These terms are common enough to escape an indie author's notice, but can lead to costly misunderstandings — or deliberate deception.
Audible's Easy Exchange program has turned the platform into a lending library, funded with royalties seized from authors.
Charity publishing is fraught with risks and responsibilities, and good intentions can lead down very dark paths. Here's what you should be aware of when taking part in a charity anthology, box set, or other charitable publishing venture.
A devious and prolific impostor is targeting indie authors with cookie cutter businesses. Meet Octa Group and its endless aliases.
Publishing services that serve specific communities are increasingly popular, but exploitative and predatory operators follow close behind.
The owners of Dog Ear Publishing are apparently attempting to evade angry authors by assuming a new identity: Bookplate Press.
Authors who fall prey to a vanity press are frequently victimized by scammers or other vanity presses. It's easy to accuse those authors of being gullible or not doing their research, but there's more to the story.
Vanity presses are almost universally reviled, but is the nearly 80-year-old definition still appropriate in the self-publishing renaissance?
In this month's #AskALLi Advanced Salon, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn talk about the tools, software, and services they use that are the most advantageous for independent authors—from writing to formatting to planning, sales tracking, accounting, and more.
It's unfortunate that in every industry there are people who will gladly take advantage of you. That's why the Alliance of Independent Authors is proud to run a watchdog desk that runs a number of services including: highlighting trusted service providers through their vetting service and monthly watchdog posts on the not so trustworthy. Today, we have a round up of all of the articles you need to avoid being ripped off as an indie author.
How do you explain the dark reality of vanity presses to an author who desperately wants to believe the sales pitch? Show them the proof.
When small publishers fail, they often implode spectacularly. How can publishers avoid this? And how can authors stay safe?