When you open your completed manuscript to start editing, it seems like a monumental task. But like any project, if you break it down into stages, the baby steps are much more manageable. Which is why today's ultimate guide is all about self-editing your manuscript. The Alliance of Independent Authors’ AskALLi team thanks all ALLi members and partners who shared their experiences, in particular Alison Shakspeare of Shakspeare Editorial, Kristina Stanley of Fictionary.co and Lisa Lepki of ProWritingAid for their in-depth contributions and advice.
In this month’s Fiction & Nonfiction Self-Publishing Salon, Sacha Black and Orna Ross outline the advantages and downsides of selling books directly to readers from your own author website and consider the implications for exclusivity with platforms like KDP Select.
My guest this week is Lynda Edwards, an indie author who left her childhood home of Jamaica long ago, but whose writing is still flavored with the culture and magic of the Caribbean.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) we asked questions to Mark Leslie Lefebvre about creating an income from short fiction.
There are no rules in prose, you can get away with virtually anything, even not using a full stop but there are tactics that sharpen your descriptions and improve your sentence-level craft and things to avoid when writing prose.
Should I self-publish or traditionally publish? That's among the questions answered in this month's Members Q&A and Self-Publishing News Salon with Orna Ross, followed by Dan Holloway's news roundup.
My guest this week is Liza Perrat, a truly international indie author—an Australian by birth who writes historical novels about France, her adopted country. In fact, you'll hear a combination of both countries in her voice.
My guest this week is Edward Trayer, but many schoolchildren, parents and teachers know him by the name Billy Bob Buttons. Edward went through a few incarnations before he settled on this persona, from a teacher to a pilot, but he found his life's calling when he brought the joy of reading and writing to children.
My guest this week is Sonja Dewing, an author of adventure tales who enjoys living on the wild side while she writes about it, whether it's touring the Amazon or mixing it up in the roller derby. Sonja decided to quit her job a few years ago to focus on her writing, travel, and helping other authors, and has not regretted the decision for one second.
Last week on the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) we asked questions to Jane Steen, an author who has faced a series of major challenges over the last five years about resilience. The ALLi Twitter chat starts 8pm UK Time on Wednesdays (that's 3pm EST and noon Pacific Time) under the hashtag #indieAuthorChat and lasts for an hour. We ask a guest questions and they answer on Twitter. The tweets below are only the questions and answer tweets not every tweet on the chat. The topic of this chat was resilience.
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.
For this special edition of Inspirational Indie Authors, "Writing on Lockdown," I'm going to do something a little different. I've asked the other AskALLi podcasters, and a few previous guests, to talk to us about how they're coping during the COVID-19 crisis, how they are staying connected with other writers and with their readers, and to contribute some inspirational words on how to continue to write under this kind of stress.