Welcome to AskALLi, the Self-Publishing Advice Podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it’s our monthly Member Q&A in which ALLi Members have their most pressing self-publishing questions analyzed and answered. Join your regular hosts for the Member Q&A: Michael La Ronn and Dan Blank.
Questions answered this month include:
- Should I attempt to query a book reviewer even if I know they won't accept me?
- How do I find an audience for a how-to parenting book?
- Is Babelcube a good service for authors looking to translate their works into foreign languages?
- Quick update on Kindle Scout (it is no longer accepting new submissions)
- Is it advisable to use an agent for foreign rights sales?
- What are the benefits of Smashwords Interviews?
- If you have a title up for pre-order, do you see pre-orders in your dashboard, or do you only get to see them as sales when the book goes live?
- Is it possible to have a separate author page for each pen name you have?
- Should I use a female pen name for romance?
- How much plot/detail should I include in my author bio and book description?
Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: https://selfpublishingadvice.org, with a huge archive of nearly 2,000 blog posts, and a handy search box to find key info on the topic you need.
And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org.
Now, go write and publish!
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About the Hosts
Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 books of science fiction & fantasy and authors self-help books. His books include the Galaxy Mavericks series and Modern Necromancy series.
Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia, where he helps writers and artists share their stories and grow their audience. He is the author of the book “Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work and Engaging an Audience.”