance of Independent Authors has a bookshop on this website where non-members can buy its books (All are free to members who can download by logging in allianceindependentauthors.org and navigating to the BOOKS menu). Today, we bring you the ultimate guide to selling books on your author website.
My guest this week is Sonja Dewing, an author of adventure tales who enjoys living on the wild side while she writes about it, whether it's touring the Amazon or mixing it up in the roller derby. Sonja decided to quit her job a few years ago to focus on her writing, travel, and helping other authors, and has not regretted the decision for one second.
Last week on the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) we asked questions to Jane Steen, an author who has faced a series of major challenges over the last five years about resilience. The ALLi Twitter chat starts 8pm UK Time on Wednesdays (that's 3pm EST and noon Pacific Time) under the hashtag #indieAuthorChat and lasts for an hour. We ask a guest questions and they answer on Twitter. The tweets below are only the questions and answer tweets not every tweet on the chat. The topic of this chat was resilience.
My guest this week is speculative fiction author Cody Sisco. Cody has divided his indie publishing work into two parts. His series of books that straddles the divide between plausible and extraordinary, and his work on behalf of other indie authors in his hometown of Los Angeles. Taken together, Cody lives and breathes the indie publishing spirit.