The audiobook market has grown in double figures for six straight years with a 37.1% growth in the USA in 2018. If you haven't entered the audiobook market yet, now is seriously the time. Author member Dawn Brookes is here with a look forward at where she thinks the future of audiobook publishing is heading.
Years of experience make an industry expert. But it's often not until they have a nonfiction book in their expertise area that they become speakers and propel their business into the limelight. But should all businesses have nonfiction books? Partner member, Karen Williams from The Book Mentor, thinks that if you do write a book on your expert area, there are ten nonfiction factors that make business boom which should be included.
Most people look forward to holiday season, but for indies, the price of advertising goes up and sales are harder to come by because the market is more competitive. But if you spend time building a sustainable business and reader-base then you can set yourself up for success. Partner member from Author Marketing Experts, Penny Sansevieri, talks us through a simple book marketing timeline.
I'm sure if we all looked hard enough, we'd be able to find a bit of rebel inside us. But there's a time for rebellion and a time for sticking with grammar rules. After all, they stop sentence errors and awkward reader emails. But one of the many luxuries of being an indie author is being able to selectively break rules. Rosalind Minett, author member, is pulling out her inner rebel to talk about when it's okay to break writing rules as an indie.
Audiobooks are the flavor of the month. But getting one recorded by a professional doesn't come cheap. However, Andrene Low author member, is here with a hilarious take on the trials and tribulations of DIY audiobooks.
If you've hung around the indie sphere long enough, then the audio boom isn't news. The question is, are you capitalising on it? Starting an author podcast is work, but it's good work that will reap benefits for the long term. Author member Holly Lyne is here to teach us how to start an author podcast.
After taking a break for the month of July, 2019, the #AskALLi broadcast salons are back for a new season. As ALLi Communications Manager Boni Wagner-Stafford tells us, there's a bunch that's new: new shows, new co-hosts, and a new sponsor for the 2019-2020 broadcast season.
With the rise of audiobook popularity, comes a familiar question to other book formats: wide or exclusive? Still today, indie authors struggle with the decision over whether or not to publish their ebooks exclusively with Amazon’s KDP Select or “to go wide” by distributing them to additional retailers. In today's post, author member Mary Louisa Locke discusses audiobooks and exclusivity.
The current economics of producing an audiobook is an uphill battle, especially for indie authors. How much of this is due to “price-fixing” by Audible? ALLi Partner Member Tim McConnehey predicts a continued boom in audiobook popularity, and some welcome changes in the way Audible conducts its business.
Wondering how to get more mileage from your Twitter account? Consider hosting a Twitter chat - not as hard as it sounds, once you read social media expert Tim Lewis's simple guide. Join ALLi's new weekly Twitter chat too - every Tuesday 8pm BST - #IndieAuthorChat.
ALLi Director Orna Ross expands on a statement she made in a previous AskALLi Advanced Salon: that indie author income should be a measure of self- publishing success. She responds to comments for and against that motion, and explains the background to her thinking about author income. Where do you stand on this issue? Read the post then join the encore debate via the comments box!
Do you feel under pressure to strive for bestseller status? Is the endless competition draining your creative reserves and sapping the joy out of your writing? Don't worry, it doesn't have to be this way. Nor do you consign yourself to hobbyist status if you don't reach for the top. Becoming a mid-list author is something to be proud of.