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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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Ebook Library Services For Self-Publishing Authors

Andrew Lowe, UK indie author, offers an in-depth review of which library services are best for self-publishing authors. Discoverability is one of the key challenges facing independent authors. How do you get your book in front of readers and make an impression that could potentially lead to sales and enhance your credibility and visibility? One solution […]

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ALLi Watchdog: Latest On Author Solutions

Recent news from ALLi Watchdog Victoria Strauss about a second class action being taken out against Author Solutions, the umbrella firm for many imprints that provide “self-publishing services” that fail to deliver for authors, has been followed up by two great pieces of analysis by David Gaughran and Mick Rooney.   DAVID GAUGHRAN: “You may not have heard […]

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Scottish Conference Opens Up To Indie Authors

Reporting from her base on the Isle of Skye, Anne Stormont brings encouraging news for indie authors from the recent Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) annual conference, which welcomed both trade- and self-published authors. Judging books by their covers was just one topic at the 2015 SAW conference… This year’s annual conference of the Scottish […]

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