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Watchdog Advisory: ProofProfessor

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 […]

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Macmillan’s Acquisition of Pronoun Creates Uncertainty, Hope

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 […]

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ALLi Watchdog Report: Motivational Press

In recent months, many authors have received email solicitations from Motivational Press inviting them to submit a manuscript for publication. Does the company live up to its own hype? Our Watchdog reporter John Doppler has been investigating and shares his findings here.   Background Founded in 2007, Motivational Press is an assisted publisher targeting authors of business, […]

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Publication 2016 edition: November 2015

The Alliance of Independent Authors, Penguin & Author Solutions

Another year, another update to our guide to author services, How To Choose A Self-Publishing Service. And so another email to Author Solutions (ASI) Director, Andrew Philips. If you haven’t been following this story, you can catch up on last year’s post here. And the year before’s, here. When Penguin first took over ASI, I didn’t […]

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Inspiration for Indie Authors Going Global at NINC2015

From somewhere over the Atlantic, ALLi’s founder Orna Ross takes for ALLi’s Going Global campaign from the NINC 2015 Publishing Conference in Florida, USA. As this post goes live, I am on my way back to London from the NINC conference in Florida.  For those who don’t know, NINC (Novelists Inc) is the only writers organization […]

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