Today on the #AskALLi Beginner Self-Publishing podcast: Free ways to grow an author platform. What is an author platform? If you’re just setting out as an indie author, how do you build one? In this episode, ALLi Director Orna Ross and Content Production Manager Dan Parsons outline the fundamental pillars that uphold a good author platform—one that spreads your message and sells your books—without spending a fortune on advertising.
The London Book Fair has been a key date for the Alliance of Independent Authors for many years. The AskALLi team is in attendance this year, see below for more information. We've rounded up some of the key talks and events focused on indie authors this year. Below is a list of all the self-publishing events at London Book Fair 2022.
2012 was a landmark year for self-publishing, seeing not only the launch of the Alliance of Independent Authors, but also the publishing platforms Draft2Digital and Kobo Writing Life, and the advertising medium BookBub, all of which are still significant players. Since then, indie authors have rocked the book world non-stop. Here’s a round-up of the defining changes year on year - which show how far we’ve come, how fast we’re adapting and innovating, and how we’ve changed the face of publishing forever. This is ten years of self-publishing.
Happy Birthday to us! The Alliance of Independent Authors is ten years old this year. Ten whole years! Over in the AskALLi team, we're delighted to be reaching this monumental birthday, so today, and over the next couple of weeks we'll be taking a moment to celebrate the last ten years of work, publishing and community.
If there's one thing we can always be assured of, it's that marketing tactics and methods will be in a constant state of flux. Fads come and go, social media platforms come and go, advertising runs in cycles. Which is why the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is running a series of "What Sells Books in 2022" posts to bring you the most up to date tactics and tools for your writing business. This is What Sells Books in 2022: Kobo Writing Life.
NFT is a word flying around the indie author community right now. But what does it mean, why should we care and what's happening right now with them? In today's post, the AskALLi team welcomes and thanks Laurence O'Bryan from BooksGoSocial along with Creatokia to discuss breaking news on the NFT front as well as everything you need to know as indie authors.
For many authors, it’s their dream to sign a contract with a publisher and see their work on the shelf of their favorite bookstores. But what happens after publication when your “season” is over, the book doesn’t sell the way you want and you’re not making the money you want? Sure, you can ask your publisher to promote your books, but for most authors, it’s up to you to do a majority of the promotion. Today's post looks at rights reversion. Thanks to Alliance of Independent Authors member Katlyn Duncan and ALLi advisor and literary agent Ethan Ellenberg.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Do You Need to be an Expert to Write a Non-Fiction Book?
Digital ebooks and audiobooks make up the bulk of income for most indie authors as they are more straightforward to produce and sell. But print books remain popular with readers and the Alliance of Independent Authors recommends that indie authors produce print books too. In this post, the AskALLi team looks at print publishing options for indie authors and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
We're taking a podcast break during the month of August, so instead we'll bring you what we've covered in 2021 so far on our Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast with Orna Ross and Joanna Penn. Below are some of the highlights, with links to the full podcasts, videos, and transcripts. We'll return in September with new episodes.
Comparison often gets a bad rap. But there are times when comparing in order to understand a genre and the expectations a reader will have of you and whether or not you've met those expectations are actually really important. Today's post dives into the nitty gritty of what you should be comparing to help your author business succeed. This is the ultimate guide to comparison authors, genres and tropes.