An inspiring case study of how romance novelist Jane Harvey-Berrick spotted and acted upon an idea to write a novel in collaboration with professional rugby player and model Stuart Reardon, and it’s proven very successful. Read it for ideas for such projects of your own.
Self-publishing Author Advice about the art and craft of writing great books
Do you make time to read for pleasure? If not, you should – it’s the easiest way to enrich your writing and hone your craft as an author. Debbie Young explains why and shares a captivating poem on the topic by Julia Donaldson.
Ever co-authored a book? Thinking of trying collaboration as a means to increase your output of self-published books? Read Brad Borkan’s top tips for effective co-writing gained from a project shared with a co-author two continents away!
In this month’s Advanced Salon for Indie Authors, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn discuss the different mind-sets and skill-sets required to maximise your self-publishing success – the creative and the business mind. Find out whether you’re getting the balance right.
ALLi’s monthly AskALLi Q&A podcast gives our members the opportunity to put their own queries about the self-publishing process to our resident expert indie authors, who cover a wide range of topics in every show.
How much slang can you use in your writing without baffling or upsetting readers? ALLi author members debate the best approach to gaining colour from colloquialisms without obscuring meaning.
Do you sometimes feel self-publishing success is eluding you? You’re not alone – but C Lee McKenzie’s post about motivation reminds us why we keep writing, and why the odds aren’t as stacked against indie authors as much as we might think
A handy checklist of different ways to self-edit your books more effectively, saving you money on your professional editor’s bills (if you use one), and creating a better experience for your readers – a good quick read for beginner writers and experienced self-publishers
Think you don’t need to write a synopsis unless you’re querying an agent or publisher? Think again! They can be great tools to help you self-edit and market your book. Read professional editor Richard Bradburn’s brilliant guide here.
Does your partner also write? Do you help or hinder each other? For top tips on effective collaboration between partners, read this case study of husband-and-wife authors Charlotte Zang and Alex Knudsen