Welcome to the next blog in our series of festive posts. No matter where you are in the world or what holiday you're celebrating, we've got some top gifts from ALLi members that you can give to friends, family or fellow writers. In November, we called on the ALLi membership to tell us what gifts they'd give to others. Today, we're sharing some of our favorite gifts.
It comes as no surprise that books are at the top of the list when writers are thinking about giving gifts to family and friends.
ALLi Author Member Rachel McCollin suggested her sci-fi Christmas-themed novella, Christmas in the Multiverse: A Multiverse Investigations Unit Story which will be available for free in eBook format over the holidays, and ALLi Author Member J.L. Jarvis suggested the two latest books in her festive seven-book series, Holiday House.
But, it's not just holiday-themed books that work well as gifts at this time of year, as ALLi Author Member Ann Richardson mentioned, when you're looking for gifts for specific family members other books can work just a well, like her book, Celebrating Grandmothers.
I am constantly told that this is a ‘life saver' by people trying to find an original Christmas present for a grandmother (whether their wife, mother, sister or actual grandmother).
Instead of giving books as gifts, Author Member Lesley Krier Tither has created a fun alternative that also works to bring in new readers by giving badges and small magnetic bottle openers featuring one of his MC's catchphrases or “in-jokes” from his books as modelled by the bard himself.
ALLi Advisor Debbie Young has quite the selection of gifts to choose from this holiday season, from tiny postcard sized Christmas specials that she gives away for fun with purchases at Christmas fairs to an “Instead of a Christmas Card“ edition of two of her books, “Lighting Up Time” and “The Owl and the Turkey- or the real reason we eat turkey at Christmas“.
We also called on the ALLi Partner Members to bring you their exclusive deals and offers!
Looking to give the gift of a professional edit this Christmas? Partner Member Vicky Brewster is offering gift vouchers in any denomination, redeemable against any of her editing services. If you're interested, you can email Vicky for more information.
BooksGoSocial is running a $50 SMARTURL promotion bonus in December for all new memberships.
Fiction Feedback is offering two freebies for New Year 2020. These deals are exclusive to ALLi members and cannot be found anywhere else.
1. Unsure what a copy-edit can bring to your writing? We’ll provide a free copy-edit to 5,000 words. If you decide to engage Fiction Feedback for a copy-edit to a MS of 40,000 words or over afterwards – and there’s no obligation – we’ll give you a 5% discount. (Our copy-editing prices vary between £12 and £15 per 1,000 words.)
2. Free critique for a short story or novel extract up to 5,000 words. Great for competitions – but be sure we know your deadline!
First come, first served. Email [email protected] by 10 January.
As an end of decade deal – you can save 10% off all fees for editing commissions booked with editorial.ie before 1st January 2020.
Partner Member Ellie Stevenson has a special Christmas/January 2020 editing offer of £250 for any novel, short story or non-fiction work of 100,000 words or less. For further details or to apply, you can email Ellie here.
Looking for help with book design? Design For Writers has put together a special offer exclusive to ALLi members. Get your hands on a 15% total discount on all Pro, Deluxe and White Glove packages. (Offer applies to new bookings confirmed before 18 December 2019 for completion before Easter 2020.)
Izzard Ink Publishing is offering a free interactive workbook to help guide you through the self-publishing process and to help you create a concrete business plan for your book.
Following last year's success, Rebecca Wood is offering a manuscript evaluation for £300 and a £20 saving off a 3-hour block of coaching. Need a gift for under the tree? Request a gift voucher.
ProfWritingAcademy are giving the gift of writing this year!
Does the author in your life need a helping hand with their latest manuscript, or guidance while they edit? Our zero-waste gift vouchers – redeemable against our online writing courses and mentoring – are the perfect way to give a gift worth giving while staying sustainable.
If you're thinking of entering an award this year, The Wishing Shelf Awards are offering a 33% discount on all entries until 31st December.
Why not give the gift of inspiration for Christmas with this 2020 Writers Diary from Partner Member Christine Hammacott?
ALLi Partner Member Adam Croft is offering an exclusive 50% off all of his courses to ALLi Members. To grab your code just head over to the Discounts & Deals section of your ALLi Member account.
Ocean Reeve are offering two Christmas/New Year offers for ALLi Members! Enjoy 10% off their one-to-one mentorship program and PDF mentoring workbooks.
Save $120 on formatting and cover design with Formatting Experts for your novel or spread the payment over 12 months. Reserve a spot for your book now to meet your publication schedule.
Mastering Word for Fiction Writers, a featured resource at Kobo Writing Life, is the definitive online course that will save you time, energy, and money by teaching you how to use Microsoft Word with power. The full course (Write & Format with Word, 32 lessons) covers the life cycle of a book from first idea, to polished manuscript, to all published formats of your book. Use the discount code ALLI2019 at the checkout to receive 25% off all courses until Dec 31, 2019. Don't fight your book, write your book.
DartFrogBooks are happy to offer ALLi affiliated authors a 10% discount on their self-publishing service (Canoe Tree Press) between now and the end of the year. Upon submission, every author is connected to an author liaison, who reaches out via email. At that point, the author can give the liaison this code: DartFrogALLi10. The liaison will make sure that the author receives a 10% discount when their invoice is sent out.
For already published authors who want bookstore placement and/or bookclub promotion (they now have exclusive access to 6000+ book clubs), they will also offer the same 10% discount through the end of the year.
OVER TO YOU
What gifts are you giving for the holidays? Have you given a book as a present recently?
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