You've finished a book! Hurrah. Now you need to publish it. Which means metadata, back matter, front matter, and... a copyright page. But what exactly is supposed to go in a copyright page? How much legal wording do you need and what are those key phrases? Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors discusses creating your copyright page.
Thinking about one's death is a difficult topic at the best of times. But it's something that eventually, we all have to face. When you're an author, and you have intellectual property, having a will is even more important to ensure your IP rights are inherited by your rightful heirs. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors discusses estate planning for authors.
It's ten years since the Alliance of Independent Authors launched at LBF2012 and the association will revisit London Book Fair this year (LBF22) on 5-7 April to mark its 10th anniversary. If you're coming to the London Book Fair, or planning to visit another fair in 2022, see below for our guide to book fairs for indie authors.
Option agreements are the stuff of author dreams. We all want our books to go to screen or theatre or TV or any other number of exciting opportunities. This is the magic of copyright. But what is an option agreement, what do you need to watch out for and what should you consider? Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors welcomes and thanks Silvia Schimdt for her contribution to The Ultimate Guide to Option Agreements.
Writers are good with words, but when it comes to contracts, they're big, long documents with loads of legal jargon. Not words we would use in flowing prose or fantasy descriptions. And yet, contracts are often a part of our working life as we license rights, sign deals, become hybrid etc. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors, welcomes Kathryn Goldman who has kindly created a contracts for creatives glossary.
The moment you receive an email from a publisher or licenser pitching you for a potential rights deal, is an exciting moment. But there are also lots of scammers in the world, many of whom will try to scam rights, money and your sanity from you. That said, there are also many genuine publishers and licensers out there who really do want to partner with you. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team looks at what you should do when you're approached by an overseas publisher.
While the aim of many indie authors is true independence, at the moment, many of us still rely heavily on one particular store: Amazon. Which is why when you receive a threat from them, like having your publishing account closed, or your affiliate account shut or that they're going to pull your book unless you can prove you own the rights, it's scary. In this post, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team looks at what you can do if Amazon ask you to prove your publishing rights.
When you start writing, your only concern is getting to the end of your manuscript. Even publishing is a distant concept. But eventually, if you stick at this long enough, the world of rights, translations and selective licensing opens up. The Alliance of Independent Authors’ ran a six month rights program, its aim was to open up the rights industry to indie authors. This is a write up of everything learned during those six months. This is the ultimate guide to selling book rights for indie authors.
What if a Hybrid Publisher Wants to Charge me a Ton of Money? That's among the questions answered in this month's Members Q&A and Self-Publishing News Salon with Michael LaRonn and Sacha Black (filling in for Orna Ross), followed by Dan Holloway's news roundup.
The Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Advice Conference is coming! With less than two weeks to go until the London Book Fair, our first Self-Publishing Advice Conference of 2020 is just about ready. While we’re preparing the presentations, I thought I’d share the schedule, speaker information and everything you need to know about the self-publishing advice conference so you can plan your attendance. But first...
All ALLi members can download the ALLi guidebook publications for free in the member area (once you've logged in) over at www.allianceindependentauthors.org. Recently, we've published a number of Quick and Easy Guides alongside the guidebooks. Today we've taken an extract from the 'Your Book in Libraries Worldwide' guide.
There are ten key business models that are working for writers right now. Being a hybrid author (both traditionally and self-published) is just one of them. Authorpreneur member Sara Rosett discusses the pros and cons of being hybrid.