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The Ultimate Guide to The Perfect Book Cover for Indie Authors

Getting a look at your first book cover is one of the most exciting parts of the publishing journey. It’s often the first time your book ‘feels’ real because you get to see it in a tangible way. But it’s also scary because everyone knows first impressions count. What if the cover is off genre, what if it doesn't resonate? We all want the perfect book cover for our book. ALLi prides itself on its approved partner directory and services vetted by our Watchdog Desk, if you want to search for trusted cover designers, start there. Today's post is all about finding the perfect book cover. With special thanks to Helen from ALLi Partner members Miblart, Jane Dixon-Smith ALLi partner member from JD Smith Design, and ALLi partner member and author, Helen Baggott.
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True Fans

How Authors Can Make an Income from 1,000 True Fans, With Orna Ross and Joanna Penn: Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast

In 2008 Kevin Kelly wrote about the value of a creator having 1,000 true fans (you can read the updated version of the essay here). The idea is that you don’t need to be an influencer with a million followers to make a living from your work. All you need are 1,000 true fans each spending $100 a year on your products or services, for you to make $100,000 a year. But does the concept hold true for authors? Are books, a low cost item, enough or do you have to add on more premium products? And how does an author create true fans… and keep them? Join Orna and Joanna to find out. 
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Maintaining A Mailing List

The Ultimate Guide to Mailing Lists for Authors Part 3: Maintaining a Mailing List

In a three-part series starting two weeks ago, the Alliance of Independent Authors #AskALLi team explores mailing lists, how to set them up, how to grow them, manage them and most importantly, build and sustain relationships and connections with your readers. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed insightful comments and a special thanks to members. This is the ultimate guide to mailing lists for indie authors part 3: maintaining a mailing list.
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International Insights: Amazon

International Insights: Amazon

For the next edition of the Alliance of Independent Authors International Insights hosted by Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard, we’re moving on to the giant that is Amazon. If you missed our introduction series to global book markets, you can read them here: Africa, India and China markets in Asia, the Middle East North Africa markets, the Ibero-America markets, the Asia-Pacific markets and the European markets, and also a special edition on the English-language markets. This is international insights: Amazon edition.
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Creative Self-Publishing

Creative Self-Publishing — Your Books, Your Way with Orna Ross: Self-Publishing Conference Highlight

Creative self-publishing is when indie authors approach our publishing tasks, and our author business, with the same creative mindset that we bring to our writing. It focuses not just on what we do, but how we do it, as we publishing our books and establish our author business.
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The Ultimate Guide to Mailing Lists for Authors Part 2: Growing a Reader Mailing List

In a three-part series starting last week, the Alliance of Independent Authors #AskALLi team explores mailing lists, how to set them up, how to grow them, manage them and most importantly, build and sustain relationships and connections with your readers. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed insightful comments and a special thanks to... This is the ultimate guide to mailing lists for indie authors part 2: mailing list growth. 
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International Insights: Online Book Fairs

For the next edition of the Alliance of Independent Authors International Insights hosted by Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard, we’re moving on to online book fairs. If you missed our introduction series to global book markets, you can read them here: Africa, India and China markets in Asia, the Middle East North Africa markets, the Ibero-America markets, the Asia-Pacific markets and the European markets, and also a special edition on the English-language markets. This is international insights: online book fairs.
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Mailing List Strategy

The Ultimate Guide to Mailing Lists for Authors Part 1: Mailing List Strategy

In a three-part series starting today, the Alliance of Independent Authors #AskALLi team explores mailing lists, how to set them up, how to grow them, manage them and most importantly, build and sustain relationships and connections with your readers. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed insightful comments and a special thanks to Heide Goody, Joseph Alexander and Wendy H Jones for their contributions as well as all the other members who took the time to respond. This is the ultimate guide to mailing lists for indie authors part 1. 
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International Insights: Africa

International Insights for Indie Authors: Africa

For the next edition of the Alliance of Independent Authors International Insights hosted by Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard, we’re back for the final regional spotlight. For part 7 of our introduction to the global book markets we have Africa in our sights, rounding off a series of posts that have looked at the key India and China markets in Asia, the Middle East North Africa markets, the Ibero-America markets, the Asia-Pacific markets and the European markets, and also a special edition on the English-language markets. This is international insights for indie authors: Africa
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