Don't miss out. If you self-publish or would like to, and you live in the UK, hop onto a train or plane or into your car and get to The London Book Fair (LBF) tomorrow or Weds and join in the Alliance of Independent Authors‘s exciting line-up of events for the fair.
“There was a time when authors had no place at book fairs. Now they most certainly have”, explains Orna Ross, Director of ALLi. “LBF fair offers education, information, contacts, and a global marketplace for rights negotiation, and the sale and distribution of your content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.
“Savvy indie authors are now breaking and boosting their books at such fairs, most notably London, BEA and Frankfurt book fair, which is why you'll find The Alliance of Independent Authors there.”
ALLi launched at London Book Fair two years ago and last year “Everybody was talking of 2013 as “the year of the author” at LBF”, says Ross. “It was undeniable. The Author Lounge offered a non-stop, stimulating stream of packed out events, and authors were clearly avid to connect. On more than one occasion, there was concern that the area was becoming a fire hazard.”
ALLi Events at The London Book Fair include:
12 noon: Author HQ: Book Discovery for Authors.
Hints and tips on how authors can help readers discover their books. Speakers: Andrew Rhomberg, Jellybooks; Joanna Penn, Blogger & Author; Mark Coker, Smashwords
1 pm: Author HQ: Breaking through: What independent authors know about reaching readers
Without massive marketing budgets and publicity teams, how are self-publishing successes created? Speakers: Diego Marano, Kobo Writing Life Manager, UK, will lead a conversation with Orna Ross and Ben Galley.
2pm: Kobo Booth: Launch of “Opening Up To Indie Authors” guide book
Launch of ALLi campaign to get self-publishers into bookstores, libraries, media, awards and everywhere readers find books. Speakers: Guide authors, Debbie Young and Dan Holloway
2.30pm: Thames Room. Successful Author-Publishing: Lessons from The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).
ALLi Advisors and Partners offer their No 1 top tip for self-publishers. Speakers: Orna Ross chairs a panel that includes Joanna Penn, Vanessa O'Loughlin, Andy Bromley (Ingram), Barbara Thiele (epubli) and Diego Marano (Kobo)
What does self-publishing success look like and how does it happen? Speakers: Orna Ross, Polly Courtney, Rachel Abbott
6.30pm: Indie Author Fringe Festival & Member Showcase, The King's Head (Ten min walk from Earl's Court)
Open mic event where ALLi members read from their work and an opportunity to browse and buy books by ALLi members. [Members, please bring one book only, up to three copies. A representative from Amazon will look after the table for the evening]. Drinks and finger food sponsored by Amazon.
All events are free to Fair attendees and ALLi members can purchase a discounted three-day ticket to the event. Go HERE.
To join ALLi first, Go HERE.