Each month Orna Ross and Joanna Penn join forces to bring you The Advanced Self-Publishing Salon, a live online broadcast where they discuss what’s going on in the publishing industry.
Meet Patti Brassard Jefferson, proprietor of PJ Boox, an exciting and innovative bookstore that features only indie and small press authors.
Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) is one of this year’s hottest venues for book advertising, but to take advantage of the program you’ll need to know the rules. For your convenience, we’ve categorized Amazon’s guidelines and prohibitions for AMS ads into this handy list. We’ve marked each rule with the following tags for easy identification: — […]
Read the first in our new series spotlighting valued ALLi Partner Members who help indie authors self-publish their books successfully – meet Laurence O’Bryan of BooksGoSocial.
When David Gaughran exposed clickfarming scams that were manipulating the sales rank of books on Amazon, authors expressed a wide range of reactions. Some — a substantial majority by my reckoning — were furious that scammers were reaping the rewards of a “best-selling” title. Some felt it was a victimless crime, and not a big […]
During the first quarter of 2017, ALLi’s Watchdog Desk received several complaints about a company known as ProofProfessor. The complaints were not about the proofreading services offered by the company. Rather, they described a troubling and consistent pattern of behavior by ProofProfessor’s founder, Matt Rance. In each case, Mr. Rance approached an author or publisher […]
With hundreds of contests and awards open to indie authors, it’s hard to know which contests and awards can be trusted. To help separate the bad actors from the legitimate contests, the ALLi Watchdog Desk is pleased to introduce our new feature, Award and Contest Ratings. The Award and Contest Ratings offer a convenient at-a-glance […]
Are you getting value for money for any add-on services from a self-publishing services provider? Do you even need them? ALLi Watchdog John Doppler provides a handy checklist to help you sidestep potential pitfalls.
Our Watchdog John Doppler explains ALLi’s Code of Standards by which it assesses service providers and partner members. Familiarity with the code will also help you draw your own conclusions about companies, to supplement ALLi’s invaluable guidebook on the topic.
Last month, I reviewed Pronoun, an intriguing, free, assisted self-publishing platform. I’m updating that review today with a significant new development: Macmillan has acquired Pronoun. Uncertainty, but optimism too The incursion of Big 5 publishers into the realm of self-publishing has rarely benefited indie authors. The long, ugly history of traditional publishers partnering with predatory […]